Ben Street gathering students interested in the scheme

Student Classics Society offer peer to peer Latin and Greek Tutoring Programme

Students within the Classics & Ancient History Department have created a peer to peer mentoring scheme, run by students, for students, to offer support for those studying Latin and Greek.

The Classics Society Tutoring Programme is designed to complement the Latin and Greek language modules taught within the department.

The scheme, which was first launched in 2008 as part of a  initiative, will this year be project-managed by Ben Street, 2nd year Ancient History student and Departmental Liaison Secretary of Exeter Classics Society.

Ben comments, “I took on the role as I learnt a great deal last year and thought that all my lecturers were interesting and inspiring - this made me want to get more involved in the Classics Society”.

On the programme, students will be tutored by a peer who is two language levels above them, for example, a Latin I student tutored by a Latin III student.  The more advanced student will assist their tutee with the work set in their language classes.

The programme offers benefits for both student tutee and student tutor. The student tutee will receive additional language coaching and have the chance to ask questions outside of the classroom setting. The student tutor will proof read the work, reinforce basic grammar and constructions thereby enhancing their own skills, and in addition can add their mentoring experience to their Curriculum Vitae.

Professor Eleanor Dickey, Lecturer on the Classical Language and Text Latin modules, adds, “The first years can tutor other first years which means that they can integrate on an even basis - this is a great experience for them”.

The scheme is fully encouraged and supported by the Department of Classics & Ancient History, which, whilst providing a hands-off approach, is leading the training for the student tutors.  Dr Sharon Marshall, Lecturer, said "The training session will cover basic principles and practical tips, and will explain that the scheme aims to support the work undertaken in modules, not replace it”.

The scheme is anticipated to be highly successful, with over thirty pairs signed up already to become a tutor or attend training sessions.

Classics alumnae Charli Wood, who led the scheme in 2011-12 adds “The scheme is really beneficial for strengthening the bonds within what is already a very close and integrated department. The University of Exeter Classics Department is something which I believe sets it apart, not only within the University, but nationally as well”.

Ben adds, “It's an exciting and challenging position and I hope that I can build upon the all the brilliant work that Charli Wood did last year under this capacity. The programme is still in its early stages but I am confident I can increase participation in the scheme”.

For more information please contact Ben Street:

Date: 4 October 2012

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