Hi! My name's Derek, and I mostly tutor in writing and the sciences. After high school in Lincoln, RI, I decided that I wanted to be a scientist. Conceivably due to watching Jurassic Park too many times as a child, I decided to try and dig up fossils, and ended up doing so at East Tennessee State University. There I majored in biology and discovered spelunking and ultimate frisbee, in addition to a few fossils. I still greatly enjoy biology, but I have since drifted into the field of archaeology and I am currently most interested in looking at the connections between people's behaviors and the plants and animals around them. From this interest, I eventually decided to go into graduate school in anthropology. At the University of Missouri, I have worked as a teaching assistant for various anthropology classes for two years, and in addition have worked half time at the campus writing center for three. Between these two jobs, I have been able to work in a personal context with a wide variety of students with various attitudes and goals, from PhD students doing technical writing to nursing students working on applications to anthropology students struggling with biological reasoning to incoming freshmen taking their first composition classes. Each student is unique, and because of this the most important thing for a tutor is to take time to ensure that actual dialogue is taking place - talking past each other does no one any good. Interpersonal understanding and a commitment to communication are at least as important as knowledge of subject matter. When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy hiking, playing soccer, reading, and going on road trips (I have never tried these activities while tutoring). Thanks very much for your consideration, and I look forward to working with you.
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