Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I began going through her review sheet. We went through all participle types and comparative and superlative adverbs. I think she knows her concepts well overall, but needs to focus on knowing her endings better; we are still reviewing her noun declension endings. I made a list of vocabulary that she had forgotten when we were reviewing sentences from her textbook. I also made a list of perfect active participles, which I think she should add to by looking over vocab. lists from Chapters 22-25. Finally, she should look over the irregular adverbs listed in Stage 23 of her textbook. Over the next week, she should continue to work through her study guide, and mark any topics she is confused or uncertain about; then we can focus on those topics at any subsequent sessions."
"Today I went over the fourth and fifth declensions with the student and then had her decline example nouns from all declensions, genders, and stems. The student definitely has a feel for the endings, but she needs to spend more time memorizing them so she can decline without looking back at her notes. We also translated two English sentences into Latin very slowly, first identifying the parts of speech, then determining case/tense, then adding the proper ending, and finally arranging the words in proper Latin word order. The student identified the grammar of verbs perfectly. She understands the big picture. Overall, she's covered a year and a half of Latin in just a month! For next time, I gave her about 25 nouns to decline and one verb to use for a synopsis."
"The student has started chapter 39, which covers gerunds and gerundives. We spent the first part of the session discussing the chapter and clarifying the meanings and differences between these two grammatical functions. Next, the student worked through her four translation sentences. I was impressed by how quickly and accurately she was translating sentences from English into Latin! She has made a great deal of progress in this area! After the translations, I gave her a few examples of an alternate way to translate gerund phrases so that she can recognize those structures in future translations."