Information About Séamus - Dublin tutor - (7 reviews)
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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.
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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Additional Languages: German, Greek, Irish Gaelic , Latin
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- 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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Usually, I do work with students over a longer period and try to understand their own strengths and weaknesses in the roots of the subject, in this case the Irish language - the grammar, vocabulary, and general understanding - before addressing the exam itself, the proscribed material, and the student's exam technique. Particularly in a first meeting, as it is hard to prepare a tuition for students without knowing their abilities. In my opinion, this approach allows the student to gain more self-confidence; which I believe, as a tutor, is my primary responsibility. This also allows them to ensure a stronger foundation of knowledge in the language, before addressing the particulars of the exam itself.
I did recognize after our first meeting that your daughter's level of understanding was proficient enough to warrant a more structured analysis of the exam and the material in the following weeks. And I would have prepared for this kind of tuition had we continued with further meetings. I know my approach does not suit all - especially with the exams looming - but I do believe it to be better for the students in the long-term; even if it does not always seem to help in the short-term.
I am sorry you did not wish to continue with my assistance, but I understand that I was not what you were looking for. I am also sorry I did not communicate more clearly with you about this at the time. However, I do hope that you both found a tutor suitable to your needs and that the exams went well. Thank you again for your feedback.