Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read through her first two reading assignments, and worked through the reading comprehension questions for both. We also reviewed some details of class policy to make sure she won't miss any future participation points if necessary."
"The student has a quiz on her Latin vocabulary and scansion in class tomorrow, and of course she wanted to review for this during our session tonight. We started out taking a look at parts of the passages that she'll need to know for this quiz, none of which they have translated in class yet. She has a very good vocabulary, which will help her in identifying the meanings of words on the quiz; however, what was giving her a lot of trouble was identifying the gender, number and case of the nouns. This is essential to Latin translation, and it's something we've been working on the past couple of weeks. I think we're going to need to take some time each session to review her declensions, though, because she's fallen out of the habit of it recently. After struggling through a few sentences like this, we did turn to a chart of Latin declensions in the grammar book I brought with me. We discussed how she could easily recognize gender, number or case from some of the endings, and how the endings changed in each declension. Hopefully looking at the patterns between the declensions will help her during the quiz. She also wanted to do some work on scansion, and so we turned to that. She does fairly well with scanning on her own; however, she seems to have forgotten a lot of the rules that go into scansion, and so she's doing as much guessing as she is understanding why certain syllables are scanned as they are. I tried to help remind her of the rules, and we managed to work through a good chunk of what she had to quiz herself on before I left. Once I got home, I also found a good worksheet online that I sent to her that breaks down the rules of Latin scansion in a far more succinct way that will be easier for her to remember. We will continue to work on that in the coming weeks."
"We went over vocab for two chapters (the current chapter and the one she starts next week), did some translational exercises."