Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered some Latin translation from chapter 27 in his textbook, then we discussed the Roman military (a theme in the chapter). We then studied Latin and English vocabulary. I requested that, once the semester gets underway, the student let me know what assignments he'd like help on, or which specific areas he would like help with, so he can get the most out of the sessions."
"This session we discussed pronoun declensions--specifically the demonstrative pronouns (hic, haec, hoc; ille, illa, illud; idem, eadem, idem), the 3rd person pronoun/demonstrative pronoun (is, ea, id), and the intensive/demonstrative pronoun (ipse, ipsa, ipsum). We also reviewed the third declension noun/adjective endings, and declined a 3rd declension noun-pronoun pair (multitudinous eius). We ended by translating the beginning of a passage from chapter 14 of the student's textbook, Latin for the New Millennium. In so doing we reviewed translation strategies (working backwards from the verb), and grammatical constructions relevant to the passage such as reported speech/accusative-infinitive constructions (accusative: subject of reported speech, infinitive: verb of reported speech). Although he seems to understand the basics of Latin grammar, he was struggling to apply his knowledge to his noun-pronoun declension and translation. We discussed translation strategies, test-taking strategies (1. parsing the pronoun and identifying it's declension, 2. doing the same for the noun, 3. declining the pronoun-noun pair), and study skills. I asked him to watch a Latin tutorial video on pronouns, and to complete an online self-test on pronoun forms."
"Today we completed Lesson 37 and talked about the political intrigue and how people acted around the Emperor. Emphasis on infinitives used in indirect statement and on passive periphrastics. We did several exercises on future perfect and I will get together some exercises on subjunctives for us to work on tomorrow. The student continues to translate well."