Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I continued test preparation. First, we went through signifiers for purpose statements, and completed some Latin-to-English translations. The student did a great job on the translations, so we moved on to indirect commands, focusing heavily on the "verbs of ordering" vocabulary. The student had some trouble remembering these keywords; we went through mnemonics, and then practiced translations so that she could see how the words functioned in context. Finally, we reviewed some sentences on her study handout from class. Overall, she did well with the exercises; some older concepts gave her a little difficulty (future tense, comparative adverbs), so we briefly went through them. I also helped her plan her study schedule for this evening, recommended that she get a lot of sleep tonight, and tried to give her a lot of reassurance."
"The student is learning about deponent verbs in class this week. We went through the chapter slowly, and I explained what deponent verbs are and how they are formed, as well as reviewing how verbs are formed in the passive voice. I typed up a notes=outline into the document editor as we went over the lesson, which the student can use as a study aid later. Next, we read through her vocabulary list for this chapter and when we came upon verbs, I asked her to identify which verbs were deponent and which verbs were regular. We also reviewed how to identify the conjugation of a verb looking at its principal parts. We finished this session by working through three sentences that needed to be translated from English into Latin. The student was very accurate with her vocabulary words during this part, though she needed a little bit of guidance with adjective/noun agreement and the right moods of verbs. I was not concerned, though, because translating into Latin is much more challenging than translating into English, and the student was showing a good understanding of other elements of translation."
"We covered mostly passives and the use of the subjunctive. The student is eager to learn and improve and is not afraid to ask questions or voice concerns. I told him we would review a passage from his textbook that contained a lot of passive or subjunctive verbs."