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Steven M.

Asheville, NC

$45/hour

Writing, Poetry, Ancient Greek, Latin, Literature

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University of North Carolina at Asheville
Classics

Education

University of North Carolina at Asheville (Classics)

About Steven

Potential students:

I've studied poetry, language, and the classics for more than 15 years, and, outside of further study thereof, find nothing more enjoyable than transmitting this knowledge to others.

In the fields of poetry and literature, my approach to tutoring / teaching is derived from the work of Hugh Kenner (as in his work 'The Pound Era' and 'The Art of Poetry'), Guy Davenport (as in his 'The Geography of the Imagination'), Harold Bloom (in his understanding of the way literature develops the mind's ability to think), Louis Zukofsky (his comparative approach in 'A Test of Poetry' and his expansive approach in 'Bottom: on Shakespeare'), Ezra Pound (in his strange but wonderful 'ABC of Reading' and 'How to Read'), and the Black Mountain College experiment (particularly under the directorship of poet Charles Olson). I come at poetry, prose, and reading from a very intense place--I am a published poet myself, and take it as my vocation.

In the field of classics (Ancient Greek and Latin), which I have a degree in from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, I take a more traditional approach, modeled on those who taught me to translate. I teach on the model of Wheelock's Latin textbook: moving from declension class to declension class, from conjugation class to conjugation class, with increasingly complex grammatical and syntactical forms coming up as knowledge of basic form translation progresses. With a number of basic and necessary vocabulary words at the beginning, and more complex words as we move along, obviously included. I can teach from any point within this progression, based on student advancement, and can give study techniques to help with any problem. (With Greek it is the same, with the variations inherent in the differences between the two languages.) I have a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with a Major in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin).

I have tutored most any age, ranging from a five year old to people in their fifties, so feel free (anyone) to contact me for sessions.

Steven
Potential students:

I've studied poetry, language, and the classics for more than 15 years, and, outside of further study thereof, find nothing more enjoyable than transmitting this knowledge to others.

In the fields of poetry and literature, my approach to tutoring / teaching is derived from the work of Hugh Kenner (as in
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Asheville, NC 28806
Math:
Prealgebra
Science:
Philosophy
Art:
Art Theory
English:
English, Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
Greek,
Latin
History:
American History, Classics,
Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball,
Basketball

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Baseball

I played baseball until the age of 15. My father was a baseball player and coach, from whom I've learned how to teach techniques of the game. I know how to teach pitching, hitting, fielding, etc.--all of the basics.

Basketball

I played basketball until I was 15. My father was a player and coach, from whom I learned how to put on a practice and teach the game. I can teach offense (shooting, post-up, plays), defense (guarding, rebounding/boxing-out, variations of man-to-man and zone).

Classics

I've read and translated Herodotus and Livy at the college level. I've also read Thucydides, Caesar, Tacitus, etc., though haven't translated them to the extent I've translated Herodotus and Livy. I'm familiar, through taking college classes in the Classics department, with the history of Greek religion and politics, as well as the Roman and Hellenistic period.

Greek

I have a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with a major in Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin). I use methods similar to those taught me by my professors--declension, conjugation, grammatical and syntactical forms--to teach others. Authors I'm particularly familiar with, through translation, include Herodotus, Homer, Plato, Euripides, Sappho, Kallimakhos, Archilochos, among others.

Literature

I'm a published poet and critic (Chicago Review, Hambone, elsewhere). I've organized poetry readings, poetry societies, etc. I was reading Finnegans Wake as a 17 year old. I found majoring in English--I switched to Classics--somewhat absurd; I can and had been reading these texts in English. On the other hand, I need someone with a specialized knowledge can give access to the beauties and sublimities 'inside' these "dead" languages.

I graduated 2011 with a degree in Classics and I am presently in Educational Licensure program.

I've taught at TC Roberson during the last semester in the role of an intern.

Study Skills

I've taught myself to remember the conjugations, declensions, vocabularies, and syntactical idiosyncrasies of both ancient Greek and Latin, as well as formulas for math and almost every other subject I've studied. I've used note-cards predominantly, along with other repetitious (mnemonic) practices such as reading something aloud (in the case of writing essays or sounding out the syllables of a Greek text)--reading aloud makes the 'form' or arrangement of the words in an essay, for instance, "objective": you can see and hear it outside of your own head, and this helps you to receive whatever particular piece of knowledge it is as if it were given from the outside. I've tutored friends and family in these ways, with success.

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Classics

Education

University of North Carolina at Asheville (Classics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 20 miles of Asheville, NC 28806.