I have tutored Latin for several years and received awards for my proficiency. I began to learn Latin in middle school, and I was even a member of the Junior Classical League. While I pursued my college degree, I took every Latin education opportunity available to me, including supervised reading and translation work in my undergraduate thesis. I have completed coursework through Medieval Latin at the graduate school level. Currently, I independently teach a Latin class to a number of homeschool students, and I have several private students.
Writing and Reading
My college degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies was writing intensive. Since then, I have published an article in a national academic journal. Essays are more than words; the ability to present arguments and clearly convey ideas is foundational to successful writing. I help the student learn methods of creating topic ideas, organizing thoughts, and explaining concepts. Once an essay is written, the follow-up lessons involve sentence clarity and word brevity.
Reading passages are chosen based upon the student’s difficulty level. Focus is put on the act of reading itself and comprehension of the text. I work to make connections — stop thinking of reading as just word after word and begin to think of it as conveying information to build a mental image. I explain the meaning of unknown words through discussing the word and techniques on how to read it. Also, I reference synonyms and a dictionary to grow vocabulary.
I began college at 14. Even though I started at such a young age, the study skills I developed led me to success, and I want to share them with my students. I studied math, history, literature, and languages (Latin and French) intensely. I have also taken formal classes in college success skills. Study skills lie in organization and motivation. Often the key to success is the proper infrastructure of balanced schedule, ability to write study guides, pursuit of beneficial practice tests, and self-confidence. I am offering advice based on years of successful studying.