Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did just great today (especially considering the technical hiccup he was so patient with and through which he simply kept working). We began our translation of the Latin story "The Golden Age Returns". I guided him through review of points of grammar on which he stumbled, which really weren't very many. It did take several iterations of review before he got down pat the tense sign for the third, third io, and fourth conjugations. Great job today!"
"We reviewed the student's homework, which was practice on second conjugation verbs and some third declension nouns. She is very good with producing forms, but still struggles with memorizing vocabulary. However, we were going ahead of her class with the homework, and she will not learn the vocabulary until tomorrow. Then we reviewed the perfect tense, as she needed help with understanding the difference between the prefect tense and the imperfect tense (the two past tenses in Latin) and how the verbs are formed. I think she feels a lot more comfortable with the perfect tense now."
"We edited a presentation for class together. We went over tricky grammar and I asked her annoying grammar questions about the text until she caught and corrected errors. She did very well and her presentation was quite good. She quickly noticed her mistakes with very little prompting and was able to correct most of them with very little aid. Some parts were harder than others but overall it looks good!"
"We worked on verb forms, vocabulary, and participles in advance of the student's final exam. We discussed test taking strategies, tips (including a song) to remember verb endings, and a last-minute study plan for the night before."
"We used the entire session to review for the student's semester exam, using the provided review/sample exam materials. Specifically, we covered all of the vocabulary, verb forms, and grammar/syntax (partial English to Latin sentence translations, multiple choice.) He demonstrated a firm grasp of all of the work. We will finish the review work at our next (and final) session!"
"We had a great meeting today. We practiced nouns and noun endings, and worked on seeing patterns across declensions and in case relationships (e.g. dative and ablative plurals are always the same). The student practiced writing the endings and his comprehension increased with the written repetition. I encouraged him to write them a few more times over the weekend. It's less about studying or memorizing, and more that it seem clear that he is more confident when he writes things down. He works better when he takes it out of his head and puts it on paper. On Monday, we'll go through the four grammar sections of the exam one more time."