University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
Information about Joe
I studied Classics at King`s College, Cambridge, graduating in 2009. I then trained as a teacher at Queens` College, Cambridge, graduating with a PGCE in 2010. I have been a private tutor since 2009, and have now clocked up hundreds of hours` tutoring experience in Latin and Ancient Greek. I tutor both languages to degree-level standard in London, Cambridge and on Skype.
Availability: I teach in London, Cambridge and via Skype. Currently most of my teaching slots are on weekday evenings or Sundays, but please enquire about my latest availability.
Willing to travel: 5 miles
Experience: I have been tutoring Latin and Ancient Greek intensively for the past 7 years, with thousands of hours` teaching experience to date.
I have taught towards all major public exams in both languages, such as Common Entrance, GCSE, AS, A2, SAT, Pre-U and even BA (i.e. University exams).
I am familiar with the entrance processes for a number of independent and grammar schools, and have had a lot of experience teaching towards scholarship papers.
I have tutored many students applying to Cambridge and Oxford, and can provide in-depth advice and support with choosing the right course and college, as well as getting to the necessary level for the language tests.
I have also taught the languages to those who have decided to learn them purely for fun!
In addition to my face-to-face teaching, I have taught extensively online (about 50% of my teaching is conducted on Skype), and have built up an array of handy techniques to get the most from the online format.
I was Head of Latin at a school in Bury St Edmunds for two years (September 2011 to July 2013).
Since October 2010, I have been supervising Cambridge undergraduates in Latin and Ancient Greek (colleges so far have included Pembroke, Downing, Homerton, Queens`, King`s, Murray Edwards, Newnham, Caius, Peterhouse, St John`s, Emmanuel and Trinity).
I also own and run a private tuition agency, Titanium Tutors, which I set up in 2011, managing a team of 8 staff members and over 1000 inspirational tutors.
My teaching style is structured and thorough. I start every lesson with a five minute recap of the key content of the previous session, checking how much the tutee remembers. A typical lesson will then consist of a translation, in which I ask the tutee to note down each unknown word as it is encountered and to devise a memory trick which will help them to recall the word in a five minute test at the end of the lesson. Together with the tutee, I will then pick a grammar point which stood out in the translation exercise as requiring the most immediate attention. We will spend five to ten minutes working on that, with the tutee`s understanding tested with some reinforcement exercises. At the end of the lesson we will recap all the new vocabulary and grammar which was covered, and I will typically set a manageable 20 - 30 minute homework for the next session based on what was covered in the lesson. Every lesson is of course different, and tailored to the tutee`s requirements, but I find this approach works in the vast majority of cases.
I consider grammar to be crucially important, but treat it as a means to an end and always emphasise the ways in which it can be usefully applied to translation rather than learned in isolation. I fundamentally believe that any tutee can excel in Latin and Greek with a little guidance and a decent amount of independent work.
I love Classics, and my main aim is to make my lessons fun and inspirational.