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I earned my Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin, my M.A. (with distinction) from California State University Northridge, and my B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where I graduated with college honors and honors in the major. I'm available to tutor History, English, Russian, reading, writing, study skills, and the reading/writing/vocabulary components of all standardized tests. I have three years of teaching experience at the University of Texas at Austin, where I lectured, led weekly discussion groups, organized exam preparation sessions, and held office hours in which students consulted with me on an individual basis to help them succeed academically. I am currently teaching through the Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University.
I have professional experience designing learning comprehension questions for undergraduate level U.S. history textbooks published by one of the most prominent higher education publishers in the world. I have many years of research and writing experience, and my articles have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals and edited volumes. I have over three years of experience as a private tutor, and have worked with students of all age groups - from elementary school to college students and adult learners. I try to engage the attention of my students by making the material easier to relate to and understand. I have a passion for teaching, a friendly disposition, and I quickly establish a good rapport with all of my students.
I have three years of experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Texas and two years of experience as an Instructor and private tutor for US History. I am fully versed on the grading standards and requirements for US History, AP US History, and university-level US History courses.
I have years of experience with public speaking. I have presented numerous scholarly papers at conferences all over the United States. I can help not only with delivery and presentation, but also with content and clarity.
Reading is one of the most important life skills and a prerequisite for success in any field. I can help students achieve a higher level of reading comprehension and encourage younger students to develop a genuine enthusiasm for reading.
I have a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, with College Honors and Honors in the Major. I hold an M.A. from the California State University Northridge, With Distinction. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate (ABD). Needless to say, I know what it takes to succeed in academics, and can help students develop the study skills that they need to succeed as well.
I have published articles in reference works, peer-reviewed academic journals, and edited volumes. I can help students with all aspects of the writing process - researching, developing and organizing ideas, and structuring essays - in addition to editing for grammar, style, and content. Regardless of the topic, there are certain things that make an essay good, and I can help students develop their writing ability so that they can clearly develop and sustain an argument about virtually anything.
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