Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, the student wanted to do more review of grammar and forms. So, we reviewed how to form Latin's 4 participles, the present active, perfect passive, and future active and passive. We went over both the meanings and the forms, as well as what adjective type each are. Then, we used the participles as building blocks in reviewing Latin's six infinitives, three of which are built directly from the participles."
"The student and I spent time getting to know each other and discussing her overall Latin goals. We talked about the text and she got me caught up to speed about her Latin background. I answered the questions that she had about grammar and format, and then we delved into a translation. The session went incredibly well and I look forward to the Latin to come."
"The student's test got switched from Friday to Thursday (tomorrow), so we had an impromptu session, just to make sure that he was prepared and felt comfortable recognizing his forms for tomorrow's test. The student is really making terrific progress. I had prepared a number of exercises including writing down the present, imperfect and future of the verb "sum", asking him to provide the tense indicators for the imperfect and future tenses, and recognizing that the perfect, pluperfect and future perfect passive forms require the 4th principal part PLUS a form of the verb to be. The questions and exercises were designed to lead into one another (knowing the present, imperfect and future forms of "sum", so that he could then use them to form his perfect passives) and this strategy seemed to work really well! We finished by translating a list of Latin verbs, all in different tenses, person and number, then worked with the same Latin verbs, but made them passive (keeping the person, tense and number the same) then finally translated these new forms into English. We will definitely be using this strategy again, as it was a fantastic way to compare multiple forms, voices, and verbs side-by-side. The student has recently gotten a 12.5/12 on a quiz, so I'm hoping the trend continues!"
"The student is finally getting a hang of the endings for verbs and nouns. This was a very productive session. Looking ahead in his book, I suspect we will have more time to review. Our next session will be in a few days."
"Prior to meeting with the student, I checked his online course to make sure we understood his assignment. The assignment was to write a speech in Ciceronian form, but in English. I conveyed that to the student and he thought he could handle it on his own (I had researched and sent him a copy of devices that Cicero uses in his speech, so he could include some in his) and I also told him to follow his rubric and notes on the general outline that Cicero used in his speeches. He then had a translation that he wanted help with, so we went over that (with me being dictionary and guiding him with syntax) and as we translated, I pointed out more examples of devices that Cicero used."
"We went over the statue story from the student's Latin course. The student is very good with grammar. His biggest issue still remains with memorizing vocabulary. We ended the session by going through his vocabulary list and coming up with words in English we get from the Latin words. He still continues to do very well with Latin."