While completing my Master's degree in French history, I developed a passion for teaching - specifically, helping students feel intellectually empowered. I miss doing that work with learners (confession: most of the time I enjoyed teaching more than I did my own graduate studies!), and would love to have the opportunity to get back into it.
I spent three years in graduate school, and during that time I undertook complex research projects, and wrote papers - a LOT of papers. During that time, I also worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses, so I've also had ample experience helping students understand topics explored in our history classes and helping them write stronger essays. As such, I am prepared to tutor students who need extra help in their history/government courses, or who are seeking help writing essays and/or perfecting their English grammar or expanding their vocabulary.
Finally, I've spent ten years learning and working with the French language, and have also spent time abroad in French-speaking countries (France and Morocco). With that experience, I'm able to provide tutoring in French as well (especially reading and writing).
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I usually like to get to a know a little bit about them (their favorite subjects in school, long-term goals, etc.), get a sense of their learning goals (what do they want to get out of their tutoring experience?), and finally, I like to figure out what kind of a learner they are (i.e. visual, abstract, example-based, etc.) and what their greatest strengths as a learner are and where there are opportunities for improvement.
I have a Bachelor's in history and French and a Master's in French history. In addition, I worked as a teaching assistant while working on my graduate studies.
I have worked with a wide variety of learners and thinkers (i.e. mathematical minds, humanities students, and more artistic types) and with socioeconomically diverse undergraduate students.
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