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David

I am a student at the University of Texas at Austin where I study International Relations & Global Studies with a specialization in International Political Economy. My second major is French. For the past four years, I have tutored students in preparation for Advancement Placement exams as well as exams for the International Baccalaureate program. Although foreign languages are a passion of mine, I enjoy tutoring students in a variety of subjects to teach them how to learn and think critically. The most valuable aspect of tutoring, in my opinion, is learning just as much as you teach.

Undergraduate Degree:

The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations & Global Studies, French

Foreign languages (French) and politics. Follow political news, and I've been been an opinion columnist for my university's newspaper, writing on political and social issues. Read mostly non-fiction, historical books. Travel and eat at new restaurants.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe a Socratic style is the best approach, whereby the student is actively engaging and speaking a lot more than I am. I like for students to make mistakes so they learn from them. Additionally, I find it most helpful to work with students using real-world examples depending on the topic.

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

I ask students what they need help with and what their goals are for the given course.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by allowing the student to find his or her own mistakes through trial and error.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would use words of encouragement and understanding to help a student stay motivated.