On this page you will find testimonials from students as well as reviews of my products/books.
I studied Greek for several years in seminary, but when I began trying to read the Greek fathers, I soon discovered that I had never really learned to read the language. I memorized forms, analyzed syntax, and diagrammed sentences, but actually reading Greek texts was still slow and painful. With his communicative teaching approach, Seumas has introduced me to Greek as a real, living language. I still have a lot to learn, but I now enjoy reading and comprehending Greek texts, without having to constantly analyze and translate. Seumas himself is an ideal teacher: knowledgeable, patient, accommodating, and cheerful.
– Calvin, pastor and graduate student in theology
Seumas is an excellent tutor and teacher of Latin. He’s taught me for the last 18 months. Starting from nothing Seumas provided direction to helpful written, audio and online resources, even posting things to me. We systematically worked through Ørberg’s Lingua Latina covering the basics of the Latin language. He is patient and responsive to the pace I’m able to invest in Latin amid competing priorities. He nonetheless expects progress and provides accountability for completion of work. He knowledgeably answers questions and explains where more detail is needed. Upon completing Ørberg, Seumas directed me to more resources in keeping with my increasing Latin ability. He was flexible to try different options to work out what was best. He has been especially helpful in directing my learning to the particular ends required, the reading of sixteenth century scholarly works. Seumas provides ongoing flexible support both in person and across the world. Meetings are clearly structured and provide meaningful and timely feedback. Exercises are marked in detail giving clear correction and encouragement where applicable. Seumas is good humoured amid the whole process.
– R. Earnshaw, PhD candidate
Seumas is a brilliant tutor. My son has flourished and excelled in the Classics, thanks to Seumas.
Seumas is approachable and reliable, and very thorough and patient in explaining things to my son, often making complex concepts easy to grasp. Thanks, Seumas for my son’s great results at school… I am delighted! I highly recommend Seumas to anyone wanting to excel in Latin or Classical Greek.
– Anonymous parent
Seumas Macdonald was highly recommended to me by the Head of Department in New Testament [at a local seminary]. He is a good teacher who will teach you patiently and with understanding of your difficulties. I did three and half years of NT Greek about twenty years ago, and had to start again from the Greek alphabet. Seumas motivates and systematically encourages learning. He makes you think, learn and progress at your ability. Furthermore, when unforeseeable events occurs, like sickness, he has been accommodating, changing the schedule and pace of lessons accordingly. The opportunity to have lessons via Skype means I can tape and listen to it again and again for Greek pronunciation, further understanding, and revision in future. This has also saved me travelling time and the need of finding a quiet room to have the lesson. I thank the Lord with the provision of such a good Greek tutor.”
– N. Fung, Graduate Student
I’m thankful to have someone with as much experience as Seumas to help me with those tricky Biblical Greek questions, and to help put it into practice.”
Jacob R., Biblical Studies Student
Seumas tutored me in the summer of 2015 to help me prepare for my M.A. in Biblical Studies. I had just finished my undergraduate degree in Classics, and wanted some help transitioning from Classical to Koine Greek. Seumas helped me learn the distinct idioms and grammatical features of Koine Greek as we read selections from the New Testament, Septuagint, and Church Fathers. He is a patient instructor, and very flexible with scheduling, especially considering we were in very different time zones! I would highly recommend Seumas as a Greek tutor.
Jonathan H., Biblical Studies graduate student