Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session of test prep, we focused on comprehension. In the back of certain readings in his homework there are comprehension questions. The teacher said that there would be comprehension questions on the test similar in form to these. We went over the questions and I recommended that if he had time he should translate the passage then answer the question rather than try to do a quick read through. After this we spent times going over a reading that he was assigned for homework (to review more difficult grammar). Finally, we did a quick review on positive comparative and superlative adjectives, infinitives, and ordinal numbers."
"This session we discussed the subjunctive--endings, verb formation, and independent uses, including volitive, optative, deliberative, and potential. The student was struggling to remember the subjunctive endings in the active and passive, especially the perfect and pluperfect passive subjunctive, and the independent uses of the subjunctive. We reviewed grammar sheets from the Latin Library on all of these concepts, and she quickly understood."
"We had a good session today. The student and I got a lot of good work done. We covered indirect questions, and we touched on the principle of sequence of tense."
"We worked on translation the entire time. We translated roughly 10-15 lines from the student's textbook and I incorporated the lesson's grammar into the reading. We also discussed culture and Roman history at the end to better understand the translation."
"The student and I spent our session this morning going over her most recent tests. She felt that she had some gaps in her knowledge, and we agreed that looking over her tests and discussing the wrong answers was the best way to identify and plug these gaps. Like a lot of intermediate Latin students, she seemed to have a fairly strong grasp of forms, but was struggling a bit with some of the more complicated aspects of Latin syntax and with parsing forms into translations. A lot of the mistakes she made on her test seemed to arise from her attempts to make the grammar of the sentence fit what she thought the sentence meant. I gave her a few tips that I thought would help her. First, I talked about my technique for diagramming tricky sentences, and showed her some examples. Second, I advised her to first study the passages without consulting a translation. I believe that both of these techniques will help her bridge the gap between knowledge of forms and translating ability."
"The student said that since her class has finished the textbook, they are just working on some poetry. She needs to work on a paper comparing various translations of the first lines of the Aeneid; that is something I think she can do on her own. Thus, we started reviewing grammar for the final exam. I went back to the beginning to point out certain basic verb patterns before showing how they applied to all the various verb tenses she learned this semester (future tense, passive voice, etc.). We went through a lot of charts and drills together, but I think she will just need some very intense drills to actually remember and retain these skills. I'll email some handouts this upcoming week."