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History was my favorite subject as a kid, and my undergraduate major at Harvard. It remained a hobby and an interest for me even when I worked professionally in fields like theater, computer programming, and finance. Ten years ago I entered the teaching profession, and now I split my time between classroom work and tutoring.
Whether it's the SAT, math homework, an English essay or an AP Global review, I enjoy tutoring for the feeling of getting to know my students, observing how they learn, and fine-tuning our sessions and our homework to move them as far and as fast as they want to go. I am very aware of issues like learning disabilities, lack of background knowledge, or discomfort with reading a map, and I work extra hard to get past them and on to success.
Although I teach all general subjects in the high school curriculum, history - whether world or U.S., government or social, ancient or modern - remains my favorite subject to teach. I especially enjoy helping my students put difficult or foreign concepts into perspective, using modern-day analogies or graphic activities to show more clearly the connections between past and present.
I am available most afternoons and weekends, in the southern Fairfield County and northeast Westchester areas. Sign up and send me an email to ask about availability in the next few weeks! History was my favorite subject as a kid, and my undergraduate major at Harvard. It remained a hobby and an interest for me even when I worked professionally in fields like theater, computer programming, and finance. Ten years ago I entered the teaching profession, and now I split my time between classroom work and tutoring.
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Along with my general undergraduate and graduate training in learning, writing about, and teaching history, I have read extensively in U.S. history for over 40 years. The U.S. Civil War was my post-college entry to serious American history, but I have read broadly about all periods from the colonial era to the present. I enjoy helping students understand why this country's history is both unique, and part of the larger picture of post-Renaissance world history.
When I started college I felt my history education had been primarily about the U.S., so I chose my major in British history. That naturally led me to further inquiry in Europe as a whole, which I've enjoyed pursuing ever since through reading, art, and travel. I find that many students find Europe confusing or hard to learn about and I enjoy working with them to see how much that great civilization has to do with America and the whole world today.
I have loved looking at maps since childhood, and that has led to a lifetime's fascination with flags, capital cities, landforms, resources, and inevitably to how such things relate to more traditional approaches to history. Geography is more than memorization - it's learning to see, and to understand how space, like time, has always defined human activity. When I tutor history, I always bring a globe.
It may have been my youth in the turbulent '60s, but for many decades I have been something of a politics junkie, reading accounts of presidential campaigns and the rise and fall of parties. The course I have most enjoyed teaching in school is Government - because I find it practically teaches itself to teens who are on the verge of becoming adult citizens, if it is presented in relevant and interesting ways.
Like every other American, I think I have struggled with World History because our country is at once so isolated and so successful. It is intimidating to realize that the rest of the world is both bigger, and far far older, than the U.S. But that's been a challenge I've enjoyed since college: to pick a region I feel I know nothing about, and study its history, culture, and impact on the bigger picture. I've learned so much, but there is always more. That sense of exploration and curiosity is what I like to share with my students.