Wichita State University
Wichita State University (Master's)
The University of Missouri (PhD)
As a history graduate student, I have learned how to read and research effectively and then turn that information into both written and oral presentations. Also during this process, as a graduate assistant, I was given the opportunity to teach those skills to a variety of students.
During my time as a graduate student, I was given the opportunity to gain a reading proficiency in French, German, Latin, and Old English. I especially feel confident in my ability to tutor a student in Latin, a language that actually provides a myriad of benefits to the study of English and English grammar.
Outside of my skills gained as a student, I have also been a computer professional who has a strong grasp of most Microsoft Office applications as well as HTML and other computer programs. Again, these are skills that I have had the opportunity to teach.
Furthermore, I am capable of tutoring a variety of scientific and math subjects, though these are not my strongest subjects as I have not focused on them for quite some time.
My tutoring and teaching methods are very hands on, as I think a student learns most by doing. Depending upon the topic, I can structure a lesson plan that will force the student to start asking questions about a subject, and then finding out methods to answer those questions. It is impossible to teach a student everything they could ever need or want to know, but it is not impossible to teach them how to think through challenges and solve them themselves even if they have never seen the question before.
I believe in a variety of teaching methods and tools, as every student learns differently. Some learn by reading and then applying what they have read. Some learn by various multimedia teaching tools. Some learn by rote repetition. It is my first task when meeting with a student to start learning how they learn best and tailor my teaching style to fit their needs.
In short, what is important is opening the knowledge up to the student, not forcing a student to do things in one particular way. As a history graduate student, I have learned how to read and research effectively and then turn that information into both written and oral presentations. Also during this process, as a graduate assistant, I was given the opportunity to teach those skills to a variety of students.
During my time as a graduate student, I was given the
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