Joe

Joe

Cambridge Tutor

I studied Classics at King's College, Cambridge, graduating in 2009. I then trained as a teacher at Queens' College, Cambridge, graduating with a PGCE in 2010. I have been a private tutor since 2009, and have now clocked up thousands of hours' tutoring experience in Latin and Ancient Greek. I tutor both languages to degree-level standard in London, Cambridge and online. I love Classics, and my main aim is to make my lessons fun and inspirational.

Tutoring Experience

I have been tutoring Latin and Ancient Greek intensively for the past 9 years, with thousands of hours' teaching experience to date. I have taught towards all major public exams in both languages, such as Common Entrance, GCSE, AS, A2, SAT, Pre-U and even BA (i.e. University exams). I am familiar with the entrance processes for a number of independent and grammar schools, and have had a lot of experience teaching towards scholarship papers. I have tutored many students applying to Cambridge and Oxford, and can provide in-depth advice and support with choosing the right course and college, as well as getting to the necessary level for the language tests. I have also taught the languages to those who have decided to learn them purely for fun! In addition to my face-to-face teaching, I have taught extensively online (about 50% of my teaching is conducted online), and have built up an array of handy techniques to get the most from the online format. I was Head of Latin at a school in Bury St Edmunds for two years (September 2011 to July 2013). I also have 7 years’ experience as a Cambridge University supervisor, teaching the ancient languages to undergraduates at a wide variety of colleges (colleges have so far included Pembroke, Downing, Homerton, Queens', King's, Murray Edwards, Newnham, Caius, Peterhouse, St John's, Emmanuel and Trinity). I also own and run a private tuition company, which I set up in 2011, managing a team of 10 staff members and over 1000 inspirational tutors.

For the past three years I have taught myself to code and have built a website using the ASP.NET framework and the C# language, comprising over 1 million lines of code! I can tutor ASP.NET, C# and MS SQL Server and am very familiar with Visual Studio and Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.

Tutoring Approach

My teaching style is structured and thorough. I start every lesson with a five minute recap of the key content of the previous session, checking how much the tutee remembers. A typical lesson will then consist of a translation, in which I ask the tutee to note down each unknown word as it is encountered and to devise a memory trick which will help them to recall the word in a five minute test at the end of the lesson. Together with the tutee, I will then pick a grammar point which stood out in the translation exercise as requiring the most immediate attention. We will spend five to ten minutes working on that, with the tutee's understanding tested with some reinforcement exercises. At the end of the lesson we will recap all the new vocabulary and grammar which was covered, and I will typically set a manageable 20 - 30 minute homework for the next session based on what was covered in the lesson. Every lesson is of course different, and tailored to the tutee's requirements, but I find this approach works in the vast majority of cases. I consider grammar to be crucially important, but treat it as a means to an end and always emphasise the ways in which it can be usefully applied to translation rather than learned in isolation. I believe that any tutee can excel in Latin and Greek with a little guidance and a decent amount of independent work. Above all, I strive to make my lessons fun and enjoyable. I love my subject and want all of my tutees to love it too.

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

Qualifications

Queens' College, Cambridge2010PGCEPGCE Classics
King's College, Cambridge2009MastersMA Classics

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Latin
Primary£150
Secondary£150
GCSE£150
A-Level£150
University£150
Casual Learner£150
Greek (Ancient)
Primary£150
Secondary£150
GCSE£150
A-Level£150
University£150
Casual Learner£150
Computer Studies / I.T.
Primary£100
Secondary£100
GCSE£100
A-Level£100
University£100
Casual Learner£100