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Randa

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I am currently an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University and have taught students in the subjects of history, religion, sociology and global studies. I am excited to be tutoring a wide variety of topics and helping to ease your frustration and anxieties over final papers, essays, theses and dissertations. I tailor in-person or online tutoring sessions to each student, and work through problems of forming an argument, creating outlines, structuring work and finishing with a great conclusion. While grammar and sentence structure are key to presenting work in an optimal manner, the development of ideas and critical thinking are at the core of a good paper.

Outside of academic work of reading, researching and writing, I love to travel abroad, play with my rescue cat, go to museums and practice yoga.

Randa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College - Bachelors, Politics

Graduate Degree: George Mason University - PHD, Cultural Studies

Hobbies

Jigsaw puzzles and word games, traveling, history and art museums, and pets.

Tutoring Subjects

History

Anthropology

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

High School English

High School Level American History

Phonics

Public Speaking

Social Sciences

Social studies

Sociology

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Patience, empathy and solid oral and written communication skills make me a great tutor. I understand the importance of listening to the student and catering to their needs in terms of assignments. I have over 10 years of experience teaching undergraduate college students and have enjoyed teaching a broad range of subjects in the social sciences and the humanities.

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

Ask what their needs and goals are and then mutually decide on how to get to those goals in terms of time and work. I would also want to know what books and other materials they are using to better tailor the sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would ask the student to make 5 questions that s/he thinks someone else might ask about their work and to write out their answers to those questions. It's amazing to see how taking an outsider's perspective helps to hone our own work.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Focus on the goals and timeline. Sometimes it is helpful to make shorter term goals for a longer project.

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

Try to find out where the difficulty is and focus on that point of stress.