Online Classics Tutor David



Classics MA, MPhil



I have taught Classics in secondary schools for 16 years (most recently as Head of Classics), and have loved the languages, literature, history and archaeology of Greece and Rome for even longer!

122 classes

University of Oxford - Classics - MA, MPhil

I have taught Classics in secondary schools for 16 years (most recently as Head of Classics), and have loved the languages, literature, history and archaeology of Greece and Rome for even longer!

Recent Students: 11
Total Hours: 126
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All-time Students: 11
Total Classes: 122
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Recent Students: 11Total Hours: 126Last Online:
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About Me

Having written language courses for my own students in recent years, I have recently left school teaching to tutor privately and to write a book on the literary, historical and archaeological sources to Virgil's Aeneid. I also do some academic support work as 'study skills tutor' for students with special educational needs (including ASD, dyslexia, etc.)

Within the classical world, I particularly enjoy reading Greek literature (Homer, lyric, tragedy, comedy and Hellenistic) as well as Latin poetry of the Late Republican and Augustan periods (esp. Catullus, Virgil, Horace and Propertius). I am also working on making some videos on Athens and Greek history in the 5th century BC, which I hope to publish to YouTube.

Outside of Classics, I love the natural world and photographing wildlife and landscapes, and as well as several wildlife excursions in the UK I have been fortunate enough to travel with students to Guyana, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar and Poland to do so.

Tutor Experience

I have taught Classics for 16 years in three secondary schools, in the last as Head of Classics.

In that time I have taught Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation at beginners' level, GCSE, A Level and IB, as well as some RS and Philosophy; I have prepared students for Oxbridge entrance for Classics and have been a pastoral and academic tutor to pupils from Year 9 to 13, and have written UCAS and 'Common Application' references (for both Classical and other subjects) and helped students with personal statements; I even ran a Classics outreach programme for 3 years, visiting primary schools to run sessions on Pompeii, the ancient Olympics, an introduction to Latin and Greek myth! During my MPhil, I also tutored in Latin and Greek language (translation and composition) and in Greek tragedy to 1st, 2nd and 4th year undergraduates at my former college in Oxford.

I am perhaps one of the few who enjoyed online tutoring from 2020 onwards, and find the personal approach of one-to-one tutoring particularly rewarding. I believe lessons should be fun, enjoyable, and be a real conversation - a meeting of minds not just between student and tutor, but between us and the topic or text we are studying!

Topic Expertise

Latin and Classical Greek (OCR, Eduqas, Cambridge iGCSE and IB)
- any (i)GCSE, A Level & IB paper and set texts
- Oxbridge preparation and undergraduate-level language and literature

Classical Civilisation (OCR)
- any GCSE paper
- A Level papers on World of the Hero, Greek Theatre, Imperial Image, Invention of the Barbarian, Greek Religion, Love & Relationships & Politics of the Late Republic

Ancient History (OCR)
- GCSE topics on Persia, Tyranny & Democracy, Athens, Foundations of Rome, Cleopatra
- A Level topics on C5th Greece, Athens, Julio-Claudians & Late Republic

RS (OCR, AQA, Eduqas) and Philosophy (AQA)
- A Level topics in Ethics and Philosophy of Religion

References and Personal Statement writing for UCAS (inc. Oxbridge)

IB Extended Essay topics on ancient Greece or Rome

Client Reviews

Absolutely brilliant! My son really enjoyed David's first lesson.

- Latin

David has been wonderful! He has helped my daughter with her vocabulary, grammar and overall confidence before her exams. Thank you!

- Latin

superb tutor. very well organised and clearly a passionate educationalist. not on autopilot, took on board my requests

- Classical Civilisation

Very helpful, informative and knowledgeable.

- Classical Civilisation

Very helpful

- Latin

Very helpful in all respects

- Latin

Background Checks



BA (Hons) 1st Class, Literae Humaniores (Classics 1A), Brasenose College, Oxford
- Greek & Latin language and literature; classical & modern philosophy

MPhil (with distinction), Greek & Latin Languages & Literature, Magdalen & Balliol Colleges, Oxford

PGCE, University of Buckingham