Callum

Callum

Stoke-on-Trent Tutor

I am a dedicated, experienced tutor of English Literature and Classics.

After studying at the University of Manchester, achieving a First-Class Honours in Classics, I pursued a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature achieving a Distinction.

I can't stress enough the importance of language and literature in the formation of the Modern World. Language is as much a vestige to the modern world as any contemporary discovery. We have progressed more since the time of Homer than in the many thousands of years preceding it.
Homer not only convulsed the world with his 'oral-writings', but allowed for a literary web to be created, a stepping-stone on which allowed us to build upon previous ideas using this tool of language; whether it be political, literary, ethical, factual, philosophical, it is medium of text which allowed this exponential graph of human achievement to be proudly mapped.

On a digression, I do offer discounts. I also do proof-reading for free for long-term students. You may also wonder why my prices are relatively lower - the classics shouldn't require a stately home and an elevator up the Ivory Tower to access. If you are reading this. then I was probably in the same situation as you and greatly empathise.
If you are truly struggling to afford, please let me know and we can come to some sort of arrangement.

Tutoring Experience

I have experience tutoring and teaching at the University of Manchester - helping with the Greek and Latin languages for first and second years. Here, I was involved in teaching New Testament, or 'Koine' Greek, assisting students in translating a section of the Bible for Greek Orthodox readings, as well as passages of Plato, Homer and Hesiod which feature on the classics website Perseus.
References are available on request.

Tutoring Approach

I do not believe in the old 'rope-learning' methods of tuition, omitting any explanation of how the subject works. Subjects have rules and complexities which often are the cause of a downfall within the subject as a whole.

A rapport is important - I am friendly! I never intend to hurry my student along faster than they can go, nor too quickly.

Subjects offered such as English, I use the required text to teach. But again, it may not be the text that is difficult, but a fall in a particular area. I have many students jumping from GCSE to A-Level and finding their grades to have dramatically dropped. This is often not the pupil, but a particular area within the subject.

I like to concentrate on the works of Plato - who I believe to be the definite basis of Classical Greek. Homeric Greek, too, I believe is important in studying the Greek language. It is important to branch out from Classical Greek to the language before and after. Some textbooks miss this, focusing simply on the language of Athens.

My approach to English Literature is similar. I concentrate firstly on structure, syntax and lexis. Afterwards, content. I believe, as long as you can prove it, your ideas should be as valid as any academics'!

LanguagesEnglish (British), Latin, Greek, French
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

AQA2011CollegeClassics
University of Manchester2014BachelorsAncient Greek Degree
AQA2011CollegeEnglish Literature
Keele University2017MastersEnglish Literature

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Subjects taught
EnglishOne-to-oneOnline
Secondary£20£17
GCSE£20£17
A-Level£25£21.25
University£30£25.50
LatinOne-to-oneOnline
GCSE£25£21.25
A-Level£30£25.50
University£30£25.50
Greek (Ancient)One-to-oneOnline
Primary£25£21.25
Secondary£25£21.25
GCSE£30£25.50
A-Level£30£25.50
University£30£25.50
Casual Learner£25£21.25
English (Foreign Language)One-to-oneOnline
GCSE£25£21.25
A-Level£25£21.25
Casual Learner£20£17
Classical CivilisationOne-to-oneOnline
GCSE£25£21.25
A-Level£30£25.50
University£30£25.50