Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I reviewed some more material in preparation for her midterm. She had completed some 4th and 5th declension worksheets over the weekend, and she did a great job with them. She seems more comfortable with the 4th and 5th declensions, but needs more practice to have them fully memorized. I recommended that she try an online declension generator to help her practice further. Today, we also went through the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declensions, focusing on patterns and mnemonics to make memorizing and recognizing forms easier. At that time, we went through the main roles of all the noun cases. She is very strong with the 1st declension, and pretty good with the 2nd declension; she is somewhat weak with the 3rd declension, so I also think she should practice it when she uses the online noun generator. Finally, we briefly reviewed verbs at the end of the lesson, again focusing on patterns to make memorizing and recognizing forms easy. I sent her a link to some online verb drills for extra practice. I recommended to her that she begin reviewing her vocabulary on her own using the online flashcards app. It has all the flashcards for her textbook, so it is just a matter of searching for her book and chapter, and then running through the flashcards and accompanying games."
"In today's session the student and I worked on Indirect Statements featuring future infinitives, a progression from our previous session that used (more simple) present infinitives. We did practice exercises his teacher had given him going from Latin to English. The student did especially well with translation of 'above the head' verbs and case identification. Some of these sentences also gave us a chance to look at various pronouns as a review: personal and reflexive. At the end, he and I discussed his future in Latin and that if he continues in the subject and keeps working hard, he has a chance to do very well and possibly earn credit on the AP Latin exam."
"This week, the student and I worked through scansion examples. She has a very strong grasp of dactylic hexameter. She scanned almost every question correctly during our session, with only two minor errors. We discussed the Latin diphthongs and double consonants (x and z). We also discussed mute consonants followed by liquids which do not make position. Additionally, we discussed how "h" does not make position. Finally, we reviewed some of the common declension and conjugation endings which are long by nature. I would suggest further reviewing the diphthongs. Congrats on obtaining such a strong knowledge of dactylic hexameter!"