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Amy D.

Social Studies and Regents Prep Tutor

Ronkonkoma, NY (11779)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$60.00
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Hello! My name is Amy and I am certified to teach social studies in NYS on the secondary level. This past May, I graduated from Stony Brook University with a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies. To complete my degree, I had the opportunity to teach 9th grade Global History and Geography, 11th grade US History and 12th grade Government. My experience student teaching has helped me to better understand how students learn, and to anticipate the difficulties they will have when approaching the different areas of the social studies.

Over the summer, I was able to successfully tutor three students who needed to pass their regents exams. I planned sessions for both the Global exam and the US exam. These sessions focused on reviewing the content and on helping the students develop the necessary study skills and test- taking strategies for the exam. Ultimately, I am a firm believer in taking every opportunity to help students develop study methods that work best for them. I have employed various techniques when tutoring, and always consider the students input and learning styles when planning tutoring sessions. One technique that I found worked best for most students was having them create "mind maps" to demonstrate their understanding of how everything in the unit that was taught was connected. A lot of times students see social studies as a random mass of information without fully understanding how ideas and events are related through cause and effect, comparison/contrast, and global connections. Having students create a map that illustrates with arrows (and illustrations if that helps them) these connections works wonders. Not only do they learn the subject matter with mind-mapping, they also develop higher-order thinking skills that are needed for writing essays on the regents exams. Beyond simply passing a test, these skills are essential to their success in college and the real world. Mind-mapping can also lets students assess their own strengths and weaknesses, which helps them to develop better studying habits. Since I cannot simply study for them, helping students create their own study guides like mind maps has proved to be an effective approach to helping students learn and achieve academic success!

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Amy’s subjects

Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
Homeschool:
SAT Reading
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
English:
SAT Reading

Social Studies

Social Studies is a broad subject that encompasses various disciplines from the social sciences. Students are expected to master an understanding of history, government and politics, economics, geography and sociology to name a few. The NYS social studies curriculum focuses on both Global and US history, and is designed to use the study of history to explain the complexities of life in the present.

The purpose of a social studies education is to raise civic awareness among students. There are also a number of valuable skills that learning social studies requires students to master. Students are asked to use critical thinking in the social studies classroom rather than simply regurgitate facts. Literacy skills are also inextricably linked to social studies, as students are continuously required to improve their reading and writing. Ultimately, a social studies education prepares students for both academic life in college, and the real world they will face after graduation.

As a recently certified NYS social studies teacher, my experience teaching social studies has been during my 15 weeks of student teaching. During this time, I had the opportunity to teach 9th grade Global History and Geography, 11th grade US History and 12th grade Government. I have also recently tutored 2 students in both Global and US History, helping them to successfully pass their Regents exams.

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Education

St. Joseph's College (History)

Stony Brook University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Amy will travel within 15 miles of Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.

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