Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I continued working through her review packet. We touched on the formation of the subjunctive mood, though she will need to spend some more time on her own reviewing it. Our main focus was on the different ways to express purpose and obligation in Latin, reviewing the syntax and in the process also reviewing some of the more challenging morphology."
"In this session, we went over another homework assignment that the student had been given. He told me at the beginning of the session that his teacher told him to make a vocabulary sheet of all the words in the textbook that he did not know. In translating the passage we talked about: indirect commands, ablative absolutes, pronunciation, more participles, and the words "hunc" and "illuc." He is doing a good job of picking up "quidam, quaedam, quodam" after 1 week of usage."
"In light of some of her recent quizzes, the student and I began our session by talking about the pace at which she should move through the material and what types of things we will be working on in our sessions. She is very eager to get through the material as fast as possible, which is certainly understandable. But this eagerness has led to her rushing through some parts of her lessons and making avoidable mistakes. I wanted to be sure that she had time to ask question and work through the keystone exercises before taking her quizzes. I think that this more thorough approach will help her learn and remember the fundamentals of Latin more easily. I believe that it is especially necessary for her to have a good grasp on the basics, because Latin is a hugely cumulative language. I believe that spending a few extra minutes on practice now will save her hours of difficulty down the line. As far as lesson content, we spent most of our time today reviewing some concepts that I had introduced on Tuesday in preparation for the student's upcoming quizzes and unit exam. We started by talking about Interrogative pronouns, which she seemed to have a very clear understanding of. We then moved on to independent uses of the ablative, a topic which had given her some trouble on Tuesday. Today, however, she seemed to have a pretty good understanding of the topic. I recommended that she take her quiz on this topic right after our session. We ended our session by looking at the keystone section on translation. Here, she and I reviewed the translation techniques we had already talked about, and integrated some of the tips that keystone provided. We then started working our way through keystone's translation exercises. She still finds translation pretty challenging. She tries to rush through the sentences, and gets very easily discouraged when she encounters a word or form she doesn't immediately recognizes. I believe, however, that with some more guided practice she will start to find translation much easier."
"The student and I prepared for a quiz this upcoming week. There was much to go over, but we were able to cover the declensions of the pronouns 'hic, haec, hoc' and 'ille, illa, illud.' We also went over forming imperative verbs of which he had a good understanding."
"The student and I had a wonderful session today. We spent the entire hour reviewing participles, an important and commonly-encountered grammatical structure in Latin. She struggled with the material, but she stuck with it, and I feel her understanding and command of the material progressed over the course of the hour. Great job today!"
"For our first session we spent a majority of the time going over sequences of tenses. We established whether or not we were in primary or secondary sequence and the consequences for the verb in the subsequent subordinate clause. I believe the student gained a solid grasp of how I want him to approach sentences and seemed to gain confidence as the session continued. We also spent a little bit of time on deponent verbs, which he said he had been working on in class. We decided to meet again tomorrow and will continue to bolster his knowledge of subordinate clauses to enhance his understanding of the material before learning new things."