Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student really brought his A-game to tutoring today! He did a terrific job handling the practice sentences that pushed his command of noun-adjective agreement. Great job!"
"The student and I started our session today by doing some review of the topics we had covered in our last few sessions. I gave him some verbs and asked him to change them from present to imperfect and vice versa, and give a translation of each. I also quizzed him on some common vocabulary words he had learned in earlier chapters. After that, we moved on to looking at chapter 15. This chapter formally introduced the neuter gender, a topic that had actually already been covered in depth in previous chapters. I was a bit worried that this somewhat scatter-shot presentation of the information would be confusing to him, so I tried to explain to him how all the different attributes of a noun fit together. We also talked about how to use context to distinguish between different noun forms that look the same. We finished up our session with some practice translation."
"The student and I discussed the ablative of agent (and how it differs and is similar to ablative of means). We also looked at the declension of personal pronouns. We translated several exercise sentences from his textbook and began a translation of Dido and Aeneas."
"We reviewed the student's homework dealing with third declension nouns. We focused on neuter third declension nouns and how to match adjectives to them by identifying the proper gender, number, and case. He seems like he has a strong grasp of Latin so far, and was quick to correct his few mistakes once I pointed them out to him. He was a delight to tutor!"
"We went over a passage from Caesar's commentaries that the student will be tested on. I really see her transitioning from translating simplified textbook Latin to translating more advanced, real Latin texts very well. She is able to parse verbs and give me correct syntax when I ask her, and has a very good understanding of Latin grammar. She also asked to go over uses of the ablative, which her teacher likes to test her on, and I am confident that she knows more information than she gives herself credit for. Her Latin is very good and I am pleased with her progress."
"Continued to review translations from the student's book in addition to doing some grammar review. He should spend more time reviewing vocabulary, especially classes of words with unique forms like demonstrative pronouns."