Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We translated a condensed account of Cicero's ousting of the anti-Republican conspirators, practiced the forms of the Latin to be verb - 'esse,' and did a few sentences from the self-tutoring exercises."
"Today, the student and I continued test preparation. First, we went through signifiers for purpose statements, and completed some Latin-to-English translations. She did a great job on the translations, so we moved on to indirect commands, focusing heavily on the "verbs of ordering" vocabulary. The student had some trouble remember these key words; we went through mnemonics, and then practiced translations so that she could see how the words functioned in context. Finally, we reviewed some sentences on her study handout from class."
"We went over participles and uses of cases. We also touched on some of the concepts the student will be exploring this week. I left him with charts to explore as well as a practice Latin test in order to gauge where he is in his Latin proficiency. He is a great student he just needs a couple of things explained further."
"In this session we prepared for the student's test the following day. We began with review of subjunctives and subordinate clauses, followed by infinitives and finally ablative absolutes. For each area, we mostly worked on example sentences that increased in difficulty as we proceeded. He did well, and we once again worked extensively on having him double check his work to ensure maximum success. Following this strategy on the test should produce good results."
"We reviewed the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives and adverbs for the student's test on Wednesday. She had everything well memorized. We then went over translation passage and I went over translation technique. We used the translations to review noun cases and declensions. We then reviewed the demonstrative pronouns. Lastly, she got a head start on the translation passage the class will be going over next week."
"The student started a chapter on the dative case with other special uses. We began by reviewing the dative case endings for all 5 declensions, demonstrative, relative, intensive, and personal pronouns, and then I explained the chapter more slowly and in more detail. She said she understood the material a lot better afterwards. After going through the grammatical explanations, we worked on translating the passage that is due tomorrow. Her translation's have been getting more accurate on the first try; she needed a reminder or two about indirect statements and verb tenses but did not seem to struggle with the passage at all afterwards."
"This week, we started reviewing for the student's big Latin exam for the semester. We started out with the basics, and reviewed first the nouns and then the verbs. We began by going through the nominal declensions, as he pointed out, basically reviewing/relearning what they started on day one of Latin. Then, we went through the tenses of the verb in the active voice, and then the tenses in the passive voice. I tried to emphasize again the many connections you can draw between the forms, to help make it more of a comprehensible system, rather than a giant mess of forms to remember. For instance, once you memorize the personal endings, you can apply them again to each of the tenses, rather than remembering them anew each time. Then, he did some work on his English essay on The Great Gatsby. Happily, his essay had at least touched on the material he needed to emphasize, and I encouraged him to go deeper with his analysis on those points, as well as discussing with him to see where he had deviated from the present tense to the past in his analysis."
"In our session, I helped the student complete a translation assignment and prepare for a Chapter 28 vocabulary quiz. For each sentence, I asked the student to identify the subject(s), verb(s), direct object(s), and indirect object(s). I also asked him to identify the case, number, and gender of nouns and the person, number, and tense of verbs. We reviewed how to find the perfect verb stem and the conjugation charts for the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses. After completing the translation assignment, I gave the student a few minutes to review the Chapter 28 vocabulary list and then quizzed him. The student should be well prepared for his quiz. To conclude our session, I asked the student to copy the declension chart for the relative pronoun, qui, quae, quod and then asked him how to properly translate each form into English. The student did well in this exercise. I will give him more practice with relative pronouns and clauses in our next session."
"We continued with review of the demonstrative pronouns in Latin, vocabulary, grammar, composition, and reading/translation."