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How can a Latin tutor help you?

If you're in need of a Memphis Latin tutor for you or your student, Varsity Tutors can get you set up. Latin might be a dead language, but all that means is it's not currently actively spoken in a community. That doesn't mean it's not relevant. You can see its influence throughout the English language and it's the basis for all modern Romance languages today. Any practicing lawyer, medical professional, theologian, or historian can tell you that Latin vocabulary is something they come across frequently. If you're looking to up your game by studying the language, investing in the help of a Memphis Latin tutor can be a good starting point.

What is the upside of seeking out a Memphis Latin tutor near me?

There a number of reasons to consider Memphis Latin tutoring, but one of the most significant benefits is gaining the advantage of having an expert on the language at your side. It's not that Latin is an especially complex language. It does, however, play by a slightly different set of rules than what students of most modern languages might be used to seeing. In the majority of modern languages, we derive meaning from the order of words in sentences. If we change the order of the words, it usually changes the meaning. For example, "Jane hit the car," means something different than, "The car hit Jane." In Latin, however, the ordering of words means far less than the ending, or inflection, of words. This can throw students for a loop as they navigate the language.

Here is where working with a Memphis Latin tutor can be useful. Instructors go through a thorough vetting process to ensure they have the knowledge necessary to cover the material adequately and are assessed as communicators to make sure they can successfully pass that knowledge along. They can craft lesson plans that lay the groundwork for understanding the basics before building upon that foundation with additional lessons towards developing proficiency. Because these lessons take place on an individual basis, they can answer questions and clarify confusion as issues come up, helping to cultivate comprehension over time. This can make Memphis Latin tutoring an excellent complement to high school Latin coursework.

Another significant benefit to Memphis Latin tutoring is the assistance you can receive with memorization. While learning any new language requires a dedication to memorizing new vocabulary, it's a particularly arduous task for those studying Latin because of the way the language evolved. Nouns illustrate this idea pretty effectively. For those who study Romance languages, the idea of gendered nouns is nothing new. In Romance languages, though, the gender of a noun is typically predicted by the noun's suffix. In Latin, though, the gender is supposed to be "intuitive." That's true in some cases. Queen, for instance, is a feminine noun, while man is a masculine noun. In other cases, it's not as obvious. Flame is considered a feminine noun, while bridge is considered a masculine noun. Latin also contains a third classification known as "neuter," and these nouns are even less obvious sometimes. For example, war is considered a neuter noun. As a result, rote memorization is often the most reliable way to reach proficiency.

Once more, Memphis Latin tutoring can be of great value. Your instructor can help you memorize vocabulary and grammar rules until you feel comfortable with your retention. Moreover, because they've been through this process before, they can teach you strategies to improve your memory of these aspects of the Latin language. This is another arena where individual attention can yield dividends. People tend have distinctive memory triggers. Some people are more visual learners, while others have memories that are verbally-oriented. Your instructor can take the time to get to know you and then introduce tactics that cater to your strengths as you approach the memorization process. For the verbal learner, traditional flashcards with English and Latin words might be the order of the hour. For visual learners, though, flashcards featuring Latin terms with a corresponding image might be more effective. Customized instruction, however small, can make your time together more effective.

This instruction can also be tailored to your individual educational needs. In a classroom setting, the teacher is often limited by the boundaries of the school year. They have a set curriculum and only so many days to cover the material they've been assigned. Slowing down to make sure everyone understands everything before moving forward may be a luxury they can ill afford, and speeding up just because a student is bored is likely a pipe dream. Your Memphis Latin tutor, though, can go at whatever speed makes sense for you. If you're ahead of schedule, it's no sweat off their back. If you're struggling a little bit, they can shift the lesson plan to allocate more time to the topics where you need some extra time. These sessions are about setting you up to succeed.

Another significant benefit to working with Memphis Latin tutors is that it offers flexibility in terms of when and where you work. For those who select the online instruction option, you can log on to the Live Learning Platform from anywhere you have internet access, be that the campus library at the University of Memphis or the comfort of your own couch, connecting with your instructor using the live chat, virtual whiteboard, and document sharing functions. If you prefer in-person interaction, we can connect you with a qualified local instructor who can arrange to meet with you somewhere conveniently located near your work or school. Whichever option you choose, we do the hard work to locate a private instructor who is available to meet when you have time for sessions. This sort of flexibility makes working with Memphis Latin tutors an excellent solution for busy law and med school students.

How can I find a Memphis Latin tutor near me?

Varsity Tutors can connect you with Memphis Latin tutors in as little as 24 hours. If you'd like to enroll in an online course as well, our educational consultants can provide additional information on upcoming course sections. There's no reason to wait a minute longer. Contact Varsity Tutors today to get the ball rolling!

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Memphis, TN Latin tutoring
This week, I introduced the concept of the subjunctive mood to the student, since it was due to be introduced this week in class. I taught him how the subjunctive is formed in the present tense, and then we got in some practice converting verbs into the subjunctive and seeing how they are used in one particular context, the purpose clause. I also introduced the imperfect subjunctive and when it is used instead of the present tense.
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We continued our discussions on the student's previous trips as well as discussed more law-related topics to do with foreign policy. It was a very interesting and engaging class which really showed his significant progress.
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Memphis, TN Latin tutoring
The students didn't have to write phrases for their poetry homework this week, but instead, they had to write short summaries of the books they had read. Their reading comprehension has really improved, and they were able to tell me what the simple picture books they had read were about. Then we came up with short summaries of the books in French, using words from the books so that they could see the spelling themselves and copy it. We put this week's words on flashcards.
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Memphis, TN Latin tutoring
We went over the student's review sheet for a midterm that he will take on Wednesday. We talked a lot about adjective and noun agreement because he just learned the 3rd declension, and most of the time, 3rd declension nouns will have different endings from regular m/f/n adjective endings. Overall, I know he will do extremely well on this exam. He grasps and fully understands all the core concepts of Latin.
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Today, we went over indirect discourse, namely indirect commands and indirect questions. The student had some trouble understanding the way these sorts of constructions work, so we spent a good amount of time going over English examples so I could make sure she understood how they work before we started looking at Latin examples. We went over all of her homework problems on indirect questions, and by the end, she was translating very quickly and accurately. She also asked me to go over uses of the ablative, which we began, and I told her I would supply her via email with more well organized, helpful notes.
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Memphis, TN Latin tutoring
Today, we introduced the "nt" ending. The student remembered all the endings he has learned over the past several weeks. For homework, I'm sending along a short assignment reviewing nt endings, including a list of those words which were difficult for him to remember.
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