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Well - where to start?! I love learning; I'm one of those people who always loved school and valued the experience. I obtained my Master's Degree in history because I very firmly believe that, if taught correctly, history enables people to better understand the world around them. We so often are focused on today and our own values and beliefs, and we forget that people even 100 years ago believed completely different things than we do! The intensive study of the past seeks to answer "why" people behaved the way they did - it is far less about names and dates. Admittedly, answering "why" isn't often the goal of social studies classes, world civilizations classes, or other entry level approaches. Consequently, I really try to approach the curriculum differently - I bring in outside sources, or ask open ended questions that promote critical thinking. Critical thinking, independent thought and analysis are important skills that far too many people lack, and those are the skills that an intensive study of history cultivate.
History also encourages strong writing skills! I have always been good at English and grammar, but history helped to tie it all together. During my graduate studies, I conducted a 70+ page research essay. I went through multiple drafts and wound up really pushing the boundaries of my field. My work was loudly applauded by top scholars, and was even hired as a copy-editor for a world-renowned scholar at the University. Currently, I teach World Civilizations for Ashford University where I am constantly identifying, editing and correcting world civilization history papers. I correct both grammar and content, and am constantly giving personalized feedback to each student.
My historical focus has been more on Medieval and Early Modern Europe, though I do have some experience with Colonial America. I also teach World Civilizations, which focuses on prehistory - 1500.
I am also comfortable with beginner's Latin - I took several semesters, but am a bit rusty on the higher level concepts. So, beginner is the way to go for me! To learn Latin, I find two ways work best: repetition and learning parts of speech. There is no substitute for learning vocab...flashcards are key here. For parts of speech, I find that writing out the sentence and isolating then identifying the different clauses works best, as it gives a deeper, mechanical understanding of the language!
Finally, I do have a degree in the Russian language, and I passed the TORFL, which qualifies me to study in any Russian university at an undergraduate level. As I am not a native speaker, I would be hesitant to tutor, unless it is for grammar.
I have a bachelors degree in the Russian Language from the University of Iowa. I was also selected to receive federal funding for an education grant that sent students to Russia. There, I studied for and passed the TORFL examination, which deems my speaking and writing abilities sufficient to study for an undergraduate degree at any Russian university.
We would sometimes tutor the first or second year Russian students, and I find that there is no substitute for studying vocabulary and practicing simple sentences. Ease of speech, even if simple, can get you a long way with a native speaker.
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