Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we covered the translation exercise in chapter 49 of the textbook, continuing to focus on the participles and subjunctive. For the last half hour of the session, we went back through the translations related to the story that we read and identified all the important characters and places."
"The student and I worked on his study guide for his upcoming test. There were a series of multiple choice questions which he answered. He was able to get many right away. We then answered reading comprehension questions. He was very efficient at answering these questions."
"This week we worked on a lot of memorization. The student had a packet of Latin abbreviations, words, and phrases that are used in English to memorize. So we started out just looking at which ones he already recognized (such as etc., AM, PM) and then going through the rest of the terms, discussing their meanings, and discussing possible mnemonics for the different terms that are not as easy to remember as others. We went through the sentences again with just the Latin, where for some he could remember their meaning. After some more review, we moved to me spot checking him on individual abbreviations and terms, and then even asking for some backwards, from English to Latin. By the end, he had made a good start on memorizing them. After that, we looked at the vocabulary for Ch 27 of their textbook, which they're also responsible for memorizing this week, using basically the same methods as elaborated above."
"We continued to practice with verb forms, with our focus moving to declensions and parts of a sentence, forms and degrees of adjectives."
"In our second session, I taught Student 1 and Student 2 the Latin for different parts of the body. First, I defined a noun as a word that identifies a person, place, or thing and an adjective as a word that describes a noun. They both came up with some great examples of nouns (e.g. library, water bottle, bag, etc.). I used the color words we learned in our first session as examples of adjectives and pointed out the differences in formation of nouns and adjectives in Latin. They picked up on some of these differences themselves and Student 2 even showed me that the "endings" were different. They are already picking up on patterns in the language, which is wonderful! We went through flashcards for different parts of the body and recited the Latin words together. Then we played Simon Says, first in English and then in Latin, practicing the Latin words for different body parts. We finished up our session with some coloring and reviewing the words learned in our first session."
"The student has a test tomorrow; so we spent most of our time together reviewing for that -- past vocabulary, verb forms in short translation, translation of sentences both Latin to English and English to Latin, and today's vocabulary. At the end of the session, he wrote out ALL of the verb endings and ALL of the noun endings through the 4th declension. He did this well. Repetition and more repetition is the key!"