Tutor profile: David N.
How can I help imporve your writing?
I live to write. Although I've never taken to more advanced math classes in college, writing has become both my artistic and stem specialty. I see words like a string of code and have learned through endless repetition how they fit together. On a more specific level, I have intricate knowledge of grammar, word choice, and sentence structures. Additionally, my greatest strengths lie in my thesis-oriented approach to writing and my logical essay composition. I swear this on my life: I will help make every phrase in your writing build towards a coherent and masterful final product. From personal experience, I have an extensive base of knowledge and sharp research skills, which allows me to write about everything from film and popular culture to history and politics. My favorite opportunity was working as a film reviewer for the Berkeley newspaper. Under a tight deadline, I wrote pieces that received intensive editing and collaboration. Thus, I know how to work with students in an efficient and empathetic way to produce the best finished products.
Subject: US History
Why does US History matter?
I agree with many disinterested students that much of ancient history--especially the way it's often taught--can be somewhat abstract. However, what I love about US history is its relevancy today; every single aspect of US history directly influences our modern world in some way. That's why I chose to major in US history and why I've been drawn to the subject both inside and outside class my entire life. You cannot fully understand the problems and structures of our society without possessing a coherent idea of how it came to be--whether it's systemic racism, the ideology of modern political parties, or the current job market. My focus on portraying the modern relevancy of US history is one I try and use in every subject I teach. Explaining why a subject matters, either today or to the student, is critical in maintaining their attention and building their passion!
What's my favorite book
I'm split between a couple (The Forever War comes to mind) but I'd have to go with Station 11. If you're curious about checking it out, the novel now has an excellent HBO adaption out now and was my favorite school-required book. It's a beautiful mosaic of interconnecting lives before and after a viral apocalypse, yet it somehow manages to balance the sadness of such a horrific event with a buoyant portrayal of humanity's unbreakable creativity. Too often, schools require books that not just push kids away from literature on their own, but aren't given the proper context to show their value. Station 11 follows Shakesperian actors who continue to perform plays to humanity's remaining survivors even when survival seems to take complete precedent in the new world. In doing so, the novel shows how crucial art and good stories are in and of themself. We shouldn't read Shakespeare today because it's a "classic"; students should take away powerful feelings and new human insights from English works. As a tutor, that means I strive to foster an environment where my primary goal is to emotionally connect the required work to the student in some way. Only by building this base can they take something away from their experience and procure positive motivation towards future literature or writing assignments.
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