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Avi M.

New York, NY

$40/hour

Avi -- History, English, Any Humanities

In-person lessons
4.8 average from 12 ratings
Passionate about history
— Kitty, New York, NY on 1/11/17

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Columbia University
History

Education

Columbia University (History)

About Avi

Everything comes down to history for me. I've been a history geek for my my entire life (or at least since age 4, since I don't remember my life before that). My idea of fun is to read history (currently on Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4). I've tutored history for high school and college students for three years, I've done archival history work for the New York Historical Society and Harvard Business school, and I've read more history. Since then, I've also tutored English, and taught such odd subjects as children's theater and the board game Go.

All my tutoring experience before WyzAnt is through friend-of-a-friend links. I've never gotten a gig by being assigned by a computer (or by an agency that doesn't know me), which is why I'm on WyzAnt -- so the student and I can decide whether we're a good match. I always want to get to know my students well.

My way of teaching is simple -- I don't want to spoon-feed people answers, leaving them unable to come up with any the next time they have a paper to write. I should be helping people figure out the answers themselves. Every session with me (in history, English, theater, or Go) is me asking questions, until it switches on the light bulb in the student's head. The best tutor is one who eventually makes themselves unnecessary.
Everything comes down to history for me. I've been a history geek for my my entire life (or at least since age 4, since I don't remember my life before that). My idea of fun is to read history (currently on Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 4). I've tutored history for high school and college students for three years, I've done Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of New York, NY 10025
In-person lessons

"Passionate about history"

- Kitty, New York, NY on 1/11/17
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature, Reading,
Writing
History:
American History,
Classics, European History,
Geography,
Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

When I'm not tutoring history, I work as a historical research assistant. My clients include the New York Historical Society (for their "Lincoln in New York" exhibit) and a professor at Harvard Business School.

Elementary Math

I came to Elementary Math tutoring the old-fashioned way: learning on the job. I was originally a history and English tutor (and I still do that), but later I became a general homework helper for all subjects, including math and science. The key to teaching elementary math is to always remember what it felt like as a child, when math can seem scarier than it is.

English

Most of my tutoring work has been with high school and college term papers -- English, History, and Social Studies. I teach how to write a good paper on a line by line basis. But I also teach how to organize a term paper, how to make it flow from paragraph to paragraph, and how to make it shorter without losing any content.

European History

For European history, I read a lot of classic history books, like C.V. Wedgwood's history of the Thirty Years War or Robert Massie's histories of Peter the Great and the Dreadnought Project. At the same time, I know that these books are not always up to date, and I try to keep up online with the latest scholarship.

Geography

I started out as a history buff before I learned geography. It's rather difficult to learn history without picking up on geography as well. Starting with history means that you don't just learn where countries are on a map -- you also learn what geography means for people around the world. For example, why do most large empires start in river valleys, and almost none in mountains? And why are there exceptions to that, like the Incas?

Reading

Most of my tutoring has been on how to write a term paper -- how to research it, how to organize it, and how to write it on a sentence by sentence level. When I tutor reading, I do the same things as when I tutor writing.

Social Studies

I have tutored Social Studies for High School and College students since 2008, and for Elementary School students since this year. My main background is in history, and when I teach Social Studies, I think of it as the history of current events.

World History

Besides tutoring, I work as a history research assistant (I've had clients from the New York Historical Society and Harvard Business School). I do a bit of everything -- my undergraduate senior thesis was on the Nigerian Civil War, but I'm currently doing research on Abraham Lincoln.

Writing

I double-majored in History and Creative Writing at Columbia, and have been helping high school and college students with their term papers since 2008. The term papers have been about everything from the modern New York subway system to classical theater to Chinese history.

Columbia University
History

Education

Columbia University (History)

Passionate about history

Avi is a great tutor. He is very animated and engaging. He really loves History and makes it come alive. Thank you. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a little support in history.

— Kitty, New York, NY on 1/11/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Avi will travel within 10 miles of New York, NY 10025.