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I received my Bachelor's of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and will soon receive my Master's of Arts from Howard University. I specialize in tutoring English literature and history. As a historian, history is my strongest subject, as I generally teach historical topics as a narrative rather than just facts. I believe that identifying what a student's interests are, and how they learn the best, can improve their understanding of subjects. I enjoy music, movies, and travel.

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Carrissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelors, United States History

Graduate Degree: Howard University - Current Grad Student, United States History


music and movies

Tutoring Subjects

African-American History

American Literature

AP U.S. Government & Politics

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Creative Writing


European History

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School World History


Social Studies

US Constitutional History

World History

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To teach history as a narrative, rather than a fact-by-fact basis.

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

Assess their pre-conceived notions of the historical topic that they are studying.

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

I would break down the subject with them as much as I could, in order to identify where there understanding is going amiss.

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


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

Find the niche in the subject that applies to their own interests and build on that.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By determining what kind of learner they are (oral, visual, etc.) and playing to their strengths.

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