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Penn State University (History, Classics)
Columbia University (Enrolled)
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 Course books.
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. English 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 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
Group rates will be reduced upon further information.
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Since grade school I have had a penchant for history and my first foray into the field began with comprehensive courses and research in AP U.S. History. As an undergrad, I took courses taught by the illustrious faculty at PSU's history department and had the privilege of studying the Civil War era with some of the foremost historians of the era. My History BA courses covered the range of American History from the Seven Years War to Lincoln's election, and the political history of the 19th and 20th century to the issues of the new millennium.
Since becoming a CAMS major I have studied both Bronze Age archaeology, specifically examining the trade relations between Minoan/Mycenaean Greece and Crete and the Levant. Since then I have gained experience in Classical and Archaic Greek archaeology through various upper level courses. In the summer after my senior year, I partook in an archaeological study tour through Italy. Over the course of six weeks we surveyed sites in the southern half of the country, from Pompeii and Herculaneum to Paestum as well as general course work and site examination around Ostia and Rome itself.
At the end of my junior year at the Pennsylvania State University I realized what my true passion was and what I wanted to accomplish in life. Since then I have been pursuing a PhD in Classics with all the vigor and tenacity I can muster. My senior year I taught myself the equivalent of a semester's intensive course in Latin over the three week winter break and since then have committed myself to thoroughly learning the language and authors. I have been learning Greek since that same year, both Attic and Homeric, and can have enjoyed the ability to peruse Herodotus' "history" and other authors in the original. I enjoy and strictly adhere to the notion of combining language education with historical context. In any study of a "dead" language, a successful student is kept interested and a successful tutor must make the subject enjoyable (or at least tolerable) even to those who are not enthralled by the material or have trouble with the study of languages. I try to do this through a combination of memorization of vocabulary, readings from real graffiti around Pompeii and other sites, excerpts from actual authors , and of course, my own pictures and visual aids from archaeological digs, other adventures abroad, and from whatever media works best for the student.
As mentioned on my profile or under the other history options, I have both a History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies degree from the Pennsylvania State University. I've been helping people with their history lessons and exams since high school and have had the opportunity to study under some of excellent educators in both areas of concentration (please feel free to look up their own CV information on the respective department websites). Beyond pure memorization, the study of history must be one of context as well as cause and effect. While a student must memorize the dates and events that occurred, it is nearly impossible to remember or take any meaningful understanding from the lesson if those figures are not put into a relevant context.
My qualifications are primarily in Ancient Greek. I have studied primarily Attic Greek for four years now, with experience in Homeric and later variations. Since the 2011-2012 school year I have excelled in both levels of Hansen and Quinn (an intensive introduction to Attic Greek primarily), taken courses on the Iliad, and subject to a wide array of authors and texts through my graduate work at Columbia.
My senior year I taught myself the equivalent of a semester's intensive course in Latin over the three-week winter break and since then have committed myself to thoroughly learning the language and authors. I can submit a detailed list of authors/works read upon request, which includes Cicero and Caesar, Sallust and Seneca, and a variety of other poetry and prose writers. Last year I completed Columbia University's Latin Survey course, where graduate students (and senior honors students) must read 800-1000 lines of poetry or the equivalent in prose each week and are given a translation quiz based on a random selection from the reading, with no other preparation. Additionally, I have a strong background in Greek and passion for ancient languages, and the history of the societies that spoke them.
As both a History major and a CAMS major at Penn State I had the opportunity to study a wide range of geographical and chronological history. This success began after scoring a 5 on both the World History and European History AP exams and continued with disciplined study through my undergraduate career. While my concentration is in the history of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean, I have a strong background in the cultural and social histories of American, most European countries, Russia, China, and communist Latin America. Whether your child needs to study for the AP exams or just brush up on Ancient Rome or Castro's Cuba, I can tailor the lesson plan to their needs!
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