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Andy M.

Chesapeake, VA

$50/hour

Specialist in History, the Social Sciences, and Asian Studies

10+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/21/16
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James Madison University
History
James Madison University
Master's

Education

James Madison University (History)

James Madison University (Master's)

About Andy

I am a 2016 and 2017 graduate of James Madison University, where I completed both my Bachelors and Masters degrees.

I graduated Magnum Cum Laude with distinction in history with my conferred Bachelor of Arts in History. I took the opportunity in my undergraduate career to expand my content breadth, while targeting a specific specialty to guide my future academic pursuits. I minored in Asian Studies, Secondary Education, and the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Such complex and cross-curricular studies cemented my foundation in historical inquiry.

During my studies, I focused on Asian History and American History, as well as World History in a broader sense. Thus, I am comfortable researching and teaching all histories through a variety of lenses (e.g. social histories, political histories, national histories, and the like).

Upon admission to James Madison University’s Master of Arts Teaching program, I gained significant experience in the theory and practice of teaching middle and high school students. My Masters degree and my expected Virginia Teaching Licensure (see note) qualify me to teach a variety of social science and humanities courses. These include American, European, and World History, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Humanities, Geography, among numerous others.

In addition to my social studies career, I have spent time teaching English to speakers of other languages. In fact, my first post-graduate work will be teaching English in Japan (starting July 2017). I am comfortable speaking with learners of all levels, but must reiterate that my teaching experience and qualifications focus on middle and secondary studies (6th to 12th grade). Further, I have experience with post-secondary students, with an emphasis on study skills, test preparation, content-focused studies, and the like.

If I can be assistance to you or your child, please let me know. You can contact me through the Wyzant network, and I would be happy to assist you.

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Andy M.
I am a 2016 and 2017 graduate of James Madison University, where I completed both my Bachelors and Masters degrees.

I graduated Magnum Cum Laude with distinction in history with my conferred Bachelor of Arts in History. I took the opportunity in my undergraduate career to expand my content breadth, while targeting a specific specialty
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- Amber, Beverly Hills, CA on 5/22/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology,
Archaeology,
Biology,
Ecology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Sociology
Music:
Trumpet
English:
ACT English,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Science, Praxis, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SOL,
TOEFL
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADHD
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Homeschool, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Tennis

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I taught an Academic Success class at James Madison University to assist students in test-taking skills. Additionally, I am attending a Master's Program in Education, where I have access to the newest and best materials on test-taking.

American History

I graduated Magnum Cum Laude with Distinction in History from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts. I studied Global History, World History, Asian History, and American History via intense coursework and rigorous research. Some of my work in American History is published in James Madison University's Scholarly Commons; it is titled "Identity to Be Determined: The Development of the American Ideal in the Early Republic."

Supplementing my historical research and expertise, is my Masters of Arts Teaching, which focused on teaching historical content, critical thinking skills, and research ability to middle and secondary school students. I have created and implemented varied, engaging lessons into the study of history. I track student progress via formative assessments that gauge where students are struggling and need additional support.

Anthropology

I graduated as a History major at James Madison University, where I am minored in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS). ISS requires me to become qualified in teaching all of the social sciences, including Anthropology. In order to achieve a grasp of Anthropology, I took a general anthropology course, which focused on archaeology as a field of anthropology. Additionally, I completed research in history, by using an interdisciplinary approach (using anthropological evidence for example). I graduated Magnum Cum Laude with Distinction in History.

Archaeology

As a student of the interdisciplinary social sciences, I am qualified by my university to teach all of the social sciences. Additionally, I have had courses on Archaeology, and I use archaeological methods in my research. Explicitly, I have experience in using material culture, artifact and general attributes, and correct surveying processes, as well as the study general archaeological methods. Students will benefit from my interdisciplinary approach, because it offers a holistic approach to the study of archaeology. Instead of simply teaching students what LIDAR or Carbon Dating is, for example, I would explain how it is used, who makes use of it, what its limitations are, its "real world" application, and why it is significant to the study of archaeology and beyond.

Biology

I have studied biology as a past time in college, and refresh my memory with prep books and discussions with biology majors. I have taught/tutored biology to students, and have taken Honors biology, Marine biology, and AP biology in high school.

