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Anna M.

Hagerstown, MD

$40/hour

PhD Student Specializing in Writing, History, and Social Studies

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More than just a subject tutor
— Andrea, Clarksville, MD on 10/19/15

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Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
Hood College, Frederick, MD
Master's
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C
Enrolled

Education

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

Hood College, Frederick, MD (Master's)

The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C (Enrolled)

About Anna

As a PhD student at the Catholic University of America with experience as a college instructor, I understand learning as both the teacher and the student. Let my passion for learning help you reach your goals as we find a strategy for your success and achievements. I'm a product of Maryland public schools as well as top public and private universities across the US, and I've taken secondary education classes as preparation for my role as an instructor. My commitment is ultimately to helping others learn, and tutoring is a great, individualized part of that goal. I know what it takes to succeed in the classroom, not only because I've succeeded but because I'm the one up front teaching college classes. I've worked hard to succeed, so I know how hard it can be to get over your own blocks and fears. Consequently, I love working with students who are struggling, because there's nothing better than helping them fight their way to success. If you're having trouble, I'm ready and eager to help.

When it comes to education, I have excellent credentials. My BA in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies ('04, cum laude, departmental honors) comes from Susquehanna University, which was US News & World Report's best small liberal arts college in the Northeast for over a decade. I have two MAs, one in American studies from Hood College ('09) and one in Religion from Goddard College ('14), and I'm currently working on a PhD in Religion and Culture with a secondary speciality in History at the Catholic University of America, ranked in the top 10 in the field in the United States. I'm one semester away from the dissertation stage, which means I'm nearly complete with the qualifications for college-level instruction in my field. I currently work as a teaching assistant at the Catholic University of America for the School of Theology and Religious Studies, a role I've filled at the University of Iowa as well, which means I work in cooperation with a senior instructor to teach and manage classes. I've taught classes ranging from Biblical Studies to upper level seminars on East Asian Buddhism, with styles from lectures to inquiry-driven discussion. I've completed over 100 hours of graduate level classes in topics ranging from literature to sociology, art to history, and my instructors are some of the leading scholars in their fields. I'm swiftly joining their ranks with numerous conference presentations in religious studies and academic publications with Oxford University Press, the leading scholarly press in the world.

I've tutored many students, both in my capacity as a teaching assistant and as a one-on-one private tutor. My students consistently find that they succeed as we work together, showing improved grades and test scores, as well as growing in fluency with their subjects. My classroom teaching reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and I am happy to share some of them at your request. I'm functional in French, Latin, and German, and have read widely through the humanities, from the classics through to modern American literature. I'm familiar with the tips and tricks for standardized testing, the strategies to increase student productivity both in the classroom and at home, and I'd love to put that knowledge to work to help you. I'm also available on-call to edit papers, whether for grammar and style in any field, or content and clarity in my own fields, a service many of my students adore, especially around finals! If you're struggling, I'm ready to get in the trenches with you and fight it out. Let's work together for your success. You can do it!
As a PhD student at the Catholic University of America with experience as a college instructor, I understand learning as both the teacher and the student. Let my passion for learning help you reach your goals as we find a strategy for your success and achievements. I'm a product of Maryland public schools as well as top public and private Read more

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2 hours notice required
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Travels within 25 miles of Hagerstown, MD 21742
In-person lessons

"More than just a subject tutor"

- Andrea, Clarksville, MD on 10/19/15
Science:
Sociology
Music:
Music History
English:
Bible Studies,
English,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

I have a Master's in American Studies, with an emphasis on American religious and cultural history. I have presented papers at conferences on Southern history and religion. Additionally, I have taken doctoral-level classwork on the American Revolution, the Civil War, and African-American history post-Reconstruction. Lastly, I've published an article with Oxford University Press about religious orders in French and Spanish colonial holdings in North America. I have an abundance of experience with the subject, both in the classroom and in the wider academic field, and I love to share that experience with students.

Art History

With a Master's degree focusing on Religion and Art as well as classroom time in graduate school spent on special topics in art and society, I have a great love for and interest in art history, ranging from traditional visual arts to music, drama, and especially dance. My specialties focus on medieval visual art, religious art, and 19th century Western European art, as well as the history of ballet. I also have some familiarity with East Asian art, especially Buddhist and Hindu art. Having spent a few years in art school while I was in high school, as well as dancing pre-professionally, I have a sharp eye for both production and reception of art through the ages, and the social context in which art is made.

Bible Studies

I have a BA in religious studies, with an emphasis on the New Testament and a minor in Jewish studies. I have an MA in humanities with a focus on American religion. Lastly, I have taken nearly 40 hours of PhD-level classwork on religious studies at the University of Iowa and Catholic University of America, including advanced classes on Augustine, Catholic liturgy, theology, Biblical interpretation, and medieval religion. I read Biblical Hebrew and Latin, and have passing familiarity with both Aramaic and Koine Greek.

