I have just graduated from the University of Exeter reading Classics and Ancient History, and having fallen in love with the area I have moved into it and am currently planning to extend my studies with a Master's course. You might say I've always been a pretty keen academic, but learning Latin at university has been a surprisingly pleasant and enjoyable accompaniment to my studies, and I am really keen to continue working with it, hopefully helping others to better understand and appreciate what can be an extremely rewarding means in which to engage with a fascinating period of history.
Aside from academic pursuits, I have for the past ten years immensely enjoyed sailing at my home in Suffolk, and once made an extremely lengthy and failed attempt at learning to play the guitar, and have consequently since concluded that I am sadly by no means musically inclined! Engaging with people, with or without a pint in the hand, and good conversation I enjoy the most though, and I always love to learn new things. I hope that I can carry this across in any tutoring I am engaged with.
I have recently worked with the Exeter Cathedral School tutoring Latin to Yr 7/8s in preparation for their Common Entrance exams. Furthermore, I have also been engaged helping to run an after-school club at St Leonard's Primary School in Exeter, and a lunchtime club for Yr 9/10s at Queen Elizabeth's School in Crediton. Prior to this, I had worked for five years as a sailing instructor at an international school back home in Suffolk. Given the language gap, this was understandably a challenging experience in trying to convey the relevant concepts and generally making sure one stays engaged and is engaging with the children. This has certainly given me confidence though in communicating in an educating environment, and I've been able to put this to good use through voluntary work with the university here in Exeter.
My interest and experience of Latin lies chiefly in it as a tool to help explore and add depth to the historical world of ancient Rome, coming to it as a historian rather than as a classicist. My chief interest in tutoring lies in expanding a tutee's background knowledge of Latin, either in their grammar or perhaps by giving him/her a wider experience of some Latin texts I find of particular interest outside the narrower parameters of set text study. I am, however, extremely flexible and perfectly willing to work with a student on a certain text. As such I feel I would be ideal for casual learners from a beginner's level of basic grammar up to A-level standard, but I would also be delighted to work with those doing a formal qualification up to A-level and interested in learning around their subject. Latin has been an engaging, taxing yet rewarding subject of study for me, which has allowed fresh appreciation of the world of ancient Rome and I know that it can continue to be so for others.
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|University of Exeter||2014||Bachelors||1st BA Ancient History|
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