Latin for Beginners – Presented January 2020 (Online)
Thanks for such an enjoyable and personable introduction to the Latin language. I feel much more confident about tackling simple translation after the six sessions, which were perfectly tailored to our needs.
Private Tutoring Sessions – February 2020 (Online)
That was a very helpful and exciting tutorial – loved hearing you talk about Asklepios. I Look forward to next week.
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Academic Practice – Presented January 2020 (Online)
Returning to academic study at postgraduate level after 25 years was daunting, but Gina’s programme has helped immensely, not only in tackling TMA’s! She has helped me to improve the way I plan and structure work, approach evidence, structure work, take notes, write with an academic voice and perhaps most importantly read with a critically analytical mind. The small group size makes it easy to ask questions and raise concerns and Gina tailors the content to address the needs of the participants. Whether you are new to academic study, want to improve the quality of your work or just want to refresh your approach, this programme would help.
The Academic Practice course has been an invaluable source of help for my undergraduate studies. I wanted to learn how to improve my critical reading and thinking skills as well as my essay planning and writing skills and this course has certainly delivered! Gina is approachable and professional and very good at teaching her subject. I feel that I’ve gained skills that will help me in my academic career for years to come. I’m very much looking forward to the Advanced Academic Practice course too.
Ancient Greek for Beginners & Latin for Beginners – Presented January 2020 (Online)
Working with Gina has been a revelation, I did not think I would have been able to develop my language skills so quickly. She is able to inject just the right balance between support and challenge to make us reach beyond what we think we can do. The small group sessions are great, you quickly learn to relax and not to be afraid of saying I don’t know. The feeling of all being in the same boat helps! I can’t recommend Gina’s programmes highly enough.
Ancient Greek for Beginners – Presented December 2019 (Online)
I was lucky enough to be part of one of Gina’s 6-week Beginner’s Greek courses and I loved every minute of it!
As a child I fantasised about learning all the classical languages, but that never happened. As an adult, I signed up to her course on a whim, and I am so glad that I did. Her method of teaching was immersive and rapid-fire, with ample time to clear up any confusion as and when needed. It was such a positive experience that I now do a bit Greek-to-English translation for fun when I’ve had a long day, and I am looking forward to having time to start the intermediate course. I can’t recommend Gina highly enough: if learning a classical language has been your dream, or if it is something you need to support your academic of professional goals, you definitely want to book one of her courses.
Myth as Ornament – Presented December 2019 (Online)
Just wanted to say thanks for a great seminar on Saturday, I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot.
I look forward to more seminars in future!
I have a passion for myth, reception and tragedy and, whilst tragedy was only one element of how manipulated myth was disseminated this course was no poorer for it. In fact, as other mediums were covered, the course substantially added to my understanding and enjoyment.
The course was relaxed, humorous, informative and inclusive with every opportunity to contribute.
Private Tutoring Sessions – November 2019 (Online)
I cannot tell you the difference that your one to one tutoring is making. I feel more confident in the subject and what I’m researching and so it is way more fun to do, despite the subject!
Academic Practice – Presented November 2019 (Online)
Thank you so much for the Academic Practice course Gina. I have learned so much about how to structure an essay, to research and construct an argument, how to make my writing concise and sound more academic. I think that your course should be compulsory for anyone studying at University!! I highly recommend it and would say that if you get a chance to do it either now or before the start of the new academic year, grab it with both hands. You will not look back, believe me! Could you please do an advanced Academic Practice course? I would love to apply for a PhD in the future – maybe it could include writing a proposal and getting started on a PhD?
Ancient Greek for Beginners – Presented November 2019 (Online)
I’ve got to say, I was really scared about starting to learn Ancient Greek, but this course is gentle but before you know it, you are translating chunks of Greek! I don’t know how she does it, but by then end of the first class, Gina had me translating a paragraph about Dikaiopolis of Athens and I had got the hang of the first bits of grammar. I was very excited that I could actually do it and looked forward to doing my homework! I have gone onto Greek Improvers 1 now because I am enjoying it so much at the end of the six weeks, I didn’t want to stop.
Roman Coins Uncovered – Presented November 2019 (Online)
Wonderful lecture! Can greek numismatics be done one day? Many thanks for super, v well presented lecture
Private Tutoring – Ancient Greek and Latin
Can’t believe how much I am learning! Bargain Price – you would normally pay far more than this price but it is at a heavily discounted rate for OU Students which means that I can afford to do both. Definitely putting Greek and Latin Improvers on my Christmas list! Do you do gift vouchers?
Aspects of Asclepius in Numismatics and Literature – Presented October 2019 (online)
I have just been been in the Aspects of Asclepius saturday afternoon seminar with Dr Gina May. What an amazing and engaging session. Not only was it fun but it will be so useful for my MA in Classics that I’m studying right now. I’m very much looking forward to more saturday afternoon seminars!
