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I think of myself as a life-long learner, but this was not always the case. In high school I was a terrible student. Quite often I only barely passed my classes (including P.E.). Unfortunately for me, this was also the case entering into college: I earned a 16 on my ACT (which, sadly, was a notable improvement from a previous score). Clearly I had not acquired the tools necessary to be a successful learner.
But I did, however, learn to become a successful learner. By my junior year I was making the Dean’s list, and by my senior year I was making all A’s. My transition was gradual and it took a lot of work and practice. (After all, you don’t become a good student overnight.) But my experience has taught me at least four important keys to becoming a successful learner: (1) It’s important to find meaning in our work. (2) Review and practice are essential for cultivating a firm grasp of any material. (3) We must learn to find fulfillment in our growth. And (4), with enough of (1), (2), and (3), anyone can do it!
As a result of my effort, I graduated from Harding University in 2008 with a BA in Social Science, an interdisciplinary field that focuses primarily on understanding and describing the basic features of human societies. Afterwards I was privileged to work as an English language assistant from 2009 to 2010 in Socuéllamos, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Currently I am finishing up my master’s degree in Historical Theology, a field focused primarily on the social and intellectual currents responsible for the development of many Judeo-Christian ideas and traditions (for which I also earned a scholarship and have worked as a graduate assistant from January 2011 to July 2013).
My experience means that I know what it feels like to struggle in school, and I also know what it feels like to overcome those challenges. Over the last six years I have worked with students of various learning styles, backgrounds, and ages (elementary, high school, undergraduate, and graduate). So, whether you need help overcoming academic difficulties, whether you need assistance improving your professional writing skills, or whether you just need someone to study with, I’m sure I can help! Subjects that I tutor include geography, European history, American history, world history, social studies, government & politics, religion, Bible studies, and general study skills. Also, my academic career has greatly sharpened my professional writing skills; I am familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style and can offer my assistance to students, businesses, and anyone needing an extra eye to carefully edit or proofread.
You can contact me easily and I am very flexible.
Thanks for visiting my profile and I look forward to working together!
Along with various undergraduate and graduate courses in global geography, history, and international relations, my undergraduate program included the standard college courses in American history as well as more narrowly focused courses—e.g., Arkansas History (A).
Both my undergraduate and graduate level programs have included many courses in Judeo-Christian history and thought, including multiple courses dedicated to Jewish and Christian literature. I also can tutor Hellenistic Greek or Classical Hebrew.
My undergraduate education included numerous courses in both ancient and modern European history, including the standard college courses in western civilization as well as more narrowly focused courses—e.g., Civilization of Ancient Greece (A) or the Emergence of Modern Europe: 1815-1920 (A). As part of my graduate education, I have also taken many historical courses that covered European religion and thought—e.g., Early and Medieval Church (A) and Reformation and Modern Church (A). European studies have always played an important role in both my personal and academic pursuits.
In addition to all of the courses that necessitated a fine grasp of world geography, I took two undergraduate courses on the subject: Regional Geography of Europe and Americas (B+) and Regional Geography of Africa, Asia, and Oceania (B+). Since these courses, I have continued to study geography, especially in relation to regional history and politics. Also, I have spent much of my life traveling: I was born in Japan and lived in Maryland, California, Florida (where I went to high school), Virginia, and Arkansas (where I earned by bachelor’s degree). I have also been fortunate enough to spend a year teaching in Spain and seeing much of Europe.
As part of my undergraduate education, I took American National Government (A). More notable, in my view, were my courses in International Relations (B+) and Global Issues (A), both of which focused on political, cultural, and economic relations in the international system as well as on the global and domestic factors that influence relations between state and non-state actors. I loved these courses and they have deeply affected my view of the world, stimulating my longstanding interest in world history and global cultural awareness.
I was a graduate assistant from January 2011 to July 2013, assisting faculty with clerical and academic responsibilities including research and proofreading. These tasks have greatly sharpened my professional writing skills. I am familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style and can offer my assistance to students, businesses, and anyone needing an extra eye to carefully edit or proofread.
Though my undergraduate education included courses that exposed me to non-Western religious traditions, I am most qualified to tutor students learning about Judaism or Christianity since most of my graduate work has dealt primarily with these traditions. I am currently writing my thesis and plan to receive my degree in May of 2014. I have taken many courses in Judeo-Christian history and thought as well as both linguistic and textual courses in Jewish and Christian literature. If interested, I can tutor Hellenistic Greek or Classical Hebrew grammar.
As part of my undergraduate program, I took History and Culture of the Far East (A) and Regional Geography of Africa, Asia, and Oceania (B+) along with various undergraduate and graduate courses on Europe, the Near East, North America, and international relations. Though most of my work has a primarily Western focus, I am a firm believer in the importance of non-Western history, culture, and thought.
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