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Rachel T.

Chicago, IL

$55/hour

consulting classicist: turning the elusive into the accessible

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Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University
Classics
University of Oxford
Master's

Education

Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University (Classics)

University of Oxford (Master's)

About Rachel

As long as I can remember, I've been a storytelling junkie. Stories are the lens through which the complexities of reality can be perceived and examined and sometimes dismantled, when necessary; stories provide comfort in difficulty, light in dark times, and understanding in the midst of oppression.

Driven on by this borderline-fanatical devotion to the art of the story, I decided to pursue my dream of professional nerddom by studying Classics as an undergraduate at Ohio University and then continuing on to an MPhil in Greek and Latin at the University of Oxford. During my time at Oxford I found that even the most casual of conversations in the pub could shed new light on complex ideas, and the underlying principle of that realization is at the core of my approach to tutoring: that something so simple as conversation can make even the most elusive, esoteric of concepts accessible.

My tutoring philosophy is simple: no fuss, frills or pretension—just a simple focus on what the student needs, whether that's a systemizing approach to the muddled rules of grammar or a more fluid, intuitive understanding of prose composition. I aim to use the underlying story of language itself to make the complex intuitive and prepare students to tackle any new challenges that arise. My experiences studying both in the US and abroad have given me a wide array of perspectives I can adopt depending on the student's particular needs, and I firmly believe that with the perspectives and tailored attention to a student's specific learning style and needs I can provide, my students will find success.

I have studied both Latin and Greek at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. As a result I've long familiarized myself with a variety of techniques and approaches to language-learning; when selected based on an individual student's profile and needs, these techniques can greatly enhance the learning process and prepare a student to tackle alternate approaches in a way that meshes with their individual cognition.

As a lifelong storyteller and, for many years, an academic, I am very familiar with the ways in which English can be pressed into service—whether to tell an elaborate fantasy or deliver a concise report. My experience as a freelance editor and proofreader has trained my eye to spot patterns of use or misuse, as a result of which I am able to pinpoint a student's strengths and weaknesses—playing up the former and compensating for the latter.

A surprisingly virulent trend in the study of the ancient world is to elevate the past culturally, particularly where literature is concerned, almost to the point of divorcing it from its function as entertainment. This is a false dichotomy: ancient literature (my own speciality in graduate school) can be, and genuinely is, both tremendously fun storytelling and a rich source of academic intrigue. As a tutor of Classics, I aim to bring a sense of this balance to my students, and to draw out the thing that is most fundamental to a study of literature: joy. Without a sense of the joy that the storytelling at its most basic level can provide, Classics can be soulless, an exercise in intellectually-complex lifelessness—but for true success, the human element is necessary.

As a student of the humanities, I find nothing more rewarding than the study of human character itself, but it can be difficult to keep an eye on the bigger picture when faced with grammatical difficulties in Latin or Greek or writer's block. I believe, though, that without the bigger picture, all the details necessary for short-term success will only ring hollow (although many might disagree). If my style seems like just the kind of weird you need, please get in touch!
As long as I can remember, I've been a storytelling junkie. Stories are the lens through which the complexities of reality can be perceived and examined and sometimes dismantled, when necessary; stories provide comfort in difficulty, light in dark times, and understanding in the midst of oppression.

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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60615
In-person lessons
English:
Proofreading, Writing
Language:
Greek,
Latin
History:
Classics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Classics

I received both my BA and MPhil in Classics, the former at Ohio University and the latter at the University of Oxford. Throughout the course of these degrees, I routinely studied material from the span of classical civilization, both literary and archaeological. I tutored many of these subjects at the time and have continued to freelance since then.

Greek

Throughout my undergraduate and graduate education, I studied a variety of ancient Greek dialects (Attic, Koine, Ionic, Doric). So while I am not qualified to tutor modern Greek, I am more than willing to tutor students interested in ancient Greek, as I did throughout my own university experience.

Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University
Classics
University of Oxford
Master's

Education

Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University (Classics)

University of Oxford (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60615.