Classics

I read classical and medieval Latin, and have taken graduate-level coursework in medieval Latin. I have taken classwork in philosophy and classical history, and have taught ancient Greek drama, concentrating on Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis, and the Greek religious system.

English

As a humanities PhD student, the mechanics of English are my bread and butter. From solid testing (5 on the AP English exam, perfect verbal and writing scores on the SATs and GREs) to graduate-level English courses, I have the experience and knowledge to help you succeed. I can help you with literature (English, American, European, and world), grammar, writing mechanics, editing, and critical reading skills.

European History

I have a passion for the medieval and Reformation world, with plenty of graduate coursework under my belt about both. My second MA thesis deals extensively with medieval history. Being a scholar of religion, Catholicism in particular, means having fluency with European history and a love for detail. I also have a great deal of primary sources and supplemental materials I'm eager to share with students to make the past feel like less of a foreign country.

Music History

I've taken multiple classes on music history, including Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, Classical and Romantic, and History of Jazz. As a religious studies scholar, I've worked on the evolution of church and liturgical music, and its impact on secular music. In addition, as an amateur musician and a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional society for women in music, I am constantly engaged in the field, learning about musicology and music history not only as an academic discipline, but as it relates to performance.

Public Speaking

As an academic, I spend a lot of time in front of an audience, whether that's in the classroom as a lecturer or at conferences presenting papers. Public speaking is intimidating at first, but by learning techniques to focus, keep calm, project one's voice, and connect with one's audience, anyone can master the skills needed to give a good speech, paper, or presentation. With a background in theatre, music, and speech and debate, I can help you find your voice and project it above the crowd.

Religion

I have a BA in religious studies, with an emphasis on the New Testament and a minor in Jewish Studies. I have an MA in humanities with a focus on American Religion, with a thesis centering on Catholic religious symbolism in New Orleans. Lastly, I have taken nearly 40 hours of PhD-level classwork on religious studies at the University of Iowa and Catholic University of America, including advanced classes on Augustine, African-American religion, methods and theories in religious studies, medieval religion, and theology. I have presented at conferences in the field of religious studies and am published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History on the subject of female religious orders in the New World, as well as in journals on mythopoeic studies.

SAT Reading

A veteran of the SAT and the GRE with reading scores in the upper 90th percentiles, I understand how to decipher text questions, how to pick apart analogies, and the tricks to break down unfamiliar vocabulary words. My background in Latin and Romance languages means that I can help you understand how words are formed and take educated guesses at their meanings, a crucial element of success. Critical reading can feel like a trap, but let me help you out of the labyrinth and onward to the scores you want.

SAT Writing

Persuasive, concise, and coherent writing is the key to success on the SAT Writing section. My perfect score on the GRE Writing section is your opportunity to learn the skills and secrets to get the score you want. Let a published academic author teach you the mechanics of academic writing in order to improve your SAT score and be ready for college writing thereafter.

Social Studies

I've taken graduate-level classes in social studies pedagogy at Goddard College, and completed student-teaching hours in secondary social studies classrooms. Additionally, I've taken advanced classwork in American history, constitutional law, and the evolution of the modern state in the west, giving me graduate-level training in the field.

Sociology

My secondary field as a PhD student is sociology of religion, in which I've had dozens of classroom hours at the graduate level. Primarily, I focus on sociology of religion, but I have experience tutoring in Sociology of Medicine as well. I've done work in immigration and ethnicity in the United States, presenting papers on ethnicity and religion at professional academic conferences, and I'm published in Oxford University Press' Encyclopedia of American Social History, which utilizes sociology as a method in history.

Study Skills

In my work at Goddard College, I completed a semester on pedagogy and differentiated learning. One of the emphases of the coursework was in evaluating how students learn and tailoring materials and methods to their strengths as well as helping them minimise their weaknesses. Additionally, as a graduate student, I've developed a multitude of methods and systems to help with time management, prioritising, and efficient studying.

World History

I've done PhD-level classwork on world history and culture, including comprehensive examinations in Asian Studies and work on colonial African history.I have also presented work on Afro-Caribbean religion and history at regional academic conferences, which means I'm taking part in the current scholarship of the field as it develops. I prefer post-colonialist viewpoints in my instruction, and value the voices of the colonized speak over the voices of the colonizers.

Writing

Persuasive, concise, and coherent writing is the key to success. My perfect score on the GRE writing section is your opportunity to learn the skills and secrets to get the score you want. Let a published academic author show you the ropes of writing and editing.

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
Hood College, Frederick, MD
Master's
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C
Enrolled

Education

Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA

Hood College, Frederick, MD (Master's)

The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C (Enrolled)

More than just a subject tutor — Anna assisted our daughter not only in specific subjects but also reinforced the importance of creating study guides, paper outlines and better study habits. ...

— Andrea, Clarksville, MD on 10/19/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Anna will travel within 25 miles of Hagerstown, MD 21742.