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CSU, Fresno (HISTORY)
San Jose State University (SJSU) (Graduate Coursework)
After graduating with my BA in History from Fresno State in 2011, I began the MA History program at San Jose State (SJSU) that fall. I finally completed all my required coursework this past May (2014) and am studying for my comprehensive MA exam, which will take place this upcoming December. As an undergraduate, I took a number of courses on Latin American and US History. This included courses focusing on both North and South American colonies through the Nineteenth-Century and into the Modern Era. In graduate school, I focused mainly on Modern European History (1750s-present), yet I continued to take classes on US History, including the American Colonies, Slavery, pre-Civil War (pre-1860), and the Civil War. Good reading, writing and note taking skills are crucial to being a good student, not just in the History Department but in any other area.
Clear and concise writing is absolutely crucial to understanding History and I can help your son(s) or daughter(s) improve on their writing style. If requested, I can bring along and show graded papers from my classes to demonstrate my writing style. Clear and concise writing is a skill that takes practice, like playing an instrument, and while there is no such thing as a perfect writer, writing habits and styles can change and improve over time. Lastly, my ultimate goal is to teach History at either the junior high or high school level, so working with students to gain experience is something I desire. Let me help your son or daughter! After graduating with my BA in History from Fresno State in 2011, I began the MA History program at San Jose State (SJSU) that fall. I finally completed all my required coursework this past May (2014) and am studying for my comprehensive MA exam, which will take place this upcoming
Matthew is very helpful as a tutor. He is helping me with a larger essay assignment currently and I am looking forward to more growth. I am getting better identifying my weaknesses within writing assignments as I utilize resources available to me. Not worried about the 15-page essay only because I am starting early and working diligently through each step with Matthew giving feedback along the way.
Sometimes you need that knowledgeable person to help you get back on track. I am learning about analytic writing and reflective writing, besides the regular research paper. Thanks so much, WyzAnt and Matthew.
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My BA in History included taking courses on a wide variety of topics, including Latin America and Europe. Yet, I also took courses on US History, both surveys (Colonial American - Civil War and from the Civil War - Present), also and classes on Early America (the American Colonies and Revolution) and Modern America. Moreover, in graduate school I continued to take classes on US History as electives. This included Colonial America, pre-Civil War, and the Civil War.
English is a difficult subject for many because they have difficulty either with their reading comprehension or writing an essay. Luckily, I have learned not only how to read a book, but, more importantly, how to dig deeper and, if possible, pick up on the more subtle, implicit arguments or points the author makes. Moreover, learning the grammatical rules can be difficulty and frustrating in the beginning, but the more one reads, he or she learns to pick up on proper grammatical techniques. Read constantly has definitely made me a much better writer compared to when I first began college.
In graduate school, I focused on Modern European History (~1750s - Present). This included learning about the Enlightenment, French Revolution, Napoleon, the Revolutions of 1848, Italian and German Unification, European Imperialism in Africa, WWI, the rise of Fascism and Nazism in Italy, Spain, and Germany, WWII, Decolonization and the Cold War. I am strongest in these areas and continue to read to stay caught up with newer works and research on these topics. Moreover, I also took a course on European Imperialism during the Early Modern period, which is when the great European powers started building their vast empires with colonies in the Americas.
Many people struggle with grammatical rules in their writing. This includes the omission or misplacement of commas, run-on sentences and fragments. Peer-editing my fellow colleagues' papers showed me that this is not limited just to those of primary or secondary school but also at the college level. I know firsthand what good grammar from poor grammar looks like, since I have seen my own writing improve. If necessary, I would have no problem bringing in class papers showing one how much my grammar has evolved over time, into a clear and concise argument.
Reading is the most obvious component to studying history, and in both my undergraduate and graduate career, I have read, literally, hundreds of books. My comprehension continues to grow and I can relate to those who struggle since I struggled during my childhood. While I did not see the importance of good reading comprehension as a adolescent, I now understand why it is a necessary component in education, in whatever subject on studies.
Research and writing are the two fundamental components of studying History. I have read books with very clear, fluid prose, and have read others that make one have a hard time following the argument. Peer-reviewing my fellow classmates' papers, I know that clear writing is difficult for many. Common mistakes include paragraphs becoming too wordy, run-on sentences, fragments, and the misplacement of complex vocabulary. I, myself, have made tremendous strides in my writing and can bring along papers to show my growth with comments from my professors.
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