Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did quite well tonight. He's doing a terrific job on the "Grammatical Justification" exercise. We did a few of those, then moved on to "The Adventure of Io," a little Latin story that concentrates on the future tense while providing plenty of opportunity to review and revisit other points of grammar. We got through the first three sentences. The student did a great job on those, and his translations were spot on! Thanks for your hard work tonight."
"Today we did some review for conjugating verbs, which he did well on. Then we finished translating a passage we started yesterday, which he still struggles with, but we did finish. Then we translated a couple more sentences and did some parsing practice. His summer course is finished but we will continue tutoring for the summer."
"Today we went through 2 lessons, so there was a lot of information. We did more on nouns and then we talked about derivatives and what they were, even though we've been doing derivatives from Lesson 1. The girls came up with some really great derivatives completely on their own, like herbivore (for herba) and astronaut (for nauta). I left the girls with "homework" to use some of their practical Latin, especially to say "Salve/Salvete" ("Hello") and "Mea culpa" (meaning "My fault/I'm sorry")."
"Today, the student and I covered the basics of nouns and adjectives. After reviewing the first and second declensions of nouns, we practiced joining and translating words with adjectives. He is brilliant and very focused. I enjoyed working with him because of his attentiveness and willingness to improve. He had a bit trouble declining masculine and neuter words in the second declension, but I have left him with homework to gain more exposure. For next week, he will have an entire morphology chart for four words from various genders and declensions. I have no concerns thus far and am impressed with how much we covered today. I hope to review the entire 6th grade Latin curriculum with him before school starts."
"Today, the student did some old multiple choice problems, as well as 32 translations involving specific elements from the test preview sheet he provided (e.g., conditional sentences, fearing clauses, passive periphrastic, etc.). On Thursday, we will do similar exercises but with less emphasis on the passive periphrastic (since we went over that a lot today)."
"We began by reviewing all of the indicative active and passive forms of the four conjugations, and the student's memory seemed to be just fine! In addition, we jogged his memory of infinitives, imperatives, and participles. Next week, we will review the subjunctive mood, the five declensions, the pronoun is, the pronoun-adjectives hic and ille, and the relative pronoun qui. I have ordered a used copy of the textbook he will use, which should arrive this week. This will really help me to improve my preparation for our sessions. In addition, he will email me some of the online content associated with his Latin II course."