Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We learned the form and function of the imperfect subjunctives, and how they might be used for result clauses. We went over the vocabulary so that we could do the ancient sayings section and translate a poem of Catullus."
"The student and I worked on translations a lot during this session. We double-checked one of her homework sentences and then began a longer translation for her class. I gave her a few minutes to work independently and then we looked at the passage together. She was able to translate most of it quite accurately, but I helped navigate a few of the more complicated clauses. I asked what her typical strategy is for translation, and she replied that she looks at it word by word, and we talked about also looking at the sentence as a whole if the "word by word" strategy isn't making sense. We also reviewed the clauses that she had learned this chapter and identified them in the translation. At the end of the session, she seemed confident with her progress and seemed to have a great understanding of how to translate the passage, especially using the new grammar from this chapter."
"In this session, we talked a bit about the student's upcoming SAT's. He focused on preparing his culture sheet for his Latin class, which covered the construction and layout of the city of Rome. This will help to give him some context to certain concepts in Roman culture that will come in handy as he approaches later texts about the city. Much of this was based on reading comprehension, however, it also laid the groundwork for other ideas. For example, we talked about how the Roman elite were located primarily around the Esquiline Hill while the working poor lived mainly in the crowded Subura near the Forum. Yet while they were separated in their living quarters, the poor would frequently visit their rich patrons seeking favors, and so we discussed the system of patronage in Rome, which seems to be the next unit that his class will be covering."
"As the student is getting ready to start high school and will be in Spanish, we used our time today to review the basics of what he learned last year. We used an app/website. He created an account and started to review the basics. The program makes you identify objects in Spanish, translate sentences from English to Spanish and vice versa, and speak sentences to measure your pronunciation. We were able to complete 12 lessons in our time, and he just needed a bit of review. His pronunciation was good, and he wrote the phrases in Spanish well. He downloaded the app onto his phone so he can work on it himself, but it is something that we can review if/when there is no other work to be done."
"As the student requested last time, he used the time between our meetings to complete his class exercises for us to review during today's session. We therefore spent our time reviewing his answers and discussing the questions he had about correct verb tenses or how to help his written Spanish flow better. As last time, he was actively engaged in every minute of the session, asking for clarifications and assistance wherever he felt it was necessary. I was glad to note that many of his answers were correct or at least on the right track, which I feel was an improvement from last time when he was uncertain about providing answers. Verb conjugations can be tricky, but he hasn't given up, and I have been very impressed by his dedication!"
"As today was our first meeting, I checked the student's knowledge on the basic concepts. We went through numbers 1-1,000,000, days of week, alphabet (and letters that have different sounds), months of year, and useful phrases to use during the sessions."