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I graduated Texas A&M in 2013 with a BA in Political Science and I am currently a PhD student of Political Science at the University of Houston. My major concentration is political theory and my minor is comparative politics. I have a vast knowledge of political science ranging from the philosophy of politics to state and local government. I spent the summer of 2012 in various countries in Europe studying the European Union which was an invaluable immersion experience. I have completed graduate courses on multivariate analysis, American political behavior, state politics, and international relations. As for my main focus of political theory, I have studied constitutionalism, modern political thought, religion and politics, and American political thought. In the fall of 2015 I will be taking seminars covering political parties and Democratic political thought. I am predicted to complete course work and begin dissertation in Spring 2016. This background in political science has equipped me for tutoring in a number of areas - specifically government, political science, philosophy, and US constitutionalism. I am also well equipped for essay editing and grammar as writing is integral to my studies. I'm very passionate about helping students as education is a deep personal passion of mine! I'm lucky to have encountered passionate instructors who inspired me and I hope to deliver that same passion to my clients. I will utilize patience and encouragement until a student is confident in the subject matter and in themselves. When I'm not concentrating on school, I enjoy spending my time power lifting, cardio boxing, and watching the NHL.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Texas A&M - BA, Political science

Graduate Degree:

 University of Houston - PhD, Political science

power lifting, cardio boxing, MMA, kung fu, ice hockey, piano

Political Science

Social Sciences

US Constitutional History

What is your teaching philosophy?

It is important to understand the stumbling blocks a student encounters. In order to properly instruct, I must know why a student does not understand a subject. Using the student's perspective will allow greater retention of material. This way a student will not simply be repeating material, but comprehending the material.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session, I would like to understand a student's strengths and weaknesses in a subject. This way I know which material to focus on and which material the student has already mastered. Then I would like to construct a way to deal with problematic material in a manner appropriate for the student's retention.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independent learning is done by comprehension instead of recitation. I will answer all questions of "why?" in order to achieve this level of understanding. If a student is familiar with the mechanics of a subject, they can apply them to vast areas of learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students can stay motivated by reminding themselves of the areas they have already mastered. I can show a student what they have already accomplished in order to motivate them and give them encouragement to accomplish more.