Hey there. My name is Keith, and I have a true passion for teaching and tutoring history! My love for history comes from my experiences as an undergraduate. As I jumped around majors I found my true calling in a history class as I enjoy the stories and how/why things changed.
I am currently a graduate student pursuing my master's in Twentieth Century American History. I specialize in American Military and Foreign Policy but, I examine these platforms through a cultural lens. I evaluate how military, domestic, and foreign policy affect culture and how they intersect in everyday life. I also have a particular proclivity for gender and sexuality studies in the American and European twentieth centuries. Whether we're studying the facts of history or examining things historiographical, I always challenge my students to think about broad concepts. While memorizing of facts is somewhat necessary, the stories and concepts are what keeps a student engaged.
As far as teaching experience, I was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate class regarding the cultural impacts of World War II and the domestic changes in the 1950s. My duties were mainly to help facilitate class discussion and to offer ideas and ways to think about larger sociological transformations. I was also a graduate teaching assistant for a World at War class for two years. My duties here were the occasional tutoring of students for test prep, grading, and the occasional lecture. So I do have some experience with what professors/teachers expect of students within their classes.
I would love to have feedback from clients about my methods and whether or not they work, and I have no problem not billing if you aren't completely satisfied with my methods. I try to be flexible with time, and pay, so please never hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I also recognize that not all students learn the same way, or learn in set environments, so I feel that experimenting with different locations is somewhat helpful to both parents and students. After all, we're all here to help improve you as a student.
In addition to historical studies, I have played the violin and piano for over 15 years. I took private music lessons for the better half of my childhood and played music through my undergraduate years. While it is now more a hobby than anything else I still enjoy listening too, and playing music. For the piano I play anything from jazz to classical, but I tend to sway towards jazz. The combination of syncopated rhythms and unusual flair (not to mention the history of jazz music) has always intrigued me as a musician. Classical is more for the violin, as many assume, but I also enjoy playing old-time fiddle music. Something about being able to play history is part of the fun of being a musician. I am capable to teach beginner students for both of these instruments as well as music theory.
If you feel like I might be a good fit, send me a message and we can get things started. Hope to hear from and thanks for considering me.
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