I am in week six of my Elementary Latin course and things could be better but they could also be worse. But, I won’t bore with my academic juggling and how there never seems to be enough time in the day. Rather, I will simply offer a short update.
I am receiving higher marks on my homework assignments. This is because I asked for help on annotation. Shocking, yes, a student actually asked for help instead of slinking away in delusion. But, I did, and I am happy that I did because my grades have gone up, recouping a bit of the terrible aspects of the otherwise mixed quiz scores.
Previously, my homework annotation grade was a miserable two points out of ten. Now, it is eight points out of ten– quite the jump, if I do say so myself!
Yeah, homework still takes a while to do but that is the norm in any class focusing on dead languages. Really, it could be a lot worse. The homework I did today was a breeze to do so unless it was easy because I was wholly missing the point, I have definitely improved.
My takeaway from my latest meeting with the instructor was an improvement on my dismal understanding of prepositional phrases. I had misunderstood what a prepositional phrase did as well as its general function in a sentence. My meeting with the instructor rectified those mistakes in addition to improving me in some other problem areas as well; I, of course, knew about annotation before translation, but this meeting really made me see just how important annotation is to the learning process.
In turn, this has sped up my homework quite a bit. I no longer dread doing my homework in quite the same way as previously. It also helps that the homework process now as a concrete method to completion and annotation before translation really does help. I am happy.
Well, maybe not happy, but content as a student of Latin can be… though the future and the dread inclusion of many more linguistic oddities, keeps me up at night (along with the caffeine). I suppose, though, that I will cross that bridge when I must. In the meantime, I must focus on the here and now.
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