I am a National Merit Scholar, graduating magna cum laude from Rutgers with a master's in Global Affairs and BAs in PoliSci and International Studies. I was a classroom English teacher and can tutor reading/persuasive writing, and grammar for SATs, essays and research papers.
I have extensive graduate study in European, Greek, U.S., Soviet and Chinese history, as well as economics, psychology, philosophy, sociology, public policy, and international relations. I was a Teacher's Assistant in Economics at the University of Delaware and in Public Policy at The Rockefeller School of Government at Albany.
I enjoy helping broaden children's perspectives as I help them develop their long term academic skills. I stress the importance of challenging held assumptions, of looking at problems in novel and interesting ways, and placing new information in different contexts based on what the student already knows.
Classroom teachers often make margin comments that a paragraph is "wordy" or "vague", but give no advice how to actually organize and effectively communicate their thoughts according to the accepted standards of academic grammar and style.
In addition to social science I studied Jazz at San Francisco State and play in my own band. On the side I teach piano and music theory. I have tutored for inner city programs as well as in well-to-do towns.
I help round out students' learning by adding my own knowledge of foreign affairs, political theory, public policy, international relations, political economy, criminology, international law, and environmental policy.
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