Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student said they have not finished chapter 28 in class yet, so we started with a quick review of the concepts and vocabulary to prepare for the upcoming quiz on this material. Next, we spent about 40 minutes working on a translation exercise. His skills here are greatly improved from when we began working together. After this we moved to chapter 29. We divided time between the grammatical concepts he will see and the vocabulary. Lastly, we discussed strategies and goals for Latin class. He knows that to reach an A, it will depend on how diligently he works at vocabulary. I asked him to go back to the earlier chapters and spend 5-10 minutes a day reviewing the vocabulary from them; These are the words that give him trouble. I will test him on these next time we meet."
"We had a busy, but good day today. We tackled participles (present active, perfect passive, and future active), both formation and usage, especially ablative absolute. We started with the unit review guide and worked our way through, preparing for tomorrow's test. The student also had a poster project on participles and a recitation. She is getting better at breaking the Latin words into syllables and finding ways to remember the pronunciation. All she has left for tomorrow is the test. She said she would study and do the review, and most importantly, she said she would go slowing through the test, taking her time. Good work!"
"Today, I mostly worked with the student on learning the forms of hic and ille for her quiz tomorrow. She worked on memorizing the charts for each of the pronouns, and then I produced some forms of various third declension nouns for her to pair with the proper forms of hic and ille, as she will be asked to do on the quiz tomorrow. After we'd spent a while on this, we did some more practice with translation, as she tries to assimilate some of the advice I've been giving her on analyzing sentences before translating, and looking for the structure of and relationship between sentences."
"The student worked on a translation for an upcoming homework assignment. Then we went over translations and grammar questions from the previous chapter test."
"At the beginning of our session, the student gave me a complete list of the assignments he needs to catch up on. He worked on two items from this list during our session and I will plan our next sessions around the remaining list items. He completed a matching exercise and translated almost two paragraphs of a Latin passage. For the matching exercise, I asked him to look up each verb in the back of his textbook and identify its person, number, and tense. Then he matched the verb to its correct English translation. This exercise improved his ability to identify verb tenses and reiterated the fact that the perfect and pluperfect tenses are built on a verb's third principle part, something we worked on in our last session. After completing the matching exercise, he began translating the Latin passage on p. 15 of the student's textbook. He recognized the story and knowing the context helped him to translate more quickly. As he worked through the passage, I asked him to look up unfamiliar vocabulary in the back of his textbook and to identify verbs and their person, number, and tense."
"In another productive session, we continued some verb-form review (conjugations 1-4, present-imperfect-future, active). The student will complete the passive forms for our next meeting. He then worked on his homework for Wednesday - getting ahead again - focusing on the comparison of the irregular adjectives. He has a good recall of the noun and adjective endings."