University of Illinois (History, Spanish)
University of Pennsylvania (Master's)
Learning has been my life for the past couple decades, both in terms of what I have learned and what I have helped others learn. I graduated summa cum laude from my undergraduate institution and have added a master's degree to that. Since completing my master's, I have continued to take language classes and attend History-related events at the University of Pennsylvania in order to keep expanding my own education. I look forward to sharing my excitement and strategies for learning with others.
So far, my tutoring experience is mainly from English tutoring while I lived in Barcelona, though I have also been a teacher's assistant for two semesters in the History department in the University of Pennsylvania. I usually focus more on analysis than rote memorization, as the process of producing new interpretations helps contextualize the basic facts. In that vein, even when there are things to memorize, I focus on why the topic in question is the way it is, rather than simply that it is.
I lived in Barcelona, Spain, for one year, during which time I solidified my knowledge of the Spanish language. Spanish was one of my undergraduate majors, with Portuguese as a minor. I have used both of those languages for research while pursuing my master's degree with a focus on the Iberian Peninsula. I have used both Spanish and Portuguese in my travels in Iberia and the Caribbean. In addition to Spanish and Portuguese, I have studied several minority languages from the Iberian world. I am proficient in Catalan, have a decent working knowledge of Basque, and am currently studying Quechua. I enjoyed working as an English tutor while I was living in Barcelona, and I would appreciate continuing to tutor languages here.
An important component of language education is cultural, and my travels and background in History will help me provide context for students in ways people who only know the languages might not. I also find that music is a useful way of increasing interest in a language and of becoming accustomed to hearing a language spoken when not actually interacting with native speakers on a regular basis. I am familiar with numerous artists from Iberia and Latin America in both Spanish and Portuguese, allowing me to contribute an extra layer to language tutoring.
Writing well is an integral part of being a historian, and accurate argumentation is contingent on a strong grasp of English grammar. My knowledge of English grammar has also increased due to my study of foreign languages. Personally, I prefer descriptive over prescriptive grammar, but helping students understand differences in register can help even more than simply teaching a single universal set of rules.
I have recently completed my master's in Early-Modern European History at the University of Pennsylvania. The areas I specialized in were Iberian history, cultural history, and urban history, though I have TA'd courses in US and Latin American history as well. The Latin American history course in particular used an innovative format, which meant that I spent a significant amount of time helping students one-on-one. Even though there are certain areas I specialize in, I can easily familiarize myself with other branches of history as necessary.
Learning has been my life for the past couple decades, both in terms of what I have learned and what I have helped others learn. I graduated summa cum laude from my undergraduate institution and have added a master's degree to that. Since completing my master's, I have continued to take language classes and attend History-related events at the
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