I remember that when I was a young student, I had immense trouble with only a few subjects. If I were placed in a history classroom, I could relate all the pertinent facts concerning the American Revolution. English language arts was a similar story. But, put me in a math classroom, and, at the time, I couldn't tell you up from down or left from right. I knew the basics of arithmetic well enough, but when they threw in formulas and variables, I was completely lost. That is, until I got some h... [more]
Before I earned my BA in Religious Studies, I was a History major. As such, I am trained in this subject at the university level, having taken multiple classes and not including my (ongoing) independent study of the subject matter since my childhood. I am better versed in pre-WWI America, but I do still have a better than working understanding of modern American history.
Before I earned my BA in Religious Studies, I was a History major. As such, I am trained in this subject at the university level, having taken multiple classes and not including my (ongoing) independent study of the subject matter since my childhood. I am better versed in pre-WWI Western Europe, but I do still have a better than working understanding of modern European history.
English language arts has always been a passion of mine, and is one of the first subjects in which I started tutoring. With the advent of a more globally connected world, it becomes more and more important for non-English speakers to learn the language and for English speakers to remember or learn the rudiments of the language to be able to accurately portray themselves in the world we share. That's where I come in. If you feel the need to improve your language skills, please message me; I can help!
Government & Politics
I have had a lifelong interest in Government and Politics, even considering a run for political office at one point. In addition to my avocational tendency towards the subject matter, I have studied it extensively at the university level, taking classes in Constitutional jurisprudence, international relations, public policy, and campaign finance. I have also worked on a few local campaigns and several causes, and am therefore also familiar with electioneering and lobbying. As a result, I have a full understanding of the topic from several perspectives, both within and without, and I hope that I will be able to share my knowledge with you.
I have 5 years experience in theatrical arts (both acting and tech), and at one time it was even my second major. I have been a member of the International Thespian Society, and the San Antonio Theatre Coalition. Admittedly, I have teched on more plays and events than acted, but I feel that has not diminished my abilities in either. I have played roles like Uncle John in "Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath", "Mark Renton" in an interpretation of Irving Welsh's "Trainspotting", a piece I still use for auditions, and a Serbian soldier in an one-act play written for National History Day based on events from the Bosnian War. I have also done Dramatic Interpretation of a passage by Horace at a Latin language conference. As for the technical side, I have worked as various sorts of grips (curtain, property, etc.), stage crew, and as a lighting, and sound technician (though never as a rigger or electrician). Notable events include talent shows, pageants, and plays like "Disney's Beauty and the Beast", "Love Rides the Rails", and "Camelot".
I can help with your Sociology 101 type courses, helping you to understand the vocabulary, as well as, fundamental ideas and theories from key personalities. My studies have been focused on the key theories of Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Structural Functionalism, and Symbolic Interactionism, with an emphasis on the roles of deviance and stratification on societies.
Social Studies is the general subject area encompassing the social sciences, like Sociology, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, Political Science, and Geography (both Cultural and Physical), and the civil arts, as I call them, like, History and the Classics.
My understanding in this field is primarily focused on the history of the Classical World, including the Latin language, the great Classical authors and poets, the philosophy of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, and the effects of that world through time and place. (Please note that my philosophical training at the Mexican American Catholic College under the tutelage of Arnold Ibarra, Ph.D. and Christine Morkovsky, CDP, Ph.D. and was based on the work of Frederick Copelstone, SJ. As such, I am capable of tutoring most students in this area, but tend to take a more conservative approach.)