Paul

Paul

Private Greek (Ancient) and Classical Civilisation Tutor in Leamington Spa

I recently completed my PhD in Classics at the University of Warwick, where I specialised in Ancient Greek history and culture. I have always had a deep interest in the Classical world, and returned to university as a mature student to pursue this passion. I have taught ancient history and Ancient Greek, at all levels, to undergraduates at the University of Warwick, but I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for this fascinating subject with students of all ages.

Tutoring Experience

For several years, I have taught weekly seminars in Ancient Greek language to undergraduates at the University of Warwick, specialising in the teaching of advanced (university-level) Ancient Greek grammar, while also helping my students translate a wide range of ancient authors including Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon, Aristotle, Aristophanes, and Plutarch. In addition, I have led seminars on numerous aspects of Greek religion and Greek history. From my teaching and through the research undertaken during my Doctorate, I have acquired an excellent background knowledge in all aspects of the Classical world, especially Ancient History (with a particular focus on the history of the Greek world from the Mycenaean Period through to the 4th century AD). Equally, I have gained valuable experience in teaching Ancient Greek to a range of students of different ages and abilities, and preparing them for university examinations as part of a department ranked sixth in the UK across all major national league tables.

Tutoring Approach

I love the Ancient Greek language and I’m passionate about the broader subject of ancient history. I believe that learning Greek can be both rewarding and fun. This emphasis on enjoyment is a central aspect of my teaching style, as I believe that the best learning takes place in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, where the pupil is free to make mistakes (particularly unavoidable when learning Ancient Greek). Where possible, I like to use the specific interests of my students to direct my teaching, and tailor my tutoring style to fit with their particular interests, strengths, and learning needs. When teaching Ancient Greek language, my aim is always to communicate the often complex rules of Greek grammar in a fun and accessible way, and I am especially keen on using real Greek texts to help demonstrate these aspects of the language. It is, after all, the fun of reading the Greeks in their own words which is the most exciting aspect of learning this fascinating language.

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

Qualifications

University of Warwick2017DoctoratePhD in Ancient Greek history/culture
University of Warwick2013MastersMA by research in Ancient Greek culture/religion
University of Kent, Canterbury2012BachelorsFirst Class Hons BA Classics
University College of Wales, Swansea1992BachelorsUpper Second Class Hons BSc Zoology

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