Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We read "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell and discussed themes of totalitarianism, imperialism, racism etc. This was especially relevant because the student will be going over Orwell's 1984 and has just covered imperialism in his history class. We also discussed the issues Orwell writes about with current police problems. In Latin, we reviewed indirect questions and sequence of tenses which he did well in. A good session!"
"This session we reviewed the definition and formation of the gerund and gerundive, and we practiced recognition and translation of the gerund and gerundive in context. We also discussed strategies to differentiate between the gerund and gerundive, and we continued to discuss translation strategies. The student was struggling with basic grammatical concepts, but seemed interested in the more complex concepts we were covering (gerund/gerundive). In the upcoming weeks, we are planning to focus on basic grammar review (and memorization) of the following concepts: reflexive pronouns, personal pronouns; the conjugation of sum in all tenses; verb tense endings (future in 1st/2nd conjugation vs. 3rd/4th; subjunctive); 3rd, 4th, and 5th declensions; prepositions; adverbs; degrees of adjectives (positive, comparative, superlative); ablative absolute; and dative and ablative case uses."
"Today, the student and I focused on completing some National Latin Exam review, going through some of the trickier grammar constructions featured on the test. We looked at some subjunctive clauses, talked about their clause markers, and examined some examples. We also went over the fairly tricky gerunds and gerundives, which have some unusual sentence structures. Throughout the session, she took plenty of notes on everything, and was very proactive about asking questions. We also discussed some difficulties that she has in the class in general; she noted that she finds some of the spoken Latin assessments most challenging, and we talked about ways to prepare for them. She also let me know that these are what she would like to focus on in subsequent sessions."