Latin Tutors for the Élite Student
A Message from Our Headmaster
A Message from Our Headmaster
Welcome to Carmenta Online PhD Tutors, the world leader in élite-level online Latin and core-subject tutoring. Drawing upon an in-house tutor faculty of respected academics and an experienced team of administrators, we provide top students in NYC, America, and the world with first-class, fully-confidential live Skype Latin tutoring as well as tutors in more than 90 other subjects, including Ancient Greek, Math, Science, Modern Languages, and SAT Prep. We strive to give our clients the tools they need to excel — access to an almost unparalleled selection of top online Latin and general-subject tutors, with both long-term and on-call availability, but more than that, all the advantages of an expert administrative team providing learners and their parents with essential organization and educational expertise. Clients are provided with convenient weekly and monthly progress reports from their assigned tutor as well as a comprehensive and ever-evolving Individual Academic Plan (IAP). And now clients living in the Tri-State Area also have access to in-person instruction at our NYC Walk-In Tutoring Center, which we opened in summer 2016.
A Tutor Service with a Classics Focus
Our online tutor service is notable for its unique focus — the Latin and Ancient Greek languages, along with classical history and general linguistics. In fact, we have assembled a faculty of in-house Classics tutors (the vast majority have or will soon have PhDs) that is unparalleled anywhere online, giving top students around the world the opportunity to study with the cream of classical academia. We welcome you to read detailed profiles of our Tutor Faculty, an élite group of professors with degrees from and teaching positions at the most prestigious universities of the US and Europe.
At the same time, although Latin and Ancient Greek tutoring is clearly our focus, we also offer expert tutoring in over 90 other subjects, including Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, European Languages, Nordic, Middle-Eastern, and Native-American Languages, and SAT, GRE, and ACT Prep. In fact, every single one of our tutors is a polymath, with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, and so able to bring a real breadth of learning to the tutoring of any individual subject.
Method for Latin Fluency
Our Method for Latin Fluency, created by our Headmaster and based on decades of experience in Latin-language instruction, grew out of the insight that Latin is basically no different from any other language and therefore advanced competency in Latin must come from a dual focus on grammar and conversation-based learning. In other words, to learn Latin efficiently and attain true fluency, pupils need to be taught not just to read and translate Latin but to speak it too. For this reason we have gone out of our way to hire tutors with considerable experience in Conversational Latin instruction, and we encourage our tutoring clients to integrate conversation into their total Latin tutoring curriculum. This dual focus is, we believe, why overall our pupils grow into exceptionally accomplished Latinists, scoring extremely well on the National Latin Exam and (even more impressive) achieving real fluency in the Latin language in only 4-6 years!
Our SAT-Prep Method, another creation of our Headmaster, is a logical extension of the fact that, overall, students of Latin score higher on the SAT than those of any other language and that (as all young Latin scholars know well) this is no accident. Study of Latin leads both to advanced understanding of English vocabulary and to a much greater mastery of the type of logical thinking (which we have dubbed "puzzle-thinking") that leads to much higher scores on both the English and Math sections of the SAT. For these reasons, we encourage our students to integrate the elements of Latin instruction outlined in our SAT-Prep Method into their overall SAT-preparation curriculum.
Academic Advising / College Counseling
Our service is distinguished from the majority of tutoring services not only by the accomplishments and effectiveness of our Tutor Faculty but also by our dedication to assisting the student in achieving his or her overall long-term educational goals through expert Academic Advising / College Counseling. Right from the beginning, we take the time to get to know our students, making sure we set them up with the tutor or tutors best able to help them excel, as well as creating an IAP to optimize their long-term performance. We back this up with monthly progress reports, going out of our way to keep pupils and parents fully informed. All of this puts our Tutors and Advisors in an excellent position to adjust the curriculum as needed and recommend possible learning strategies. Our clients have our entire team working for them at all times, with its many years of multi-disciplinary instructional experience.
Tutors for Virtually Any Subject
Though we are distinguished from other tutoring services by our clear emphasis on Ancient Greek and Latin tutoring, we also offer expert tutoring in over 90 other subjects from all areas of study, including math, the sciences, economics, languages, history, language arts, and writing. We offer instruction in over 40 languages, both modern and archaic, including Sanskrit, Old English, Old Irish, Old French, Old Welsh, Gothic, Coptic, Ge'ez, Syriac, Sumerian, Akkadian, and Classical Armenian. No matter the subject, though, every single one of our tutors is an exceptional instructor, making it onto our team only after passing through our rigorous, highly-selective hiring process, which includes a challenging mock tutoring session. Only top applicants end up being hired, and though this selectivity obviously limits the total size of our Tutor Faculty, we feel it's worth it since this way we are certain that every single one of our tutors measures up to the strictest standards for experience, expertise, effectiveness, and affability.
America's Top Professors Tutor for Us!
Our Tutor Faculty is a select group of élite scholars, with advanced degrees from America's most prestigious universities:
- 65% have or will soon have PhDs
- 35% have degrees from Ivy League institutions
- 47% have degrees from Top-20 US universities
Our tutors have degrees from:
- The Sorbonne
- Imperial College London
Our Students Are Bound for Élite Universities
We are 100% invested in the long-term success of all of our clients, and we do everything we can to give them the tools they need to reach their goals, including multi-subject tutoring, ongoing academic advising, and college admissions counseling. We feel that this extra attention pays off down the road, leading to better learning outcomes, higher grades, and greater competitiveness in college admissions. In fact, just in 2015 our students were accepted into the following colleges and universities:
- Johns Hopkins
- U. of Ottawa
- Dominican U. College
- Wyoming Catholic
- UMass, Amherst
- U. of Connecticutt
Because we are committed to the long-term success of every one of our students, we take great care to assign you the tutor right for you and create an appropriate accompanying curriculum plan. There are three stages to our tutor sign-up process:
1) Initial Contact — You first Email or Call us and discuss your tutoring needs with one of our Academic Advisors.
2) Meeting with the Headmaster — You next meet our Headmaster over the phone or Skype. He will learn about you and your needs and then advise you on the creation of appropriate curriculum and the ideal tutor assignment.
3) Group Conference / Initial Tutoring Session — Headmaster, tutor, pupil, and parent meet briefly over Skype. Everyone is introduced, and we make certain all parties are on the same page. Immediately following this conference, tutor and pupil have their first session (which is always free). If you decide that the tutor is a good fit, then you and the tutor will work out a session schedule together.
NYC Walk-In Tutoring Center
In summer 2016 we opened our new Tutoring Center and headquarters at 276 5th Ave. in New York City. Students living in NYC now have access not only to our élite online tutors (in a wide range of subjects) but also to periodic in-person individual and/or group tutoring sessions at our NYC Center with one of our local tutors. Contact Us for subjects, times, and hourly rates for in-person, walk-in tutoring. Interested students are required to sign up 7 days in advance.
Carmenta Online PhD Tutors, created in 2016, is a division of the Carmenta Online Latin School (founded in 2008). Since our tutoring service is clearly different in nature from our multi-student class offerings and is aimed at a different demographic, we have given it its own separate division and website. Information on our group online Latin and Ancient Greek class offerings can be found on the School site.