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David

I am a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin where I earned a Bachelors degree in History and Plan II, a multi-disciplinary liberal arts honors program. I graduated from Clements High School, Sugar Land, Texas, in 2013. Before my family moved to the USA in late 2010, I attended Sherborne School, a prestigious boys boarding school in the south of England. I am currently earning a certification to teach Social Studies for grades 7-12.

During my last semester at UT Austin, I tutored student-athletes for the school's Athletics Department. I tutored primarily in US government, history, literature, and pyschology, but I also have experience tutoring economics, geography, philosophy, and sociology. I am a proficient writer and editor with well-developed instincts for grammar, tone, style, and language mechanics.

I gain tremendous satisfaction from helping students understand the importance of the subject they are learning. Effective reading, writing, and critical thinking are crucial skills for any successful individual. The emphasis on STEM subjects in schools at the expense of the humanities and social sciences saddens me. I aim to help my students see the value of these areas of study.

Finally, I believe that education should primarily be about shaping the person you are, rather than just achieving a certain grade. I therefore emphasize effective study techniques, self-discipline, and self-organization as the foundations of an excellent student.

Undergraduate Degree:

 The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelors, Plan II Honors, History

SAT Composite: 2300

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 790

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 740

AP Economics

College English

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

French 1

High School English

High School Level American History

Homework Support

Other

SAT Verbal

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

I endeavor to carefully recognize where each student is at before making deliberate steps to where they want to be. I place emphasis on how to study and not just what to study.

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

Briefly quiz them on their knowledge, go over the class syllabus and required reading materials, create a list of goals and a timetable for progress towards them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them rudimentary study skills that allow them to pursue their own areas of intellectual curiosity effectively.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Show them the significance of what they are studying or the importance of what they are trying to achieve by studying it.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Take a different approach, or temporarily move past it to gain a wider context before returning to it later.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Focus on deliberate reading skills, such as vocabulary. Reading out loud is another good way of improving reading comprehension.