My name is Susan D., and I have over ten years of experience teaching History and English at the junior high, high school, and college levels. I have a doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic and Military history from Ohio State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. I can tutor history, psychology, reading, writing, composition, and literature, and I love working with kids of all ages! While at OSU, I tutored in writing and history at the Student Athlete Support Center. During graduate school, I also held discussion sections, which are essentially extended tutoring sessions to help students who might need extra assistance in history. Finally, I taught English and History at Stuart Hall in Staunton, VA, so have experience working with a range of age groups.
My style is open, friendly, and collaborative. An open environment promotes lively, interesting discussions that make learning fun. Open expression also allows me to identify each student’s individual learning style and use that knowledge in lessons. Since all students have different ways of processing information, I try get individuals interested in learning in the way that best fits them. Supplementing tutoring sessions with recommendations for books, films, and music gives each student a chance to really explore how history and literature impact them today. Different technologies also allow me to respect all abilities without underestimating any student’s intelligence. Moreover, if a student does not understand a concept, having more than one teaching tool in my arsenal allows me to take responsibility for changing my technique to fit that person's abilities.
I work as a historian with the U.S. Air Force, so also have considerable practical experience in the work force, and have had great success explaining how a solid background in History and English, and superior writing skills, can help students find jobs and succeed in their chosen fields. I have found that when students see the practical applications of a particular subject, they are much more invested in learning.
Most of all, though, I am relaxed, friendly, flexible, and encouraging. I want to work with students to get them interested in learning while improving grades and study habits along the way.
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