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Art

Price Guide
Primary €20.00
Junior Cycle €20.00
Senior Cycle €25.00

History

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Primary €20.00
Junior Cycle €20.00
Senior Cycle €25.00

Latin

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Primary €20.00
Junior Cycle €20.00
Senior Cycle €25.00
University €25.00
Adult / Casual €25.00

Gaelic

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Primary €20.00
Junior Cycle €20.00
Senior Cycle €25.00

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Personal Description:

I am in my mid-twenties and I am a PME (trainee teacher) currently studying in UCD. My current school placement is in Gonzaga College, where I am teaching Classical Studies, Latin, and CSPE. I have previously completed an M.Phil in Latin and Ancient Greek in Trinity College Dublin; and a M.Phil in Classics - finishing in 2015.

Tutoring Experience:

Most recently, I have gained experience teaching in Gonzaga College: teaching Latin, Classical Studies, and CSPE. However, I also teach private Latin lessons through Irish in Coláiste Eoin - and in 2011, I also gave grinds in Classical Studies for some months.

Aside from this I also have roughly 7 years experience working as a private music/guitar instructor; 4.5 years as an Irish Water Safety instructor; and finally, 7 years as a tutor in Latin, Classical Studies, History, Art, and of course Irish.

Approach to Grinds:

The goal of my grinds are to support your learning in the best way possible. I will first attempt to determine your strengths and your difficulties in the subject. I will asses the kind of intelligence you favour - be it logical, linguistical, spatial, etc. - and select an approach to the subject best suited to that way of thinking.

I will differentiate my grinds to give you the best possible chance at learning and performing well in class and assessment. I will approach the subject from several angels, and attack the issues on several fronts, ensuring that the grinds support your classroom learning rather than replicate it.

However, I do not usually concentrate on exams: I believe that targeting your personal difficulties in the subject and supporting your overall learning is ultimately better for your education; and, ultimately, will be accompanied by better results in your assessment anyway. This is not because I believe exams are of no importance, but rather because I believe student difficulties in the subject are more often caused by an over emphasis on drill and memorization rather than actual attempting to teach understanding of the basic principles. (For example: how often do we forget the importance of the basic definitions of word categories in English like Verb, Noun, Adjective, Adverb, Preposition, the Articles, etc… before attempting to teach then in other languages like Irish or Latin?)

I prefer to cure the cause of the learning difficulty, rather than merely treating the symptoms with quick remedies. Of course, this means my approach is better suited to students looking for long-term progression and learning, rather than short-cut, quick, exam focused study.

In saying that, I have no objections taking such grinds, if you wish - it is simply not my customary approach.

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Native Language: English
Additional Languages: German, Greek, Irish Gaelic , Latin
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Trinity College Dublin (2015) - 2.1 in Classics (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Trinity College Dublin (2014) - 2.1 in Single Honours Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Coláiste Eoin (2010) - leaving Certificate (relevant subjects: A1 History, A2 Latin, A2 Irish, B1 Art etc.) (School) (✔ On File)

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