Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was very focused today and we got a lot done. He has a test on chapter 10 of his book this week, which covers third conjugation -io verbs, third declension adjectives, and substantive adjectives. He will be allowed to use his book, which is great news. While we spent a lot of time reviewing the concept, we also worked on how to most efficiently and effectively use his book in the test. We also did some translating. He says that his grade has gone up to an 80 and he hopes he can get it even higher. This is great news."
"Today, the student and I went over a review packet I had created for him earlier in the week which reviewed a number of recent concepts from previous chapters, ranging from declining nouns to giving the correct verb form. We began by going over regular and irregular comparative adjectives and how to form each category. I also gave him the heads up that often, it is not the Latin forms that trip students up, but rendering these forms into English. There was also an exercise later in the review sheets that covered this exact concept, which was a nice reinforcement of the principles when we reached that exercise. Additionally, we reviewed identifying the tense of compound "sum" verbs - ensuring that the student was able to recognize the stem of the third principal part in order to distinguish the perfect actives from the present system actives. We finished today's session by going over a passage from the most recent chapters in his textbooks. While his translating has vastly improved, he has a tendency to rush or to almost improvise when the translation becomes vague or not entirely clear. To ensure that he continues to feel comfortable with translating, I will continue to make a point to include both sentences and full passages in our review sessions. As always, I encouraged him to contact me with any questions."
"We translated the rest of lesson 40 and got as far as translating Pliny's letter to Trajan. The student's recall of vocabulary is getting better as is his facility with translation. Switching to a new author with different ways of saying something as well as his use of different vocabulary can be daunting, but he persevered. I am going to email him some exercises on gerunds, gerundives and inchoate verbs to work on. It is always a pleasure working with him."