I'm a history fanatic, and I've been reading history books for fun since I was four years old. I graduated with a B.A. in history from Columbia in 2004, with a focus in Nigeria.
I specialize in learning how to write a history (or English) term paper, how to prepare for a history (or English) test, and how to read long dense history (or English) documents and understand them.
My goal as a tutor is to make myself obsolete. My students will learn history facts, but they will also learn general patterns of how to write a paper, or how historical events work. Eventually my students will no longer need me.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelors, History
History, German Expressionism, Board Games, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Classic Movies
College Level American History
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
US Constitutional History
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is that, in a tutoring session, my student should do most of the talking. So most of my tutoring consists of asking the student questions and keeping them actively involved. If I keep asking questions, I can tell if my student truly understands the material. Giving a lecture doesn't do that.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Most of my first session would be figuring out how much the student already knows on a topic, and how their school assigns work. I teach a very broad range of students -- some know the material but aren't confident about writing a paper, and some are the reverse. My students also have a very broad range of schools and what the school expects of them. So I always ask to see their previous assignments, until I know where the student stands.