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Birmingham-Southern College (Econ and History)
Harvard University (Master's)
I recently completed my master's degree in Statistics from Harvard University, and was a double major in Economics and History when I was an undergrad. I love to learn and I love providing an environment for others to learn at their most optimal levels. My majors may have been in the 'dismal sciences' and the dull arena of history, but I never struggled to make them fun. I can say the same for when I teach other areas of study that are often seen as, well, boring, like English literature, philosophy, math, and many more.
Not only am I enthusiastic about teaching, but I love how much I learn while teaching. I don't teach in a I-teach-you-and-you-just-take-notes sort of way. That's a failed concept. I work with the student. I challenge them to think critically, to use their brain in way previously unknown to them, to view things objectively, scientifically, empirically. They cannot improve in any area of study without first getting their brain moving. I will make their brains work in ways that are challenging, but fun, and I will do that while making sure they are learning more than enough to improve scores, grades, reading comprehension, and writing.
To earn degrees in both economics and statistics requires an incredible amount of math intensive courses. I have exceptional math skills, but am perfectly capable of putting it all into simpler, easier to swallow forms. I have also been taught methods to learn what one of my professors called "quick math" which really, really helps during exams of any sort. Quick math will be one of the first things I teach. And it will be something we revisit almost every time we meet.
I'm sure it had a lot to do with having a mother with a master's degree in creative writing, but I have infectiously read books my entire life. But simply reading at a near constant rate doesn't magically increase your reading comprehension, though it most certainly does not hurt whatsoever, but I did learn many tricks that I love handing down. The most important trick is almost too simply sounding: You need to learn how to learn. Processing information is not as difficult as we're led on to believe. Once you learn how to learn the information is retained so much easier. I have many fantastic organizational skills that will undoubtedly boost your reading comprehension skills.
I may have have majored in history, but it was never "school" to me. I have always had an affinity for history. I've been known to go on prolific rants about particular moments in history to friends and family. I love reading history. I love watching history documentaries. I love history museums. And yes, I love teaching it. My enthusiasm makes history fun for students. When it's fun it's something they really want to learn. That, and my fun unknown facts in history certainly help make things interesting.
My passion is teaching. I hope to someday be a college professor, but as long as I'm teaching anybody about any of the subjects I love, then I am happy. I would love to hear from you, schedule some lessons, and help improve you or your child's education and exam scores.
Thomas I recently completed my master's degree in Statistics from Harvard University, and was a double major in Economics and History when I was an undergrad. I love to
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