...I believe that learning is, and ought to be, for its own sake. Math and philosophy, and their nuanced interactions, are my great passions. I've run more 5ks and 10ks than I can count, but the validation of completing a long race is nothing like the satisfying moment of writing "Q.E.D." on a difficult proof. I'm a scholar of the Western canon, greatly influenced by great thinkers and writers of the past such as Plato,...
...in specific topics and in learning itself. While I agree that the goal of teaching is to help someone learn a certain topic, the greatest achievement in teaching I have experienced is giving someone the ability to reason, and the drive and ability to begin teaching themselves. I enjoy teaching certain topics because of their power to bring this about, including languages, mathematics, and (of course) philosophy. All of these areas stretch from an elementary...
...University of Arizona in 2015, with my B.A. in English and a minor in Classics. I have three and a half years of experience tutoring high school and college students, in a wide variety of subjects, including ACT, SAT, and GRE test prep, as well as many topics in the humanities. I challenge my students to push themselves beyond what they thought possible, and I am always happy to help them with any need.... I believe...
...attended the Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT from 2002-2006. I worked hard, and I did very well. I was admitted early to Harvard my senior year, where I enrolled in Fall 2006. Long story short, my father was chronically ill, and I left school to help care for him. He required more care, and for longer, than anticipated, but it was not a choice I would ever reverse. And if, for now, qualities born of...
...to focus on the History and Geography of the Middle East and thought there was no better place to do so than in the Middle East itself. So I moved overseas and earned my compound M.A. in Historical Geography from Jerusalem University College in 2010. My diverse academic background allows me to tutor a wide variety of subjects including; History, Geography, Earth Science, English, Environmental Science, ESL/ELL, Essay Editing, Hebrew, Languages, Politics, Reading, Religious Studies,...
...a plan of how I think we should go about mastering the needed knowledge, get feedback, and begin to see what teaching tools have optimal resonance. Third, I follow the plan while continually checking for acquisition and if there are any new areas that need to be addressed. I am creative, intuitive, patient, and a really great listener. As such, I use these traits as often as possible in order to create an atmosphere of...
...enjoyable and rewarding. Helping people understand and excel where understanding and excellence seemed impossible--this has driven me to seek every opportunity to help others academically, as I find great joy and fulfillment in doing so. For the past two years I have taken classes at a local college, where I worked as a peer tutor of both Latin and Math. The students I have tutored thank me again and again for helping them enjoy and...
...then tailoring that experience to the needs of the student. I think it is difficult, nearing impossible to learn in an uncomfortable or unwelcoming environment. I would like to help students feel comfortable, heard, able to ask questions and free to make mistakes in the process. I want to reinforce the message that not naturally knowing or understanding something is not a deficiency! It is simply an area in which one can make greater improvements,...
...certified ESL/TESOL teacher and have experience teaching groups of students as well as providing individual lessons. Working in different environments, with a diverse range of students, encouraged me to explore more creative tutoring methods in order to understand and communicate ideas. Through my experience as a tutor, I developed a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning; a style that is adaptable and uniquely catered to each individual personality. I have found that humor and games...
...uncover the concepts themselves. Soon we will engage in this process of discovery together! Before becoming a college professor, of course, I had to go to college myself. I graduated from the University of Dallas in Irving, first with my bachelor's in English and a concentration in Latin, and then later with a master's in English. I also attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where I earned my second master's in English. It was during...
...in English Literature at Southern Methodist University. I specialize in the intersection between ancient texts and Christianity as it is evident in Renaissance literature. During my MA I worked as a teacher's assistant, learning teaching strategies from many distinguished professors. Students met with me one on one to discuss assignments, work on papers, and review for tests. During these years I had the opportunity to work with several ESL students and students with disabilities. Being...
...creative thinker with lots of experience in the university classroom setting. I attended Swarthmore College and have received a handful of fellowships for postgraduate research, including a US-UK Fulbright Award and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. My areas of competency include English, Art History, Rhetoric, Spanish, and French. I am also proficient in SAT, GRE, and GRE Subject Test in English. My first Master of Arts is in English from the University of...
...me with knowledge in a plethora of topics including art, English, mathematics, history, science, standardized testing (SAT, PSAT, ISEE, ACT) and even study habits and organization skills, with math and literature being my pure favorites. Skills in these many subjects are pertinent in everyday life and, to me, are extremely important when building a strong academic career and personality. I am extremely passionate about education and it has always been a part of my everyday...
...teach, I emphasize the Trivium that is, grammar, logic, and rhetoric. I am an interdisciplinary thinker, who enjoys teaching history and philosophy, theology and psychology; English Literature, academic writing, Greek and Latin grammar. I edit essays for high school and college students. Also, I edit research papers for graduate students, whether a masters-level thesis or a doctoral dissertation. I can proofread APA citations and MLA footnotes. I am certified to teach English as Second Language...
...graduated from Cornell University in 2020 and received a B.A. in philosophy with Distinction in All Subjects, 4.05 GPA. After, I became a tutor, with English reading and writing and philosophy as some of my subjects. I believe that the sharing and communication of knowledge is an important aspect of human life. I enjoy working with a variety of learning approaches and am glad to assist students and learners attain their potential. My personal areas...
