Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over Latin result clauses. To practice, we did some English to Latin translations. We then discussed the theme of language in the book 1984--specifically the manipulation of language. We then read excerpts of "Politics and the English Language" written by Orwell in 1946, two years before he wrote 1984. It is a non-fiction version of the argument against the political manipulation of language."
"In our session, the student and I continued working on his culture worksheet on the Roman system of patronage. While most of his other culture worksheets had been fairly straightforward, this one required a bit more thought and knowledge of the culture. Once we finished with the worksheet, he mentioned his concern about the upcoming SAT, and we spent the last few minutes of our session discussing some basic strategy and where he felt his strengths and challenges lay on the test. As we discussed, I am planning out a quick SAT crash course for him beginning next week. Hopefully we can get him prepared enough to really knock it out of the park!"
"We covered new forms of Latin verbs: perfect subjunctive and pluperfect subjunctive. We learned the sequence of tenses and how to ask indirect questions. We reviewed the new vocabulary."
"Today we did a lot of review of the forms and uses of the various pronouns. We started out with a bit of clarification on the use of participles and how they're translated into English, before diving into pronouns. We reviewed the relative pronoun, the interrogative pronoun and adjective, the forms of is, ea, id, and also pronominal adjectives. Throughout, she was able to use the practice sentences from her class handouts to get a great deal of practice identifying the forms and meanings of the different pronouns. The student still has some work to do with actually memorizing the various paradigms, but she did very well with actually translating the sentences once the forms were identified. I had her bracketing off the relative clauses, which helped her in identifying the structure of the sentences, an approach we've used before in finding the basic structure of a sentence. In addition, I emphasized the similarity between all of the pronouns, with common endings in the genitive and dative throughout."
"To begin our session, I asked Student 1 and Student 2 to define and give examples of nouns and adjectives. They both remembered the definition of a noun but didn't remember the definition of an adjective. I reminded them that an adjective is a word that gives us more information about a person, place, or thing. They had fun describing their coats (green, pink, soft, etc.). Student 1 described the table as "smooth" and said that when things are "smooth" she thinks they are also "soft." After reviewing nouns and adjectives, I gave the students each three flashcards with the names of animals written in English on one side. For each flashcard, I asked them to draw a picture of the animal on the blank side of the card and label their drawing with both the animal name and sound in Latin (e.g. Serpens sibilant. "The snake hisses."). I explained that the words for the animal sounds are examples of verbs. Student 2 was surprised that he could already write a complete sentence in Latin by pairing the animal name and sound (e.g. Porcus grunnit. "The pig grunts."). We finished up our session with coloring and review. I gave the students the flashcards they made to take home and use to review the Latin animal names and sounds before our next session."
"The student and I began again in the new year by working with comparative and superlative words. We covered exercises in the 23rd chapter and went over future assignments in the course."
"Went over translation exercises in fear clauses. Then did review of verb forms, including different tenses and voices. Student shows a lot of progress in understanding passive voice."
"Reviewed grammar concepts of Latin - declining nouns, conjugating verbs in the various tenses, some vocabulary review, and worked a bit on translating."
"The student and I covered nouns and adjectives today. We went over four different word groups and elaborated on how to decline them in each case both in singular and plural. We did this for manus malus, magnum cor, pater noster, and acies nova. She seems much more comfortable with nouns and adjectives than she is with verbs. I told her to review her verbs again to make sure she knows them well. She told me she got a 95% on her chemistry exam, for which I helped her study last week."
"Review of vocabulary, principle parts of verbs, dictionary entry information for nouns and verbs, how to identify and distinguish between conjugations and declensions."
"We reviewed concepts for the Latin Exam including vocative case and negative imperatives, and we completed the Latin Exam practice test."
"Since the student is preparing for his midterm exam, we spent our session reviewing the key concepts on which he will be tested. We reviewed participles, moods, and subjunctive forms. We also spent time declining a few nouns and conjugating a few verbs. He did an excellent job conjugating the indicative and subjunctive moods when he took a few extra seconds to think through each step. He let me know that he had extra difficulty with deponent verbs and the ablative absolute, so we spent extra time discussing those grammatical concepts and coming up with English and Latin examples. He has trouble with vocabulary, so I walked him through a vocabulary exercise using the vocabulary from chapter 34. I showed him a Latin word and asked him to think about possible cognates (e.g. from the word scio, scire meaning "to know," we get the English words conscious and science - if someone is conscious, he/ she is aware/ knows what is going on). I suggested that he try doing this for other challenging vocabulary words. The student has a good grasp of active vs. passive verbs and did a great job conjugating the irregular forms of sum. He remains focused and positive during our sessions and asks questions whenever he has them. He picks up Latin concepts quickly and would benefit from reviewing them on his own time."