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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 or your student are in need of a Latin tutor in Syracuse, Varsity Tutors can connect you with a top-tier instructor. Don't be fooled by the notion that Latin is a dead language. Just because it's not being actively spoken in a community doesn't mean it doesn't have an actively flourishing legacy. Its impact is felt throughout the English language. It forms the basis for Romance languages spoken the world over. Lawyers, doctors, scientific researchers, historians, and theologians use Latin vocabulary every day in their chosen professions. If you'd like to sharpen your own skills in this arena, engaging the services of a Syracuse Latin tutor can be a great starting point.

What are the advantages of working with a Syracuse Latin tutor near me?

There are a number of reasons to consider working with a Syracuse Latin tutor, one of which is that it gives you access to an expert on the language. Latin is by no means the most complicated language you can study, but it is distinct from many of its modern counterparts. This is perhaps most clearly exemplified by the way the intent of a passage is expressed. In most modern languages, we understand the intent of a statement based on the order of the words it contains. When we reorder the words in that statement, we tend to change its meaning. For example, "The animal bit the girl," is likely to generate a different reaction than, "The girl bit the animal." In Latin, word order doesn't have as much of an impact. Instead, intent is dictated by the ending of a word, or inflection. This difference in paradigm can serve as a stumbling block for the novice Latin student.

Syracuse Latin tutors can help with this. They are vigorously vetted to ensure they have both the knowledge and skills to effectively guide students through lessons as perplexing as these. They can develop lesson plans that begin by establishing the basics and then gradually build from there, guiding students towards proficiency. As these lessons are taught on a one-to-one basis, Syracuse Latin tutors can address questions as they arise, helping to solidify comprehension. This can make these sessions an excellent complement to traditional high school coursework.

Syracuse Latin tutors can also help with the mammoth undertaking of memorizing Latin vocabulary. While it is true that learning any new language requires memorizing new vocabulary words, Latin makes it more difficult than most languages. This is made clear when considering the role of gendered nouns. If you've studied Romance languages, the idea of gendered nouns isn't new to you. However, in Romance languages, there are suffix-based rules and gendered articles that help make working with gendered nouns a little easier. In Latin, not only do you not get that luxury, but they introduce a third gender category: neuter. They expect you to categorize nouns "intuitively," though many of these categorizations are anything but intuitive. For instance, there doesn't seem to be any particular reason why the word soul would be masculine rather than feminine or neuter. The only way to ensure complete proficiency is memorization.

Syracuse Latin tutoring can be beneficial as you approach this challenge. Your instructors can drill you on the vocabulary until you have the words down pat. As they've gone through exactly what you're attempting in the past, they can make recommendations in terms of tactics and strategies to improve your recall. This is also a time when individual instruction can be uniquely helpful. Each of us can have our memory triggered in different ways. Your Syracuse Latin tutor can take the time to get to know you and the best ways to help you trigger yours. For instance, if you're a verbal learner, more traditional flashcards featuring English-to-Latin text might be the order of the hour. However, if you're a more visual learner, flashcards featuring images associated with the Latin terms might be more effective. The fact that your instructor can customize their instruction and tools to your learning style can make the time you spend together especially effective.

Syracuse Latin tutoring can also be customized to your specific learning needs. In a classroom setting, your teacher's hands are effectively tied. There are only so many days in the school year, and they have a set amount of material they have to cover before the clock runs out. That means they can't afford to wait until every single student is 100% up to speed before moving on to the next unit. Your Syracuse Latin tutor doesn't have to worry about any student except you. If it turns out you're having a difficult time with a specific unit and need more time working on it than you'd initially planned, they can rearrange the lesson plan to allocate more sessions to cover the topic with more depth. These sessions are all about you and your needs.

Syracuse Latin tutoring is flexible, too, taking place on your time and in the location of your choice. If you select the online option, you can log on to the Live Learning Platform at your chosen time from anywhere that has internet access, be that the campus library at Syracuse University or your kitchen table. If you prefer in-person interaction, you can meet up with a local instructor at home or at a location close to work or school at the time of your choosing. This flexibility allows you to pick a setting that facilitates focus and your learning style without interfering with your schedule.

How do I find a Syracuse Latin tutor near me?

Whether you're looking for help for your high school student or some assistance for yourself, Varsity Tutors can connect you with Syracuse Latin tutors in as little as 24 hours. If you'd like to supplement these efforts by enrolling in a live online course, our educational consultants can provide you with information on course sections opening up in the coming weeks. There's no reason to hesitate! Contact Varsity Tutors today to begin the process.

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Latin Tutoring review by Abigail in Syracuse, NY
The student and I spent our first session reviewing what she had learned last year, in preparation for her starting Latin 2 this week. Her teacher from the previous year had instructed her to review her vocabulary over the summer, so we started by going over the big list of words she had to memorize. I quizzed her on definitions, and also gave her a few pieces of advice for how to study vocabulary more effectively. I asked her to make flashcards to study before our next session, and let her know that I would quiz her. We then moved on to some translation review. I wanted to see how comfortable the student was with translating Latin, identifying and understanding the significance of noun cases, and recognizing verbs. We used the translation passages in her text book. I was very impressed with her translating abilities--she stumbled a bit with vocabulary, but seemed to have a firm grasp on noun cases and agreement, and seemed to truly be reading from the Latin. At the end of our session, we discussed our plans for our next few sessions. We plan to dedicate some time each session to drilling vocabulary, reviewing grammatical and syntactical concepts, and practicing translation. I will bring in additional texts at her level so that we won't just be working out of the textbook. As the school year progresses, we will adjust our lesson plans to best fit her needs.
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Latin Tutoring review by Amelia in Syracuse, NY
Today, the student and I first reviewed vocabulary for an upcoming quiz, going through words, their derivatives, and any unusual usages. We also completed some word studies from her book to further practice the words. While we reviewed all vocabulary, she will probably need to spend some additional time studying on her own. Finally, we previewed the grammar of Ch. 28, reviewing noun forms as necessary, and then looking at new syntax.
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Latin Tutoring review by Erin in Syracuse, NY
We discussed adjectives, specifically the third declension formations, taking care to note the confusing differences between 2 and 3-termination adjectives. Then, we translated several sentences from an upcoming assignment. I recommended that the student drill declensions via flashcards and writing declension charts to speed up her translation time. She's very good at grammar and translation and just needs a bit of improvement in rapidly recalling declensions.
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Latin Tutoring review by Emelen in Syracuse, NY
We did a practice National Latin Exam (Level II). The student was able to translate the passage well despite a few vocabulary items which she hadn't seen before (but this is normal for a National Latin Exam). My main suggestion would be to be aware of conjunctions (et "and," sed "but," quod "because") and how they divide a sentence into smaller parts, which are easier to translate. I'd also suggest reviewing the endings of the third declension (e.g. the nouns mater, matris; flos floris; mare, maris).
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Latin Tutoring review by Letizia in Syracuse, NY
We went over the note for the student's test on Monday. We cover demonstrative adjectives and pronouns. We went over the passive voice of the verbs in the present imperfect, future, present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect. We practiced with exercises using the passive form. It was a very good session and he was very happy with it.
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Latin Tutoring review by Harry in Syracuse, NY
We covered infinitives and the principal parts of the verb. We focused on present infinitive, active and passive voice, perfect infinitive active and passive voices, and the future infinitive. In addition, we completed a unit test together, focusing on how to get the correct answers, translating Latin sentences, and determining the voice and tense of each infinite.
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