Reed College (Art History)
Tutoring offers a unique opportunity to tailor the learning experience to each individual child. I love trying to figure out the best ways to capture kids' imagination and interest.
I started tutoring in history, English and writing college essays four years ago in a small private school for unconventional students in the suburbs of Washington, DC. In the following years I would go on to teach Art History, English, History, Humanities and Studio Art in both middle and high school. One of my most popular classes was Microhistory: big history through small stories. By framing history through the stories of individuals like Oliver Cromwell or goods like sugar, students were much better able to remember the stories behind events like the English Civil War and concepts like globalization! The most valuable thing I learned from teaching has been learning how to capture even the most recalcitrant student: it may not be easy, but the rewards are immense.
Some notable lessons included a game I devised to teach fifth graders about medieval warfare and Genghis Kahn (Can You Defeat the Mongols was a massive hit -- I'm told they still use their decks for fun today) and an art history field trip to the Hirshhorn after which a curator told me she'd never seen such interested, engaged high schoolers). My goal as a tutor is to help students find their love of learning and a way to love even their most difficult subjects, and to help them help themselves to improve their scores.
Now that I've moved to Portland, I'm looking forward to working one-on-one with students, helping to find the individual ways that help them learn best. I look forward to hearing from you!
Kelly Tutoring offers a unique opportunity to tailor the learning experience to each individual child. I love trying to figure out the best ways to capture kids' imagination and interest.
I started tutoring in history, English and writing college essays four years ago in a small private school for unconventional students in the suburbs of
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