I believe in the transformative power of education and I will work diligently to connect students to the resources, people and tools they need to achieve their individual goals, as well as the requirements for their coursework. I absolutely love history- a love that tends to be infectious, even for students who come into our sessions hating the subject. Though my focus has primarily been in European and American history, I have excelled in an extensive coursework touching upon many regions and subjects- most especially philosophy and literature. My graduate program research and writing projects further allowed me to explore many regions (Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America) while emphasizing women's and ethnic studies.
As soon as I graduated with my MA in history, I began instructing an intensive summer semester, college-level course in Western Civilization through Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) which blended history with subjects like art, music, science and social sciences. This allowed me to find innovative ways of connecting students to history through their own interests and pursuits. I utilized modelling exercises and coursework in my course based upon research into effective learning strategies and my years of experience as a tutor.
I have more than 4 years' tutoring experience with a wide range of subjects through the Writing Center at PPCC, making me proficient in tutoring not just history but English skills, reading, writing and the ever complicated world of academic citation styles (including APA, MLA, CSE, AP, and CTS). I have worked with a diverse student body from all levels of learning, including English as a Second Language (ESL) students.
My time as a tutor and an instructor, both at PPCC and Front Range Community College, has been dedicated to providing students with well-rounded sessions. We will not just prepare for a test or assignment by drilling answers- we will further develop critical reading, pre-writing, writing, research, note-taking and study skills based upon individual learning styles and strengths which will grow with the student. The goal is not just getting an A, it is making you a more confident, efficient and successful student, overall. My work with PPCC has given me a chance to learn first hand from learning community professionals like high school teachers, parents, college and university instructors, and graduate school professors what common concerns and expectations they have so that I can give students specific and goal-oriented advice and guidance.
My own journey from a first-generation college student who performed poorly in primary education to a successful honors student and teacher gives me a unique insight into some of the common issues and anxieties students face as they struggle to find their voice in education. Because of the support and guidance of my learning community, I have been able to pursue a career that I am passionate about and I strive to pay that forward to each and every student I tutor.
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