James Z.


James is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in classical philosophy in the Harvard Department of the Classics. He graduated from Emory University (B.A.’s in classics and in philosophy) summa cum laude and with a perfect GPA. At Emory, he directed the college’s departmental philosophy club for three years, studied on scholarship in Rome, Italy at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, and as a Humanities Honors Fellow wrote an honors thesis examining Greco-Roman attitudes towards politics and education. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given his present job title, James enjoys teaching, research, and writing. His work largely focuses on the history of science, technology, and philosophy in the ancient world (Greece, Rome, China). He has published multiple academic papers in journals covering several disciplines, and has received awards for several others. He also enjoys languages, and has studied ancient Greek, Latin, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, literary Chinese, and Old English. He has lived and worked on four continents in order to pursue these languages further.

As a private tutor, James has a proven track record of success, with over six years of experience helping students achieve their goals on standardized tests (SAT, ACT, subject tests, PSAT, SSAT, GRE), languages and academic subject study (history, literature, philosophy, Latin, ancient Greek, etc.), writing (from brainstorming to copyediting), and college and graduate admissions.

In his free time, he likes to hike, watch birds, and cook.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD in Classical Philosophy (expected 2020)
  • Emory University, BA in Classics and Philosophy (summa cum laude)
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Expository Writing
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • ACT
  • GRE
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    "Outstanding in every aspect of tutoring."
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    "James communicated ideas well and was easy to work with."
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