Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We were still working with book 1 of the Aeneid and were translating the part about the initial storm. We reviewed literary devices and added syncope. We translated and discussed the first simile in the Aeneid and did more scansion. Always a pleasure to work with this student."
"Today, the student and I began to review her newly introduced grammar (comparative and superlative adverbs). We focused on how to form them, and drew comparisons with the formation of comparative and superlative adverbs. From the beginning, she seemed comfortable with understanding the concepts in English, and by the end of the lesson she also seemed more comfortable with the forms as well."
"The student did a really nice job of keeping on task today and he did quite well with the translations! He has really made tremendous progress in his understanding of and approach to Latin; although he has a lot of balls to keep in the air at one time, he's getting much better at juggling them."
"Today, the student and I completed another Spanish lesson. We focused on incorporating his newer verb sheets and practiced using the different conjugations and subject pronouns into sentences. We worked on sentences with the verbs encantar, fascinar, interesar, escuchar, dormer, estudiar, trabajar, preferir, and estar. We also spent some time talking about how the present indicative tense in Spanish translates into English in both affirmative and negative sentences. He did an excellent job today with his translations, especially with linking conjugated verbs with infinitives. He continues to improve with his pronunciation and chose the correct conjugation the majority of the time. Since he has nearly mastered his current verb sheets, we will begin to introduce new verbs in the present indicative tense."
"Today, the student and I reviewed a lot of material and studied the verb conjugations of the past tense. As she had been struggling to communicate past tense concepts in her conversations with her boyfriend, it seemed like a good idea to dedicate the whole lesson to this. I gave her plenty of practice sentences using common words with a big communicative payoff, such as already, never, and always. Toward the end of the lesson, we started discussing word order and making more complicated sentences (i.e. "I thought they said "hello" to me"). She did a very good job on this and is starting to understand the "big picture," as it were. I asked her to study the past tense endings this week and left her with some websites that have verb conjugators and conjugation quizzes. All in all it was a great lesson!"
"Today, the student and I reviewed Spanish greetings, colors and alphabet. She knew her material well. She practiced by writing out a few words in Spanish, finding relationships in a family tree, and completing a word search. She has new vocabulary for next week. Great session!"