I'm pretty weird when it comes to writing
. I read history
books for fun, and I volunteer to edit my friends' papers just because I enjoy it. Weird, I know, but if you could use a hand with writing, I'm your guy. I graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's in history and a minor in classical studies, with a solid 3.95 in-major GPA, so I know my stuff. Of course, it takes more than book-smarts to teach writing effectively; I'm also well-versed at toning down the technical language
and making the subject simple and easy to understand. Tired of hearing names spouted and dates thrown at you? Would you rather hear the English
civil war and Magna Carta explained like a Seahawks/49ers game, complete with position, player, and penalty analogies? Let me teach you!
Since the history program at the University of Washington is so writing-intensive, I am practiced at writing analytic and argumentative papers comparing primary sources. This lends itself well to students needing help preparing for AP tests, whether they be history or literature
, as all are extremely document-focused. Indeed, both my junior and senior theses required close-reading
analysis of multiple primary sources, in Old English, Old French
, and Latin
. My experience in upper-level comparative English classes proved invaluable in analyzing such diverse source materials, and I believe would allow me to effectively prepare students for the rigors of standardized tests, whether AP or SAT
Since I hardly expect you to consider me by my words alone, I am more than willing to provide references from the University of Washington departments of history, classics
, and English who will attest to the quality of my work, as well as writing samples and/or transcripts (grades included) to demonstrate my proficiency.
For you linguists out there, I am currently studying Persian
to prepare for entry into the master's program in Middle East Studies at the University of Washington, and I have a working knowledge of German
, Ancient Greek
, and Latin from my time in the classics department. I also have a great familiarity with classical literature, including both Greek and Roman epic, tragedy, and philosophy
The subjects I teach are not easy; writing, literature analysis, and history all require learning fundamental techniques and patterns before one can even begin to talk specifics. However, I believe I can help you do that. In other words, instead of teaching you how to write a paper on Alexander the Great, I will instead teach you simply how to write a good paper!
I firmly believe that the combination of my strong knowledge base, practical experience in the History and English fields at the university level, and simple, easy-to-understand explanations make me an ideal candidate to teach you. This is my passion; in my spare time, I'm reading books on Shapur II of Persia or the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If you think it would help you out, I'd love to share my passion and expertise with you!