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University of California at Santa Barbara (Philosophy)
Hunter College (Master's)
The City University of New York Graduate Center (Enrolled)
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About me: I have been an instructor in the College Preparatory Program at one of the five New York City honors high schools for the past five years. The objective of the program is to both help help them with their applications to universities, including for most Ivy League schools, and to assist them in developing the skills they will need to succeed in their future academic careers. This means not just working through a particularly difficult assignment with them, but also building analytical skills and study processes which traditional educational institutions do not foster. Prior to this, I was a professor in the History Department at Queens College, and in addition, I hold a broader teaching resume that includes over fifteen years of experience with students from elementary through collegiate levels.
As for my own academic career, I am a PhD candidate at the City University of New York in European History, looking to graduate within the year. I specialize in intellectual history, which means that I am widely versed in literature, philosophy, and religious thought from antiquity to the present--in particular, argumentation and rhetoric. I have sat on various admissions committees for a multitude of institutions, and have taken an active part in the selection of applicants for admission and scholarships. Participating many times in both sides of the admissions process has given me a unique perspective into what it takes to craft a successful application, from the drafting of a personal statement to the often overlooked step of lobbying professors at the desired university. Former students of mine have been accepted to institutions such as Yale, Harvard, and Stanford, to name a few.
As for standardized test preparation, both my SAT and GRE scores are in the ninety-ninth percentile, and I have proven strategies for increasing test results. None of this matters, though, if a student does not feel excitement about the learning process. I bring to the teaching and tutoring experience a passion that stems from my love of learning. My primary goal is to convey this passion to my students. I find that both the enthusiasm and skills they develop during my classes and sessions are applicable beyond their academic career.
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Chris helped me to review application materials for graduate school. He read and edited my essays carefully. Besides he provided good writing strategies which indeed improved the overall quality of my application essays as well as my resume. I highly recommend Chris to students who are seeking someone to review you applications, either for colleges or graduate schools.
My daughter needed help with AP History and writing assignments. Chris was a Godsend! He is an engaging teacher, who teaches his students how to approach a problem in general (e.g., writing a comparative essay in AP History) rather than tells them how to approach a particular assignment alone. He also does it in a way that builds student's confidence, pointing out that the student already knows the answer but does not yet know how to express what he/she knows. A great approach to teaching! His educational background and teaching experience at high school and college levels makes him very well qualified for writing and history tutoring.
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As a current college prep instructor at an honors high school, a central part of my job is advising my students about choosing which prospective schools will be most helpful for their academic and career aspirations, how to most effectively complete their applications to high level institutions and counseling, and how to decide between the schools to which the students have been accepted. In addition, I myself have taken part in the application process, both on the undergraduate and graduate level. Finally, I have sat on the admissions committee for my current school, the CUNY Graduate Center, for a number of years, and so have participated in the selection process of applicants for both admission and financial awards, such as scholarships and fellowships.
Before becoming an instructor in a college prep program and teaching at the collegiate level, I was employed as a teacher in a small school in San Diego, St. Paul's Elementary, as a teacher in a variety of subjects. Having experience both with younger students and the more mature students they hope to become has enabled me to develop a number of different ways of engaging elementary level children. By teaching them the basic skills of writing, reading, and thinking at an early age, I have been able to assure the later success of my younger students.
I'm am qualified to teach study skills for a number of reasons, but this format limits description to two areas. First, I am currently employed as a college prep instructor, and one of the central goals of the course is to teach the skills necessary for my students to be well organized and productive at both the high school and collegiate levels. Second, I have myself been a very successful student at a multitude of academic institutions, as both a high school, undergraduate, and now graduate level, and developing proper study skills has been just one of the many benefits of my education. Without my ability to organize my time, read critically, and write efficiently, I would never have been able to achieve at any of these levels, let alone all.
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