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Receive personally tailored Latin lessons from exceptional tutors in a one-on-one setting. We help you connect with in-home and online tutoring that offers flexible scheduling and your choice of locations.

If you're in need of a Latin tutor in the Richmond area for yourself or your student, Varsity Tutors can get you set up. Latin is technically considered a dead language, meaning it's not actively spoken in any communities today, but its legacy lives on in the English language and as the basis for Romance languages spoken around the world. You'll also find it peppering academic journals, textbooks, reference books, courtrooms, and beyond if you're paying attention. Dead certainly doesn't mean irrelevant, so if you're ready to invest in sharpening your skills, working with a Richmond Latin tutor can be a great starting point.

What's the upside of seeking out a Richmond Latin tutor near me?

There is a litany of benefits associated with Richmond Latin tutoring, one of which is that it grants you access to an expert on the language. Latin isn't known for being a necessarily complex language so much as it is distinct from most modern languages. This is clearly on display when considering how one discerns the intent of a given passage. In the majority of modern languages, we tend to focus on word order. When you change the order of words in a sentence, it tends to change the meaning of that sentence. For example, "The girl hit the car," usually means something different than, "The car hit the girl." However, in Latin, word order is far less important. Instead, they look for inflection, or the ending of a word, to indicate what the intent of a phrase or sentence might be. This can be a stumbling block for new Latin students.

Richmond Latin tutors can help students navigate these differences. These instructors are put through their paces to ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to teach the materials effectively. They can craft lesson plans that start by teaching the basics, building upon that foundation towards proficiency. Because these sessions take place on an individual basis, your Richmond Latin tutor can answer questions in the moment and clear up any points of confusion, helping to solidify comprehension.

Another significant benefit of working with a Richmond Latin tutor is that they can assist with the mammoth amount of memorization required to learn the language. Learning any new language requires a good deal of memorization, but Latin makes the task onerous. One need only look at how Latin approaches gendering nouns to understand why. Students of Romance languages aren't unfamiliar with gendered nouns, but they have gendered articles and suffix-based rules to guide their categorization. In Latin, there are not two but three categories, and there are no rules or articles to help you determine how a noun should be categorized. In theory, the categorization is supposed to be intuitive, and sometimes, that's the case. Often, it's not. For example, there doesn't seem to be any intuitive rhyme or reason as to why field is a masculine noun or fortune is feminine one. The only way to build proficiency is memorization.

Studying with Richmond Latin tutors can help with that. They say practice makes perfect, and your instructor can drill you on your vocabulary again and again until you get it right. They've also been where you're at now, and they can offer memory retention strategies that might speed up the process and improve your recall. This is also an area where individual attention can be beneficial. People's memories are triggered in different ways. Some people are more verbal in nature. For these students, it might make sense to use more traditional flashcards featuring English and Latin words. Others are more visually-oriented. These students might benefit from flashcards where one side features an image with the other side showing the corresponding Latin term. The ability to use custom instruction methods and tools like this is what can make these sessions so effective.

Richmond Latin tutoring can also be customized to meet an individual's learning needs. In a classroom setting, teachers may find themselves limited by the realities of the school year. They have a set curriculum that they have to get through by the end of the school year. As a result, they can't necessarily afford to pump the brakes and make sure that everyone is ready to move forward before turning the page to the next unit. Richmond Latin tutors can, though. If it turns out you're struggling with a concept and need to spend more time on it than originally anticipated, they can rearrange the lesson plan to allocate additional sessions to the topic until your comprehension is at a level you're both comfortable with. These sessions are about getting you closer to your goals.

Richmond Latin tutoring also offers significant flexibility. We work to connect you with someone who can match your schedule and preferences. If you select online instruction, you can participate from anywhere with internet access by logging on to the Live Learning platform, be that the library on the University of Richmond Campus or the comfort of your kitchen table, connecting with your instructor using video chat, document sharing, and the virtual whiteboard. If you select the in-person option, you can arrange to meet with your local instructor at a location nearby your work, home, or school. In either case, you get to pick a location and time that fits with your schedule and is conducive to learning and focus. That makes this solution ideal for working professionals and law and med school students.

How can I find a Richmond Latin tutor near me?

Varsity Tutors makes it easy. Maybe you're looking for some help for your high school student. Perhaps you're pre-law and need some extra assistance. Either way, there's an online or in-person Richmond Latin tutoring option that will work for you. If you'd like to enroll in a live online course to supplement your efforts, our educational consultants can provide additional information on upcoming course sections, too. There's no reason to hesitate. Contact Varsity Tutors and you could be starting in as little as 24 hours.

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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

Latin Tutoring review by Andrew in Richmond, VA
This session, we continued reviewing the material we had covered previously, working with all of the noun cases other than the ablative, and verbs in the present tense. This time, we added in the future and imperfect tenses, and I showed them how they use mostly the same endings as the present tense, but with an added suffix. So, we worked on creating various sentences in the different tenses, and exploring changing the meaning from singular to plural, 3rd to 2nd person, etc., simply by changing an ending.
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Latin Tutoring review by Hannah in Richmond, VA
In our session, the student and I began Exercise 22.2, a combined translation and prose composition exercise. He had to provide the proper Latin verb forms for the English verbs in parentheses and then translate the complete Latin sentences into English. For each sentence, I asked him to identify the person, number, and tense of each English verb in parentheses and then look up the Latin verb in the back of his textbook. Providing Latin verb forms presented an opportunity to review the principle parts of verbs used to build each tense. Before translating the complete Latin sentences, I asked him to identify the noun cases and then the subject(s), direct object(s), and indirect object(s). His parsing was better this session than last.
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Latin Tutoring review by James in Richmond, VA
In this session we covered the perfect, imperfect and pluperfect tenses and how they function grammatically in Latin sentence structure. The passive voice, in present, imperfect, and future tenses was also covered as were some subjects of cultural and historic context for the Roman Empire and Latin language.
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Latin Tutoring review by Peter in Richmond, VA
Today, the student and I worked through a Cicero translation. This was his oration against Cato. We went over indirect statements and other constructions in combination. We reviewed "hic haec hoc" and other similar demonstratives. For next time, we will continue with the English sections. We will work on the final unit two translation next session. I am sending along a review sheet on fourth and fifth declension.
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Latin Tutoring review by Mary in Richmond, VA
Since the student had been on break, we spent the session working on basic underlying translation skills such as recognizing grammatical forms and matching forms with cases and case usages. We practiced with translations from the early chapters of the book. She developed a pretty decent understanding of the parts of a sentence and did some excellent translating.
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Latin Tutoring review by Ralston in Richmond, VA
Covered new vocab from current chapter on Latin roots in English, relative clauses, and sentence translation.
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