Ph.D. in Renaissance History
For almost 28 years, I have been teaching mainly about the Renaissance period. This was a time when there was a lot of amazing art, culture, and intellectual growth. I started my career in Paris and then I went to different universities in Europe to give lectures as a guest. I was able to share and learn new things about the Renaissance era, which helped me become even more knowledgeable. I have been involved in many research projects in Europe. This has helped me gain a better understanding of the subject, and I always try to pass on this knowledge to my students.
The Renaissance is not only about art and famous people. It's a mix of changes in society, new ideas, and cultural growth. In my classes, I make sure to go beyond the usual and explore the hidden aspects of this period. This could involve looking at the art of a not very well-known artist or talking about the social and political meanings of a recently translated Greek text.I want to help IB students understand, study, and present historical information well. This includes having in-depth conversations, practise tests, and regular feedback sessions to make sure students are not just learning information but also using it wisely.
Mr. Gagnon’s deep knowledge of the Renaissance era is both inspiring and enlightening. His sessions always left me with new insights and a thirst to learn more.
I attended Oliver teacher's practice class last week. I was anxious since I had to pass an English proficiency test. I texted him because he didn't have any time on his calendar that day, and he responded by making extra time available for me in the morning. He was also really polite and didn't make me feel ashamed, even though I couldn't wake up in the morning and arrived 20 minutes late for the lesson. He made excellent use of the time we had left. He listened to me while instructing me on the important topics for the test. Additional documentation was also given by him. I felt more secure and more at ease when I studied with him. I did well on my test. He is undoubtedly a person of great kindness, friendliness, and professionalism. I appreciate his help a lot.
M.A. in Colonial and Post-Colonial History
I have spent more than 17 years studying and teaching about colonial and post-colonial histories. I began my education in Canada, where I became interested in the worldwide effects of colonialism. I went on research trips to former colonies in Africa and Asia to learn more about the legacies they left behind. My real-life experiences, along with my education, have given me a good understanding of the topic.
Colonial history is not only about the people in charge and the people they governed. It is also about learning about the ways different cultures influenced each other, how people resisted and adapted to colonial rule, and how things changed over time. I use a teaching method that involves talking and discussing with students. I encourage them to ask questions and think for themselves. We use original sources such as letters, diaries, and newspapers to explore personal stories that are often ignored in popular accounts.I prioritise clear communication and different viewpoints for IB students. We often use old test papers to understand how the exam is structured. I always stress the importance of making clear and balanced arguments in your answers.
Olivia makes learning interesting and is a fantastic teacher. She is not like the other teachers I've encountered online who simply followed the courses on reply and clarified the phrases, and that was it. Instead, she has thousands of good articles and other materials in her toolkit that she shares with me so that I can look at them more closely, pick up the vocabulary, and adapt them. Excellent educator. Luckily, I signed up for her classes.
I've been taking courses with Olivia for a month now, and I really enjoy them. She is a generous, humorous, and incredibly smart teacher. I didn't anticipate having in-depth discussions about society, history, philosophy, etc. Each lesson, the ability to articulate difficult concepts helps me get rid of my imposter syndrome a little bit more. I wholeheartedly recommend Olivia!
Her help was very important as I learned the IB history curriculum. The regular sessions for comments were especially helpful.
M.A. in Modern European History
In the last 14 years, I have been fortunate to study and understand the important events and changes that have influenced Europe today. I developed a strong interest in European history while studying at the University of Brussels. I focused on important events like the creation of the European Union and the Cold War. I have worked in different schools in Belgium and France, which has helped me gain valuable experience and learn new teaching methods.
European history in recent times is full of complex events, different cultures, and important moments of change. I focus on helping students understand the bigger picture while also looking at specific details. I make sure my students understand the larger context, whether it's about the politics before the world wars or the social and economic reasons for the Iron Curtain.For people studying for their IB exams, it's important to understand timelines, connect events, and make strong arguments. We analyse past IB questions, have conversations, and practise writing essays to help students feel confident in what they know and can do.
Her classes always have engaging and informative discussions. I only wish we had studied about the Balkans more.
Sophia is a fantastic tutor in every way. She really cares about teaching and is friendly and gentle. She found the most effective teaching methods for my son rapidly; now, they are different techniques, and as a result, my son has gained more insight into history. Sometimes my husband and I can hear the lessons, and we are always in awe of how much my kid has learned and how curious he has become. Additionally, she will provide me reports on my son's progress on a regular basis, which I enjoy and shows how efficient Sophia is in his education. In a nutshell, she is excellent.
It was so unprofessional that I had to finish the course in 15 minutes. I simply waste my money. Find a new job if you dislike your current one.
M.A. in 20th Century History
I have taught history for 13 years, with a main focus on the 20th century. I worked at a well-known school in Bristol for most of my career. I helped students learn about important events like the World Wars, the Cold War, and the rise and fall of empires. I have helped many students with their IB projects and exams. A lot of people have said that my advice had a big impact.
To me, history is about tales. I enjoy telling stories from the past to help students understand important events. We examine diaries, letters, and newspapers from that period. This helps students experience what it was like to live in the past. When getting ready for tests, we do a lot of practice. We review past exams and practise writing effective answers. I can also provide advice on how to effectively manage your time during exams. I want to help students feel prepared and not too worried.
Emma and I spent only a brief amount of time working on my IB History. We established a thorough plan for how to approach the task in our first trial lesson and were successful in doing so. She consistently showed excellent subject knowledge throughout each lesson, and if I felt stuck, she was able to provide insight from a different angle. Her ability to really listen and comprehend her students' requirements before determining how to communicate things in a way that makes sense to them is one of his strongest talents. I am grateful for her tutoring, and you can be sure that she will always go above and beyond to ensure that your work is perfect. Additionally, because Emma has a terrific sense of humour, you will always be able to laugh together:) I have no reservations about recommending Don as an instructor.
Great teacher! I just wish we had more classes on recent events, like the late 90s and early 2000s.
When I was working on the IB project that I had to write, Ms. Tremblay provided me with a lot of helpful ideas. Her comments were almost always insightful. She is one of the main reasons I was successful..
M.A. in World War Era History
I have been teaching for 12 years, mainly focusing on the IB curriculum. I started studying at a well-known international school in Birmingham. I developed a way of learning that combines different subjects to understand the complexities of the World War era. I have also organised many workshops to help IB students with their Internal Assessments, Extended Essays, and Paper 3. These workshops make sure that students are prepared and feel confident.
The IB History course, especially when studying World War era, asks students to carefully examine events with a focus on how they are connected globally. In my classes, we focus on both the major events and the human stories and emotions connected to these events. We examine primary and secondary sources. We look at bias, context, and draw conclusions based on what we learn.Working together is encouraged. Students often work together in groups to have discussions, give presentations, and complete projects. They do this to learn about different viewpoints on historical events. For those getting ready for IB assessments, we practise answering questions in a structured way. We focus on evaluating sources and creating arguments that consider both sides.
She was able to make the time period of the World War quite interesting. However, I was hoping for a greater emphasis on the post-war restructuring of geopolitical power.
In my instance, it was IB History, and Ava is really friendly and tries her best to help you in every way she can. She offers several top-notch sources for research and has a wealth of historical knowledge. Her courses are not only incredibly interesting and enjoyable, but also very beneficial. Ava is a great teacher, and her engaging attitude keeps you focused and attention during the entire course.
I felt like we sometimes strayed from the IB syllabus requirements, despite the fact that the instructor had a great deal of knowledge and an engaging teaching approach.