Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed passages in Latin, going over grammar and specifics, translating, and analyzing the passages. The student needs to continue working on identifying cases and becoming more familiar with the gender and declensions of nouns, in addition to reviewing all of the different pronouns and their forms."
"This session we studied for the student's upcoming chapter 29 vocab quiz. We discussed English cognates to help with memorization. We also studied for the National Latin Exam, and in the process discussed test taking strategies (e.g. figure out what the question is testing you on) and translation strategies (e.g. start with the verb). I asked him to finish the exam we were working on (Latin I 2014 numbers 4-18) to review next session. The student got a 92/A on his chapter 28 vocab quiz."
"I had pulled some Latin exams to use for practice, which was fortuitous, since the student is taking an exam this week and it gave us a chance for her to review and to get used to the test format. I had also pulled some questions on the relative pronoun, which she is just starting. We reviewed what a relative clause looks like in English and what it looks like in Latin, and what an antecedent is and how it determines the number and gender of the relative pronoun. We then reviewed relative clauses to see how the pronoun has its own case. She did very well with finding antecedents and deciding the case, number, and gender of relative pronouns. As she is still memorizing the paradigm, she referred to the chart, but she got almost all of them correct. I asked her to email me to let me know how her report goes and to let me know if she has questions about anything this week."
"The student was not feeling well today so we worked on some stuff that wasn't too strenuous. We reviewed weather and how to express the date and day of the week. We reviewed the alphabet and practiced spelling. She did very well. Then we made a list of 25 frequently-used verbs and practiced conjugating them in sentences. She said she enjoyed that activity, so we will continue to do so, moving to the past tense ASAP."
"The student will be working with 20 new verbs in the present form. He is lifting his confidence level. He expresses gratitude for the lesson and how it all comes easily now ."
"The student worked on the verb "Hay" and learned different words about objects found in a bedroom (recamara). In addition, she reviewed gerunds (ing) for verbs in Spanish. She practiced changing the infinitive form of caminar, partir, beber, hablar, escuchar, escribir, saltar, comer, nadar, bailar and vivir to the appropriate gerund (i.e., caminando, partiendo, bebiendo, etc.). She answered specific questions that required her to think about the correct pronouns and use the gerund form of different verbs. I would give her a sentence in English, and she would form that sentence in Spanish. Overall, she had a great session today. I always enjoy interacting with her!"