SERVICES

Standardized Test Preparation

My Test Prep Includes

 

   •  A thorough understanding of the expectations of the test in question, with several timed practice sessions.

 

    •  Identifying exactly which language skills will be tested, and building strength in those areas.

 

    •  For exams with required reading (literature papers), an in depth appreciation of the tested literature in English and in Latin/Greek, fostering knowledge through appreciation and practice.

For US and UK Students

The secret of test prep is knowing the format of the test as well as best practices for test taking techniques. Did you know your first instinct on a multiple choice test is usually correct, or that lingering on a difficult question can be more costly than leaving it empty and using that valuable time on several easier questions? 

US: SAT II Latin, AP Latin: Vergil, National Latin Exam, National Greek Exam

UK: GCSE Latin, GCSE Ancient Greek, GCSE Classical Civilisation, A-Level & AS-Level Classical Studies

Latin Exams

  • Toronto Latin Exam 

  • National Latin Exam (all levels)

  • Latin AP

  • Latin SAT II

Greek Exams

  • National Greek Exam

  • Toronto Medieval Latin Exam (not Toronto Latin Exam)

Tutoring for Students Currently in a Latin
or Greek Course

My Teaching Strategy

 

    •  Break down "overwhelming" challenges from the student's current course into manageable components, and show the student how they can succeed at several simple tasks.

 

    •  Convey an infectious enthusiasm for the satisfaction of mastering language building blocks.  In this regard, Latin and Greek can be more enjoyable than spoken languages because mastering them is like playing a strategy game.

 

    •  Develop study skills for memorization and practice which will keep the student ahead of the game not only in the challenge of a dead language, but in many other disciplines requiring a long-term commitment.

 

    •   Once the student has demonstrated ability to themselves, develop a long-term plan for continued successful engagement in their course of study.

The way into Latin and Greek is through building confidence and enthusiasm.

Greek Textbooks

  • Berkeley intensive summer programs using "Greek: An Intensive Course" by Hansen & Quinn

  • Mastronarde (1993 "blue" edition and 2013 "white" edition)

  • Athenaze multiple editions (written by my college professor James Morwood)

  • Basics of Biblical Greek

  • Cambridge Reading Greek

  • Greek for Beginners by L.A. Wilding

  • An Introduction to the Composition and Analysis of Greek Prose by Eleanor Dickey

  • Learn to Read Greek

  • From Alpha to Omega

Latin Textbooks

  • CUNY intensive summer programs using Rita Fleischer's "Latin!"

  • Cambridge Latin Course

  • Oxford Latin Course (written by my college professor James Morwood)

  • Jenney (1987 "red book" and 1992 "purple book" editions)

  • Latin for Americans

  • Latin for the New Millennium

  • Ecce Romani

  • Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina

  • Learn to Read Latin

  • Wheelock

  • Henle

Tailored Independent

Study

 

One-on-one is one of the fastest & most thorough ways to learn.

 

 

Depending on what aspects of the language interest you (trying to achieve a college credit or read a particular author) we can design a course to suit your needs.

 

Complete Latin or Greek textbooks take about 120-200 class hours to get through. Some students need to push through these materials in a single semester; others can take their time with a weekly class over the span of 2-3 years. The textbooks are designed so that you will achieve reading fluency in the original ancient texts. 

 

My Preferred Texting Texts

Latin: Oxford Latin Course / Jenney's First Year Latin

Greek: Greek for Beginners / Cambridge Reading Greek Course

 

If you have a textbook you prefer from an earlier experience with Latin and Greek, I am happy to work with that book as well.