Latin for Beginners – Presented July 2019 (Online)
I have just finished Gina’s beginner’s Latin course – I can’t believe how much I learned! It’s nothing like at school – it was tailored for what we wanted, that’s the brilliant thing. Gina makes sure that we got exactly what we needed from the course. It was all focussed on being able to work with primary source texts. I have signed up for the Improver’s Latin. A bargain in terms of price – I got so much out of it, and Gina is such a good teacher and made it seem so easy! I’ve done the Ancient Greek too but I’ll do a separate review for that!
Hi Gina. Super, VERY interesting lecture! I never thought numismatics could be so fascinating! Loved every second of it!!
Latin for Beginners – Presented April & May 2019 (Face to Face)
I cannot believe how much I learned at the Latin for Beginners class. I was a little bit nervous at first, but the way you teach it actually makes it seem really easy! I went from knowing nothing at all, to translating short paragraphs in just six weeks! Amazing! I absolutely loved it and looking forward to Latin Improvers in June.
Latin for Beginners – Presented February & March 2019 (Face to Face)
I wanted to write to you to say what a wonderful and informative time I had on your Latin for Beginners. I couldn’t believe that by the end of the very first lesson I was able to translate some words and sentences. I think it was the way that you linked the teaching to real classics that made the difference for me – will those sailors ever stop fighting?? Thank you so much for the class and I’m really looking forward to Ancient Greek for Beginners!
I really enjoyed the Latin for Beginners course – I didn’t know anything at all when I started but by the end I knew so much! It went at just the right pace and Gina was so encouraging and explained things so clearly! I am excited to do Ancient Greek now, and I’ll probably do French as well. I feel really confident in myself and can’t wait for the new courses to begin.
Ancient Greek for Beginners, Presented September 2019 (Online)
The Beginner’s Ancient Greek was amazing! Gina is such an good teacher and she made everything we did relevant to the MA for us. I know that she tailors and adapts her all her courses for the students so that we get the right things out of it. My friend, who is not a student, also did the Latin for Beginners course online ‘just for fun’ and she said the material was adapted accordingly. Ancient Greek Improvers Stage 1 is next on my list and I quite fancy the Witchcraft! And I will get another discount for booking more than one six week course at a time so what’s not to like?!
Art Appreciation – Courses presented online
Art and artists brought to life in an exciting course. We looked at works of art in the context of their time so that we really understood them and the artists. I have done every one of Gina’s art courses so far – being online I can do them from home – it would be a bit of a long trek to Westgate otherwise! Long may they continue!
Art Appreciation – The Renaissance, Presented February & March 2019 (Face to Face)
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Art Appreciation course on Renaissance. It was so interesting and absorbing but you also made it very accessible and fun. I have learnt a lot and can’t wait for your next class on the Pre-Raphaelites in April!
If I had not attended this course I would never have known about Michelangelo’s wonderful Pieta which took him two years to sculpt from one solid slab of marble. What an achievement! Thank you so much!
Art Appreciation – The Pre-Raphaelites, Presented April & May 2019 (Face to Face)
I really enjoyed your Art Appreciation class on the Pre-Raphaelite painters. Looking at the images on your large screen meant that we could see every tiny detail of the paintings in glorious colour. I could not have imagined that I could get to know so much about the period and its artists in just six weeks. I’m so glad that I managed to get a space on the Art Appreciation – Baroque class in June! See you there!
World Myths – Ancient Greece, Presented February & March 2019 (Face to Face)
Just to say a huge thank you for the mythology course. It was amazingly informative and enthralling from beginning to end and I felt privileged to be there. Intending to sign up for witchcraft next and greatly look forward to it.
Thanks again and best wishes.Gill,Birchington
Many thanks for the fascinating and joyous course. I enjoyed every minute and was sorry it only lasted six weeks. Fortunately there are other courses!
All good wishes,
I have just completed a six week course on Myths and Legends with Gina May. I thoroughly recommend it. I did not study Classics at school even though I went to a Grammar school so it was new to me and I found it incredibly interesting. The hour and a half seemed to go in a flash as I was so absorbed in the content. Gina is an excellent teacher and makes every week more and more interesting. As I said before I recommend it, go on give it a try you won’t regret it. I am looking forward to a further 6 weeks.
Never studied Greek myths before. Loved this course and learnt so much. I had no idea Zeus got up to so much mischief! Gina’s knowledge of this subject is truly amazing!
Witchcraft in the Ancient World, Presented April & May 2019 (Face to Face)
I have just finished the Ancient Witchcraft course and it was absolutely brilliant. So interesting and informative. I loved this as much as I loved the Myth class. Looking forward to Philosophy in June. Please can you do more courses on the Ancient World?Norma,Margate
I did the Ancient Witchcraft face to face in Westgate earlier this year and loved it! Lots of images and explanations of magic and curses. Gina makes it so exciting! I’m looking forward to doing something else early next year.Barbara S.
Reading for Pleasure (Face to Face)
Just finished a session in the Reading for Pleasure group and have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading extracts from “A Thousand and One Nights” over the last few weeks. Reading together like this adds so much more to the enjoyment of the stories. I’m really looking forward to starting on “Wide Sargasso Sea” at the beginning of April. Not only that but the coffee is good and the cake delicious!