Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, we reviewed for the student's upcoming exam, reviewing Latin translation sentences that he'd already covered in class. Since his copy of the exercises was heavily marked up with his English translations, I transferred the sentences over to my whiteboard for him to translate, which also gave the opportunity to mark up sentences as appropriate. We were able to review most of what he was responsible for."
"The student has a Latin test coming up. She received a study guide, which we went over. She was a learning about the stem vowel associated with each verb conjugation. I explained it to her and she realized that it wasn't as complicated as first thought. We also went over noun endings. She was able to produce a noun-ending chart for the first three declensions. By the second time we did it she remembered them all. We also went over the culture questions on the study guide. I have confidence (and so does she) that she will do well on her upcoming test."
"We spent the session discussing the questions and concerns the student had encountered while working his way through the vocabulary, exercises and translations. We then looked ahead at the grammar concepts that he will likely come across before our next session (relative pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, and personal pronouns). We are starting to really get into the nitty-gritty grammar rule exception cases and the student is catching on quickly."
"We worked through his entire review sheet for his upcoming test. It concentrated on the differences between imperfect and perfect verbs."
"The student and I worked on a variety of topics in today's session. We started by introducing new vocabulary that he has yet to encounter in class, but will see when he begins the 4th declension. Additionally, we went back over the demonstrative pronoun forms and relative pronoun forms. I was happy to see that he remembered these forms quite well and could recite them orally in addition to writing them correctly in the online platform. We continued with our sentence practice by translating sentences that began to introduce relative phrases and interrogative pronouns. We finished the session (using about half of our session time) to do a massive review of 1st, 2nd and 3rd conjugation verbs, in all tenses and in both the active and passive voice. I was especially pleased at his progress with being able to conjugate verbs, identify which principal parts to use and how to translate active and passives forms correctly into English. Even when he made mistakes, it gave us a great opportunity to review salient elements or tricky parts of a given verb form."
"The student did great tonight! He worked hard and solidly for the entire hour on first-declension nouns and the functions of cases. We also worked on vocabulary and on English derivatives (e.g., the Latin word "mora" which means "delay" is responsible for the English word "moratorium"). Thanks for a great session tonight!"