Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on his understanding and comfort in identifying case and case usage. I specifically focused on the grammar that has been introduced in the most recent chapters (33-38) and made a brief one-page reference sheet for these new case usages. The student and I went through each one of these definitions before moving on to an exercise similar to what we did last week, where I had him identify the grammatical construct being highlighted in a given sentence. I made a point to highlight where he might get tripped up on a question (misidentifying a genitive as a dative if he doesn't recognize what declension a noun belongs to) and reinforced areas in which he is already confident. Next, I had him translate 10 sentences that I had pulled from two different sections in his textbook and identify case usages within these longer, more complex passages. He did quite well with this. We finished by working our way through a passage we had translated a few weeks ago, but that may show up on his quizzes this week. Again, I had him both translate the passage and answer corresponding grammatical questions. I will be sending along both the document I created for this session and the passages that may be on the quiz, and I have encouraged him to contact me with any questions."
"In this session, the student and I began by talking about what she had been working on in her Latin class and what she needed the most help with. Since the student was not completely sure about why Latin words change their endings, we focused on this during the session. She and I first talked about the difference between nouns and verbs, and about the fact that nouns have a different set of endings than verbs. We looked at some words in Latin sentences, and the student was able to identify most of these as either nouns or verbs. However, she sometimes mistook a noun for a similarly-spelled verb. We looked at the differences between the set of endings for nouns and for verbs, and talked about how the student could look at the ending of a word to help her determine if it was a noun or a verb. She and I then focused on nouns: we discussed the five different cases of nouns in Latin and what function each of these cases served in a sentence. She practiced identifying subjects, objects, dative phrases, and possessives in English and Latin sentences. In the Latin sentences, we worked on parsing (describing the form and function of a word). She did a good job picking up on the functions of the different noun cases and describing the function of a word in a sentence in her own words. However, she should remember to begin translating a sentence by finding the main verb. She can continue to practice by reviewing her case endings and the function that each the noun cases serves. In the last part of the session, the student and I discussed her assignment for her creative writing class. I read over the student's assignment and offered some suggestions for how it could be improved."
"The student has a quiz coming up this week whose focus is on the neuter gender and Latin written numbers (as opposed to Roman numerals). Since the student felt comfortable with her ability to recognize the neuter declensions, we focused on the numbers in particular. We began by reviewing how to spell each of the numbers she would be tested on (1-12), and finished with some simple Latin math problems (written out alphabetically). From there, we took a quick look at some optional homework she was given to review the imperfect tense and neuter nouns. The sentence we looked at was an English-Latin translation practice sentence, but despite some difficulty with forming the plural number, Zoe did rather well with her translation. From there, we examined the translation passage which would be on the quiz, which she translated practically perfectly. The session ended with a quick online exercise on Latin numbers and vocabulary from the passage. I recommend only that the student review the plural paradigms, namely how to form the genitive plural in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declensions, and she should do well on the upcoming quiz."