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Gustav

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Subjects I teach

International Relations (Undergraduate)
Academic Skills: Effective Reading, Essay Writing, Presentations
German

My Experience

I have extensive experience teaching at undergraduate level in university. At the London School of Economics, I have taught introductory classes into concepts and theories of international relations, security and foreign policy, as well as into the history of political and economic thought, for the past three years. I have taught students from a wide range of different cultural and learning backgrounds and academic levels at intense summer schools and workshops at the London School of Economics, the Universities of Surrey and St Gallen (CH), as well as for the German National Academic Foundation. As a teacher for first-year undergraduates, I have also developed expertise in teaching academic skillsets and the ability to structure own thought in a rigorous, coherent and critical manner, e.g. in essays, oral presentations, and exams, both in English and in my native German.

My Qualifications

PhD Candidate in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Awarded the LSE Full Scholarship)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, accredited at the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) at Fellow Level

MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (USA)

MA in International Affairs and Governance, University of St Gallen (CH)

BA in International Affairs, University of St Gallen (CH)

Abitur (high school diploma) at the Leibnizschule Wiesbaden, awarded Stipendiary of the German National Merit Foundation

My Approach to Private Tuition

My aim is to understand my tutee’s needs, formulate learning objectives accordingly, and design appropriate teaching and learning activities that stimulate deep comprehension, critical thinking, and a fascination for the subject. To that end, I aim to establish a conducive and relaxed environment in which the student and I work together as per the student’s individual goals.

I firmly believe that teasing out each student’s own interests and ideas and connecting them meaningfully to the study subject is the best way for any student to learn, retain knowledge, and develop an interest to read and study further. I see my role in teaching and learning as a facilitator and moderator of a student-driven process. Through a wide variety of active learning techniques, examples, readings and in close interaction with the student, I aim to contribute my own fascination for politics and international relations to help my tutee excel in his or her studies.

To that end, it is first necessary to approach the basics. Concepts and theories of international relations are tools necessary to decipher the language of the discipline, but at times they can seem frustratingly opaque. My role is to help my tutee cut through the jungle of theoretical abstraction and develop their own approaches to handling these tools confidently and competently. These abilities are closely connected with developing the necessary academic skills, especially reading, arguing, and writing succinctly and effectively. On this basis and as per the student’s individual learning objectives, we can then tackle increasingly complex concepts and tasks in political thought and the fascinating world of real-life international politics.

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Fun fact

I am an avid tabletennis player!