Deborah

Aylesbury Tutor

I have been involved in Classics teaching for the past 22 years and am passionate about the Classics. Originally my desire was to be a lawyer, to earn lots of money (or so I thought in my teenage years) but I soon realised that I loved the Classics too much to forego them and made a career change to being a teacher instead. My main areas of interest are Greek Tragedy which formed the focus of my masters dissertation, Greek Art and Architecture, and the Latin poets (love and epic). I am also a keen writer and dabble in the world of fiction as well as currently writing my own textbook. I write for pleasure and have been published in the Journal of Classical Teaching, and write a blog on the Classics (http://musingabouttheclassics.blogspot.co.uk/). I also maintain a VLE RemovedQuia.com and am happy to allow my tutees access to this if it is relevant to their course.
My hobbies are varied - when I am not reading or writing, I am usually either cooking or painting or trying (with varying degrees of success) to learn to play the piano.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught in a wide variety of schools - single-sex, Co-Ed, independent and state sector - as well as lecturing at university. I am an assistant examiner for OCR (A level) and this gives me a fantastic sense of how to prepare my pupils for their important exams. I also help to mentor future teachers through placements with King's College, London.

Tutoring Approach

My approach is individual. I feel that every pupil no matter their age, gender or academic ability, has the potential within them - it is up to the teacher to find the key to unlocking that potential. I know it sounds like a cliche but the thing about cliches is that they often have a nugget of truth within them. Even when I have had large classes, I have tailored my teaching to reach every pupil in that class; obviously this is far easier with one-to-one tuition. This approach has led to a very good success rate amongst my pupils (often with classes achieving a 100% A and A* pass-rate) and also to many of my pupils being inspired to take Classics further into their tertiary education, some with the intention of becoming Classics teachers themselves. I have a good rate of success with helping my pupils get accepted into Oxbridge universities and have been asked by the GDST to present at Oxbridge conferences.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
References Available On File

Qualifications

University of Natal1998MastersMA in Classics
University of Natal1996OtherHonours in Classics
University of Natal1995BachelorsBA in Classics and Law

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Subjects taught
Latin
Primary£35
Secondary£30
GCSE£35
A-Level£40
University£35
Casual Learner£35
Greek (Ancient)
Secondary£35
GCSE£40
Casual Learner£35
Classical Civilisation
GCSE£35
A-Level£35
Casual Learner£30