I am currently taking my PhD in classics at Durham university, having taken my undergraduate degree in classics at Cambridge and my MA at Durham. Also I should mention that I have GCSE and A-level qualifications in Latin and Ancient Greek and am very familiar with the structure and requirements of these exams for any student who may be taking them. My current work focuses heavily on Latin literature, as I am preparing a commentary on Martial's twelfth book of epigrams, nevertheless I am equally able to offer assistance to students of classical Greek literature.
During my undergraduate degree I gained experience in private tuition by running a weekly class for two years. The class was based around the works of Homer and catered to a range of abilities. Although the class was primarily geared around making sure the students could render an accurate translation of a set passage, assistance was also provided in matters of syntax and style, metrical and literary considerations, as well as explanations of socio-historical matters. At present I have been tutoring students for GCSE and A-level for a year in both Latin and Greek.
My approach to tuition will of course largely be dependent upon the needs and ability of the respective tutee. For GCSE or A-level students, however, I think it would always be best to begin each lesson with a quick test on a point of grammar and vocabulary (as there is a prescribed list of vocabulary up to AS level), and a literary stylistic feature (e.g. identifying a chiasmus etc.), since these formal aspects essentially underlie the series of unseen exams from GCSE - A-level. Then each lesson should focus on a text, ideally alternating each tutorial with a text that is prescribed as one of the set texts for the respective exams with an unseen passage. This approach tends to produce the best results since the unseen passages give a true indication of the student's strengths and weaknesses and help the tutor to understand more easily what aspects need to be prioritised.
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|Private Candidate||2009||College||A-Level (Latin - A) (Greek- A)|
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