Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our first session, the student told me about her prior Latin experience and her goals moving forward. I think her biggest issue is just that she has been away from Latin for almost seven months. The material seemed to come back to her after reviewing the concepts 2-3 times verbally and in writing. This session we focused on the grammar of Latin noun cases and when to use each one. For next time, I gave her an English sentence and asked her to identify the cases of the nouns in it and asked to her to write a sentence with all of the cases for me. She is incredibly enthusiastic and excited about Latin, which made it fun for me as a tutor. We're still figuring out how she learns best, and I have a feeling that writing material in different colored pens might be a good strategy for her. So far I have only suggested that she work on Latin for at least a half hour every day. For next time, I will bring a book of English grammar for Latin students for some more practice and exercises. We plan to cover verbs next time. We have decided that, at this point, our sessions will be to review basic grammar until she gets back in the swing of things."
"Today, the student and I spent the first half of the lesson reviewing grammar in preparation for her upcoming test. We heavily reviewed the forms of the imperfect and pluperfect subjunctive. After our review, she did quite well in recognizing these forms in the context of sentences, as well as writing out charts of the verbs. We spent the remainder of the lesson doing more basic grammar review. She still doesn't know all her noun endings, which she needs to know to be successful overall in Latin. We went through some very basic translation drills that primarily depend on knowing noun endings. While she clearly understands the underlying concepts, we will definitely need to keep drilling these endings."
"In this session we went over the last materials that the student would have to cover for his Latin 2 class, before launching into review. After that we started working on the copy of "The Gallic Wars" that he had in his Latin book, as that is what the rest of the semester will be devoted to. The student showed good proficiency with the material."
"We reviewed preterite endings, how to use the past tense in Spanish, conjugating verbs, preterite rules, how to spot certain verbs, translating sentences, and how the preterite is used in conjunction with the imperfect and/or for storytelling."
"We reviewed questions from Spanish 1 and stopped to talk about topics that were troubling him the most. He struggles with comprehension and pronunciation. I attempted to speak in Spanish throughout the session, but I had to go very slowly or translate to English. His attitude is positive. He seems receptive to advice/criticism. We obtained a copy of 501 Spanish verbs, which was an important step to acquiring more Spanish skills. I gave him extra practice this week. I would like him to research one Latin American country and take notes on it. I would like him to present this research in Spanish to me next week. I have not seen any scores or his grades, but I would like to see them next week."
"We reviewed the cuyo forms from chapter 5 as the student's test was postponed until Wednesday. Then, we started chapter 6 and discussed the subjunctive in adverbial clauses, as well as the use of the indicative, subjunctive, and infinitive form when using conjunctions."