Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I started out by looking over the material his teacher expects him to learn for the first unit of the class, and we started figuring out what each of the activities on the class site entailed. After doing this, we started by looking through some of the material in the textbook, which gives a few simple sentences with the intention of teaching a few basic words such as the Latin words for father, mother, and son. We covered those sentences, which led us into discussing some grammar and noun cases in Latin, including the nominative case, which acts as the subject in Latin sentences. He seemed to understand the grammar, especially when I could draw a comparison to English grammar. We also covered some of the basics of pronunciation, which is a bit different from English. Finally, we started to go over some of the cultural information from the first chapter, which covered the Roman house and how it was structured. I was able to give him a bit of insight into this from my own travels in Italy visiting different Roman architectural sites. We did not finish going through this, but he should have a decent start on it. We were able to review at least a bit about each element covered in the first unit of his class, which should help him to catch up on the material soon. The material this early isn't necessarily difficult, but it is foundational and helps set students up for building up their skills, so we might spend a bit of time in our next session reviewing parts of the material."
"Today the student and I covered material for his upcoming quiz on Friday. Specifically, we covered the 3rd principal part of the verb "to be," second and third declension neuter nouns, and adjective-noun agreement. The student struggled a bit with matching second declension adjectives with 3rd declension nouns. To correct this we spent half the session parsing nouns and adjectives. For homework, I instructed him to review vocab and review what we did in session."
"After introductions and some general conversation about his Latin I class, the student and I went directly into the subject matter, reviewing what they had most recently started in Chapter 5, namely noun-subjects (Declensions 1-3), changing from singular to plural, as well as the verb is > are. We reviewed the uses of the five Latin cases, what the term "declension" means, and the concept of gender as it relates (and doesn't relate) to the first three declensions. We reviewed vocabulary from Chapters 1 and 2 of the textbook. This was in anticipation of a test on vocabulary, Chapters 1-5, that the student will take on Wednesday of next week. I focused some on English cognates for many of the words. I illustrated how useful Latin will be as he progresses in his simultaneous study of Spanish. He was responsive and seemed to enjoy our work together. I have scheduled our second session for a week from today."
"Good job working through translations. We'll focus less on word order in the future and dive into remembering vocab and declension agreements."
"The student is a very bright student. We began by going through a brief introduction, since it was our first session together. I just needed to know where he was with Latin and how comfortable he is with it. Then we went over his homework, which was just translating a Latin passage. After we finished, I made him put away all his notes and sight read the same passage. His memory is phenomenal. He's a quick learner, and I know I will be able to easily teach him. Then I set up some practice sentences for him. He had a few grammar questions, which were easily answered. I really hope to keep teaching him and take him from being a great student to an exceptional student."
"The student and I reviewed concepts covered in her January and February class sessions. These included a review of basic vocabulary such as colors, numbers, alphabets, and family members. We also reviewed irregular, regular, and stem changing verbs. The student has her listening exam next Friday and her final exam on the following Wednesday. We are reviewing the concepts covered throughout the semester in preparation for both of her exams."