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Callum offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!

English

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A-Level £25.00£15.00

Latin

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GCSE £25.00£15.00
A-Level £30.00£18.00
University £30.00£18.00

Greek (Ancient)

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Primary £25.00£15.00
Secondary £25.00£15.00
GCSE £30.00£18.00
A-Level £30.00£18.00
University £35.00£21.00
Casual Learner £30.00£18.00

Classical Civilisation

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GCSE £25.00£15.00
A-Level £30.00£18.00
University £30.00£18.00

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Personal Description:

I am a dedicated, experienced tutor of Ancient Greek, Latin, Literature and Classics.

After studying at the University of Manchester, achieving a First-Class Honours in Greek, I am now embarking on a Master of Arts Degree.

I can't stress enough the importance of the Greek language in the formation of the Western-Canon and creation of literature.[1] The language is as much a vestige to the modern world as any contemporary discovery. We have progressed since the time of Homer (700 B.C.E) in conscious thought 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.

Nothing fascinates me more than the idea that somewhere, in the vast landscape of the 'written word' perhaps answers the problem of consciousness.

I am a keen ornithologist. My thesis is currently entitled 'Augury Through the Ages: or How I stopped Worrying and Learnt to Love the Bird'.

I am also a keen musician: playing Grade Seven Classical Guitar and Grade Four Piano

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 - Knowledge such as 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.

[1] Through the literary process of mimêsis or 'copying'

Tutoring Experience:

I have taught six people, previously.
One of which went on to receive a GCSE in Greek within six months. Another, with an estimated D, in GCSE Literature, leapt to a B within eight months of weekly help.

I tutor and teach, too, at the University of Manchester - helping with the Greek and Latin languages for first and second years et cetra.

I teach New Testament Greek or 'Koine' Greek on a common basis. I help to translate a section of the Bible for Greek Orthodox readings.

I have translated many passages of Plato, Homer and Hesiod which feature on the classics website Perseus.

Many references are available on request.

Tutoring Approach:

I firmly do not believe in the old 'rope-learning' methods of forcing tuition without 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, 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. Akin is this idea to studying, say, the language of Shakespeare or Marlowe in relation to modern authors. Homer was already a 'Classic' by 500 B.C.E. 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 to be as valid as any critic or academic!

Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French, Greek, Latin
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of Manchester (2014) - Ancient Greek Degree (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • AQA (2011) - English Literature (College) (✔ On File)
  • AQA (2011) - History (College) (✔ On File)
  • AQA (2011) - Classics (College) (✔ On File)

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