Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we practiced translation in preparation for his exam this week. As we translated we reviewed many basic and complex grammatical concepts including accusative-infinitive constructions and gerunds. We also continued to practice translation strategies such as working backward from the verb to subject, identifying constructions separable from the main thought, and using the English title/passage preface for context and vocab help. In preparation for his exam/next session, I ask him to memorize all verb forms, the conjugation of the irregular verb sum, and the declensions of the relative and demonstrative pronoun."
"The student translated well. The translation today seemed much harder than yesterday and had a lot of unknown vocabulary. I was not able to see the exercises in the online version which he could see in the printed version, so I was not able to go over that with him, but we went back and picked out examples of "ne" clauses and gerundives from the text and I will bring in some with me to go over tomorrow."
"We reviewed the latest three chapters for the student's test on Monday. We worked on the grammar and irregular forms. Reviewed the many uses of the ablative and dative. Next week we will get introduced to the subjunctive. It may be exciting."
"This session, the student and I finished his assignment, editing what he had already written and adding another two sentences to increase length and include a change of tense. Then, we discussed and outlined his essay, focusing on the thesis statement. He had many details to contribute to this outline and this should make for a very interesting paper. For next time, finish writing the paper and we will edit this together. I am sending along a review sheet with the vocabulary we went over for the assignment."
"Today, the student and I ran through her vocabulary list in preparation for her vocabulary quiz, and discussed mnemonics. We then moved into practicing the grammar from her current chapter, and completed some translations in order to both internalize the new grammatical structures and see some of the vocabulary words in context. Finally, we spent some time reviewing older concepts, namely noun endings."
"It was a great first session. He seems to be a good student and receptive. I will enjoy working with him! We covered the noun cases, the first declension, and the first two conjugations in the present, future, and imperfect. He has some small gaps due to his lack of grammar instruction in Latin 1, but I think he can catch up fast. I also really like the fact that he has been learning Roman history."
"We worked on Latin to English and English to Latin translation using perfect and imperfect verb conjugations."
"Today, we worked on the perfect passive system. We started out working through some practice sentences her teacher had created, where they are given an English sentence along with the necessary Latin vocabulary, and then asked to produce the Latin sentence. The student understood the process well, but had some difficulty coming up with various forms on the spot. Eventually, she wrote out all the declensional patterns, and it turns out she knows most of them well as systems, but had more trouble recalling any given particular form, so I encouraged that she practice that, and we will come back to it in the future. She also didn't remember how the imperfect and future of the verb 'to be' are formed, so we reviewed that, and she also added it to her list of things to study. When we had finished the provided sentences, I had her modify some of them to practice other tenses, or other combinations of person and number. Finally, we finished out the time by doing some more work on recalling individual case forms."
"In our session, both students and I reviewed the present tense conjugation charts for sum and played a memory game. I placed twelve flashcards facedown on the table so that there were three rows and four columns of cards. Each card had either a present tense form of sum or the English translation for a present tense form of sum. We each took turns flipping over two cards. If a player flipped over a form of sum and the English translation of that form, they could keep the pair of flashcards. The player with the most pairs won. Student A was very good at remembering where cards were placed on the table and found a pair all by herself. In the second round of this game, she decided to watch Student B and I play and read out the form needed to make a match from her conjugation chart of sum i.e. when I turned over the flashcard with "they are" written on it, Student A read the corresponding Latin form, sunt, so I knew what flashcard I needed to find to make a match. Next I introduced them to a new subset of Latin body part words. We played Simon Says to practice the new words and review the familiar words. To conclude our session, we briefly reviewed Latin animal names and sounds as they were going to visit the zoo after our session."