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Duke University (History)
I'm a graduate of Duke University with a BA in History. I'm new to WyzAnt but I have been tutoring for several months at the Durham Literacy Center and I absolutely love it. There I help students pass their GED exams. Their reading levels vary, and I have tutored anywhere from a 6th grade reading level to an 11th grade reading level.
I grew up with a learning disability in the form of ADHD and I've had to work around it my entire life. I understand what it's like feeling stupid, lazy and constantly trying to catch up with the rest of my peers. I teach the way I would want someone to teach me: patiently. My passion for the subject matter makes me a great tutor. I firmly believe that the only way to really make something interesting is to love it.
I spent a lot of my childhood with books. Thanks to my major, I spent all of college surrounded by books. I make absolutely sure my students understand what they are reading. I'm also very understanding that not all books are interesting. While I will always prefer that a student reads something they find interesting, sometimes I have to teach them to get past the "boredom factor".
Stephen King has said that the only way to get better at writing is to "read a lot and write a lot." I implement that motto by assigning written homework nearly every session. Essays are scary to some people, and I like to show that there's nothing to be scared of once you have the basic formula. Writing has been a mainstay in my life for years and years. I have several tips and tricks for getting rid of writer's block. I show my students that writing is critical for them to say what they want to say.
I currently tutor specifically for people trying to earn their GED. I teach with the Kaplan book and use practice worksheets and test taking tips. No one likes teaching to the test, but sometimes it's best to be realistic. I show students what to pay attention for in a test taking situation, which is a subject matter of its own.
I LOVE history. American history, to me, is the most fun to teach. I've been a nerd about this for years. In high school I watched the Ken Burns Civil War documentary (all thirteen hours of it) in one weekend...for fun. History is seen as boring by a lot of people, I've always thought of it as exciting and crucial. Besides my passion for the subject, I'm also keen on teaching history the RIGHT way. It's a lot more than just memorizing facts, it's understanding why some events and people have shaped the way the world is today.
Having ADHD is... what? I saw something shiny. Just kidding.
I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five. I couldn't sit in a chair, I couldn't write legibly, and I certainly could not keep up with my fellow students in math. It was awful and it stuck with me for the rest of my life. I like working with students with learning disabilities because I get that not everyone learns the same way. I try different techniques with students until I find one that works for them. If something is clearly not working I try something else. I push my students hard, but I make sure that they never feel like they're stupid for not understanding something. I only ask that they try.
My current student has a severe disability in reading and writing. Thanks to our work together, she's gone up a reading level in the last few months.
I have reliable transportation and I'm willing to come to your house. If that doesn't work I can have students over at my home or meet them at a cafe. If a public place is too distracting for them, however, we'll have to work something else out.
Feel free to contact me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you! I'm a graduate of Duke University with a BA in History. I'm new to WyzAnt but I have been tutoring for several months at the Durham Literacy Center and I absolutely love it. There I help students pass their GED exams. Their … Read more
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I am a regular tutor at the Durham Literacy Center where I'm the go-to person for reading comprehension and writing. I've helped ESL students and students with learning disabilities. I also make sure students understand the material before I move on to a new topic.
I have several months experience tutoring specifically for the GED. I have access to GED test books and materials for test practice. Not only will I help with subject matter, but I will also go over test preparation and test taking skills.
I have a lot of experience teaching reading comprehension. My students understand how to answer questions based on passages. I consistently make sure my students understand what they are reading and make sure they learn unfamiliar words.
At a local literacy center, I am the go to person for tutoring in reading and writing. I am patient and fun but not easy. Reading comprehension can be boring, frustrating, and confusing. I am here to make it a manageable, less frightening experience. Grammar doesn't have to be scary either. I'll list out my rules and tactics for getting the right answer.
As an avid reader I've built up a very good vocabulary. My father actually started me on vocabulary cards in middle school and I've been interested in words ever since. I studied Latin in middle school and high school which has given me an understanding of roots and etymologies.
I still look up unfamiliar words. To keep life from getting dull, I have the Dictionary.com app on my phone and receive the word of the day every morning.
Currently, my favorite word is supercilious. That's a funny joke because this whole passage is overweening. Also a joke.
I've been tutoring students in writing for several months and all of them have improved significantly. I spent nearly my entire college career writing. I continue to work on it every day.
I can help you get unstuck and fill that blank screen. You'll create one solid argument after another. We'll build vocabulary together!