Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we spent most of the session reviewing a number of new uses of the dative case that they've covered in class. For each one, I provided a basic overview of the meaning, and then we looked at a number of examples, where I had the student try to translate them, and then provided correction and explanation as needed. Then, we spent the rest of the time continuing our translation from last week, partially in preparation for her translation quiz tomorrow. One of the sentences showcased five different uses of the ablative case, so it provided a great chance for reviewing some of the many things the ablative can do, and how to use context and word meanings to decide on the particular function of any given word."
"In our session today, we began by working through a couple of exercises from Lesson 4 that the student found challenging. We discussed the 5 Latin infinitives, how to form them and how to translate them, and did a few grammatical construction questions. We spent the rest of the session reviewing for his upcoming midterm. I had a complied list of the objectives introduced in the first four lessons and we worked through the majority of them. We began with the concepts that he was having the most trouble with: deponent verbs, participles, passive verbs, and ablative absolutes. I explained the concepts, gave examples, and then had him give me his own examples and translate concept-testing sentences. Taking those extra few seconds to focus on the grammar will be especially important when he takes his midterm."
"Focused on indirect questions and vocabulary. The student needs to review the basics, including case endings and the steps in translating sentences in Latin."
"The student and I read through several stories. He is very strong in his Latin, but needs to practice taking it slowly and carefully. He was introduced to two new verbal tenses and is learning them."
"The student continued to work on chapters 8 and 9 from his textbook which included covering the present, imperfect and future tenses of the 3rd and 4th conjugation in both the active and passive voices. We then went back over uses of the ablative and which ones require the use of a preposition and which ones do not. Finally, we discussed at length the nuances of the 3rd declension nouns, and how the neuter and neuter i-stems differ in this declension, making sure that he was prepared for his upcoming quiz. To break up our session, I designed a game for him and I to play where I asked questions covering important aspects of the recent material we have covered. This seemed to really engage him, while solidifying the key points of the material. I also created a document that organizes the 3rd and 4th conjugation forms, uses of the ablative (in a chart) and includes lists of common 3rd and 4th conjugation verbs."
"We continued to go over the Pandora's Box story that we started last week. I was able to finish the story with Student A and Student B is almost done with the story. They are both understanding Latin grammar and vocabulary a lot better in the context of a story, and I can see them making faster progress. Next week I want to review the story and hopefully move on to a new one. I do want them to practice their verb conjugations and noun declensions."