Geography

I have experience planning and teaching History with emphasis in Physical and Cultural Geography to create an interdisciplinary focus for both historical nuance and conceptually-based study.

My Masters of Arts Teaching focused on teaching historical content, critical thinking skills, and research ability to middle and secondary school students. I have created and implemented varied, engaging lessons into the study of history. I track student progress via formative assessments that gauge where students are struggling and need additional support. From this information, I plan future lessons aimed at targeting areas that need support.

Government & Politics

I was a history major at James Madison University, where I took history classes that focus on political history. For example, two classes I took focused on the history of the Early Republic (Early America and Early Republic).

Additionally, I was a Social Science minor, where I was required to take four political science classes: U.S. Government, State and Local Government, Comparative Politics, and (next spring) U.S. Judicial Branch.

Political Science

I am currently a History major at James Madison University, where I am minoring in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS), Secondary Education, and Asian Studies. ISS requires me to become qualified in teaching all of the social sciences, including Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, World Religions, Political Sciences, etc. I would be happy to provide a copy of my official transcripts to verify my qualifications in these fields.

Public Speaking

During my tenure as a teacher/instructor (5 years), I have taught best public speaking practices to my students via a variety of methods, including verbal and non-verbal communication, and the importance of prometrix in speaking. I have led students in individual, group, and Socratic discussion-based public speaking. This allows students to practice with the different forms of public speaking, which often require subtle differences in skills, in addition to the best practices shared by all forms of public speaking.

Religion

I am qualified to tutor in religion, as I am currently enrolled in a social studies licensure program that will result in my ability to teach religious studies at the middle/secondary level and beyond. I have currently taken multiple religion courses at the collegiate level, and I have multiple resources to which to turn to help students prepare for their class, to expand their knowledge base, and to improve their grades/goals.

Social Studies

As a future social studies educator, I am qualified to tutor any of the social sciences. I have had an anthropology class, two economics classes, geography classes, history classes, political science classes, and education classes geared toward the social sciences/studies. I graduated Magnum Cum Laude with Distinction in History from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts. I studied Global History, World History, Asian History, and American History via intense coursework and rigorous research. I have experience planning and teaching World History/Studies/Geography lessons that focus on both historical nuances and conceptually-based history.

Sociology

I continue my social studies education track by continuing to use interdisciplinary methods to support my research in all fields. For example, I used research in the sociology of religion to provide additional insight into my Introduction to Daoism (Taoism) class research. I am scheduled to take two Sociology classes soon, both covering the sociology of Japan.

SOL

My prior experience in SOL testing is based on three facts: (1) I have taken SOLs throughout my schooling, all of which I passed without difficulty; (2) I am prepared to prepare students in SOL subjects like Biology, Math, English, and History, all of which I am qualified to tutor. (3) I am studying education at James Madison University, where I have gained specific and essential insights into the SOLs. I am well acquainted with preparation materials like Jefferson Lab, which I incorporate into my lessons.

Study Skills

I spent most of my high school and undergraduate career balancing multiple classes (AP, honors, elective), band, sports, and time in multiple organizations. In College, I specifically teach a course to undergraduates that are having a difficult time preparing for class sessions, projects, and exams. Study Skills are one of the more important topics I cover in said class, and I have had university training to be qualified to teach such courses.

Trumpet

I played the trumpet for six years (middle school and high school), where I sat first chair for a time. I played various scales, pieces, and solo works for concerts and other venues. Additionally, each year, I helped new band members learn different pieces.

World History

I graduated Magnum Cum Laude with Distinction in History from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts. I studied Global History, World History, Asian History, and American History via intense coursework and rigorous research. I have experience planning and teaching World History/Studies/Geography lessons that focus on both historical nuances and conceptually-based history.

James Madison University
History
James Madison University
Master's

Education

James Madison University (History)

James Madison University (Master's)

Powerful!

Andy came prepared to test my child and developed an action plan. He explained everything in detail. His true ability shined when he showed my child what she did wrong and explained the process to her. He is a great teacher. I am excited and so is my daughter. We believe Andy will get her where she needs to be. My daughter is excited to learn more with Andy.

— Amber, Beverly Hills, CA on 5/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Travel policy

Andy will travel within 10 miles of Chesapeake, VA 23322.