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Andy M.

Harrisonburg, VA

$50/hour

Specialist in History, the Social Sciences, and Asian Studies

10+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/21/16
5.0 average from 6 ratings
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— Amber, Beverly Hills, CA on 5/22/16

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James Madison University
History
James Madison University
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James Madison University (History)

James Madison University (Enrolled)

About Andy

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. I expanded the scope of my major studies, by obtaining three minors: Asian Studies, the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and Secondary Education. Additionally, I graduated with Distinction in history, because I completed a Senior Honors Thesis that was published by James Madison University’s Scholarly Commons Database. My experiences with Middle/Secondary Education and the research-oriented portions of my program have prepared me to tutor students of various ages, readiness levels, interests, and learning styles. I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Arts Teaching program that is further expanding my knowledge base on teaching methods and practice. In all of my tutoring sessions, I utilize various data-proven methods to help you or your child further their education.

I served James Madison University in a variety of leadership and teaching capacities: I was a resident advisor for three years, and an academic tutor for students on academic probation and suspension. Both of these positions required me to mentor and teach collegiate-level students, so that they could be successful in college. My Middle and High School teaching experiences focused on Practicum Student Teaching, where I implemented self-designed lessons to my classes. Additionally, I served the Chesapeake and Harrisonburg communities as a substitute teacher, where I implemented teacher-designed lessons. With these experiences I am comfortable designing my own lessons for tutoring, or using your materials and plans to prepare you.

In relation to my other subjects, I am comfortable tutoring students in Biology and Ecology. I took Honors Biology, Marine Biology, and AP Biology in high school, and was able to receive full credit from my university courses from this experience. I have taken a physics/chemistry course, which has strengthened my knowledge of the scientific process. For my math qualifications, I have not had math in quite some time (last was summer of my freshman year). However, I am able to tutor math until Pre-Calculus, having taken up till that level in high school. My college math experience focused on the nature of mathematics, where I studied basic principles of math. Additionally, I work with students in the surrounding area on these and my other subjects, and am, therefore, quite comfortable with each of my qualified subjects.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. I expanded the scope of my major studies, by obtaining three minors: Asian Studies, the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and Secondary Education. Additionally, I graduated with Distinction in history, because I completed a Senior Honors Thesis that was Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Background Check: Passed

"Powerful!"

- 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, 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:
ADD/ADHD
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Homeschool, Reading, Study Skills
Business:
Public Speaking

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

My focus in history is World History, but I have had ample opportunity to study American History. Having General American History in high school count as my college credit (via AP), I have been able to pursue specific periods of American History. I have had classes that focus on Virginia History, History of the Old South, Early America (U.S History from Colonial times to the early 1800s), and Early Republic (U.S. History 1789-1848). Additionally, I have taken Political Science classes, which focus on America: U.S. Government and State and Local Government (focus on Virginia). Lastly, this upcoming year, I will be completing a Senior Honors Thesis on the War of 1812.

Anthropology

I am currently a History major at James Madison University, where I am minoring 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 recently took a general anthropology course, which focused on archaeology as a field of anthropology. Additionally, I complete my research in history, by using an interdisciplinary approach (using anthropological evidence for example).

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.

Government & Politics

I am a history major at James Madison University, where I have taken 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 am a Social Science minor, where I am 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 would be happy to provide copies of my official transcripts to provide evidence for my qualifications.

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 am currently a History major at James Madison University, where I am minoring in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS), Secondary Education, and Asian Studies. I have taken a plethora of classes that qualify me to teach and tutor world history including, World History I and II; History of Communism; East Asian Humanities; Music in General Culture; Russian History; Patterns of Global History; Maps, Money, and World Trade; Comparative Politics; Archaeology, Introduction to Daoism (Taoism), Jesus and the Rise of Christianity, and China in the Modern World. Additionally, I am a member of Asia for Educators.

James Madison University
History
James Madison University
Enrolled

Education

James Madison University (History)

James Madison University (Enrolled)

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 Harrisonburg, VA 22807.