UC Davis (History)
The most important skill anyone can acquire, and the one almost ignored by most institutes of learning, is how to learn. Some emphasize the old-fashioned “drill and kill” methodology while others latch on to every sort of new trend or fashionable system. In trying to reinvent the wheel or build a better mousetrap, they forget about that simple, universal, and time-tested concept: How to learn!
Everyone learns in a different way and responds to unique motivators. Whether you want to learn chess, study literature, or explore the depths of history, I can work with you and together we will discover your individual path to success.
I will bring over twenty years’ experience in tournament chess to your study of the Royal Game. Whether it is for sheer enjoyment or preparing for competition, I will make the lessons as fun as they are instructive.
As a lifelong student of literature and history, we will explore the past as much more than just a list of names and dates to memorize. Picking out critical ideas and crucial relationships will lead to a greater understanding of the past. The great works of literature will come alive as we reveal themes and concepts that will not only lead to better grades, but a richer understanding of the world of arts and letters.
No matter what subject you choose to study with me, I will gear each lesson to the individual. You will learn how to think, what to look for but, most importantly: How to learn!
The most important skill anyone can acquire, and the one almost ignored by most institutes of learning, is how to learn. Some emphasize the old-fashioned “drill and kill” methodology while others latch on to every sort of new trend or fashionable system. In trying to reinvent the wheel or build a better mousetrap, they forget about that simple,
Michael was knowledgeable, patient and very easy to get along with. He answered all of my questions and inquiries. Michael gave me homework which I am looking forward to completing before our next lesson.
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I have worked for Berkeley Chess School and have been a tournament chess player for over 20 years.
As a result of my studies in European History (with one of two concentrations in ancient history) I did a wide variety of readings in ancient authors. During my course of study I read primary source material from authors such as Plutarch, Polybius, Herodotus, and Livy.
I am a published author and former newspaper reporter for the Concord (CA) Transcript. In addition to my blog I am also an avid reader and grammarian.
I studied under Stylianos Spydidakis at UC Davis in European History with double emphasis on Military History and Ancient History. I'm a member of the Richard III society.
As well as being a former newspaper reporter and freelance writer/editor, a short story "of mine won honorable mention in the International Literary Awards. My work has appeared in Freelance Writer's Report, Dragon Magazine, and the Concord Transcript.