Social Studies, English
Social Studies, English
As someone who has always enjoyed school, it took a tutoring experience for me to realize that I wanted to go into teaching. I believe that every student is an individual, with individual needs and goals, and because of this I will do my best to work with individual strengths and weaknesses to develop a learning plan that will allow students to reach his or learning goals and more. In the classroom, the greatest reward comes from students not just raising his or her grades, but really comprehending and understanding the material. Understanding the material will help students perform in the classroom and on standardized tests (ACT/SAT/GRE).
In order to achieve academic success, students need to take responsibility for his or her learning. To this effect, I will assign homework after each session designed to encourage and further student learning. The more time students spend with the reading or material, the more familiar they will become with it. Practice problems, essay prompts, or multiple choice questions are all ways that students will be asked to demonstrate his or her knowledge, and the more familiar students can become with these testing strategies, the better they will do. As someone who has experience creating quizzes, tests, and exams, I can help the students focus on the really important information.
Part of the curriculum at a liberal arts institution is a breadth of knowledge in all areas, so even though I majored in History, I was required to take English classes as well. English is necessary for everyday use, and transfers over into History as well. As part of my requirement for my undergraduate degree, I had to write a 25-30 page thesis, with no written mistakes, and a 150 source bibliography. Writing and reading will allow for easier transitions into all academic subjects. In the classroom, I see a lot of students who lose points on essays simply because they do not know how to spell correctly, the correct grammar, or cannot seem to organize the information correctly. My goal is to help students expand his or her vocabulary, organize thoughts, and present these thoughts in a well laid-out and coherent manner.
I am certified to teach students in grades 7-11 in Integrated Social Studies. This encompasses economics (introductory level), American History (standard, honors, AP), World History (standard, honors, AP), European History (standard, honors, AP), Geography, Political Science, and some aspects of sociology and anthropology. I have a real passion for History that extends to outside of the classroom. My goal for students of history is to draw connections and parallels between past events and the present to try to help student understanding. Names, dates, and places are easier to remember and recall if relevant connections can be made!
I believe that any student can accomplish any goal they set with the right mindset, tools, and help. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to achieve academic success!
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