Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) (History)
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (PhD)
Middlebury Language School (Master's)
Hello! My name is Kris. I am offering lessons in History (Europe and World), as well as in the German language (Beginner through Advanced Intermediate levels).
As an undergraduate, I majored in History at Bowdoin College, where I was awarded the bachelor's degree with highest honors. From there I continued my studies at UCLA, where I earned my PhD in European History with a focus on Germany. This summer I returned to graduate school to study the German language. Over the course of the next three summers, I will earn my master's degree in German at Middlebury College.
For the past fifteen years I have been teaching at the collegiate level, first at a large research university, then at a small liberal arts school, then at a first-rate community college. I’ve taught lecture courses with enrollments of more than three hundred students, as well as intimate seminars with as few as five participants. My courses have ranged from broad surveys of World History, Western Civilization, and Jewish History, to specialized investigations of the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, Nazi Germany, and Twentieth-Century Europe.
My teaching effectiveness is due not only to the many hours I’ve spent in the classroom, but also to my travels. My ability to capture students’ attention owes a heavy debt to the first-hand knowledge of European culture that I acquired while living in Germany. During the year-and-a-half that I spent conducting research in that country (financed in part by a Fulbright Fellowship), I became fluent in the German language and gained insights into European politics and society that I could never have gleaned from the pages of any book.
Although I have spent most of my professional life instructing undergraduates, I am excited by the prospect of working with younger students as well. Many of the skills that I developed while teaching at colleges are also applicable to tutoring high schoolers and middle schoolers. For example, I know how to create a learning environment that is relaxed yet rigorous, lively yet structured, and conversational yet academic. I am practiced at teaching basic writing skills, which are often lacking even at the collegiate level. And I am adept at holding students’ attention through the use of visual and auditory aids. (I typically bring my laptop computer to class, which allows me to incorporate text, maps, photographs, and video clips into my lessons).
I am a very organized instructor who arrives at every meeting with a lesson plan tailored to your individual needs. In addition, I come prepared with visual aids and handouts, in order to deepen my students' understanding of the material. Teaching is my passion and my career; it's not simply a side job.
I look forward to discussing with you your learning goals, whether it be helping you succeed in your History or German courses, assisting you with AP test preparation, or teaching you the basics of the German language! Hello! My name is Kris. I am offering lessons in History (Europe and World), as well as in the German language (Beginner through Advanced Intermediate levels).
Kris is a kind of tutor who truly cares. I am so thankful for his diligence and attention to my son's needs. Kris actually puts more than effort than i have seen in many tutors. The results are tangible. Kris is patient and great with my teenage son. So, I highly recommend Kris!!
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I've taught world religions as part of my college World History survey courses. I take my students through the birth and core teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism. Together we read portions of some of central religious texts associated with each of these traditions.
I have also taught several times a college-level survey course on Jewish History that goes into great depth about not only that religion, but Christianity and Islam as well.
Finally, years ago I served as a teaching assistant for a History of Religions course at UCLA. My job was to lead small discussion groups in which students examined the core texts of the world's major religions.