Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, we worked on preparing the student for his translation portion of his upcoming exam. They already had translated the passages in class, so we were reviewing material he had seen before, and he did well with remembering some parts of it. Since he wrote in the translation above the line on his copy of the Latin, I transcribed lines onto my whiteboard for translating. We got through most of the Latin. As some constructions and words recurred, he made improvement at recognizing them."
"We spent our session focusing on the grammar introduced in the first few chapters of the second Oxford book. Before delving into the new book, I answered the student's questions regarding the final translation in Book I. We focused on the newly introduced imperfect and perfect tenses as we worked through the exercises and translations associated with Chapter 17. The text will do a good job of working the perfect stem into translation passages from this point forward. When we had worked through the confusion associated with topics presented in Chapter 17, I introduced the major grammar concepts introduced in Chapters 18 & 19 (expressions of time, the pluperfect tense, translation of the true perfect)."
"Today's session with the student was a very good one! I had asked him to prepare a translation and to do some verb work, which he did well. The translation was rough in parts, but it is a difficult passage. The verb work that the student did however, was great. He really seems to be improving with the verbs. We did some other work on verbs today and he did excellent. For tomorrow the student will prepare some more translation from the passage, he is going to work on 4th decl. nouns, and he will do yet more verb work. Tomorrow I'm going to give him some other review activities and, if he's up to it, introduce him to some of the new material in ch. 18. I will only do this if I feel that he is ready for it. We will certainly do some more review of previous material."
"This session we studied Ecce Romani vocabulary to prepare for the student's quiz, and we focused on the future tense -- how to form and conjugate it. He struggled to recognize verb endings without going through the entire conjugation. To work on this, we conjugated verbs in multiple ways. He was an active and interested learner."
"Focused on translation and scansion of the story Daedalus and Icarus in Dactylic Hexameter. The student will need more experience with translating poems, but overall, there are no issues. He needs to pay more attention to the context of the stories when he's translating, which will help him in his overall understanding of the material."
"The student did a terrific job today. She arrived lickety-split, we jumped right into the lesson, and she worked hard and long the entire hour on the imperfect tense passive voice (she had done so well on the imperfect tense active voice, I felt she could more than handle its opposite). Thanks so much!"