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Sam B.

Columbia, MO

$40/hour

Social Studies and Writing Tutor

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Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.
History
University of Missouri
Master's

Education

Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo. (History)

University of Missouri (Master's)

About Sam

In 2014, I completed my M.A. from the University of Missouri in Medieval History, so I’m very comfortable tutoring history and other social studies. As a teaching assistant at Mizzou for two and a half years, I graded over a thousand student writing assignments in history classes ranging from medieval Europe to nineteenth century Europe to twentieth century US foreign policy.

I’m also an experienced writing tutor, with a year working for the Writing Center at Mizzou. Working for a university writing center allowed me the opportunity to spend considerable time with students ranging in experience from college freshmen to graduate students in the final year of their PhD programs. I had the pleasure of working with both native English speakers and ESL/ELL students from all over the world, and academic backgrounds in biology, psychology, English, history, business, and many other fields.

As a writing tutor, my most important concern is helping the student become a better writer; making individual pieces of writing better is something that happens along the way. Making sure the writing fits the assignment, developing a consistent and effective argument, and similar, large-scale factors of the writing process are the most important things. Grammar and mechanics are only small parts of the process, but because teachers tend to take points off for them, we can definitely work on them too.
In 2014, I completed my M.A. from the University of Missouri in Medieval History, so I’m very comfortable tutoring history and other social studies. As a teaching assistant at Mizzou for two and a half years, I graded Read more

Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Columbia, MO 65201
In-person lessons
English:
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
Macintosh
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Latin
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Classics

In terms of language and linguistics, I've taken four Latin classes, including instruction in language and paleography. At the undergraduate level, I took two classes on different periods of ancient Greek history, a survey of post-Socratic Greek philosophy, and a survey of classical civilizations. At the graduate level, I've taken two classes on the history of ancient Rome. I'm particularly strong on the fall of Rome, as that takes a prominent place in early medieval history, my area of expertise.

Macintosh

I have used computers with Macintosh operating systems for over twenty years, and am capable of tutoring average usage of any operating systems from System 7 to the most recent OS, 10.8. I regularly use various web browsers, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Acrobat. I can tutor some of the more advanced functions of Mail and iTunes, and demonstrate many other common and uncommon features and functions.

Religion

The history of Christianity is an area that I have studied both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and I'm particularly well-versed in medieval Christianity and its interactions with Judaism and Islam.

Non-Western religion isn't my strongest area, but I have taken an introductory class on world religions, and a graduate seminar that focused heavily on the interactions of Islam and Hinduism in India from the 13th century to the present.

Social Studies

In addition to my B.A. in History from Truman State, I earned a minor in Medieval Studies, and took coursework in linguistics, art history, anthropology, religion, philosophy, and the history of language.

I'm also nearing completion of an M.A. in Medieval History, focusing on cultural interaction and religious conversion, which draws in aspects of art, literature and religion.

World History

B.A., M.A. in History

Grading experience in Medieval, 19th-Century History, and the history of 20th-Century Foreign Policy

Experience as a writing tutor through the Mizzou Success Center

Writing

Writing tutor for the Student Success Center at the University of Missouri

5 semesters as Grading Assistant, History Department, University of Missouri

M.A. In Medieval History, University of Missouri

Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.
History
University of Missouri
Master's

Education

Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo. (History)

University of Missouri (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sam will travel within 30 miles of Columbia, MO 65201.