Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read through her first two reading assignments, and worked through the reading comprehension questions for both. We also reviewed some details of class policy to make sure she won't miss any future participation points if necessary."
"The student has a quiz on her Latin vocabulary and scansion in class tomorrow, and of course she wanted to review for this during our session tonight. We started out taking a look at parts of the passages that she'll need to know for this quiz, none of which they have translated in class yet. She has a very good vocabulary, which will help her in identifying the meanings of words on the quiz; however, what was giving her a lot of trouble was identifying the gender, number and case of the nouns. This is essential to Latin translation, and it's something we've been working on the past couple of weeks. I think we're going to need to take some time each session to review her declensions, though, because she's fallen out of the habit of it recently. After struggling through a few sentences like this, we did turn to a chart of Latin declensions in the grammar book I brought with me. We discussed how she could easily recognize gender, number or case from some of the endings, and how the endings changed in each declension. Hopefully looking at the patterns between the declensions will help her during the quiz. She also wanted to do some work on scansion, and so we turned to that. She does fairly well with scanning on her own; however, she seems to have forgotten a lot of the rules that go into scansion, and so she's doing as much guessing as she is understanding why certain syllables are scanned as they are. I tried to help remind her of the rules, and we managed to work through a good chunk of what she had to quiz herself on before I left. Once I got home, I also found a good worksheet online that I sent to her that breaks down the rules of Latin scansion in a far more succinct way that will be easier for her to remember. We will continue to work on that in the coming weeks."
"We went over vocab for two chapters (the current chapter and the one she starts next week), did some translational exercises."
"The student and I met for a final session to get him ready for his exam by reviewing reflexives intensively. We reviewed different uses of the reflexive with a PowerPoint, did practice worksheets to review conjugation and made flashcards to review reflexive pronouns."
"The student and I mostly worked on the review for his Spanish midterm coming up soon. After getting through the whole study guide and covering the subjunctive again for a little while, I gave him some more challenging news articles to translate. We worked on some high profile corruption cases that have been in the news recently, which helped expand his vocabulary in both English and Spanish. He is a lot better at translation, and I think further study into those cases that he's interested in will continue to help him in classes."
"The student and I read a new passage in Spanish. We worked on pronunciation and identified new vocabulary. He took notes, defining new terms that he did not recognize, and afterwards, we discussed the material drawing from previous knowledge he has on Cuba and the traditions. All dialogue was done in Spanish. Great practice for Spanish conversation."