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Originally from Ireland, I'm currently a final year PhD student at the University of Bristol. My thesis focuses on the reception of Sparta in educational practice during the Reformation and I have strong background across a variety of subjects in Classical Civilisation and History. I particular enjoy helping others on larger research projects having guided a number of undergraduates through their final year dissertations at Bristol.
What I enjoy most about this kind of work is challenging students to push themselves beyond conventional interpretations of the subject matter and to approach the works from a myriad of angles. I find this not only encourages them to attain a command of the material but also an appreciation for its historical or literary significance, making the whole learning experience far more enjoyable and rewarding.
Besides tutoring undergraduates, my teaching experience is somewhat limited and part of the reason that I am interested to begin work as a tutor is to learn more about teaching. In non-academic forums I'm also a strength and conditioning coach at the university and I coach the American football team as well. I also work in the archives department of the ss Great Britain in Bristol. My experience within these enterprises have given me valuable insight into the importance of structuring sessions, setting goals, giving feedback, and reaching targets. All of this I believe can be applied to the academic world as well.
My approach to classics has always been one that stresses the importance of knowing the source text/artwork in explicit detail. The first session would be based around gauging the extent of the student's grasp of this material and then establishing areas which need to work on. From there we work together to find a method of learning the material efficiently that works for that individual until they are happy and confident with their command of the topic. Once the material is learnt, then we can engage in proper academic dialogue in order to develop the student's skill at critical analysis. This not only makes the subject far more enjoyable and engaging for the pupil but will transfer well into essay work as well as develop their confidence within the subject.
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