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English

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Secondary £15.00
GCSE £15.00
A-Level £15.00
Casual Learner £15.00

Greek (Ancient)

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Primary £20.00
Secondary £20.00
GCSE £20.00
A-Level £20.00
University £20.00
Casual Learner £20.00

Music

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Casual Learner £15.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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Casual Learner £15.00

Classical Civilisation

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GCSE £15.00
A-Level £15.00

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Personal Description:

I am a young, dedicated tutor of Ancient Greek; English Literature; English Language; Classics and casual Music Theory. After studying at the University of Manchester, excelling in the literature and language of the Hellenistic world, I am now embarking on a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature at Keele University. I have studied the classics for five years now: both Greek and Latin.
My wish is to teach (following my M.A) in any form of the fields of philology or linguistics.

I can't stress enough the importance of the Greek language in the canon and creation of literature. We have progressed more (culturally) since the time of Homer (700 B.C.E) than in the many thousands of years preceding it. 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.
I teach English Literature from Key Stage 3 to A-Level. My teaching of English stemmed from my love of language and reading. Greek made me learn Latin, which in turn made me adore Language and Literature. Linguistics never ceases to amaze me.

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'.

On a digression, I do offer discounts if I tutor from home.

Tutoring Experience:

I have taught six people, previously. One went on to receive a GCSE in Ancient Greek within six months. Another went from an estimated D, in GCSE Literature, to a B within eight months of weekly help.
I tutored, too, whilst I was present at the University of Manchester - helping with the Greek language and providing general teaching on essay writing etc. Helping in seminars, helping lecturers sort and select material.
I teach New Testament Greek or 'Koine' Greek (which is far simpler than other forms). 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.
I have taught English Literature now, also, for around five years.

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!

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

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