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California State University Sacramento (History)
San Francisco State University (Master's)
If you are looking for guidance from someone who knows what it takes to succeed as a student, look no further!
In June of 2013, I graduated from California State University Sacramento with a BA in history, earning the distinction of summa cum laude (3.90 GPA or above). My plans included graduate school, so I took the GRE during the Summer of 2012 and scored a 161 (87th percentile) in verbal reasoning and a 5.0 (93rd percentile) in analytical writing. Based on those results and the strength of a writing sample I submitted, I was admitted to San Francisco State's history graduate program. In May of 2015, I graduated with distinction from San Francisco State with a Masters of Arts in history.
For the last ten months, I have been privately tutoring two fourteen-year-old students and a twelve-year-old student. I was hired to help these students improve their writing skills, and in the time I spent with them their writing improved by leaps and bounds. Additionally, during my last semester in graduate school, I served as a teacher's assistant for a U.S. Constitution course at San Francisco State University. In this capacity, my duties included proofreading student research papers, leading study sessions, and lecturing. My professor appreciated my efforts enough that he wrote a letter of referral for me, and my student reviews were overwhelmingly positive. I also proofread a fellow graduate student's 20-page final paper, and after implementing the corrections I recommended, he received a 95%.
My plans for tutoring are fairly fluid. I do not believe that there is one way to learn, and I certainly do not believe that all students are alike. Because of this inevitable diversity, my plan of action is to meet with students and parents first for an assessment of the desired outcome. I will then spend some of my time researching and devising the best course of action for helping that particular student, after which I will come up with a suitable implementation strategy.
In the course of my studies, I have found that writing is a skill improved most via practice. Therefore, my plan of action for developing the writing ability of students is to assign them various types of writing tasks (descriptive, argumentative, research, etc.) and then line edit with them, pointing out where mistakes have been made and where stylistic improvements could be implemented. Key to this process is developing a trusting relationship with the student so that they are challenged by my critiques but not disheartened. I prefer to foster an environment where the student knows that they are there to learn new skills but where they do not feel overwhelmed by their inferior skills. My purpose is to instill confidence in them and a willingness to repeatedly make mistakes with the end goal of improvement. This is one of the first obstacles that teachers have to overcome: students' fear of failure and crippling unwillingness to work because of it. By first developing the interpersonal relationship with my students, I help ease them in to a certain level of comfort with producing more written work than they have likely ever produced in their lives. It is this nearly constant stream of writing and one-on-one personalized attention that leads to dramatic improvements in their writing ability.
For a student preparing for the vocabulary section of the GRE, I will utilized test preparation materials that I already own. This includes test prep texts by Barron, McGraw Hill's official ETS GRE study guide, and material by Manhattan Prep. By combining the rote memorization of using flash cards with sentence analysis techniques, I will be able to help students improve their GRE verbal scores.
I have found that vocabulary and writing ability are often tied to an appreciation of literature. Reading flexes the brain and teaches students how to compose sentences/use their vocabulary properly. With that in mind, I have a copious list of books to help any student that I tutor who struggles with vocabulary, writing, or reading comprehension. We will work together through passages that the student finds difficult, with the goal being comprehension without any assistance. My literary scope includes books as simple as "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell to the far more complex "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Being a successful student is about hard work and dedication, but it is also about knowing how to study and what to study. In my academic career, I have discovered some of these secrets, and I will work tirelessly to discover the best strategy for helping students achieve their goals.
Areas in which I am strongest and have the most to offer to students include history, writing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, geography, and literature. I have always performed well on standardized tests, so I can help people improve their scores on the ACT, the SAT, and the GRE. My knowledge in math and the sciences is fairly limited, so students struggling in those areas should probably look for someone more qualified than myself to assist them.
I am flexible in regards to tutoring arrangements. I do own a very reliable vehicle and would have no problem driving to a student's place of residence. Local public libraries and other similarly quiet environments would work just as well for me.
Passion for teaching and for learning define who I am. I believe that there is no greater way for an individual to improve their life than through the pursuit of education. My goal on this site is to transfer my enthusiasm for learning to whomever I tutor. I realize that the only way I will succeed here is if my students see tangible results from my efforts. My goal is to be the facilitator of those desired results.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience as I am looking forward to utilizing my strengths to help others. If you are looking for guidance from someone who knows what it takes to succeed as a student, look no further!
In June of 2013, I graduated from California State University Sacramento with a BA in history, earning the distinction of summa cum laude (3.90 GPA or above). My plans… Read more
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