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Hi and welcome to my profile. My name is Heather. I am a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh with an MA in international affairs focusing on human rights policy. I am well-versed in history, government structures, and global politics.
My teaching style focuses on critical thinking skills. I want students to understand that this is not just about memorization of dates, places, and amendments, but the events and structures that have shaped our world. I try keep material interesting through story telling and finding ways the student can relate. I use metaphor or examples to explain foreign concepts.
I taught computer skills and sales techniques professionally prior to my graduate education. I also have experience in tech support. I have a customer service attitude and tremendous patience.
Worked with computers for over 20 years in Windows, Mac, and Linux environments. Experience building computers and troubleshooting hardware and software issues. Experience using a wide variety of office and personal use software, and the ability to learn new software quickly.
I have a master's degree in a subcategory of political science called International Affairs. The focus of this degree is on policy analysis, which is the basis for policy decisions. I am versed in government structure, legislative process, and politics regarding both public and foreign policy.
I have owned a Macbook Pro since 2010 and an iPad 3rd gen since July of 2012. I'm comfortable with OS X 10.7 to current. I am familiar with terminal commands in both Mac and Linux. I can also troubleshoot software.
My first university degree was in philosophy. It was a wide overview of from ancient to post-modern. My particular areas of interest are basic logic and it's application to general reasoning and writing skills, existentialism, and metaphysics. I can help a student understand a text and critically dissect it.
I have taken world history on the graduate level. I can quickly prepare to tutor a student on the history of specific country, discuss the rise and fall of empires, and explain why countries have long standing animosities. I understand the concept of nation states and sovereignty from my master's degree in international affairs.
Heather W is truly the talented tutor; and so fun to work with — Heather's talent is positively helpful to me during our English writing session. She was very patient with my questions and lead me to make sound sentences. It's a rewarding experience to me. Plus: she is so friendly. I felt very comfortable being her student. ...
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