Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we reviewed grammar, as the student wanted to get started on reviewing for his final exam. We went through the grammar sections of all the stages they've covered this semester, and reviewed the concepts as was needed and looked at sample sentences to translate. After this, we spent the rest of the time on the first translation passage of the new stage they're about to start."
"We spent some time at the beginning of the session discussing a plan and the grammar ahead. I hope that the grammar we are able to cover in the next few weeks will give the student the background material he needs. We worked through the problem areas of the translations and exercises that the student had done and focused the remainder of our time on comparison of adjectives, comparison of adverbs, and present active participles. The student continues to develop what are clearly very strong translation skills. We will begin discussing the passive system next week."
"The student has a final exam coming up. We first organized all three of his tests from the semester and outlined a course of action for studying these tests. We went through the first test and he was able to review the material. He also decided that focusing on translation was a good use of our time."
"In this session, we began with a quick review of all the verb and noun forms we have learned thus far. We then proceeded to practice adjective-noun agreement, paying particular attention to matching adjectives of the first and second declensions with nouns of the third declension. We next covered the irregular verbs volo, nolo, and possum, and for the rest of the session we covered the present and perfect active infinitives."
"The student and I continued our practice of Latin translating. It has definitely aided the student's translating skills to have him first translate all the words to English without trying to make sense of their case use (I just have him write the meanings above the Latin words themselves). At this point, it seems that the student's biggest hurdle is retaining vocabulary from past chapters and so I have begun to create a bundle of notecards from vocabulary lists I create from words he struggles to remember during our sessions. I have instructed the student to spend just a few minutes with these notecards every few days to begin to strengthen his vocab. I have no doubt the student will be able to improve upon his Latin vocabulary now that he can apply himself to a definitive strategy for learning these words. Although the student does not know the exact date of his test, I have invited him to contact me if he needs to schedule any additional time with me between now and then."
"The student continued learning new vocabulary today. He learned conjunctions like "et" and reviewed past vocabulary. He remembered 13/15 of these vocabulary words. We talked about taking the date and titling notes and ended the lesson with a short history lesson on the importance of today, March 15, on the Roman calendar. We talked about Julius Caesar and the Ides of March. We talked about Julius Caesar's military and literary accomplishments, the soothsayer's warning, and the historical context for his assassination (this event happened after the Greek conquests, but before Jesus and the emergence of France and Germany). He practiced taking notes during a historical lecture, a different skill from taking notes about vocabulary. His handwriting has improved greatly from when we first started and as always, he has excellent dedication to Latin. Great work!"