Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has been busy with preparing for midterms. I opted to work on chapter 13 more thoroughly rather than to push forward to new material in chapter 14. As of chapter 13 he has been exposed to five tenses--present, future, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect--and the readings and exercises in the chapter are using all of them. On the whole his comprehension is very good; he still makes some simple errors, but I chalk this up more to trouble with the terminology rather than the concepts themselves. I assigned minimal practice (since we did almost all of the exercises during our session) and next time we will tackle chapter 14."
"The student and I began this session by reviewing the flashcards we have been putting together to review words he is unfamiliar with when we translate passages and sentences. I am pleased to see that each time we make our way through the stack of cards, he remembers a greater and greater percentage of these words. He is also now entirely comfortable with identifying conjugations and being aware of 3rd conjugation futures versus 2nd conjugation presents. We then continued our session by translating a passage he was assigned for homework. Since this was one of the passages we had translated a few weeks ago, it was a great exercise to see how much easier he found the passage this time around. He translated the passage accurately with little input from me, except to remind him to be mindful of details such as verb tense. We finished our session by reviewing indirect statement and how to decline the reflexive pronoun in addition to introducing the demonstrative pronoun which he will be encountering next in his Latin course."
"The student and I have been plugging away at a highly abridged summary of the Aeneid. His class is moving slowly, so we are using this as a way to stay up on vocabulary and grammatical forms. The difficulty will escalate, but he has a better grasp on basic Latin than formerly."