Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over assigned homework. In the selected passage we covered uses of the subjunctive and I gave a brief background of the political climate of Rome during 63 B.C."
"We began by finishing the translation for Chapter 45, paying special attention to the use of the passive periphrastic construction and relative pronouns. I noted great progress in the particular points of grammar we had covered in previous sessions, and I was impressed by the student's attention to identifying the verb first when translating sentences. We then proceeded to complete the comprehension questions provided by her teacher for the translation, and when those were completed we reviewed the formation of all tenses of the subjunctive through synopses of verbs. After the session I sent her a guide to reviewing the passive periphrastic construction and the dative of agent."
"We began the session by reviewing the forms that the student worked to memorize. She did well with the 1st and 2nd personal pronouns and with the 1st through 3rd declension nouns. She still struggles with is, ea, id a bit, but I gave her an easy memorization week (the active indicative forms of laudo) just to be sure she is completely comfortable with the forms. After this, we talked about the uses of "ut" and the various types of ut clauses she will experience. We then spent the rest of the time going through her translation assignment for this week. She showed that she understood ut clauses quite well. Overall, it was a good session."
"Today, we continued reviewing for her final exam. We first went through adverbs, covering how to form them and how to translate comparative and superlative adverbs. Then we reviewed more grammar topics in the context of translation. Again, she seems to be doing much better with identifying forms in isolation. She said that she will be allowed to use her grammar notebook on her test, but we talked about how she also needs to be able to approach reading Latin with expectations so she has a better idea about what a noun or verb form is. We practiced reading with expectations toward the end of the lesson."
"Tonight, we reviewed demonstratives, conjugations and declensions. We also reviewed subjunctive sentences. Good luck on the test tomorrow! I am sending along a review sheet which will include the locatives."
"The student's work this afternoon was simply outstanding. He worked hard and well and demonstrated a distinctly stronger command of the material by the end of the session than at the beginning. Today, we revisited the important and very common piece of Latin grammar, the ablative absolute. Great job today!"