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University of Oregon
Political Science
California State University San Bernardino
Enrolled

Education

University of Oregon (Political Science)

California State University San Bernardino (Enrolled)

About David

I am a current graduate student looking to tutor people in all areas of Political Science, World History, and Japanese language and culture. I'm very passionate about all of these subject areas, and I can't wait to share this passion with others.

I recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (with a minor in Japanese) from University of Oregon, and am currently working on my Master's in National Security Studies at Cal State University San Bernardino. I also attended Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan for half a year, where I focused on Japanese language and politics. During my undergrad, my emphasis was on political theory. More specifically, I focused on public choice theory and theories of international relations. More recently, my graduate work has me fixated on US foreign policy and grand strategy towards North East Asia.

Having studied Japanese language for 4 years (including 6 months of immersion in Tokyo), I hold a proficient knowledge of the language. As such, I am capable of teaching the kana writing system, basic grammatical structures, everyday phrases and some slang, and up to 1,000 kanji. My approach tries to compromise textbook learning and immersion training. I like to strictly use Japanese to communicate with students as much as possible, but I understand that stopping to explain concepts in English is important as well. How much I use Japanese in the classroom depends on the student. I also believe that cultural context is important for learning any language, so I like to end each session with brief discussions about Japanese culture which tie into the lesson.

Regarding my approach to Political Science, I find that the hardest part about being a Political Science student is understanding the literature. Political Science Literature (especially the theory heavy stuff) is usually overflowing with pretentious vocabulary, and the real meat of most texts is often buried under dense framework arguments and meta-theory. Therefore, my approach to teaching it focuses on breaking down the literature in order to identify the main arguments of the texts. Then , once we can identify main ideas and arguments, we should re-examine those framework and meta-theoretical arguments to have a better understanding of why these ideas and arguments exist.

I look forward to building a mutual passion for politics and Japanese culture!
I am a current graduate student looking to tutor people in all areas of Political Science, World History, and Japanese language and culture. I'm very passionate about all of these subject areas, and I can't wait to share this passion with others.

I recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (with a minor in
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Highland, CA 92346
In-person lessons
English:
Proofreading, Writing
Language:
Japanese
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Political Science,
World History

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Japanese

I studied Japanese language for 4 years at both University of Oregon and Waseda University, and hold a minor degree in the language from the former. I also have 6 months experience living, working, and studying in Tokyo. As such, I am very comfortable with the kana writing system, and can immediately recognize and read more than 1,000 Joyo Kanji.

Political Science

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from University of Oregon, and am currently earning my Master's Degree in National Security Studies at California State University San Bernardino. During my undergraduate career, I had completed rigorous coursework in International Relations Theory, Game Theory, and comparative studies in East Asian politics. I was also a member of University of Oregon's policy debate team from 2012 to 2016, which has sharpened my ability to comprehend and break down dense theory-heavy literature.
I tutored Political Science through the University of Oregon from 2014 to 2015. My teaching method focused mainly on how to read Political Science literature, and better understand framework and meta-theoretical arguments. I took a hiatus from tutoring from 2015 until recently to study Japanese language and politics abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

University of Oregon
Political Science
California State University San Bernardino
Enrolled

Education

University of Oregon (Political Science)

California State University San Bernardino (Enrolled)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 30 miles of Highland, CA 92346.