Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session the student and I began to work on lesson 30 in his book. We spent half an hour previewing the concepts and learning the syntax covered in the 5th declension, locative case and supine. We did some practice exercises and sentences regarding these as well. Next we covered the vocabulary from the chapter, making a review sheet he can use in the future. Finally, we spent the last 30 minutes working on translation from the chapter."
"Today the student had a culture translation and a test. It was a tough day! She went through a demanding translation exercise that require paraphrasing as well as direct translation, which she worked through in discussion first, then in composition. Then, we prepared for the test, which she did very well on after the demands of the translation. A good day."
"During the session, the student did a great job. We went over a list of about 35 vocabulary words (for a quiz tomorrow) and ended the session having a firm grasp on almost all of them."
"Today, we did more overall review for the student's Latin final. We spent a good deal of the time reviewing the formation of third declension adjectives, as that was one of the topics they're expected to know. So, we went through the differences between third declension adjectives and regular third declension nouns, and practiced producing and identifying the forms with the help of her class handouts. When we had spent enough time on that, we turned to the back side of her exam review guide, which had an abbreviated practice exam, giving the exam format and the types of questions that will be asked. We went over the practice questions that were on there, practicing a lot of grammatical identification, among other things. Finally, we spent some time reviewing the Latin verb system."
"We went over a number of sentences involving dative indirect objects in preparation for an upcoming quiz. We also reviewed dative personal pronouns, imperative verb formation, and translation."
"In our session this evening, the student and I focused on reviewing her recent quizzes in preparation for her unit 2 exam on Monday. She performed very well on her quizzes on translation and interrogative pronouns, but had some difficulty with her quizzes on the uses of the ablative and reflexive pronouns. We started by reviewing the forms and usage of reflexive pronouns in general terms, then looked specifically at the questions that had given her trouble on her quiz. When she seemed to have a better grasp on that topic, we moved on to the uses of the ablative. Here, again, we started by reviewing the general qualities of each use of the ablative and how to distinguish between them, before moving on to looking at specific questions. By the end of our review, she seemed more comfortable with both of these topics. We ended our session by spending around ten minutes talking about techniques for tackling complicated Latin sentences and ways to safeguard against making avoidable mistakes when translating. It seems to me that the student is ready for her unit 2 test. If she spends a bit more time reviewing her past quizzes and takes her test carefully, I think that she'll do great on it."