Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered a complete overview of Latin verbs, including participles and infinitives. We reviewed the vocab verbs from this latest chapter. Finally we practiced subordinate clauses and the sequence of tenses."
"Today, the student and I went through the grammar and translations in her current chapter in preparation for an upcoming test. We reviewed again the forms and meanings of different Latin participles, and looked at some different examples. We also spent some time reviewing the forms of Latin adverbs. Finally, we translated one of the longer stories from the chapter as practice for the translation portion of her test; she did well with the overall meaning of the story, but sometimes skipped over individual words and small details of the sentences. I emphasized the meanings of words she did not know, and we created a list of these words for her to review further. I also asked her to identify any participles as she read for additional practice. One thing that I noticed about her progress is that she seems to do a great job learning material for a quiz or test, but has difficulty retaining the information afterwards. Thus, I have also been reviewing with her some older grammar and continuing to practice some basic patterns of Latin words."
"This evening, the student and I worked through a long translation that included many of the grammatical structures we reviewed in the last two sessions (conditional sentences). After she typed each sentence into the document editor, we looked at it together and reviewed it to make sure it was accurate and worded elegantly. I noticed that her biggest challenge when translating is in the details of verb tenses and noun cases, however, after I pointed out those details she was able to correct them with some help. I recommended that, as she works on translations independently, she work in two phases: first, write out what she thinks the sentence says, and then go back and check that the verbs are in the right tense and mood, that the right nouns are being used as direct objects, etc. The final step would be to reword the sentence so that it makes sense in English. I wrote down these steps to serve as a memory-jog later. Next session we will most likely be starting a new chapter on deponent verbs. She, as always, has a very positive and cooperative attitude, and she is a joy to work with!"