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I'm a Cincinnati native with a strong and diverse academic background. I attended Hillsdale College for my undergraduate work and Miami University for my Masters degree. My academic work has mostly been in economics and political science, but these programs included a good deal of math, history, writing, reading, and public speaking. As a liberal arts student, my interests are broad and my approach to all subjects is well-rounded.
By my count, I have prepared myself for 8 standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, GRE, and LSAT. I hope I can leverage my many hours of preparation (and ultimate success) for your benefit!
I bring a great deal of patience and understanding to my tutoring sessions, having tutored at elementary through high school levels. Please feel free to contact me with any questions prior to booking. Thanks!
The English portion of the ACT was my strongest subject, scoring a 34 or 35 each time I took the test. I focus my sessions on improving reading speed and comprehension. While practice is of great importance, knowing how to practice is even more important.
Algebra is typically the first class that applies the principles of arithmetic in non-numeric settings. This can be daunting to its students, but simply requires a shift in analytic thinking. We solve for single unknown variables and become comfortable with manipulating equations using some general rules.
The curriculum for my master's program in economics included 3 econometrics courses: intermediate econometrics, advanced econometrics, and time series. Each class focused on three major areas: econometric theory, executing econometrics using software programs (like SPSS and STATA), and using econometrics to conduct empirical research. I performed well in each class, and I used much of what I learned to conduct research for my graduate thesis.
I have both an undergraduate and graduate degree in economics, allowing me to tutor in classes ranging from introductory to advanced. Economics studies the allocation of scarce resources among competing ends and how humans behave given these constraints. Applying some basic rules such as incentives, opportunity cost, and market theory, we learn how to analyze issues and solve problems like an economist. I place a high emphasis on application when tutoring this subject, showing how a given principle, theory, or issue manifests itself in our everyday world.
Geography is one of my favorite subjects to teach and learn about myself. In addition to participating in several geography bees, I also passed the Foreign Service Exam, which requires a significant amount of geography knowledge. I like to bring maps and charts alive with interesting facts about the places we learn about in this subject.
On a daily basis, I utilize Excel to organize and manage huge quantities of data. Analyzing this data requires me to use formulas as simple as "SUM" and as complex as nested "IF" statements. I build interactive workbooks that automatically graph data, link workbooks to other programs, and record macros to make my work simpler. I can even help you learn the many shortcuts and tricks that save you time!
I utilize Outlook on a daily basis for email, calendar, and task management. I can share my experience with you to help you organize your online life. Additionally, with my experience with the entire Microsoft Office suite, I can help explain how these programs interact for maximum efficiency.
PowerPoint enables students, business professionals, and teachers to create engaging presentations. To effectively use PowerPoint, one must balance text, images, charts, and other elements. I use PowerPoint on a daily basis to translate complex data and concepts into simple, yet interesting, charts and graphs.
Microsoft Windows is the most common operating system (OS) in the world. While most will encounter and use it often, using it efficiently will set you apart. As a daily Windows user myself, I can show you how to navigate system features, organize your files, personalize your OS, and do all of this faster.
Microsoft Word is the most common word processing program in the world--and for good reason. The functionality of this program is immense; I have used the program for over 10 years and still discover new tricks. For beginning students, we focus on how to navigate the program efficiently and use the most common functions, such as text formatting, themes, and spell-check. For more advanced students, we explore non-text elements, using forms/mailing functions, and writing academic or professional reports.
In college, I helped many of my peers proofread and edit their papers. I have written countless papers myself, including a graduate thesis of significant length.
I have a strong background in grammar, which allows me to edit not just by what "sounds right," but by what meets the rules of the English language. I also have cultivated an eye for detail through writing my many papers, and would be more than happy to help you take your writing from good to great.
In college, I was a semi-finalist in a campus-wide oratory contest judged by the faculty. After this competition, I was asked by the college president's office to emcee his next public reception. I also participated in over a dozen open houses for the college admissions office, speaking to students and their families in groups from 10 to 100 people. Finally, during my senior year, I addressed the incoming freshman class and their parents (~900 people) as the keynote student speaker.
I have used STATA extensively in the course of my graduate work in economics. Both of my econometrics courses utilized this program for linear regression analysis, non-standard modeling (e.g., probit, logit, etc.), and data management. Additionally, I used this program to conduct the research for my Master's thesis.
Statistics explores how to collect, organize, and interpret data. In basic statistics, you will explore ways to describe data effectively using terms like "mean" and "median," and you will learn how to show data concisely using charts and graphs. In more advanced statistics, we explore, among other things, how to conduct a hypothesis test, run regression models, and work with time series.
I have studied for countless school tests, final exams, and standardized tests over the course of high school, college, and graduate school. Furthermore, I can't begin to imagine how many pages of notes I've taken and study guides I've created for myself. This work paid off in the end, as I graduated with honors from high school and college.
Good study plans must be individualized--they must meet your needs and take into account your personal leaning styles. Furthermore, a good study regimen must be holistic, optimizing note-taking, textbook reading, and the actual preparation for a test. As someone who has tried many methods and been a part of many different classes, allow me to help you develop a study program that is right for you.
Building your vocabulary will lead to more compelling, articulate communication--both written and spoken. My approach to vocabulary focuses not just on memorization, but building mnemonic devices, using grammar to ascertain word meanings, and reading relevant materials that encourage one to engage with the language and use it in real contexts. Of course, building vocabulary also requires knowing how to properly use and interpret a dictionary, something we will cover in much detail.
Writing has been an integral part of my education in both undergraduate and graduate school. I am experienced with both technical writing (for example, writing about quantitative analysis in my current job or my senior thesis for graduate school) as well as persuasive or summary writing (for example, writing political science papers in undergraduate or helping friends edit their blog posts).
Excellent and exceptional tutor — I worked with Brian for eight months while completing three PhD level statistical courses. Pleasant, patient, intelligent, and flexible, he is an outstanding tutor. At times I felt frustrated, and discouraged with coursework. Brain’s positivity motivated me to continue with difficult assignments. Initially, I dreaded assignments; however, I gained a lot of confidence while working with Brian and ...
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