Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went back to some of the earlier chapters from the semester in preparation for her final exam. We focused mostly on demonstratives, and as we reviewed their form and functions, and we also touched on noun/adjective patterns. Additionally, we practiced translation. I told the student that I will look through her book chapters, and write down a list of major topics; I'll send them in an email, and before our next lesson, she should mark which topics she feels least comfortable with. That way, we will better be able to focus the final exam preparation."
"The student and I had our first session in Latin today, and we spent some of it just figuring out where he is in the course, what he's doing in his classes, and where he felt he was having the most trouble. As he told me, he seems to understand the vocabulary and how to learn it. He understands grammatical concepts like different cases and tenses and how they each work in the sentence. What he's having the most trouble with right now, though, seems to be remembering how words are declined and conjugated. The student mentioned having some gaps in his instruction during the last year, which could be part of it, and some of it seems to be how I have heard the Cambridge Latin course, the book he's using in his class, goes about teaching Latin. It tries to give students a more natural introduction to the language than a systematic one. The student mentioned he's more of a math person, so he might just need some help visualizing that system in his head in order to remember it. That is something I can work with him on to keep him on track without interfering with the more natural adoption of the language in class. Since he didn't have a test coming up soon in class, we decided to work through one of his translations for the course, which gave me a good idea of where his skill level is. We made it through a few sentences, trying to go through them in an orderly fashion beginning with the main verb, then the subject, and so on. This took us quite some time, but it's a good habit for a Latin student to get into while translating, and with some practice, it will help speed him up tremendously. I look forward to meeting with the student again next week!"
"We continued to review material from Latin 1. I found practice sentences from my copy of a Latin course, and we specifically covered sentences with clauses and the passive tense. I told the student to work on his prepositions and declensions."