||English, German, Greek, Latin
I have a BA in Latin, MA in classical languages, and pending PhD in classics and philosophy.
Experience: 10 years
I graduated from Tulane University magna cum laude in Greek and Philosophy. I won the university's oldest prize – the Judah Touro Medal, established in 1856, for excellence in the ancient languages. From there I moved on to an M.A. program at The University of Chicago. Declared a master I now hold a slot as a doctoral candidate in both classics and philosophy at Cornell University. I have read many authors in Greek with a view to grammar, style, word order, vocabulary, syntax, dialect, and related philologically significant items. Of the poets I've read Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, Homer, Hesiod, Apollonius, Pindar, Aristophanes, and others. Of the prose writers I've read Thucydides, Herodotus, Aristotle, Plato, Epictetus, Plutarch, Diogenes Laertius, and others. I tutor all levels of Latin - elementary, middle school, high school, college, graduate school, etc. The bulk of my Latin tutoring is for high school students preparing to take standardized tests in Latin (e.g., the SAT II, AP Vergil, and the NYS Latin Regents). Regardless of the test, I offer lessons aimed at rendering students competent in the following skills: (1) translating literally from Latin to English, (2) transparent comprehension of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, (3) sensitivity to style and nuance, (4) interpretation of literature, (5) analysis, in written form, based on an unseen or seen Latin text, (6) background knowledge of historical and cultural context of tested Latin texts, and (7) reflexivity vis-a-vis timed tests. Without these seven competencies students cannot expect to do well on whichever assessment they prepare for.