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Adam

"Adam has been tutoring my son for the Oxford University Classics Admissions Test since July. He has been immensely helpful in improving my son’s Latin in sessions that, I am told, are enjoyable as well as stimulating and stretching."

Parent of Oxford University Classics admissions student

  • 13 +

  • A Level

  • Ancient Greek

  • Classics

  • French

  • GCSE

  • Latin

  • Oxbridge Applications

Academic History

Postgraduate Degree, University of Oxford: Greek and/or Roman History, Distinction (an average of 76)

Undergraduate Degree, University of Oxford: Classics (Literae Humaniores), Double First (First in both second year exams and in final exams).

A-Level/ Pre-U: French Pre-U: D1 (equivalent of above an A* at A-Level) Latin Pre-U: D2 (equivalent of an A* at A-Level) Ancient Greek Pre-U: D2 (equivalent of an A* at A-Level) History A-Level: A

GCSE: Maths A* English Literature A* English Language A French A* German A* History A* Latin A* Ancient Greek A* Physics A* Chemistry A*

All grades were achieved at Westminster School.

About Me

I am an enthusiastic and committed tutor, and believe that the most important part of a tutor’s role is to engage with the specific needs and learning methods of each individual tutee. Flexibility and empathy are therefore fundamental to my tutoring style. Making sure that lessons are stimulating and exciting, rather than just informative, is key to ensuring a positive learning environment where students can continue to develop. I try to find out what it is in a subject or topic that interests the tutee, and adapt my methods accordingly. My sessions also incorporate a sense of fun, whilst helping the student to think for themselves. Encouraging a student to think independently is something I learned from the Oxford tutorial system, and is central to their enjoyment of a subject and to further learning.

Recent tuition

I prepare students for the Westminster School Scholarship Exam, ‘The Challenge’ (especially the Latin, Greek, and French papers). I also provide tuition for Classics and French papers for other age 13 scholarship or entrance exams, including applications to Eton and St. Pauls. In addition to this, I prepare students for the University of Oxford Admissions for Classics (admissions test; personal statement tuition; interview preparation).

Latin for University of Oxford Classics Admissions

I have been tutoring W (Ampleforth College) in Latin for four months to prepare for his Classics Admissions Test for the University of Oxford. To help him develop a familiarity with the format and difficulty of the assessment, we have gone through past papers and I have provided explanations for any vocab and constructions he found difficult. I have made sure he is well-prepared for any harder vocab by curating vocabulary lists and giving him regular vocabulary tests. Finally, I have carried out timed practices to ensure he can perform under time pressure and without assistance. W has progressed well and is on track to perform highly in his Classics Admissions Test.

Latin Language classes at University of Oxford

I taught E weekly Latin Language classes at the University of Oxford for a six-month period. E was already a relatively strong student, but there was room for consolidation and improvement. Each week, I gave her a grammar test, went through a Latin syntax topic, and set homework. Her performances in early tests and homework were adequate, but by giving extensive written feedback and explaining any previous mistakes in detail at the start of each class, her performances improved substantially. When going through a new topic, I tailored my explanations to make sure they focused on aspects she previously found difficult. At the end of the six months, she scored one of the highest marks in the year in a year-wide test.

Latin Language classes at University of Oxford

I taught G weekly Latin Language classes at the University of Oxford for a six-month period. G was an intelligent student but had scored lower than expected in his first assessment of the year. I felt this was due to minimal preparation and low motivation, rather than a lack of ability. When teaching him, I made lessons more varied and engaging, and in written and oral feedback I emphasised the importance of proper preparation for grammar tests so that he could perform well in future exams and understand the texts he translated. His scores in weekly grammar tests improved considerably as the six months progressed, placing him towards the top end of the class.

Hobbies

As well as teaching, I studied for a master’s in Ancient History and remain interested in many aspects of ancient and more modern history. In particular, the politics of the Roman Republic, on which I completed a 25,000-word dissertation, continue to fascinate me. Beyond academic pursuits, I’m a keen footballer and cricketer, and a relatively regular long-distance runner. I also enjoy travelling and trying to keep up my modern language skills.

Testimonials

“Adam has been tutoring my son for the Oxford University Classics Admissions Test since July. He has been immensely helpful in improving my son’s Latin in sessions that, I am told, are enjoyable as well as stimulating and stretching. Adam is always punctual and has gone over and above by also helping my son with his UCAS statement. I would highly recommend Adam as a tutor.”

Parent of Oxford University Classics admissions student

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