University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (history, english)
Hello, my name is Sean. I'm 23 and a graduate of UW-Marathon County with an Associate's Degree in the Arts and Sciences. My main areas of interest are several, including European and world history, music theory and history, reading and writing, as well as geography. In fact, my emphases in college were all on history, music, and English. I was a tutor in the UWMC Writing Center for five semesters, helping students with writing, reading/literature comprehension, and researching. My tutoring style is built on patience first and foremost, striving to help students at their own individual pace to achieve the best results possible for them. I am fair, understanding, and make sure the students I tutor do their own work using their own ideas, with me only being their guide. When starting with a new student, I ease into the tutoring process, getting to know them and their learning style first so that we can become more comfortable with each other and so I can adjust how I tutor them according to their individual needs.
Hello, my name is Sean. I'm 23 and a graduate of UW-Marathon County with an Associate's Degree in the Arts and Sciences. My main areas of interest are several, including European and world history, music theory and history, reading and writing, as well as geography. In fact, my emphases in college were all on history, music, and English. I was a
The subject in which I got the highest score on my ACT exam was English; my score ranked well within the top 10%. Perhaps my strongest subject, I have used my knowledge and skills in the past to help college students with their own writings, resulting in noticeable success for them and comments of gratitude for me. Though I have never helped a student prepare for something as important as the ACT, I feel that I am quite capable of helping students achieve desired improvement and success in testing for the subject.
Though I have never taken composition courses nor taken formal composition instruction, I have over the past seven years learned the art independently. When I started, I honestly knew nothing about musical composition, but now, after many thousands of hours of hard, devoted work, I have a respectable and rather long list of good, creative compositions to proudly call my own. Mostly a private hobby of mine, I have never had any of my works performed, though I have circulated CDs of my works with the help of a musical notation program called Finale. My works include sonatas, duos, variously instrumented chamber works, symphonies, and other orchestral works. I am even currently working on two operas and a ballet. My compositional technique is highly individual, though it is generally influenced by Classical forms and rules.
I was a college-level writing tutor at UW-Marathon County for five semesters while a student there. My job included helping students write and research subjects for essays, as well as better comprehending class material and literature. As a hobby, I write stories, something in which I have been deeply interested my whole life. Academically, I have an aptitude for clear, thoughtful, and concise essay writing.
My knowledge of European history is far-ranging, from the ancient empires of the Fertile Crescent to the events of the present time, though my preferred emphases are on Medieval- and Renaissance-period history, along with the Age of Enlightenment. During my senior year of high school, I took an advanced placement European history class. In college, I continued my fervent interest in the subject, taking courses encompassing European, American, and world history, as well as Independent study courses.
In the eighth grade, I placed second in my school's geography bee. I have always had a keen interest in geography and take great interest in world affairs and events. It's my belief that a sufficient knowledge of world geography is necessary for understanding the course of events past and present. In this modern era, I have noticed that too many students do not have an adequate knowledge of geography, which I believe completely hinders their appreciation and comprehension of the larger world.
The particular vein of music history in which I find immense interest is Classical music. A relatively new interest for me, I have over the last several years collected an appreciable library of CDs and a growing collection of music scores. My current interest in Classical music stems directly back to a trip I took to Germany and Austria in 2006. While in Salzburg one day, I bought a Mozart CD on a whim. Upon hearing the music, I was entranced, an event that radically changed the course of my life. My favorite composers for study are Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, though I very much enjoy studying the lives and music of other composers too, especially including J.S. Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. I even own a copy of the massive authoritative biography on W.A. Mozart, by Hermann Abert. In college, I took a general Music Appreciation and Literature class, which covered a basic history of music from European medieval to 20th century genres, though the bulk of the course focused on the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. The majority of my knowledge in the subject, however, is from independent study.
In college, I took all four semesters of music theory required for a two-year college degree and have a firm understanding of the subject. I was consistently in the top tier of the class and was only one of three students remaining by the end of that third semester. I have a confident understanding of the rules of counterpoint and part-writing, rules that have enriched my own musical compositions, which I write in my free time. I am also comfortable with music score analysis.
One of my passions is writing. Since childhood, I have enjoyed creating my own worlds in stories. I have consistently been in the top tier of my English classes for my writing and have been verbally acknowledged and complimented by many of my teachers over the years, even from my college instructors. In fact, the English professor I had during my first semester of college was so impressed with my essay writing that she recommended me for tutoring in the campus writing center, a job I accepted and began the following semester; I continued to tutor for four more semesters. I am confidently and equally capable of both creative and academic essay writing, with a thorough understanding of the differing techniques and processes for each.