I am currently a Masters student at Columbia University in the Classical Studies department. While I currently live with my new wife in Allentown and tutor primarily in NYC, I am more than willing to travel to other areas, from Philadelphia and New Jersey, to throughout the greater New York metropolitan area in order to meet with a student (although some travel expenses may apply depending on the commute). My schedule is flexible on weekends and during the week my class/teaching schedule offers an abundance of opportunities for a session.
While not a strict philologist, my interest in Rome has inspired me since middle school and to be blunt; disorganized, bright, and loves Roman history
are exactly the three things parents and teachers had said about me back then. This has resulted in strenuous amounts of study, preparation, and language
education over the last 5-6 years. Thankfully in the years since middle school I have honed my organizational, academic, and leadership skills. I believe that apart from sheer proficiency in the subject, a successful educator should be personable and approachable to their students.
I have a diverse academic career, background in a variety of athletics, experience directing theatrical productions at the collegiate level, and passion towards the subject that results in a tenacious work ethic. Currently I’m flexible and will base the work upon the methods and teaching style that your child needs/prefers, from basic memorization to the methodology presented in the Oxford or Cambridge Latin
Since becoming a CAMS major in undergrad I worked 35+ hours a week while a full time student to fund my studies and continue to work part time throughout my time at Columbia. In addition to this, my first foray in tutoring at PSU helped a freshman student in Greek
go from a failing grade to a B+
Throughout my high school and early collegiate experience I wavered between academic and career choices, always with an underlying love of ancient history. It was not until my junior year at Penn State that I discovered the Classics
department and truly felt at home. In addition to the opportunity tutoring provides to continue to hone my skills as an educator, as a tutor I strive to help students during an overwhelming time in their lives grow academically (and work on their organizational skills
) and be a positive compliment to the studies provided at your child's school or university.
My current rate stands at $60 per hour session (of course if we run over time there is no nickel-and-dime scheme since the extra effort is usually due to progress, important questions that should be answered, or generally having a fun time with the material). Typically when working with students at the undergraduate level, we have met twice a week for 1 to 1.5 hours to keep things fresh and moving. I mention this because I believe that meeting this consistently is most beneficial and then the student does not have to crunch the material into a short time span. Thus, I also offer the option of an "afternoon rate" where we can work for up to three hours (with a ten minute break when necessary!) for $140.
Naturally any email
conversations or phone calls in addition to the primary sessions are free of charge and I encourage the student to never hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns. If there are any financial constraints, alternate payment options or other means of alleviating expenses can be discussed. I will also provide my CV, list of read/translated authors and works, or any other documentation upon request.
It is important to keep things interesting at any age or the subject matter will not be retained (I wish I could say I didn't know this from my own experience!). Below is a (very) abbreviated list of the resources I currently have purchased in order to provide the student with some engaging material and help provide context to better retain each lesson and the information. In addition to those listed below, I have many Oxford Classical Texts and a variety of the Cambridge Green and Yellow series.
A Caesar Reader: Selections from Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile, and from Caesar's Letters, Speeches, and Poetry
By W. Jeffrey Tatum, Ronnie Ancona, Laurie Haight Keenan
(This series includes many great authors such as Sallust, Livy, and Cicero so there is some flexibility depending on what aspects of Rome that the student enjoys.)
A Little Latin Reader
By Mary C
and Georgia L. Irby
(A wonderful little book that relies on excerpts from literature
to convey basic grammar
points without the dry and ridiculous examples made up for textbooks. The best part of this reader is the various transcriptions of actual graffiti from Pompeii and around the Empire, which shows how non-aristocrats used Latin. Naturally I would refrain from having him translate any of the more inappropriate graffiti fragments!)
Currently I have a computer
program that acts as an excellent dictionary and helps parse words and identify forms of the parts of speech
. While it is only downloadable on Windows
computers, it is available online on any platform.
Award Descriptions include: The Reverend Thomas Bermingham, S.J. Scholarship in the Classics was created by Penn State's football
coach, Joe Paterno, honoring his high school Latin teacher. The Bermingham Scholarship provides recognition and financial assistance to full-time Penn State undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in Greek and or Latin studies in the College of the Liberal Arts at University Park. Bermingham Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.
The Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society