My lessons are suited for beginner (adult and students), students looking for help in passing their exams, or adults looking to learn a new skill or guided reading in ancient Greek. The series of lessons will be tailored to suite the individual after a lesson zero where such needs will be evaluated and a short taster session. But the basic structure of my lessons (for example for beginners) will involve starting at the very basic foundations blocks of grammar with verbs and nouns, consolidated with short minute tests at the beginning of each session and translation exercises from Greek to english and English to Greek to ensure the individual gets to grips fully with each element of the Greek language. We will work up to doing full passages at the individual's own pace whether that be fast or gradual. For more advanced levels, for there will still be regular grammar refreshers at the beginning of each class, but we will tackle lengthier passages more quickly and move quicker onto complex grammar and look more in depth at the meaning and context behind passages to develop critical thinking and to prepare for the literature exams and general interest. For those taking exams I will also teach exam technique and go through pass papers with them to hone their ability. Between each session I will issue a vocabulary list specific to the texts/exam board for the individual to memorise and do a short test at the beginning of each session as well as the grammar exercise/test. These short tests will not just be simple recall but designed to engage the individual's mind and aid long-term recall rather than just short-term.
These lessons are suited both to virtual classes and face to face.
I am a Classics graduate at Exeter university who has been studying the Latin and Greek since GCSEs. I have three years tutoring Latin and Greek students from beginner to advanced at my university, and often explained complex syntax where they could not understand otherwise and consistently achieved first in the Latin and Ancient Greek modules.
Date of birth 23rd May 1999
Education: September 2017 – June 2020 University of Exeter – BA Classics
April 2005 – July 2017 Millfield School, Somerset
Completed through to A-levels
January 2003 – March 2005 Lady Lane Park School, Bingley, West
Key academic May/June 2015 GCSE’s – 12 subjects, results awaited
Achievements Top of year 11 in Latin, Maths, Physics, Biology, Music; overall top academic student in year 11.
A levels – achieved top results in the year.
June 2012 Academic scholarship and Music exhibition awarded by Millfield School
Subjects studied Mathematics, Additional Mathematics
To GCSE level English Language, English Literature
Music, History, Spanish
Physics, Chemistry, Biology
10 A*s achieved, 1 A and 1 A in Additional Mathematics.
Subjects studied to Mathematics, Latin, Greek, Music
A level 2 A*s achieved in Maths and Latin, 1 A in Greek and 1 B in Music.
Career aspirations Undergraduate degree in Classics, followed by a career in Law.
Other qualifications I followed a Typing course held at school and achieved a final typing speed of 50 wpm. This skill has been of great use in the detailed coursework essays for my degree.
Activities and I have particularly enjoyed creative writing since the age of 9, both stories
Interests at school and poetry. Competitions at school have inspired me to develop my interest. I achieved success by winning a top prize in a short story competition held in Year 9 and I am currently working on expanding my story idea into a novel. I have also won first place prizes for my poetry, for content and delivery, in the school’s annual Poetry Festival which is judged by a professional poet from outside the school.
I have taken part in various UK Maths Challenge events, and also in inter-school maths competitions, both solo and team. I have for the most part achieved Silver or Bronze places in the Maths Challenge events, and some firsts within the inter-school competitions. The highest I achieved was the Gold, in the Intermediate Maths Challenge and Silver in the Senior Maths Challenge this latter one which normally taken by 6th formers I achieved during my GCSEs.
In my school I was a member of the Eureka club. The top academic students in school were invited to meet each fortnight. We usually debated topics of current interest and undertake challenging puzzle
I have enjoyed taking part in various drama productions which my school has staged, most recently Alice in Wonderland and several abridged Shakespeare plays as a part of the Shakespeare schools festival. As a result of various activities held around our entry into the Shakespeare schools festival, I have achieved the Bronze Arts Award in the Trinity College’s Shakespeare Challenge.
I play the piano (grade 6 passed with merit) violin (grade 5 passed) (grade 5 music theory also passed with distinction), and singing (grade 8 passed with distinction). I am a member of the violin section of the school orchestra. I also sing in the school choir. Orchestra and choir take part in formal concerts held at the end of each term. I take part in the annual singing competition as a part of my house choir. I play piano solos on an occasional basis in some of the less formal concerts which are held frequently to allow us to practise our performance technique. One of my greatest musical achievements was to sing a solo accompanied by my brother on the piano in an annual Charity concert held in school.
At university I use my musical experience from school to continue playing in the symphony orchestra and lead the committee of the Choral Society where I have already held the position of Vice President and then the role of President where I organised two very successful concerts and one other ambition Carmina Burana concert which was called off due to Corona virus. During lock down I set up a virtual choir for my own choir and any of the members of Exeter university choirs and beyond who may have felt isolated or just missed singing. This drew old, current and potential new members as well as others from around the country and even America.
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