Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session the student and I spent time working with complex sentences and the relationship between main verbs and subordinate verbs. We did this first for indirect statement, which also gave us a chance to review infinitives as presented in chapter 48. We looked at several Latin examples of indirect statement, but spent a good deal of time discussing the grammatical concepts. This seemed to help him better understand how this syntax works. We looked at uses of the subjunctive that he has studied already and previewed several more that will be introduced in the following chapters of the book. Although he hasn't learned them in detail yet, he did well with a basic introduction and remarked that he had a better sense of how verbs worked 'as a whole' after today's session."
"We went over third and fourth declension cases, including how to identify nouns within those cases and how to delineate between neuter, masculine and feminine nouns. We worked with sentences and identified grammatical parts and syntactical structure. We worked with prepositions and what cases they required. We discussed study strategies for the coming week. He was a very energetic and conscientious student who took well to the material."
"We reviewed the difficult subjunctive forms in their entirety. We reviewed some verbs that the student had questions on, and then we practiced pronunciation."
"This week, the student and I focused on grammar from recent chapters for most of the lesson. We reviewed what present and perfect passive participles are, and then looked at many examples. She did a great job of identifying participles within sentences, and linking them up to the nouns that they modify. She also wanted to work on vocabulary today, since she has a quiz tomorrow, so we finished up the lesson by reviewing her vocabulary list. Again, I am focusing on her seeing the patterns of the Latin principle parts. I recommended to her that she listen to a video on a daily basis."
"We covered participles specifically. She seems to be struggling the most with memorizing the endings of tenses and applying them to situations. I left her with a practice exam from the national Latin exam that we can go over next week so I can get a feel for her strengths and weaknesses."
"We reviewed the gerundive for the quiz this week and did some practice translations. He seems well-prepared. We also studied some vocabulary for his English class and discussed what he is going over in class (war protest songs)."
"We spent today's session reviewing for the student's test this week, covering all the things we've been reviewing the past couple of weeks. So, we again reviewed the various pronoun types of Latin, as well as the forms and meanings of the participles and infinitives. With all this material, talking over it again helped her straighten out a lot of the questions that she had. We also did some review of the forms of the comparative and superlative adjectives, which they just covered in class today. In particular, I helped her see that Latin's irregular comparatives are irregular in the form of their word root/suffix, not in their endings, which are the same as the regular ones. We went through some of the sentences from their class handout, to get some practice translating these forms. Finally, we turned to the passage they've been translating in class and made some more progress there. This passage included a good number of the subjects we'd reviewed today, so it was some nice practice."
"In our session, I taught Student 1 and Student 2 more Latin animal names and sounds and introduced them to Minimus: Starting out in Latin by Barbara Bell. The students each created four flashcards with animal pictures and the animals' Latin names and sounds. They had fun drawing speech bubbles around the Latin verbs; Student 2 was particularly interested in the Latin verb, ululat, and asked if wolves really sound like that when they howl. Student 2 had fun drawing her cow and saying, Bos mugit. "The cow moos." We reviewed the flashcards together, reciting the Latin names and sounds together. Then I introduced them to Minimus the British mouse. We read the story in which Minimus introduces the reader to his family in Latin and learned the phrase, quis es?, "Who are you?", and the Latin verb, sum, "I am." To finish our session we read the myth of Perseus and Medusa. Student 2 was quick to point out the similarities between Perseus and Percy Jackson and was interested to learn that the Percy Jackson series is based on myths like the one we read together."
"Student showed progress in translation exercises. He will have a grammar test on fear clauses. We reviewed for that as well."
"Went over National Latin Exam from a previous year, going over questions student got incorrect as well as the more grammatically complicated ones he got correct"
"General review of basic concepts - declensions, conjugations, and verb forms in addition to relative clauses, use of the word "quam," and a bit of translating."