...have also completed a great deal of coursework in logic and mathematical logic. I am currently co-authoring a paper on one of the famous logical paradoxes advanced by Zeno. In addition to studying philosophy, I have spent several years studying Ancient Greek and Latin. Prior to entering the doctoral program in philosophy at Penn, I completed a year of coursework in both languages in the post-baccalaureate program in Classical Studies. I began my studies in...
...and Women in the Classical World to Modern Western Civilization and Medieval Literature. I have designed and taught two of my own courses as instructor of record, both on Roman History. I find the most enjoyable bits of teaching is taking students through a work - historical, literary, whatever - and helping the student discover the references and connections the author of that work was making, what he or she was trying to say, and...
Hi! I have roughly three years of experience tutoring students in test prep, history, literature, essay writing, and more. I'm also a recent graduate of The New School, with a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies. Ready to make that next test less painful for you or your child!
...I also recently finished up a second master's degree from the University of North Carolina, where I focused my studies on second language acquisition and Renaissance literature. I have written my own book-length studies on Cicero's philosophical writings and Sir Thomas More's Utopia. The only thing that is more intellectually rewarding than studying the subjects with which I am obsessed, is sharing them with others. That's an overly elaborate way of suggesting that I love...
...when working with students, is to help them to gain the skills necessary to take their writing to the next level. My approach is positive and process-based, emphasizing student strengths while working toward the development of writerly voice and instinct. I have worked with students ranging from ages 13 to 60s, from a wide range of religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. My professional background is in publishing, and I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and...
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Classics is the study of Greek and Roman civilizations from ancient times until the beginning of the Early Medieval period. The tools of the discipline include history, archaeology, numismatics, literature, linguistics, anthropology, sociology, and poetics. In the pursuit of knowledge in this field, you may encounter several versions of Homer's Odyssey in Ancient Greek, including the one in which Penelope elopes with her suitors. You may have to parse the Code of Theodosius, looking for the effects of the Battle of Hadrianopolis on Roman Law, nearly 1500 years after the extant Homeric epics. Perhaps you will discover why the Emperor Constantine was able to suggest his affinity with Helios, the god of the sun, while a century earlier Elagabalus was not.
You may need to explore the reasons why the Etruscans, a non-Indo-European substrate group in northern Italy, were the major export market for all those classical Greek vases you see around museums, or perhaps why the Greeks, whose tragic theatre is so important to us and to Shakespeare, claimed that they learned the art of theatre from these self-same Etruscans. Perhaps you are interested in why the word tragedy means quite literally in Greek, the song of the goat. The transition of Rome from monarchy to republic to empire to a vestige in the east (as the Byzantine Empire) is endlessly fascinating.
Why was Julius Caesar successful in ways that Sulla was not? Why was Augustus successful in ways that Julius Caesar was not? Why was second-century Rome so much more successful that the middle-first or third centuries? Why were Roman citizens buried along the Appian Way, but not in the city of Rome? How did the function of the Roman Senate change during the transition from republic to empire? Why is the Greek god Zeus called Jupiter in Latin, and why did Roman philosophers write in Greek? If you are taking a classics course, these are just a few of the questions you undoubtedly have encountered.
The answers are out there, somewhere, in reams of text written in English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Greek. The mastery of several languages is a key part of deep study in the field, and classics tutoring can help you get a handle on this rich and complex discipline.
Classics can be a difficult subject area because of the sheer amount of material you are expected to know. A private tutor can help in this regard because they can give you as much time as you need to become familiar with the material. A classroom setting doesn't really provide you with individualized instruction because your teacher doesn't have time to slow down or speed up the course to accommodate individual students. However, a private tutor can adjust the pace of their instruction to meet your needs. So whether you are struggling with a particular area and need more time to fully comprehend it or you already understand a topic and are ready to move in, a private tutor can make that adjustment.
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Recent Classics Tutoring Session Notes
She read her social studies Chapter 8 section 1 out loud. We discussed and she took notes. She had a quiz on her last chapter and she only missed 2.
She read out loud Tangerine for her reading class. She pre-read the chapter for the week, so she could comprehend what was going on ahead of time.
The student and I again worked on his reading for social studies, this time focused on the Bill of Rights. We looked at some document-based questions, and spent a lot of time going through the material, asking and answering questions along the way. He had a better time with remembering and summarizing the material, and seemed to enjoy the session.
We covered Reconstruction of the South after the Civil War and went over the note packet that the student received in class and I had her write ID's about the main topics in the notes. I have no concerns or extra practice. She hadn't gotten back her test from the week before so I haven't seen any grades to denote progress although she indicated she thought she did well.
The student and I completed a homework assignment on Women in Ancient China. She read a passage, annotated, and completed questions about the main idea and supporting evidence. We then summarized the central themes in a paragraph. For the second hour of tutoring, I helped the student study for her science unit exam on ecosystems. I asked her questions about material and she responded orally.
Our session commenced at 4:30pm and concluded at 6:15pm at the Library. We worked primarily on his essay which was due this Friday. We were also allocated some time to the completion of his math homework involving expressions and variables. He did especially well on the math homework, but struggled to form his own ideas for the purpose(s) of completing the essay, so I gave him some vocabulary homework.
We worked on the student's storyboard on Malcolm X. We focused on pulling together the information we wanted to highlight and pairing each fact with a relevant image. If the student is allowed to present it as a PowerPoint, he's good to go. If he has to change the format, he'll reduce the wording and emphasize the images.