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Greetings! I'm currently a PhD student in Classics (Latin and Greek literature) at the University of California, Los Angeles. I tutor primarily in Latin and Greek, as well as ancient history more generally, but I'm also qualified to tutor English literature, European history, reading comprehension, and writing - at all levels. Additionally, I can tutor preparations for a number of standardized tests (high school entrance, college entrance, GRE).
My tutoring style combines positive reinforcement with honest assessment. By opening an academic dialogue between myself and the student, I aim to create a learning environment where trial, error, and success can occur readily, all with the intention of building confidence through familiarity with material. Generally, I try to tap a student's already assigned homework as the primary tutoring tool, but I also feel that supplementary materials can have great worth. At the end of the day, results are key. Hence, I'm always re-evaluating my method to achieve the maximum level of success.
My undergraduate degree is from the University of Puget Sound, a small liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington. I graduated summa cum laude, with departmental honors, and received the David A. Lupher Prize in Philology, awarded for prowess in Greek and Latin translation. At a small college I learned the value of teaching - especially, of fostering a close dynamic between teacher and student.
My education in Classics (itself a product of my Classical education) began properly while I was an undergraduate at University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. I'm well versed in Roman History, Roman Mythology, Greek History and mythology. I spent a fall quarter at the prestigious ICCS (Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies) Rome program. I'm thus familiar with Rome as a both modern and ancient city, the many small towns of the Italian countryside -- so many forgotten stories in these places. I've yet to tutor a student who isn't my peer in just the broad field of "Classics," but most of my tutoring experience has involved my knowledge of Classical antiquity, productively so.
My first love is Latin, my second Greek. At least, those are my loves in Academia. Most of my tutoring style for Greek derives from that of Latin, since both languages require students to develop the same broad (but peculiar) set of skills. I've studied Greek formally for 5 years, now at advanced stages as I begin work on my PhD, which is in Classics more broadly. I have deep experience with a variety of Greek prose and poetry authors, as well as ample experience tutoring Greek (Attic, Homeric, Koine), and exposure to a hearty swath of current Greek teaching materials.
Makes a difference! — We highly recommend Elliott, who has been tutoring our sons in AP Latin this year. He understands the material in depth, is very patient, and has helped our sons improve their understanding of the language and their grades. ...
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