Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, the student and I reviewed the latest line selection assigned for an upcoming quiz. First we re-translated, and then we reviewed the constructions. She was a little shaky with the translation, so I suggest that she review again before her quiz; I also suggested that she ask her teacher a few things tomorrow in class so that she can make sure she is fully aware of her teacher's expectations."
"In this session we started to cover Latin poetry. Namely, we moved to the poetic version of the creation myth by Ovid. The student had not seen very much Latin poetry before so we had to go over the placement of adjectives in poetry and we discussed some meter."
"We focused primarily on the irregular verb fio, fieri, factus sum, which is a semi-active and passive verb. I explained that most of the verb forms are active in translation but passive in meaning. Again, we applied these learnings to translations. Also, we looked at superlative adjectives, specifically the 3rd declension adjectives that end in -limus. I provided examples of how they are translated and compared to other superlative adjectives that end in -issimus."
"The student and I spent the first part of the lesson reviewing verbs forms. I gave him various Latin verbs and he had to parse them for me and translate. Then I gave him English words and had him put them into Latin. He was still having trouble with voice, so I then gave him Latin sentences to translate, then I had him change the original sentence into the opposite voice and put that into Latin. He was still having trouble with the basic endings, but was showing improvement in that area by the end of the session. We finished by reading a story from a Latin reader, parsing words and reviewing grammar as we went. By the end of the lesson, he was much better at recognizing active vs. passive voice."
"The student and I reviewed irregular adjectives/adverbs and how they are formed. It was a new topic for him; however, I tried to emphasize how they are in fact fairly simple once the concept is more familiar. We also reviewed participles and did online exercises on how to identify different types of participles and noun cases. I instructed him to learn the adverbs that have been introduced in his textbook so he could identify them at sight, which will greatly help with his test."
"The student did a truly excellent job today. We jumped into lines 25 thru 40 of the student's Ab urbe condita and just started battling away with the complexity of her wordplay and concepts, and he handled this material well, translating the first sentence creatively and intelligently. Bravo, great work with some of Latin literature's toughest work."