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I have always really enjoyed math. It is definitely an area that I have done the most tutoring. Algebra can often be an intimidating experience, but I have always found that people can learn in their own style. Building confidence and establishing clear procedure are the keys to developing a routine that will bring a positive outcome. I have developed these techniques over a long history of studying and tutoring at multiple levels of mathematics.
I have always really enjoyed math. It is definitely an area that I have done the most tutoring. My own background is based on my successful passing of the AP Calculus test and my time as a physics major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
History is very important if one is going to truly understand the world around them. American history then must be most important, because it tells us how our nation grew and developed into what it is today. During the completion of my BA in History at UCR I took an extensive amount of American History courses and love sharing that knowledge with others.
Just like Star Trek says, "Space is the Final Frontier". During my studies in science including time at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I have developed a complete fascination with how our universe operates. The life of stars from nebula to black hole, quasars and so much more lie ahead of anyone willing to spend the time looking up and asking questions.
Biology is a very important topic because it explains to us how life functions. I personally love studying how cells are structured and the variety of ways they operate in nature. My strength in biology can be seen in the fact that I passed the AP test in only my sophomore year of high school. I have also done research on topics including the use of algae to produce both hydrogen and petroleum products.
During this period of economic slow down, employment can be hard to find, and those already employed may be wondering what to do next. Three years ago I began my own journey looking for a new career. Since then, I have taken numerous courses covering job placement, resume and cover letter writing skills and interview skills. I have moved on from those experiences and began teaching others the lessons I learned. The programs that I attended as a student are now utilizing me as a guest speaker on a regular basis. I have helped students find the methods they need to create a personal brand and break into the informal job market and find the job they are looking for.
To put it simply, I love Chemistry. There is no topic that pulls apart the mystery of our existence as it does. The structure of atoms, bonding of electrons and so much more is the thrilling world you have found yourself in. My own background in Chemistry includes an A+ grade while attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and several years of independent research.
Economics is one of the most impacting area of study on our everyday lives. So many things happen to us that can seem complex and confusing. A strong background in Economics can help make sense of it all. From the price of gas to finding a job, knowing the principles of economics will help. While working on my bachelors degree I studied both Macro and Micro topics in Economics, including courses on their theoretical foundations.
European history was the focus of my undergraduate degree. Europe provides such a rich history full of many themes that would later lay the foundations for our own nations. I did my thesis on the Protestant Reformation and have found that knowledge very rewarding when discussing the current events of our own times. I am versed in both the British and Continental history.
Geography can be quite the exciting topic. There are so many ways that this discipline is applied. During my time studying geography I have encountered both physical and cultural aspects of the topic. The basic themes of culture can be related in geographic topics, while in other settings the physical aspects can be a guide to understanding the layout of our world. Indeed geography is one of my favorite topics.
I love geometry. It is a very unique branch of mathematics. For the first time a whole method of calculations and evaluation was created to apply directly with the physical world. Euclid approached the topic as a type of philosophy and based it on definitions. Over time geometry was combined with a more numerical approach and has sense taken off. Geometry gives you abilities to understand the world around you that no other branch of mathematics could ever hope to achieve.
Government & Politics
Political science and government studies are probably going to be the most beneficial courses taken. Everytime our nation votes in an election the topics covered come into play. Studying foreign relations is also very important when considering how the events elsewhere in the world affect simple things in your own life, just think of gas prices. During my studies I have taken several courses in political science. My background covers both domestic and foreign politics, including theoretical models of analyzation.
A solid base in Literature is a very rewarding activity. Between reading the classics and more contemporary authors there are so many basic themes that our society lives out that can be understood through fiction. My experience in literature includes a solid background in the topics surrounding the advance placement test and the topics of college courses. I am an avid reader who feels strange if I am not reading something.
To ponder the meaning of existence can be quite a involved actitivity. Philosophy is the one subject where no real answers exist. Unlike relgion there are no absolute belief systems that an individual can look towards. Philosophy has been one of my favorite areas of study for some time. I have taken every class that my schedule would allow, even if they were not in my course work. Even in my study of the French language I found myself reading the works of their most influential philosophers. The subject is a great journey of discovery that I would really enjoy sharing with you.
Public speaking is my greatest asset. I have never had a problem speaking in front of a crowd. More importantly I have taught others how to do so with success. I have been an adviser for both the Academic Decathlon Team and Model United Nations at Century High School. In various volunteer roles I have addressed crowds ranging from 50 to 1,500 people. In my own academic career I have won several awards in competition. Currently I assist in the training of interviewing skills, and speak as a health care advocate.
While studying history at UC Riverside, I engaged in many courses relating to Religion. My final thesis was on the Protestant Reformation and required me to study the history of Christianity in detail. In addition, I have studied both the history of Islam during its early periods and its modern elements. Along with this knowledge of the main three monotheistic religions, I have also studied the Vedas, which are the precursors to Hinduism and later Buddhism. Finally, I have read extensively into the work of Joseph Campbell who provides a very unique view of the development of world religions.
World History courses are a wonderful way to survey the development of world cultures and events. Moving among different regions of the world provides a much wider experience than more focused courses. The values and structure of other cultures are so important to understand. During my work as a History Major I took several courses that dealt with World History through many different periods of time. I look forward to sharing this knowledge.