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Princeton University (PhD)
I’m a PhD student in Classics at Princeton, and I did my BA (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in English and Classics at Columbia. As an undergraduate I won prizes for Latin, Greek, and writing, and received Dept. Honors in Classics; I was also editor-in-chief of the campus magazine Surgam, and an editorial intern at Lapham’s Quarterly.
I love working with students, and my results in the past have been very good. In Greek and Latin sessions, I'm always sure to give students a firm grounding in grammar and vocabulary; but my primary focus is usually giving students solid techniques for solving syntactical and linguistic problems on their own. (I’ve found that school curricula often emphasize conjugation and declension, but neglect to give students sufficient tools for handling unfamiliar sentences, which is the main reason most students get tripped up.) In English and writing sessions, I encourage attention to compositional structure, precision of word-choice, and the various effects that can be created through manipulation of vocabulary and syntax. In every case, however, the student’s own style of learning will determine which are the most effective teaching techniques; so my approach is always tailored to the student’s personality.
A native New Yorker, I go back and forth between Princeton and New York; the Columbia area (Morningside Heights, Manhattan) is a convenient spot to meet, but I’m very happy to travel outside the city as well. Thanks for reading, and please do get in touch with me if you’d like to set up a session.
I’m a PhD student in Classics at Princeton, and I did my BA (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in English and Classics at Columbia. As an undergraduate I won prizes for Read more
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I began studying German in high school and continued through college; I spent the summer of 2012 abroad in Münster, Germany, where I complete the Goethe-Institut's intensive German course at the C1 level; I then spent the summer of 2013 abroad at the University of Vienna, Austria, participating in German seminars at the University.
I took my first Greek course in high school, and have focused on Greek in my undergraduate and graduate study. At Columbia, where I did my BA, I took a large number of Greek courses to satisfy my major requirement (including Greek Literature Survey, which is the most rigorous Greek course available at the university), and I received an A in each. I also won the Douglas Gardner Caverly Prize for proficiency in Greek and Latin, and received Departmental Honors in Classics.
I’m currently working on a PhD in Classics at Princeton. My coursework there entails a substantial amount of reading in Greek; in addition, proof of proficiency in Greek was a prerequisite for acceptance into the program.
If necessary, I’d be happy to provide a copy of my academic transcript or other credentials for verification.
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