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Dylan

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Hello! I am a recent graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in History and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Native American Studies. I am excited to be back in southeast Michigan this year for work in research and community organizing. I am grateful that I also have this opportunity to work with students and continue developing my skills as an educator.

I have been tutoring informally for several years but it was not until college that I understood how instructive and rewarding of an experience it could be. As an undergraduate, I worked with an organization called Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association (PALMA), which paired U of M students with students of all ages from the Latino community of Ann Arbor. I worked primarily with high school students to complete homework, study for tests, develop study habits, and plan for life after high school. That experience required me to develop a much keener awareness of what I do and do not know and especially how to communicate concepts in concise ways that will facilitate lasting learning. Experimenting with different instruction techniques and finding ways to approach material that seemed worthwhile and interesting to my students was not just incredibly fun, it made very clear to me that one of my main goals in life is going to be to help younger people discover how powerful their brains are. The moment when my students realize they can and should trust themselves and that their love of learning should be celebrated is incredibly precious to me.

I have always found tutoring to be a reciprocal process. If anything, my students have always taught me more than I have taught them. This is, in my opinion, the most important feature of an effective tutor: an awareness that learning occurs collaboratively. After 22 years as a quite serious student, I have uncovered a set of skills and mental processes that have worked very well for me. I am always excited to translate these skills to younger students and to help them discover their own methods that are best suited to their particular ways of thinking and working.

Dylan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelor of Science, History

Hobbies

Visiting museums and historic sites, spending time with nonhuman animals, learning about and spending time in the natural world, watching and reading about film, reading

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

Algebra

History

American Literature

AP European History

AP World History

College Application Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Conversational Spanish

Ecology

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

European History

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Physics

High School World History

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Other

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

Science

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

World History

World Religions

Writing