My name is Caroline, and I graduated two years ago from Barnard College of Columbia University. I am currently studying at Texas A&M for my Master's degree in Nautical Archaeology. I have been tutoring students in history and Latin for six years, as well as editing English essays. My strengths in history are Ancient, American and European ? I received a five on the AP US History exam, and will gladly help high school students prepare for it. In English, I excel at teaching grammar and analysi... [more]
Many people vastly underestimate the importance of a nuanced vocabulary. With a thesaurus built into Word and other writing software, why should we need to know more than the basics? Vocabulary is the basis of all academic success, even in math at the higher levels. The wider a range of words students have to chose from, the greater their potential. An excellent essay in any discipline only emerges when a student has a full understanding of the minute differences between words with similar meanings, but widely ranging historical and intellectual implications.
While Grammar is an intrinsic and necessary part of any spoken language, there is more to it than just boring, cut and dry rules that tell students how to write. After learning to follow grammar rules, and understanding when to bend them, an aural interpretation of correct writing reveals a more fluid and lyrical prose than before. It is a knowledge of grammar that allows sentences to flow rather than to stutter.
I have quite a bit of experience with European History, not only from several college courses but also a personal connection and interest in Europe from extensive traveling on the continent.
As I started learning Latin in 6th grade, this will be my twelfth year of Latin experience, in both a collegiate and archeological setting.
Reading does not have to be a horrible chore ? it should be a delight, with each book acting as a portal to another life. If an author writes with purpose, so should we read with the same dedication. I have always seen stories as a chance to perceive the world in a more beautiful, more exciting, or even more terrible way than it is in reality. It is the ability to tap into the emotions caused by these that make reading worthwhile, an ability that I hope to spread to others who have not had the chance to experience it.
Writing is a hard subject to define. It is the sum of grammar, vocabulary, and literary imagination. It is the quality of writing that makes a paper worth reading, and makes all the difference between a B and an A grade.
There is the famous saying "A picture is worth a thousand words". I take issue with this statement: it is the words that create the picture, drawing together like the dots in a Pointillist work of art. Most students find English literature difficult because they have not yet stepped back, and discovered the whole picture. It is a tutor's job to teach students how to follow the flow of a story from metaphorical dot to dot, until they are ready to take that step away and regard the whole work of art all by themselves.
Despite the daunting task approaching, SAT prep is very manageable if you start early. Even for students who have learned English as a second language, or simply have different academic strengths, there are tricks that I can teach you to buoy your grade. As a high school student I took the SAT twice, and received an 800 on the reading section both times. I would love to help your student gain the confidence to do well on this section of the SAT.
I am an Anthropology Major at Columbia University with a Specialization in Archaeology. I am capable of teaching basic theory, covering the biggest names in Ethnology and Ethnography. This encompasses many iterations of Anthropological study from the androcentric Westernized theories of Lewis Henry Morgan and Bronislaw Maliknowski, to the more recent theories of anthropologists such as Elizabeth Povinelli, attempting to examine issues from an unbiased perspective.
I am a junior at Barnard College of Columbia University. As a Latin student, I have gained much familiarity with the Classical World, not only in Roman history but Greek as well. My areas of strength are the Roman Golden Age of writing and poetry, the Emperors of Rome following Augustus (the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and the Flavians in particular), as well as a general overview of Roman Architectural styles.