Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started our session today by looking over one of her recent assignments, for which she had to compose sentences describing a house. We talked about some of the grammatical aspects of the sentences she had written, and reviewed some pertinent concepts as they came up. But the bulk of our session was spent sight-reading and translating. It seems to me that her class is a bit light on grammar and translation, so I try to fill in the gaps in our sessions with guided translation and discussion of grammatical and syntactical concepts."
"I had a terrific session today with this student. We got all the way through the two independent use of the subjective of potential and deliberative. We started on the dependent use of the subjunctive, result clauses. She said she'll email me with the next time we can meet (probably this weekend). Her next due date is a quiz on the 7th. Great job!"
"Today, we focused heavily on the About the Language sections from the student's current chapter, and also reviewed relevant forms and grammatical terms. She got the general concept, but will need to practice the forms some more; I will email a worksheet to her later tonight for her to continue to practice. I looked at her quiz, and discussed it with her. To a large extent, I think she does just need to review her vocabulary at a more regular frequency. We will continue to work on that."
"When I first met with the student today, he informed me that he thought he did well on the mechanics of his test. Today, we worked for the first hour on the most common pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives, verbs, and nouns in Latin literature. It is my belief that by knowing these, and building on them, he will be able to figure out words in context he may not know off hand. We then spent the next thirty minutes working on translation. I can already see that he is improving vastly in recognizing forms and syntax; he just needs to keep working on using each word correctly within the sentence."
"I've decided to use the immersion method instead of teaching the student grammar first. I had him read an older, easier passage from his textbook and from there, I had him deconstruct the words to learn the grammar. I think this approach will prove far more useful to him because he seems to learn by examples rather than by concept. I left him with several noun and verb charts to memorize. He did a good job. I can tell he has a good memory from his ability to recall information when I specifically ask for it. He still needs guidance, and I'm trying to get him to a point where he can see the grammar concepts for himself. We will continue to work on this."
"This session we prepared for the student's upcoming quiz on her Jason and the Argonauts translation by reviewing in detail the translation, practicing translation strategies (working backwards from verb to subject, using context clues to figure out the function of words), and parsing and reviewing verb forms (for example, the imperfect, perfect, and the principal parts they form off of) and grammatical constructions as they came up (for example, indirect statements, uses of the ablative and genitive, and relative clauses). The student was struggling to connect the abstract Latin info she had memorized previously (case and tense endings) to their actual application in translation. I did send her grammar charts on cum clauses and the ablative case to review in preparation for her quiz."