Having recently completed degrees at Bachelor's and Master's level in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter I have moved back to Suffolk, and am presently engaged with training to become a TEFL teacher (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Although I've always been a pretty keen academic, learning Latin at university was a surprisingly pleasant and enjoyable accompaniment to my studies, and really opened my eyes to exploring and enjoying languages on a broader scale. I have attempted to continue this through learning a little ancient Greek, attempting to teach myself Italian, and my current work towards becoming TEFL qualified.
Aside from academic pursuits, for many years I have enjoyed sailing here in Suffolk, and once made an extremely lengthy and failed attempt at learning to play the guitar, and have sadly since concluded that I am 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. Being keen to learn more myself, I have found that helping others to expand their knowledge, experience and understanding to be one of the most rewarding things to be engaged in, and look forward to continuing to do so.
Alongside one-to-one tutoring, in the 2017-18 academic year I taught Latin and Classical Civilisation to Year 9s at Exmouth Community College in Devon. As part of this role I was required to prepare and deliver lessons on both language and historical material to pupils with a range of abilities, during which I was able to draw on a wide range of previous teaching experience. Principally, from 2014-15 I worked with Exeter Cathedral School alongside their Head of Classics supporting the teaching of Latin and Classical Civilisation to Yr 7/8s in preparation for their Common Entrance exams. Furthermore, from 2014-17 I was also engaged with the University of Exeter's Isca Latina project, helping to run after-school Latin clubs 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 these roles, 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 have been able to put this to good use through my various subsequent teaching engagements.
Following a combined total of 5 years studying Latin and Ancient History at university, I am really keen to continue working with both disciplines. In doing this, I hope to help others to better understand and appreciate what can be an extremely engaging and fascinating area of human culture, and one with curious contrasts and parallels to the modern world.
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 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, or within a certain syllabus, such as the Cambridge Latin Course or the OCR examinations.
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, and yet rewarding subject of study for me, one which allows fresh appreciation of the world of ancient Rome, and which can continue to be so for others.
For those studying Ancient History and Classical Civilisation without a language component I would be equally able and willing to support a programme of study up to A-level standard, with sessions tailored to supporting specific topics which a tutee feels they need extra help with. My own chief interests, and consequently areas in which I feel I would be of most help, include Roman political culture, Hellenistic monarchies and Greco-Roman philosophy, although this by no means an exclusive list.
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|University of Exeter||2014||Bachelors||1st BA Ancient History|
|University of Exeter||2018||Masters||Merit MA Classics and Ancient History|
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