I am a dynamic tutor with ten years experience tutoring in history and related social sciences (geography, political science, basic social studies). I have additional experience tutoring Microsoft Office and introductory Arabic (MSA).
My clients come from all economic and demographic backgrounds, at both college and high school levels (students below age 14 not accepted), and I will go beyond my stated distance limit of 20 miles for the right student. I seek to treat each student respectfully, as an individual, and look to address the specific areas where the most help is needed.
My primary experience with high school students was in the 5 boroughs of New York City, where I helped to improve my client's scores on the NY State Regents exam in Global History and Geography. I have also tutored for the Regents exam in US History, for AP courses and exams in US, European and Global History, and for the SAT II History subject examination.
The high rating I have received from my clients is proof enough of the success I have had in helping students succeed, and I will add that many of my past students came to me having failed more than once in the subjects and exams that they sought my assistance with, and that the majority of them improved immensely after receiving my assistance.
Without any prior training, I have successfully tutored both "high needs" and "at-risk" youth, and I have additional experience as a multi-subject volunteer tutor at the Shaw campus of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, DC.
A significant part of my time is spent working with students on their essay writing skills- providing a stronger focus on structure and timing, and developing approach strategies for exams. I can also provide homework assistance and additional practice testing for students who require it.
My base-rate of $40/hour is adjustable on a "need-based" basis- I will assess your situation after our first meeting, and prior to billing.
For undergraduate college students, my primary experience has been to assist in study and preparation for mid-term and final exams in Western Civilization and US History survey courses. I have also provided assistance on research papers, with essay writing and in preparation for classroom tests.
As a graduate student, I was employed as a tutor by the athletic department of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. My position at GMU was to tutor student athletes in their required History survey courses- Introduction to Western Civilization and Introduction to US History- and I also obtained my first experience tutoring in Introductory Arabic at this time. I worked with athletes playing men's and women's basketball, tennis, lacrosse and on the track and field team.
I began my tutoring career as a peer tutor through the Student Activities department at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Virginia in 2003, where I assisted my fellow students in US History and Western Civ courses.
Note to all students: I will NOT write your papers for you, so don't even ask. I will assist you in your writing, only in permissible and ethical ways. Thanks.
AA in Liberal Arts- Northern VA Community College (2003)
BA in History- George Mason University (2005)
BA in Religious Studies (Islamic Studies minor)- GMU (2005)
MA in History- George Mason University (2008)
Certificate in Arabic Language and Culture- Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies (2011)
My graduate concentration was in Comparative World History, with a geographic focus on the Middle East, a thematic focus on global Islamic history, and with a temporal concentration on the Medieval and Early Modern eras.
My primary research has been on the Fatimid Caliphate and broader Isma'ili history, Islamic legal debates on dissent, the Middle East as a crossroads of global trade and cultural exchange, the development of shrine visitation throughout the Muslim world, and on the history of Islam in the Americas.
I have successfully completed graduate-level coursework in Middle Eastern, Central Asian, European, Caribbean, North American (including Native American) and Indian Ocean world history. These courses covered from ancient to modern times.
My travel and cross-cultural experience is extensive: over 2 dozen countries in the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and South Asia- including study-tours of Egypt and Tunisia- and I have resided in Cairo, Egypt for intensive study of the Arabic language and Egyptian culture.
In addition to Arabic (FusHa wa Al-Amiyya Masry), I have native fluency in American English, am conversational in German, and have basic proficiency in French and Spanish. I am also familiar with key words and phrases in Farsi, Hindi/Urdu and Gujarati.
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