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Miranda Y.

Saint Louis, MO

$45/hour

Recent PhD able to tutor in English/Writing and US politics/history

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UC Berkeley
Political Science
University of Virginia
Graduate Coursework
Columbia University
PhD

Education

UC Berkeley (Political Science)

University of Virginia (Graduate Coursework)

Columbia University (PhD)

About Miranda

I just received my PhD in Political Science at Columbia University, from which I also hold an MA in political Science, and graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in Political Science. I additionally took graduate coursework in law and politics at the University of Virginia. As a graduate student, I was a TA for Columbia's senior honors seminar, which involved both lecture and one-on-one work to help students to develop and execute their own research ideas, and in summer 2014 I was the sole lecturer for a course of my own design on law and public policy. I currently am a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis, where I will be teaching political science courses in addition to conducting my own research. Thus, I have experience teaching in different settings and for different audiences. Prior to entering graduate school, I was an editorial assistant for tenured faculty members working on assorted book and article projects. Additionally, I assisted with after-school tutoring, college essay writing, journalism, and creative writing workshops in San Francisco for students ages 6-18. This gave me experience working with students of a variety of different backgrounds and with different levels of comfort in their academic work. As an avid reader and writer (both creative and academic, as I work my book-length dissertation), I am comfortable assisting with work on English/writing as well as US history and government/politics. I additionally have performed very well on a number of standardized tests (SAT, SAT II, GRE) and am happy to assist students with the writing and verbal sections of the SAT exam. I enjoy working with students of all ages, and I always strive to be patient and encouraging, and hopefully to inspire my students to enjoy the subjects as much as I do! I just received my PhD in Political Science at Columbia University, from which I also hold an MA in political Science, and graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in Political Science. I additionally took graduate coursework in law and politics at the University of Virginia. As a graduate student, I was a TA for Columbia's senior honors seminar, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
16 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Saint Louis, MO 63130
In-person lessons
Math:
Statistics
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

My dissertation work is on U.S. politics and policy regulation from 1887 to the present. Thus, I have both broad and deep knowledge of the historical processes at work in the last 120 years. I also took extensive college-level coursework on US (as well as European) history across numerous different time periods, and thus have ample familiarity with earlier points in history.

English

I have tutored a wide variety of English/language arts subjects including academic writing, creative writing, vocabulary, and grammar. I took a number of college-level English classes (receiving all A's), and am working on a book-length manuscript in my doctoral program at Columbia.

I am eager to help students to understand best practices in reading and writing, and hope to inspire in them interest in this academic area.

Government & Politics

I received a BA with honors in Political Science at UC Berkeley, did graduate coursework in politics and law at UVA, possess a Masters in Political Science from Columbia, and am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia, where I am working on my dissertation on political conflict in US law and policymaking. I have also engaged in hands-on work in politics, so that I have the applied as well as academic background. Thus, I have a rich knowledge across many domains of government and politics, and am eager to help students to understand the key concepts and political problems.

Literature

I have taken a number of college-level literature courses (receiving all A's) and am an avid reader of a wide variety of literature.

I have great familiarity with most of the classics, as well as more contemporary fiction. I'm happy to help students to work through the themes and take-aways of their assigned readings.

Proofreading

I am in the process of writing my doctoral dissertation at Columbia, which requires the writing of a book-length manuscript and of course close attention to detail. Prior to graduate school, I worked as an editorial assistant, which involved (among other things) the proofreading and revision of the professor's book manuscript and several articles, as well as a number of doctoral dissertations written by PhD candidates for whom English was not their native language. Thus, I am comfortable assisting with proofreading materials on a number of different subjects and helping my students to understand the mechanics of proper writing.

Reading

I have assisted students of a variety of backgrounds in reading and comprehending their assigned readings on a wide array of subjects.

As a doctoral candidate, I am highly experienced in reading and breaking down challenging strains of literature, as well as communicating the main points to the readers of my own work as well as to the students whom I teach.

SAT Writing

I have extensive experience assisting students from at a variety of levels with reading and writing. When I took the SAT Writing test (the SATII when I took it), I got a perfect score of 800, in addition to being in the 700's on the reading/verbal section. Moreover, I was above the 90th percentile in the verbal and writing sections of the GRE. Thus, I believe that I am well-equipped to help students to understand the technical aspects of writing, as well as understanding standardized tests.

Statistics

I'm a PhD candidate at Columbia in Political Science, with emphases in American Politics and Quantitative Methodology. Over the course of the program, I have taken extensive advanced coursework in statistics, including Introduction to Regression, Multivariate Regression, Limited Dependent Variables, Survey Methods, and Time Series & Panel Data. I have assisted with after school math tutoring for students ages 6-18 and enjoy helping my students to understand both the math and the broader applications of these statistical methods.

Vocabulary

I have tutored students of a variety of ages and backgrounds on English/language arts, which included helping people to understand new words and their proper use.

I find that teaching vocabulary is most efficient when approaching it not as a simple memorization exercise, but rather understanding contexts in which these words come up and how they can enrich their writing -- as well as their understanding of the books they read -- by broadening their vocabulary.

Writing

I have assisted with teaching creative writing, journalism, and college essay writing, as well as helping students to structure clean and well-organized essays for their courses.

My background as an academic makes me well-equipped to teach in writing, as I am working on several papers and a book-length manuscript, in addition to assisting teaching university undergrads with designing and writing their honors theses.

UC Berkeley
Political Science
University of Virginia
Graduate Coursework
Columbia University
PhD

Education

UC Berkeley (Political Science)

University of Virginia (Graduate Coursework)

Columbia University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

Travel policy

Miranda will travel within 15 miles of Saint Louis, MO 63130.