Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In our session, I helped the student work through his final exam review and quizzed him over key sections. We focused on reviewing the verb conjugations he will be responsible for on the final. He wrote out conjugation charts for the present, future, imperfect, perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses for both the active and passive voice systems. After writing out each chart, I verbally quizzed him over the personal endings for that chart, and asked him to translate each form into English. He struggled with the passive voice, so we spent extra time on those charts. I pointed out how the passive voice verb endings parallel those for the active voice, and drawing this connection helped him keep them straight. We also reviewed the four principle parts of a Latin verb and the function of each, as a section of the final will cover this topic. He made excellent progress in Latin over the course of our sessions together, and we are both confident that he will do well on his final exam."
"We reviewed present and imperfect verbs, worked on a translation that was part of the student's homework, and talked about some additional resources that she can use."
"In our first session today, the student and I spent the first 20-30 minutes getting a feel for his strengths and weaknesses in Latin. He feels his strength is translation, but he needs work understanding why a translation is a certain way, i.e. the mechanics of the grammar. We discussed how his class is structured, his teacher's expectations, typical homework, what quizzes/ tests are like. After this we spent some time reviewing the passive voice, which he said he was having trouble grasping after in-class review. We combined this into a more comprehensive review of verb forms both active and passive. He expressed more comfort with verbs after this. We did the same for noun forms in the 5 declensions. We spent the last part of the session translating a few sentences from chapter 41 to see how the various noun and verb forms work. The student noted he has a quiz next Tuesday and now feels better going into this than he did previously. Next time we meet it may be beneficial to continue general review of Latin concepts based on his quiz performance."