I am currently a PhD candidate at Ohio State University in Political Science focusing on International Relations. I have plenty of experience as a tutor and public speaking coach. During 2011-2012 academic school year, I worked as an after school tutor in Richmond, CA helping underprivileged students whose GPAs had fallen below 3.0 and were at-risk for failure. As an assistant debate coach at multiple US high schools, I worked closely with students on their oral communications skills as well as critical reading skills. I helped students to develop debate and performance skills when working as a summer instructor in public speaking with Education Unlimited. Moreover, as a research assistant at the New America Foundation and as a monthly columnist with the UC Davis International Affairs Journal, I learned research and writing skills that I will be able to impart to students to foster their academic success beyond high school. Finally, the time I have spent as a graduate student, both in coursework and in thesis writing, allows me to share with students the rigors of post-secondary education.
I really love to teach, and I especially enjoy seeing students getting that "aha!" moment of understanding for complex material. My tutoring method involves trying to instill critical thinking skills necessary for independent learning. As such, I like to take an approach in which I teach through guided questions designed to stimulate a student's self-discovery of their problems. During test prep, I focus upon the necessary skills in order to tackle problems and the 'tips and tricks' necessary to crack standardized testing.
University of California Davis - Bachelors, Political Science and History
Ohio State University-Main Campus - PHD, Political Science
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 730
GRE Verbal: 169
AP US History
College Level American History
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy involves using guided questions in order to stimulate critical reading and comprehension skills within a student. Where applicable, skills training through workouts will be used, but working with texts is the primary method of education.