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Stephen L.

Edison, NJ

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Rutgers - New Brunswick
History

Education

Rutgers - New Brunswick (History)

About Stephen

I graduated from Rutgers - New Brunswick in October 2014 with a BA in History and a minor in Classics. Along the way, I accumulated a number of credits in Math and Physics as well (though I have no interest in tutoring those subjects). The math courses were because I loved it and I wanted the challenge. I grew up believing my only talents were in the humanities, so the excursion into math was more to prove to myself what I was capable of. In my senior year at Rutgers, I wrote a 90 page thesis on the British decision to intervene in World War I, so I'm comfortable researching and putting together papers of any length a student would encounter short of a dissertation. More to the point, I know what it is to struggle with a paper that seems impossible only to eventually find a way to pull it together. The thesis I wrote was supposed to be an honors thesis, but I needed a little more time to get it to come together, and just missed the deadline required for departmental honors.

I don't have any real experience tutoring. In the past, I've randomly helped other students in courses, but it was always one-time sessions. Right now, I'm interested in tutoring for a number of reasons: 1) I've accumulated quite a bit of experience as a writer and researcher, and I think I could help alleviate the fear that so many students have when they get assigned a research paper. 2) I'm thinking about going to graduate school, and tutoring would give me the flexibility needed to go back to school while also keeping my skills sharp until I do go back. 3) I love the subjects in which I plan to tutor, so the background work on my end won't be a chore for me.

I don't believe in mechanical writing. Writing is an expression of the person - the goal is tell a story in their own voice. Individual style should be promoted, not suppressed. I'll do my best to help a student find their own voice.

I've taken so many courses in these areas, and done so much reading on my own that I have a background from which to draw. More importantly, these areas are my passion and it's where most of my personal reading is. I don't claim to be an expert, but I know how to research what I don't know, and the knowledge I do have makes it easier to filter the necessary from the superfluous.
I graduated from Rutgers - New Brunswick in October 2014 with a BA in History and a minor in Classics. Along the way, I accumulated a number of credits in Math and Physics as well (though I have no interest in tutoring those subjects). The math courses were because I loved it and I wanted the challenge. I grew up believing my only talents were in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Edison, NJ 08837
In-person lessons
English:
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading
History:
American History, Classics,
European History, Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Poker

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Classics

I have a minor in Classics from Rutgers - New Brunswick. I did coursework pertaining to both Greece and Rome. In addition, I started to learn Latin. I've also done quite a bit of reading on my own about Greece and Rome. With regards to the former, I've been mostly interested in the Peloponnesian War, the Golden Age of Athens, and Sparta. With regards to the former, I've been mostly interested in the fall of the Roman Republic and the transition to Empire.

Poker

I played online poker professionally for 6 years before governmental regulation made me no longer comfortable with the idea. Now that it's legal in the state of New Jersey, I'm looking into playing again. I specialized in limit hold'em and pot limit omaha, though I became proficient in 7-Stud as well.

Rutgers - New Brunswick
History

Education

Rutgers - New Brunswick (History)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 25 miles of Edison, NJ 08837.