I am a graduate of Truman State University with a degree in History. With this degree I have learned so much about how to better understand people and the complicated stories behind why events in history happened the way they did. Learning History is a lot like reading a really good, although at times complicated, literary novel. That is something I hope to bring out in my tutoring sessions. History is not a boring list of facts to memorize. It is actually a beautiful story in which the facts simply help to tie the drama together.
In my time with students I hope to be able to see them find something in the story of History they can latch onto and relate with. Through making these connections with people from 20 years ago or 2000 years ago they will learn to see different perspectives and if all goes really well, even empathy.
Besides helping with paper writing I would also be able to assist with most elementary grade subjects. Although I can not promise that the students will always get an A+, I can promise that I will never stop believing that they can learn and grasp the material no matter how long it takes. About a year ago I finished working with Americorp in the East St. Louis school district. My most cherished moments were the times I simply stayed with a struggling student. Sometimes the day ended with them still not understanding the material. But they did end the day knowing that someone cared and believed that they could master the material. This is the most important part of tutoring: showing that I care and want them to succeed.
Now for a bit about me. I enjoy traveling so much that I have been known to spontaneously make weekend road trips of 100s of miles. I also love being outdoors and hiking in nature. I try not to "exercise" at a gym. Rather I simply walk and/or ride my bicycle as much as possible. I also love reading, even some of the really "boring" academic books.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Truman State University - Bachelors, History
I enjoy being active. I try to ride my bicycle around town as much as possible and go hiking anytime I can. I also enjoy traveling, exploreing new areas, and learning about different ideas and cultures.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I am a fan of using the Socratic method. Basically this means asking the students questions and through that process helping to lead them towards discovering the answer for themselves. Although it can be bit more tedious at times, it will be better for the student to work out and explain how they arrived at their answer whether it is a math problem, grammar, or a better understanding of why peoples throughout history have fought wars.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would simply try to get to know them. I would ask them about their school and what they like and don't like. How do they enjoy learning? It will also be very important to emphasize that there is absolutely no question they cannot ask me. I want to do everything possible to create a truly stress free environment.