Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, we worked primarily on reviewing the gerund and gerundive. The student had reviewed them in class recently, and wanted to work through it again in tutoring to make sure she really understood what the gerund was. We reviewed the different meanings of the gerund in different cases, and then went through a number of practice sentences, cementing her knowledge of the material we'd just covered. For the end of the session, we continued on with translating the Ovid passage that we started looking at in our previous session. Ovid's poetic word order gave her some difficulty, so we spent time breaking down each sentence, and she planned to do this on her own moving forward when she translates."
"Today we took another look at emblem XVII, polished our translation of the motto, and compared it with the German translation. We translated more mottoes for three other emblems. The Latin text was useful for a review of personal endings for the passive voice and for deponent verbs. We saw new uses of the ablative (agency, separation, location, as well as other prepositional uses and idiomatic phrases). We dealt with subordinate clauses, e.g. final clauses with subjunctive verbs. We also compared our translations with an English companion to Atalanta Fugiens. We set a schedule for the next few sessions, during which we will work on the epigrams. The student's foundation in Latin is resurfacing, as is evident from her more precise identification of parts of speech, her recognition of clauses, as well as her accurate parsing (cases of nouns, mood and voice of verbs, etc.)."
"We began by quickly reviewing some of the new comparative/superlative forms from lessons 34 and 35. After this, I used the sentences/stories from these chapters as a springboard for addressing particular issues that the students are having. Their primary difficulty still remains in translating sentences. They have basically memorized their forms, but the application and recognition of forms in sentences at times needs more practice."
"We began the lesson by reviewing greetings, which the students had learned the previous lesson. We then continued our review of numbers: 1-10 and then 1-20. To engage the students in using their number counting abilities we played Hide and Seek ("Las Escondidas") with each student taking a turn in counting and hiding. I then introduced the students to the question: How many? and its many forms (How old?/How much?...). Finally, we began reading the bilingual version of Cat in the Hat."
"The student and I worked on conversation, tongue twisters, reading and grammar (reflexive verbs and pronouns part II). Overall it was a very good lesson."
"Introduced study techniques for learning vocabulary, reviewed regular and irregular verbs, and went over structuring answers to questions for the student's oral exam next Monday."
"Read "El Secreto del Gigante" and practiced pronunciation with special attention to accents; played Monopoly in Spanish and practiced numbers while auctioning properties."
"Today I had the student describe his daily routine in Spanish, as well as his work duties. The second half of the class was spent reviewing the preterite and the imperfect tenses."
"Reviewed for Spanish 3 chapter 5 vocabulary and competed a practice test. The student needs to dedicate an hour of memorization time for the words (using flashcards) over the weekend."
"We discussed the student's test on which she received 93%! We reviewed Chapter 11 vocabulary and completed practice activities, then looked at more uses of the subjunctive and completed practice activities. Finally, we drilled subjunctive of stem-change and spelling change verbs."
"I assisted the student with translating materials in English into Spanish. I had a lot to translate and since most of the materials were instructions, I had to be very careful and precise."
"We reviewed the class test, then went over conditional phrases. We read, translated and contextualized a class-assigned story."