Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I spent much of the time going over a recent test he was able to bring home. We reviewed what the correct answers were for that particular test and then practiced doing this on another passage. He did better."
"Today we talked about early Republican values in Rome and how they paralleled early American values. We used some graphic organizing and keyword searching to approach the readings and prepare for the discussion posts. Then, we completed the review guide for the test, which she took at the end. Looking ahead to next week, I left her with a little work over the weekend--memorizing passive endings and watching two mythology videos. She had a great week overall--her grade is up to an 88.7, and she did well on all her assignments. In particular, she is approaching the culture in a more critical way and she is seeing patterns emerge in the nouns and pronouns."
"This session, we devoted most of the time to completing several English-to-Latin translation assignments that the student had to have done before his upcoming test. He did quite well with most of the grammar aspect, knowing what sort of constructions would be required to get the English into Latin. The first set of sentences reviewed indirect statements, the second set cum-clauses, and the third anticipatory clauses. He quickly realized the need for indirect statements and cum-clauses, while the anticipatory (dum, antequam, priusquam) clauses were more of a new topic or review. When we had finished all the sentences, we went back to one of the Latin translation passages from a previous week that he hadn't quite gotten through, and finished that off, so that he now has all the assignments completed and can study them for his exam."
"The student and I have continued working on recognizing the grammatical structure of sentences and translating accurately. He tends to start out with difficulty and then gets warmed up as the session goes on. He is definitely improving. When he takes his time and thinks through it he gets it right."
"The student and I continued to work on solidifying the Latin grammar he has been introduced to in the past 10 chapters of his textbook. Using a "gameboard," I asked him a series of grammar questions that tested him on everything from imperfect forms of the verb to be to identifying a predicate adjective. This proved to be an effective way to keep him engaged (since this was the second of two back-to-back appointments) and a way to relieve the pressure of potentially getting a wrong answer while being able to emphasize the important element of the question being asked. I also conducted a vocabulary review with him and it is clear that a combination of flashcards and vocabulary tables (where he can practice actively filling in a table) is a good strategy for the student as he was able to recall vocabulary words much more easily. I was also pleased to see that he is finding it increasingly easier to identify to what conjugation a new verb belongs. We finished out tutoring session by looking back at older Latin passages (from chapters 1, 2 and 5) so that he had an opportunity to practice sight-reading and see how far he has come with his Latin knowledge. I was glad to see him taking pride in the fact that these translations are so much easier for him now! Since I am satisfied with his grasp of the material being presented in his Latin course, I am going to go ahead and introduce some elements of the language (chiefly, the next three tenses of verbs) so that he can continue to feel engaged with Latin."
"We covered Third Conjugation -io verbs, ways of forming verbs, and the dative of possession. I gave the student homework to build flashcards, diagram sentences, and practice his conjugations. He worked hard throughout, and seemed very ready for his quiz."