Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, we did a general review. The student and I translated a short passage about Aeneas and Dido and the founding of Rome. We discussed cased endings, verb tenses, subordinate and main clauses, and translation strategies, all the while reviewing lots of vocabulary. He needed help a bit with vocabulary. We will continue to work on that."
"We went over 1st-5th conjugations in present, imperfect, perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect. We went over the different ablative uses, especially distinguishing between ablative of means and ablative of agent. We also discussed the difference between the gerund and the gerundive. The student is progressing well. He has been given homework for memorization with his mother."
"He has a quiz on Monday on Indirect Questions and Indirect Commands. We reviewed for this, mostly through translation and by running through verb synopses for all 5 conjugations. I emailed him a study sheet for various pronouns. "
"The student and I went over purpose clauses, indirect statement and deponent verbs. He seems to have a really solid grasp on the concepts so far and understood quickly with a little reminder. He has a strong understanding of grammatical language and listens very intently. It seems that he does not really have much homework that he needs help on at the moment, but he will soon. He is welcome to email me with questions at any time before our next session!"
"In an effort to engage the student in Latin, I introduced the idea of translating Futurama quotations, since he seems to really like the show. However, he also loves and talk about football a lot, so I ended up using sentences about football. Using funny sentences that I made up about football, we practiced conditional sentences and reviewed declensions."
"The student did very well today. She finished the explanation/exercise set "Prepositions and their Cases." We did some impromptu review (the two important pieces of information derived from the genitive singular of any given noun, namely that noun's true stem and the declension to which it belongs and the full declension of a random adjective/noun pair). We then launched into the "Third-Declension Nouns" explanation/exercise set and plowed through a good amount. It was a productive and fruitful hour and a half."