Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met for a brief session just to go over a few more passages and grammatical constructions prior to his exam. He did an excellent job of recognizing cases, uses of those cases, and at identifying parts of speech in the passages he translates. I emphasized that while he may absolutely end up with the correct meaning, a literal translating requires that he translate precisely the Latin words at hand. For example, "the sister saved her brothers" is not the same as "the brothers have been saved by the sister" even though the actual meaning is identical. His vocabulary continues to expand and his comfort in identifying tenses (even the tricky 3rd conjugation future) continues to steadily improved."
"I did a review of all the declensions and cases with the students did very well. Since we were working on relative pronouns last time, I had found three online quizzes that she worked on and she missed no more than 1 or 2 per quiz. She has memorized the declension already, which is amazing! We started on Lesson 16 and the new grammar point is the past perfect or pluperfect tense. I told her how it was formed and how it was translated. She had translated the beginning story, so we went back and she picked out all of the pluperfect verbs and we re-translated them. We went to the next story and I had her tell me the tenses of all of the verbs in the first half and then she translated the whole story. She did very well. She has a good sense of putting things in order before she translates."
"This session we prepared for the student's upcoming test, focusing on working out steps for her to choose the incorrect verb form on the synopses section of her test (the section of her tests she has the most trouble with). After we started applying these steps (step 1 (person? number?), step 2 (verb? principle parts?), step 3 (conjugation?), step 4 (create your own synopsis), step 5 (compare with the test synopsis), the student got all of the questions right. Hopefully this carries through to her test!"