Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through lesson 15 and adverbs today, and we are going to be doing a review next time. I will be making a study guide for them of everything I want them to know, and then I will send it to their aunt to print. The study guide will prepare them for the exam that I will make. Once we are finished with that, we are going to move onto a different, more age-appropriate book, Christiana Latina. She has the issue of being easily distracted while the other student likes to go ahead in her studies. It's always interesting to find a balance between the two. Student two seemed to pick up very quickly on adverbs, while student one struggled a little bit in the beginning. However, by the end of the lesson, it felt like she really understood the concept. They, of course, still remember their prayers, and I want to add a fourth prayer into the mix for them for next session."
"In this first session, the student explained to me that he will be taking a multiple-choice Latin 2 exam at the end of the summer. He showed me a packet that his teacher(s) gave him to help him prepare; he plans to scan this packet and send it to me. We discussed mostly uses of the subjunctive during today's session. He did an excellent job focusing and concentrating on the short exercises I provided. We discussed identifying keys that give away what type of subjunctive is being used -- e.g., tam/tot/tantus/etc., indicates a result clause (probably, though not always the case)."
"In this session, the student and I worked on the two chapters of his book that his teacher had the class skip in the previous year. These chapters cover some vital grammatical information and some frequently used vocabulary. While we had gone through these concepts during the course of the year as they became necessary in the book, going through them this way put them in the appropriate context. He was quite focused in this session, and he was able to pick up on the new ideas and vocabulary very quickly. His translations were much improved, and he figured out the pictorial translations with little input from me to introduce the concepts covered."
"Last session I had asked the student to read over how to form the present, perfect and future active and passive infinitives, so we went over these first and she almost has them memorized. She was able to give me the rules for forming them and was very good at translating them from Latin to English. We went over the difference between direct and indirect discourse in English and Latin (which she also understood) and then proceeded to the sequence of tenses: regardless of the main verb tense, use of the present infinitive means both parts of the statement are happening at the same time, the perfect infinitive indicates it happened before the other verb, and the future infinitive indicates it has not happened yet, but will or would happen. She was quickly able to translate sentences with all three tenses active and passive. Her homework is to translate Chapter 25 1-8 sentences."
"Lots of good work; we were translating some Ciceronian adaptations, which means super-long sentences with a lot of indirect statements and cum clauses. For the last ten or so minutes, we constructed three English sentences to translate into Latin using cum clauses: one concessive, one temporal, and one circumstantial."
"On Wednesday, the student and I looked at some sentences she was having trouble with. We went through tense, mood, and voice of verbs. We also went over the subjunctive mood, covering cum clauses, purpose clauses, and result clauses, which are required for her to know for her test in the fall. She is doing really well. I would like to give her a little quiz at some point too to hammer everything down."