I believe that each student is unique in how they best absorb information, but that every student is capable of finding even the most challenging (or stereotypically "boring") topics interesting and exciting, if approached correctly.
I approach each topic differently, depending on the individual student's skill level, experience, and needs. I first locate and emphasize a student's academic and learning strengths for every lesson -- for example, if a student is a known "visual" learner, but struggles with memorization, I incorporate visual aids to provide unique and effective memory tools that are handy during tests.
I have a decade of teaching, research, curriculum development, and policy experience in interdisciplinary social sciences, international relations, politics, and English.
I graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley with a degree in English and Peace & Conflict Studies, studied creative writing at the University of Cambridge, and completed my MPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford.
I have taught, advised, and developed curriculum for UC Berkeley students, led a classroom of thirty inmates at San Quentin State Prison, and worked as a freelance columnist and copy-editor. I've even provided the occasional history lesson while someone awaited a meeting with President Obama, while working in the Office of Political Strategy in the West Wing of the White House.
I'm an experienced tutor, specializing in English, History, and Politics/Government (reading comprehension, essay writing, test prep, etc.). I work best with middle school, high school, and college-aged students, but also have experience working with adult learners.
I also have expertise in AP Math courses (I received a perfect score on my AP Calculus exam in high school, despite not having a math-focused career path!).
Every student's first consultation meeting is free of charge!
Payment for each subsequent lesson/meeting is due when the lesson begins, and is billed by the hour. Payment can be made by cash, check, or through Venmo.
Appointments may be cancelled, or rescheduled, up to 24 hours in advance.
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (July 2014)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), International Relations
Department of Politics & International Relations; Green Templeton College
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (May 2010)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Peace & Conflict Studies / English Literature
GPA: 3.9 (Highest Honors in the Major; High Distinction in General Scholarship; Dean's Honors List)
University of Cambridge, Pembroke-King's Programme, Cambridge, UK (June – Aug. 2008)
Courses: ‘Bloomsbury & 20th Century English Culture’; ‘Creative Writing’; ‘Secret Intelligence World’
UC Berkeley, Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs, Berkeley, CA (2017 – Present)
Academic Advisor & Curriculum Coordinator
Design interdisciplinary academic plans for Global Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies majors
Develop and schedule curriculum in collaboration with faculty, the Associate Director, and COCI
Advise students on University policies, academic best practices, and post-graduation pursuits
Oversee ISSP ‘De-Cals’, student-run courses covering non-traditional topics
The White House, Office of Political Strategy & Outreach (OPSO), Washington, DC (2014 – 2016)
Special Assistant to the Director
Administered the West Wing team in charge of all political activity in the Obama White House
Coordinated messaging, focus groups, polling, and the political calendar for Presidential initiatives and campaigns
Briefed OPSO Director (David Simas) on daily internal memoranda, agendas, and meetings
Interviewed, selected, trained, managed, and mentored all incoming OPSO interns
University of Oxford, Dr. Francesca Giovannini, Berkeley, CA & Oxford, UK (2010 – 2012)
Copy-Editor & Research Assistant
Researched the role and dissemination of global nuclear know-how in the 21st century
Revised, edited, and provided feedback on research grants and dissertation chapters
UC Berkeley, International & Area Studies Academic Department, Berkeley, CA (2010 – 2012)
Academic Advisor, Curriculum Coordinator, Special Projects Manager
Evaluated, scheduled, and advised on course curriculum for six interdisciplinary majors
Designed and supervised the successful production of a new department website
UC Berkeley, International & Area Studies Teaching Program, Berkeley, CA (2009 – 2010)
Teaching Assistant/Undergraduate Reader
Assisted in teaching three upper-division courses: ‘Peace Theory’; ‘Vulnerability & Resilience in Armed Conflict’; and ‘International Conflict Resolution & Analysis’
Drafted, guided, and graded all assignments and exams, held weekly office hours for students
San Quentin State Prison, Robert E. Burton School, San Quentin, CA (2009 – 2010)
Supported H-unit and Mainline prisoners' achievement of academic goals and ‘re-entry’ skills
Tutored inmates one-on-one in math, writing, literacy, Adult Basic Education, and GED prep
Phi Beta Kappa; Golden Key; NSCS; DPIR Film Society; Iranian Students' Cultural Organization
SKILLS & INTERESTS
Language: Conversational Farsi (Persian) and French
Computer: Microsoft Office; MAC OSX; Windows XP; PeopleSoft; STATA; basic HTML & web design
Interests: poetry; travel; songwriting; photography; tennis; theater; education policy; animal welfare
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