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.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, Political Science and History
Graduate Degree: Ohio State University-Main Campus - PHD, Political Science and Government
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 730
GRE Verbal: 169
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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
Q & A
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.