Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the differences between the two past tenses, preterite, & imperfect. The student had 2 formative assessments to complete at home. We worked through the first one together and the second she worked through more independently, but still explaining why she chose a particular tense. As we were working, I noticed she had slight difficulty with the preterite conjugations - differentiating AR and ER/IR endings for both regular & irregular verbs. I had her practice those separately after finishing the assessments. I asked her about the assignments we worked on last time, but she hadn't gotten them back yet. She feels very confident with the imperfect tense. She needs to keep practicing with the preterite because there are many irregulars and conjugation exceptions."
"I helped prepare the student for a Spanish test on Friday: made index cards, did quizzes, and played memorizing games. She has a good grasp on 85% of the material; she just needs to practice spelling the others."
"Today we covered the basics of Ser and Estar; two essential verbs. The student indicated to me from the beginning that she wanted to increase her ability to write in Spanish and a good understanding of these two verbs is critical for this. She also told me today that she doesn't have a lot in terms of Spanish homework for the next few days, so I encouraged her to study her notes from tutoring and in particular memorize the conjugation of Ser. Once again, the session went well and I look forward to the next."
"I worked with the student to get prepared for his Latin exam on Tuesday, covering two separate translation passages. I had him translate the Latin for me fresh, without looking at his notes, and we worked through any grammatical difficulties that came up along the way. In addition, I asked him to identify key grammatical constructions in various sentences, as his exam will also have a grammatical ID component. He had some difficulty with the perfect passive construction, so I emphasized those forms as they showed up, and he started picking up on them much quicker as the session went on."
"The student sure did do great today. We started the session with review of more work she had done with the grammatical justification exercise. We then resumed our handling of second-declension nouns. I had her do one translation completely on her own while I remained silent, and, not only did she handle that translation superbly, but she also did a fine job when I asked her to translate her translation back into Latin, though this time in the passive voice. We took the last few minutes of the session to begin work on second-declension adjectives. Great work today!"
"This was a good session. The student already has a good grasp on the basics of Latin grammar, and will benefit tremendously from the refresher come fall. We went through first and second declension nouns forms, and the syntactic uses of nouns. Next session, we will pick up the pace, and cover first through third conjugation verbs in the indicative. He was fully attentive the entire time, and is clearly a motivated and talented student."