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I am a recent Graduate of Oregon State University, with a Bachelors degree in English, and a minor in History. My intended goal is to continue my education by attaining a masters degree in Library and Information Sciences, and apply that towards a career in archival research. Information is one of the most important commodities in the modern world, and thus collecting knowledge to provide it for the masses strikes me as a worthy endeavor.

I regularly do what I can to gain experience in all manner of things. I have worked in many positions in which I have been thoroughly engaged in public interaction. I am a skilled communicator, and I connect with others very well. I am also skilled in written communication, and regularly use that expertise to assist students at Oregon State University in writing and researching essays.

I am an enthusiastic individual, and I am thrilled by opportunities to learn something knew, or to strengthen what I already have

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Joshua’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oregon State University - Bachelors, English


Reading, writing, research, baking/cooking, photography, video gaming, hiking, running, rock climbing.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational German


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


German 1

German 2

High School English

High School Level American History




Social studies

World Religions

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Education is the key to living a fulfilling life. While it is certainly important for an individual to learn, it is even more significant that teachers provide learners with the tools needed to develop a lifelong desire to learn more.

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

Every student is unique; personalities vary widely, and so it is important that I start by gaining an understanding who a student is. By developing a mutual connection to a student, I can better provide tutoring that is tailored to their needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The most important aspect of an education is not the information being provided, but the potential for an instructor to plant a hunger for knowledge in a pupil. I ensure that the information I provide students with is both instructive, as well as interesting, to help the student gain desire to learn more.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

There are a number of ways to help maintain student motivation. I think that developing a rapport with students regarding their learning, as well as providing them with information that will keep them interested, is an excellent stepping-stone towards individual student motivation.

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

I am a very patient individual, and am willing to work tirelessly with a student who is having difficulty in a subject. To ensure that a student is receiving the best tutoring, I adapt my methods to find the best match for their learning comforts.

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

I can suggest several different methods of comprehension enhancement, such as keeping close notes, or perhaps reading along with an audiobook to provide both visual, and auditory reception.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Patience and adaptability are the most important aspect of tutoring. No student is the same; everyone has their own learning speed and individual learning idiosyncrasies. Time, and the ability to change to suit a students need allows for the greatest possible educational success.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I am passionate about the subjects I tutor. I would hope that by providing a student with my own enthusiasm in a particular topic, they will learn to develop a greater appreciation themselves, which in turn will allow them greater success in the future.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Asking a student for clarification, as well as providing questions and small quizzes to test understanding. It is important to not stress a student out, while also ensuring that they are comprehending the material.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Confidence will come with comprehension. As a student begins to succeed, they will begin to gain confidence in a subject. By allowing them the room to build that confidence, I believe that struggling students will find learning easier.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Along with the provided information provided by the student, I would observe how they learn, and use that information to best develop a plan that suits their learning style.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By drawing on my own educational experience, I can adapt my teaching style to suit a student's needs.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I employ a wide array of materials to allow for a very adaptable tutoring session. From textbooks, to relevant media, I don't confine my tutoring to just text material. I need a student to have room to build a connection with the material through experience beyond simply memorizing a textbook.

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