Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we began to go over the next reading for the student. He wanted to work on different grammatical uses of the future passive participle as we had gone over the passive periphrastic, and the gerundive. While going through the passage I highlighted to him several uses of the future passive participle as well as the present active participle."
"We went over verb stems and endings. I had the student identify endings, then produce various forms in Latin from English. He was getting much better by the time we moved on from this activity. Then we went over indirect statement, where I had him put sentences into Latin, and then changed the wording slightly and had him tell me how that changed the meaning. We finished by sight reading the same story we left off with last time."
"The student and I spent the first hour going over pluperfect subjunctives. He had a great understanding of how they are formed and used. We also went over verb tenses where he also displayed a very solid understanding. The last half hour was spent going over culture, namely Roman roads, and identifying what might be asked on his quiz. I felt it was a very productive session and asked the student to let me know how he does on his test."
"Today the student and I reviewed gerunds and gerundives, as well as result clauses, indirect commands, indirect questions, and indirect statements. To examine these concepts, we worked through some pages of exercises that he emailed me beforehand. He showed really impressive focus and attention to detail today, particularly while dealing with some tricky indirect statements."
"The student and I have worked on ablative absolutes, conditional sentences, and demonstrative pronouns. He's doing really well. As I told his mother tonight, his text is introducing challenging material, and he's grasping it well."
"The student did just great today! Our session together today was a change of pace, because the student asked me to help him review a paper he has due in Latin class about the Roman authors Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger. It was a lot of fun, tracking down sources, discussing various points of interest and importance from those sources, and discussing the various reasons why the writings of these two men remain important to us today. We spent the first hour working on that, then spent the last half-hour of our time together tackling how the Romans expressed dates, which was quite different from how we express them. The student did a great job with that material."