Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed work on both Latin and Math. We reviewed the math from the previous session and worked on a Latin assignment that dealt with future and future perfect tenses."
"In our session, I helped the student prepare for another Chapter 29 vocabulary quiz. First, I directed him to copy the vocabulary from his textbook and create his own list to study from. This strategy allowed him to organize the words in a way that made sense to him and helped prevent him from mixing up similar words by double spacing them on his list. I encouraged him by telling him that the act of writing down the words alone would help him recall them more easily. Next I created two vocabulary quizzes for the Chapter 29 vocabulary list using the same format as the quizzes he takes in class. I also created two quizzes for the Chapter 28 vocabulary list, as these words will be on his upcoming Latin test in addition to those in the Chapter 28 list. He did very well on all the quizzes I created. In addition to vocabulary, his exam will cover verb conjugation charts. I directed him to prepare for his exam by writing out conjugation charts and including not only personal endings but also verb stems. I also highlighted the section of his textbook that provides conjugation charts for all verb tenses as this is an invaluable study tool. I asked him to write out conjugation charts for both future and future perfect tense to get him started on his test preparation. He felt much more confident about both his quiz and exam after our session. He has made significant progress in Latin over the course of our sessions and I hope his exam will reflect this progress."
"I began today's session by working exclusively with Student 1, as he has a couple of Latin quizzes to retake. Additionally, how to go about translating Latin verbs into English had not been adequately covered in his class and this proved to be the biggest block to his comprehension. To this end, we practiced (using the same format as his quiz) with both third conjugation and third-io conjugation verbs. I also explained how the two conjugations are nearly identical with the exception that the third-io will have an "i" after the root of the verb in the present, imperfect and future tenses (hence the "io"). Afterwards, I explained that when translating these verb forms into English, you just need to get the "linking" verb/word correct. As long as he remembers "is" for present, "was" for imperfect, "will" for future, "have" for perfect, "had" for pluperfect and "will have" for future perfect, rendering the actual verb itself should be much simpler. I also emphasized that he must also add "being, be, been" after the linking verb to translate passives! After Student 1 was confident on the material he would be encountering on the quizzes, we spent the remainder of our time going through his and Student 2's science assignment, which was introducing them to switching between mols and grams. This required that I explain the principle of Avogadro's number (and the fact that 1 mol is equivalent to the same number of particles whether those particles be large or small) and then move toward explaining the equivalent problems themselves."
"The student has a Latin quiz on Monday, and since we will not have a tutoring session on Sunday, he reviewed his noun endings with me tonight. I also helped him complete all the exercises in his vocabulary unit three book for English. We looked at his vocabulary for social studies to make sure that he is ready for the quiz tomorrow. His grades will close out tomorrow, and I am hoping that after the Latin teacher adds two more grades that he will average out to a B in Latin. If not he will have a high C. His other grades, except for math, are very good. I suggested that he go over the Latin again before he takes the quiz on Monday, and he said that he would."
"Today we started by checking in on his grades for the last few days; he says he is doing well and better than before. Then, we worked on his assignment due tomorrow, but did not finish due to time constraints. We ended reviewing for his quiz tomorrow."
"Today we started talking about conjugating verbs. I suspect we will be on this topic for a long time, because it is their first real Latin grammar concept, and it is not an easy one to understand. However, they seem to be doing just fine with learning it. Currently, we are only working on the basic verb endings for the present indicative, and they seem to be receptive to it, which I'm glad about. The entire time, I kept pressing for them to learn their vocabulary, which is coming in handy, because now we can use the vocabulary set they have to practice these skills. We will continue working on verb conjugations tomorrow."