Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we worked on stage 19 vocabulary. As before, we slowly worked through the new list of words, going over the forms and meaning of each one, before the student would review the whole list so far. After we'd gotten through the entire list of vocab, I quizzed the student on the vocabulary in a randomized order, and we worked on getting down the principal parts of all the verbs."
"We spent this session reviewing infinitive uses: In all tenses, both in English and Latin. This involved a review of the subjective, objective, and complementary uses of the infinitive. (Examples were used both in English grammar as well as in Latin.) Following this, we worked on the mechanics and "logic" of indirect statements in Latin. The boys had some trouble with this at first, as the Latin is counter-intuitive in its literal sense. However, with time, they seemed to grasp it rather well."
"We began the session by learning the pluperfect active indicative and the comparative adjectives. We then proceeded to briefly review all the tenses of verbs and declensions of nouns that we have covered thus far. The rest of the session was spent on translation practice, and we covered four translation passages in chapter 11 of the textbook. The student's progress continues to be fantastic! I left her with additional verb and noun practice and will send her an updated vocabulary supplement early next week."
"The student and I continued with our review for his midterm by continuing through the major concepts of chapters 10-20. I had designed some whiteboard exercises for him prior to our session which we worked our way through. To start, I gave him a vocab quiz on the vocabulary I assigned to him last week. He did very well with the noun, adjective, and verb section and will just have to focus his attention on the pesky "little" words (conjunctions, prepositions etc.) for next week. Next I had him conjugate through a variety of tense/voice combinations. While I picked a tricky verb, he did a great job of remembering the overarching concepts governing verb conjugating and I was able to give him pointers for applying these rules to irregular verbs. We will definitely work with another of the trickier verbs next week. Finally, we ended by declining a third declension and third declension i-stem noun and translating a few sentences. He had great questions about how to recognize conjugated verb forms as belonging to a certain declension so I will definitely incorporate some recognition exercises for next week. Additionally, I want to focus on more sentences and ensure that he is comfortable identifying various grammatical structures. I will be sending along part II of his midterm review packet shortly. I am very happy with the progress he has made! Given that we have made it through the majority of the material (20 of 30 chapters), we will be able to focus our next to sessions to covering a smaller, but newer, portion of the material."
"In this session we looked at the new chapter 10 vocabulary. We did some practicing on it with drills. We also reviewed Chapter 9 vocabulary and Chapter 8 and covered the respiratory system. In the next session, the student said he got 100% on his Latin test, and wanted to review the respiratory system and some history."
"The students did an absolutely superb job today, both of them. They jumped right in and worked hard and well on some pretty challenging Latin. Student 1 worked hard on some translation that involved grammar he hadn't been taught yet. Still, he worked *very* hard and came up with the correct translation. Student 2 and I covered the perfect and pluperfect subjunctives and active and passive voice. He demonstrated a strong command of the material."