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As an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz my focus in history was United States history. My areas of research were bottom-up history (I enjoy Howard Zinn's writing), telecommunication and broadcasting, and the history of science. I despise simply memorizing dates and figures, and I love discussing history within a memorable context. I also attempt to make learning about history enjoyable (there are some very entertaining figures and events in our nation's history!).
I spent several months teaching week-long, intensive astronomy and astrophysics classes to children between the ages of five and twelve. I have also worked as an astronomy tutor for several introductory college courses, primarily performing examination preparation.
I have performed undergraduate advising for students at a number of universities around the United States and advising for high school students on a number of different subjects (primarily getting into and paying for college), and I continue to provide educational and career advice to a number of individuals in many different fields.
I have impeccable grammar and extensive writing experience due to my work as a student of the humanities.
Most of my experience in tutoring physics has occurred during intensive examination preparation group sessions. To be more specific, as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, I would often receive frantic phone calls from a friend or group of friends who had failed an exam and/or quiz and were attempting to increase their understanding and performance enough to ace an upcoming exam (to compensate for their previous performance). Depending on the size of the group, to my knowledge, almost all of my students (in the least) received a passing grade on the exam and frequently were able to raise their cumulative grade in the class.
I also spent approximately a year occasionally assisting one of my high school mock trial students with his physics homework. His dyslexia made completing relatively long problems difficult, so we primarily worked on a strategy that would allow him to arrive at the correct solution.
I spent most of the previous school year working with a 7th grader to raise her overall grade in prealgebra from a C. After approximately two months of tutoring, she began receiving A's on her exams, and, by the end of the year, she was able to raise her cumulative grade to an A-. Because of my proven results in this area, I am very confident that I can be of assistance.
I've had several precalculus students over the past few years, and I have proven results, evident in their cumulative grades. One of my current students went from receiving two consecutive F's on his quizzes to an A on a quiz covering material that we discussed during our first session.
I spent roughly four years coaching high school mock trial and one year coaching college mock trial. I have also competed in quiz bowl competitions on television and have years of experience performing public speaking in a number of different settings, ranging from career panels to scientific outreach.
I have years of experience working with students with a number of disabilities, including ADHD, Autism, and dyslexia, and I've learned how to deal with these students through a variety of techniques. I have also worked with a certified "genius" student and a number of other high-functioning individuals and have spent time researching their specific needs, although these needs (for all of my students) obviously vary depending on the student.