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James S.

History Tutor with a focus on academic writing

History Tutor with a focus on academic writing

$40/hour

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Bio

Hello everyone. My name is James, I am a 23-year-old master’s Student with a BA in History and a minor in National Security. While my master’s area is not specifically history, I have kept up on my reading, as history is endlessly fascinating to me.
Throughout my undergraduate experience the one thing that was continually hammered home to me is that history, events, do not happen in a vacuum. One of the major failings, in my mind, of the current way history is taught is the emphasis on rote...

Hello everyone. My name is James, I am a 23-year-old master’s Student with a BA in History and a minor in National Security. While my master’s area is not specifically history, I have kept up on my reading, as history is endlessly fascinating to me.
Throughout my undergraduate experience the one thing that was continually hammered home to me is that history, events, do not happen in a vacuum. One of the major failings, in my mind, of the current way history is taught is the emphasis on rote memorization of dates, names, places, and events. History is so much more complex than that and trying to separate an event from the circumstances, cultures, and little details that surround it is ultimately doing a disservice to the student.
This understanding of mine has ultimately led to my teaching style; I do not ask my students to tell me what happened, instead I ask them to explain to me why what happened matters. I have found this fosters critical thinking, helps students develop their ability to argue logically, and, more importantly, encourages the student to actually care about the history they are studying. It shifts their view from, "this happened years ago why should I care," to something more like, "this fits in like this and explains why x, y, or z, is currently happening today." This happens because I do not force them on the specifics, rather they get to pick and choose which elements they think are important. And if they can defend their position, they have succeeded.
When it comes to history qualifications, mine are quite simple. I hold a BA in history with a 3.0 from Hampden-Sydney College. My undergraduate thesis was a historical examination of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, while coursework covered everything from the history of early Britain, to examining Imperial Russian and Soviet industrial modernization from 1900 to 1989. As a result, I can speak competently about most topics in European History from about 700 to the present, World History from roughly 1000 onward, American History as a whole, and mode


Education

Hampden Sydney College
History
Jagiellonian University
Masters

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

During my bachelor's I was required to complete classes on Rhetoric and was a junior member of the Union Philanthropic Literary Society, a debating society on campus. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career I have given multiple presentations a month for various classes, both in groups and individually.

Corporate Training

Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. As a result, I have developed good proofreading skills that are essential for writing well done academic essays
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

During my bachelor's I was required to complete classes on Rhetoric and was a junior member of the Union Philanthropic Literary Society, a debating society on campus. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career I have given multiple presentations a month for various classes, both in groups and individually.
Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. As a result, I have developed good proofreading skills that are essential for writing well done academic essays
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

During my bachelor's I was required to complete classes on Rhetoric and was a junior member of the Union Philanthropic Literary Society, a debating society on campus. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career I have given multiple presentations a month for various classes, both in groups and individually.
Writing,

Writing

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

Graduated 2019 with BA in History. Took multiple courses on American history while an undergrad. This is on top of a deep personal love of history that I have had since 2008. While I am no longer a history student per se, I have kept up my reading and personal studies.
European History,

European History

Bachelors in History with a 3.0 overall GPA. My studies focused on European history with an eye towards military developments and terrorism, stating from the 1600's to the present.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

Working on International Relations means dealing with national and international level politics and geopolitics. As such, I have taken classes directly focusing on the political order world wide and how nations interact with each other at various levels of analysis.
Political Science,

Political Science

2nd year International Relations MA student. BA focused on history, but I have been doing work on geopolitics, government, and history since 2015.
Religion,

Religion

14 Years of grade and high school religious education. Collegiate level classes on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Due to my security studies, I can speak competently on most Western religions, including the various pre-Christian European Pagan faiths, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. I would need some refreshing to speak about Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Hinduism, but these are not outside my abilities.
World History,

World History

During my BA I took courses covering a wide variety of historical topics. Examples include Modern History of Middle East, History of Antisemitism, Russian and Soviet Modernization, the History of War, and others. I graduated with a 3.0, which included a full year abroad.
Geography

Homeschool

English,

English

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
Writing,

Writing

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
Reading

Most Popular

English,

English

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
Writing,

Writing

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
Reading

Other

Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

Working on International Relations means dealing with national and international level politics and geopolitics. As such, I have taken classes directly focusing on the political order world wide and how nations interact with each other at various levels of analysis.
Religion,

Religion

14 Years of grade and high school religious education. Collegiate level classes on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Due to my security studies, I can speak competently on most Western religions, including the various pre-Christian European Pagan faiths, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. I would need some refreshing to speak about Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Hinduism, but these are not outside my abilities.
Geography

Summer

Writing,

Writing

I have been writing at an academic level since 2011 and can provide examples upon request. Successful writings have won me a Boren Award for foreign language studies, an internship with NATO, and admission to a Masters program at one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
Reading

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