I developed a love for history at an early age. I really enjoyed looking back at the past, and the exercise of thinking out why events fell into place the way they did. I felt that in order to understand history, one had to have a "proximate knowledge of many things," as the full picture of the past only unfolds with complex understanding and recognition of so many different aspects of life. Throughout my academic career, I have narrowed that interest to focus on Roman military history, an interest which I hope to pursue in the my future education. However, through my college education I studied a large variety of topics in the field of history, from sub-Saharan Africa throughout the colonial era and Cold War to American Indian culture throughout the America's in the age before Columbus.
It has been my goal since high school to work as an educator, primarily to support my passion for history. I went to the University of Florida, obtaining a bachelor's degree in classical studies and history as well as a minor in education in pursuance of these goals, and have not stopped since. I have taught in a variety of environments; early in college I worked as a private swim instructor, and later in the same capacity for the University of North Florida. I have been a substitute teacher in Jacksonville, taking over as a permanent substitute for a middle school math class. I have also pursued tutoring on my own as well, primarily for Latin.
Through Varsity Tutors, I am hoping to put forth my knowledge and academic expertise in the variety of areas I am comfortable to do so, but with particular focus on one area that remains a crucial point upon which our education system rest: standardized testing. I am a recent veteran of the rather arduous journey most students take through myriad tests, upon which their success and failure is determined. I have intimate experience and knowledge with the AP, IB, SAT, and GRE tests, and have spent time tutoring in the area of the SAT, as well as staying abreast of changes in testing protocol and procedure for those tests which I listed above, prior to my time here.
At any rate, I look forward to working with students to achieve their academic goals, and to help drive new generations of success.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelors, History/Classics
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1510
SAT Math: 700
SAT Verbal: 710
SAT Writing: 770
Swimming, Wrestling, Roman history and culture, Video games
High School English
High School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Reading comprehension is a multi-faceted skill to teach a student, and in order to help, one has to first be able to better pinpoint what the student struggles with. Vocabulary issues, confusion with syntax, or missing the ideas being conveyed are all very different problems that contribute to reading comprehension. However, they are individually not difficult to correct, and so by first identifying the issue and then helping to integrate that into how they read is the best approach.