Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I spent most of the session starting to review for his upcoming final exam, which is in a few weeks. We went chapter by chapter in his book reviewing concepts and translating practice sentences that modeled each concept. He did well with this; if he made mistakes, he was able to identify and correct them if he went back and reviewed it a second time."
"Good day--we started off with a recitation, and the student really is proving her pronunciation. Then, I gave her notes and a chart for the new grammar, infinitives and indirect statement. We practiced, and she took the quiz. Finally, we worked on a translation exercise. She has a test tomorrow, so she will study tonight and I will be back to review tomorrow."
"Today, the student and I focused on his homework assignment for the night. We focused most of the session on the translation portion, as I went through it line by line with him, letting him take the lead and try to translate. Finally, we spent the last half an hour on the multiple choice sections and finished the first together. The student has a knack for Latin and is always a pleasure to work with."
"We finished the first chapter of "Caesar's Gallic Wars." As new grammar came up I went over the elements that I thought would be relevant for Latin 2 (e.g. dependent clauses and some passive work, the partitive genitive and pronouns). We went over particular phrases and their meanings. For the second half of the session we returned to ordinal numbers and finished the exercise that we began on Tuesday. We paid particular attention to some of the more idiosyncratic forms of ordinal numbers (e.g. nineteenth can be written either as nineteenth or one from twentieth)."
"This was our first session, working with both students. They have already done a fair amount of work with learning verbs, so I did a bit of work with them on those before focusing in more closely on nouns. I taught them a few of the nouns on their vocabulary list, to allow us to learn the meanings of the different cases and to practice using verbs and nouns together. We started out with just the first declension nominative case, creating very simple sentences with just a subject and a verb, and learning how to switch between singular and plural. After they had a good amount of exposure to the nominative case, I added in the accusative case as well, and we worked on making slightly longer sentences, with both a subject and a direct object. I also taught them that word order is flexible in Latin, and we practiced saying the same thing in several different ways, and making sure to look at endings, since the subject won't always come before the object. We ended up practicing some more Latin by having them write a sentence of their choosing (they learned how to say theater and pie) and then drawing a picture."
"The student had his trimester exam coming up, and so we practiced for it by going over recent quizzes to ensure that he knew all of the material. In addition to bolstering his confidence in the subject matter, we also discussed the strategy he should use during his exam, which was to focus on the written section first before going into the scantron portion. For the rest of the session, I gave him sentences to translate, which he did very well on. I was confident leaving that he would score quite high on his exam."