Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session we covered the translation exercise of Chapter 48, and I noted that the students were able to translate with much greater ease and accuracy. We focused particularly on the identification of participles, and at the end of the translation exercise I helped the students to give a full identification (tense, voice, mood, case, gender, and number) for all the participles found in the translation passage. This is still the area that the students need the most help in, but I have seen significant progress with regard to the translation of participles. For the last half hour of the session, we reviewed verb conjugations by recitation. After the session was over, one of the students informed me that for the first time he has all A's or A-'s in Latin, and that his overall grade in Latin has improved from the upper 70s to 90s. The students have both made excellent progress!"
"This week we focused on Pliny's rescue of the Pompanians. The student focused on ablative absolutes, participles, and third declension nouns. I suggested that he review his third declension endings."
"We began our session by going over the student's memorization review. I had her memorize qui, quae, quod last week and she did a great job with it. After reviewing these and is, ea, id, we set out to memorize the 3rd-io and 5th declension nouns. We brainstormed to come up with recognizable patterns, and she seemed to understand these noun forms quite well. She did not have any homework for the week, so we spent the rest of our time working on future assignments. We spent an hour working on a passage from Cicero's First Catilinarian. I was pleasantly surprised with how well she navigated the text. Other than a few vocabulary issues and recognizing some uses of subordinate clauses, she had few problems with the text. We covered about 5 sentences, and we both felt good about our progress."
"This session, we continued working on getting comfortable with verbs in the subjunctive mood. We reviewed how the subjunctive is formed, which the student has done a good job memorizing during the week since our last session, as she remembered the vowel combinations for the marker of the subjunctive in all four conjugations. We then continued working through some more practice sentences from her class handouts, continuing to work with purpose clauses. I also introduced the concept of the deliberative subjunctive, where a speaker is pondering what to do, since one showed up in one of the sentences."
"In our first session, I taught the students the Latin for basic colors. First, I asked them to match each colored pencil I brought with the flashcard written in that color. We read the Latin word on each flashcard together and then went through all the flashcards, identifying both the color and corresponding Latin word. After this matching exercise, they colored pictures and I asked them to identify the colors they used in Latin. They also asked each other for specific colored pencils they wanted to use in Latin. Then I gave them a picture of a child with no hair and they had fun adding different colored boy's and girl's hairdos. On the back of each paper hairdo, I had written the Latin word for the hair color, introducing the different endings for different genders used in Latin. Black hair for a boy is "ater" whereas black hair for a girl is "atra," etc. We had a lot of fun in our session and I look forward to teaching them more Latin!"
"The student and I reviewed Latin for 2 hours to make sure that we had reviewed all of the items the Latin teacher had listed on his review sheet before he takes his semester exam tomorrow. He needed a little help with demonstrative adjectives today, so we spent time memorizing the charts for the hic and ille used as a pronoun by itself or as an adjective modifying a noun. He had reviewed some of his vocabulary words before the session, so we picked up with chapters 23, 24, and 25, of which he knew most of the words. I asked him to review chapters 26 and 27 after our session this evening so that we would be able to use most of the time during the session today reviewing the charts for nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and verbs so that he would do well on Part II of his exam which is declining noun and adjective pairs and doing verb synopses. He has done a terrific job tirelessly studying with me for his English and Latin exams!"