I am of the opinion that the primary determinant of academic performance is motivation—motivation which can be easier to come by when students have the opportunity to interact with course material in ways that go beyond narrowly focused attempts to obtain certain marks.
Ideally, students should have the opportunity to share with their teacher any thoughts that have relevance to what they are learning, whether or not these thoughts are explicitly called for when taking tests or writing essays. Likewise, students are more likely to remain engaged if they receive feedback that goes further in depth than a few scribbled notes on an assignment or a simple numerical grade.
I expect to receive a B.S. in Economics from the University of California in June of 2014. In addition to a core course load of Math and Economics classes, I have also studied world history and political science. I have received two University awards for essays on the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the African Diaspora. I am currently preparing to apply to Law School.
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA; MMW program writing tutor, 2013
Venice High School, Los Angeles, CA; Algebra Tutor, 2010
I occupy my spare time with personal fitness as well as spectator sports. I am fascinated with the recent trend of increasingly rigorous statistical analysis of major American sports. I am confident that the popular perception of sports like basketball and football as non-intellectual activities will soon show itself to be increasingly incorrect, whether in reference to athletes or spectators.