Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied for a Latin test that he will take tomorrow on chapter 1-3 vocabulary words and the endings for second declension. I had written all of the English definitions on the whiteboard and asked him to give me the Latin words for each. He missed approximately 10, and I had him circle each word that he missed. We then went back over each word he missed multiple times. I have tried to give him English derivatives for the Latin words to help him remember them. After he had remembered all the words on the whiteboard, we went on to review his second declension endings. He knew the singular forms but not the plural. I had him write these a few times on the whiteboard until he was able to remember them correctly. He should do well on this test tomorrow. "
"The student did rather well today. He seemed quite distracted by something, but, when I did have his attention, he worked well and hard, per his wont. He demonstrated strong command of material today: we did several more items in his Grammatical Justification - Perfect System special exercise and we continued our translation of the Latin story "A Gift Bearing Greeks." He was eager to head off to his Latin Club meeting, where he was going to enjoy several Ultimate Discus matches and help design the club T-shirt."
"The student had already completed his written assignment for tomorrow; I found one small error only. We worked through his assignment for Friday with particular attention to the English to Latin translations. As long as he considers the words in their context carefully, and as long as he recalls the vocabulary, he can do this work very well. We prepared for tomorrow's quiz on conjunctions. These can be a bit difficult, and I hope that he had several more repetitions at home."
"The student started by sharing her success on both the vocab text and pop quiz. We addressed the pacing of the class, as well as the nature of lessons. She was excited that our work during our first meeting had specific, positive results in class last week. We worked on the basic vocab words for this week, but expanded from the word itself to some of the different case endings, practicing 1st declension (a-base words), 2nd declension (us/um), and 3rd declension (various subject forms; -em in object form). We also practiced more derivatives and worked through the paragraphs in chapter 2 to identify case. As translation seems the focus in class, we worked on and will continue to work on the grammatical building block for those translations. My expectation is that our tutoring sessions can run parallel to the classroom - working on the underpinning functions of the words, endings, etc., while in-class she is working on sentences and translation."
"The student went over his homework assignment due tomorrow. I tried to catch some vocab confusion I knew he'd have in preparation for his quiz tomorrow. When I left I suggested he make himself flashcards for his vocab quiz tomorrow."
"The student worked on his homework. His homework heavily focused on infinitives & imperative mood. We will continue to work on parsing & translation. Highlights: He is good with vocab and good with English grammar. He also has a very good attitude toward working on Latin and working with me. For our next session, we will work on his homework for that night and focus on strategies for translating. We will also review present imperative active endings and the uses of infinitives, as well as alternate translations for verb tenses."