I specialize in working with high school and college students to improve their reading comprehension, writing, and test preparation skills. I tutor a variety of social studies and social science subjects including anthropology, geography, and history.
My teaching philosophy, above all, emphasizes kindness, patience, and understanding. When a student struggles with a difficult concept, I have a knack for patiently explaining these concepts in lay person's terms. This helps students build their knowledge and develop confidence.
My teaching methodology is suited to one-on-one sessions or small groups where I can help students individually with their work. I review the lesson with students and go over concepts that they are struggling with. To help students remember difficult or abstract concepts, I use examples, visual models, and diagrams as memory aids. I also help students proofread and edit written assignments. I have a strong grasp of English grammar rules and a knack for explaining these rules in ways that students can understand.
I have always been curious about the world around me. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Athabasca University in Alberta, and I recently completed a Master of Arts in Human Geography from York University in Toronto. In addition to anthropology and geography, I took elective courses in environmental studies, history, Indigenous studies, and French language. My university studies have allowed me to travel to Southeast Asia, where I have worked with local communities on social and environmental issues.
While I was a graduate student at York University, I worked as a teacher's assistant for a diverse class of students. I designed tutorials and assisted students with their assignments. In addition to my formal teaching experience, I have often helped friends with their homework, and I have also volunteered as a conversation partner for newcomers learning English. My students' feedback has emphasized my kindness, understanding, and ability to explain difficult topics.
2018. Master of Arts in Human Geography. York University, Toronto, ON
2014. Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (with Great Distinction). Athabasca University, Athabasca, AB
2019. Paul Simpson-Housley Award for Best Master's Thesis in Geography
2016. Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's Scholarship (SSHRC)
2015. York University Graduate Entrance Scholarship
2014. Governor General Silver Medal, Athabasca University
2014. Undergraduate Outstanding Achievement Award, Athabasca University
2013. Athabasca University Award in Anthropology
2014. Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate. Oxford Seminars, Victoria, BC
2015-2016. Teacher's Assistant. Department of Social Science, York University
2016. English conversation partner. North York Community House, Toronto, ON
2014. English language tutor. English Language Centre, University of Victoria, BC
Additional Work and Volunteer Experience
2017-present. National Advocacy Coordinator, Karen Community of Canada (KCC)
2014-2018. Researcher & Administrative Intern, Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), Chiang Mai, Thailand
Activities and Interests
• Languages: Sgaw Karen, Intermediate; French, Basic
• Music: Cello (classical & folk); lead cello, RVS youth orchestra (2007 – 2013)
• Reading: Non-fiction, biography, history, social justice, ecological design, Indigenous Peoples, Myanmar, Canada
• Activism/Social Justice: Human rights/Indigenous rights activism and demonstrations
• Outdoor recreation: Permaculture, community gardens, hiking, skiing, camping, birdwatching
Andrew is a great teacher and I would recommend him to anybody.
Very patient and considerate, he makes learning fun and stress-free.
I absolutely think that Andrew will make a great teacher. Knowing him as a great friend and his willing to help others, he will be a great fit for this position. He is very patient and listens very well. He is thorough at his work and gives his 110 percent at what he does. You will not regret hiring him as a teacher.
I love the way Andrew is helping me with my post-secondary papers. He would read through the whole paper with you and make notes and recommendations for you. He always aims for the best for his students. For example, he would ask you to fix any llittle errors you may have missed on your paper. He is kind and very approachable. I like the way he makes time for his students!
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