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.
Texas A&M - BA, Political science
University of Houston - PhD, Political science
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.