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I have been teaching for more than 10 years with the New York City Department of Education at the high school level. My expertise is in the area of Social Studies and French. I have an excellent record helping students excel on their New York State Regents exams. I like to first establish good rapport with the students to put them at ease and to gain their trust and confidence.
Together we will identify areas of weaknesses and I will tailor the tutoring sessions to address them. The strategies I'll employ will vary according to the students' learning style and ability. Students will be evaluated periodically to assess their progress. When concepts and skills are difficult, students will be given ample practice to achieve mastery of the task. Most of all, students will be encouraged to ask questions, to analyze, to conclude, to predict, and to develop higher order critical thinking skills to be better prepared for challenges ahead.
I have taught American History for at least 10 years at the Regents level and at the Advanced Placement level. The course curriculum covers the colonial era through the present. We place strong emphasis on turning points in American history, such as, The Revolutionary era, the foundation, the development of the constitution, early foreign policy, manifest destiny, reform movements, America's involvement in both World Wars, the Cold War and the war on terror. Students will receive ample practice in analyzing primary source documents, in organizing their ideas and in writing essays.
I have taught French for a number of years. Students have been able to pass their Regents test with the instruction I provided. We usually start by learning essential vocabulary words and common conversation phrases to immerse students in the language. Students will be given ample time to practice their new skills. We will assign a series of activities to make the learning process more interesting and to enhance retention.
For the past fifteen years, I have prepared students from 9-12th grades to excel on their NY State Social Studies exams. They need to pass a Global History and an American History exam in order to qualify for a High School Diploma. Some students struggled to pass these exams due to the concepts, the themes, the vocabulary they have to master to perform well. During tutoring sessions, I will use primary and secondary source documents to read, dissect, and comprehend. Maps, political cartoons, timelines will be used as visual aids to better locate the civilizations, the physical features of a particular region, cultures and values.
While in college, I minored in World History or Global History. In my 15yr teaching career, I've taught and prepared students to pass their Regents exam in Global History and Geography and have received multiple commendations for my teaching style and strategy. I am very familiar with what New York State requires students to know to excel on the test including the topics that usually come up on the essay portion of the exam.
Since I majored in Political Science and History while in college, my professors frequently assigned papers to research and topics to write about. Therefore, I acquired plenty of experience in organizing my ideas to present, and to structure my essays to meet the criteria demanded. In the course of my career, I've read and scored hundreds of essays submitted by my students. To help familiarize them with various writing styles, I gave them feedback on their paper and would allow them to rewrite the piece based on the recommendations given.
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