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Virginia has worked with Simply Learning Tuition for over 3 years and has been introduced to several clients with great success.

Simply Learning Tuition

  • Ancient Greek

  • Classics

  • Interview Preparation

  • Latin

  • Oxbridge Applications

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

2008-2014 Princeton University, PhD Classics

2004-2008 University of Oxford, BA Classics

1997-2004 King Edward VI High School for Girls – A-level English (A), Latin (A), Greek (A)

GCSE English (A*), Latin (A*), Greek (A*), Russian (A), French (A*), Art (A), History (A), Maths (A), Biology (A*), Chemistry (A), Physics (A)

About Me

My specialist subject is Classics, and I also work with students needing Oxbridge prep and interview training. I fell in love with Classics when I first started learning Latin in school aged 12, and I went on to study it at Oxford and then do a PhD at Princeton University in the US. I’ve been teaching Classics at prestigious independent schools in London for the past two years, as well as having taught undergraduates at Princeton, so I’m very familiar with the usual exam boards and curricula. I’ve also prepared a number of students for their Oxbridge applications and interviews (as well as having been through the process myself!).

I’ve studied all aspects of the classical world, from Latin and Greek literature to history, philosophy, and archaeology, and I have a wide range of knowledge and a deep enthusiasm for the subject. I believe that ancient texts are among the most important in world literature, and that Latin and Greek are wonderful languages to learn, both in their own right and as a foundation for other languages, so I try and pass that enthusiasm on to my students.

I love working one-on-one with children and older students, and seeing their abilities and their enjoyment of the subject blossom. I always look for what will motivate and inspire each individual when I start to teach them, and I tailor my approach to take into account what they enjoy, as well as any difficulties or anxieties they may have about their work. As a secondary school teacher I know well how to adapt my teaching to a diverse range of learning styles, and I take care to adapt my resources as much as possible to accommodate individual students.

Recent tuition

Please find below a snapshot of my tuition experience.

I have tutored extensively in Latin and Greek at all levels, as well as Classical Civilization and Ancient History from GCSE all the way up to postgraduate level. I also teach English for 11+ and 13+. I have had successes helping students get places at prestigious universities including Oxford, Durham, Kings College London and Bristol. Most of the pupils I worked with achieve As and A*s in their GCSEs and A-levels, and I have also helped students gain places at public schools including Westminster (where one received a Queen’s Scholarship) and Radley.

Hobbies and Interests

When I am not tutoring, I work as a journalist for a popular magazine. I also like to swim and go swing dancing in my spare time.

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