Heather Saidak

Academic Tutor


An engaged student from a young age, I enjoyed helping classmates and friends brainstorm essay ideas and prepare for intimidating tests. History, my favorite subject, has long fascinated me and inspired my curiosity. I remember reading all of the history books I could get my hands on as a child. Eventually, the passion flowered into a BA in History from San Jose State University. I actually started out as a nursing major, but I realized that the biggest contribution I could make to the community was through sharing my passion as a teacher.

I have tutored students of all ages for several years. My first job was teaching English to a first generation student. I’ve helped elementary, middle, and high school students develop their study habits, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities. I have experience working with students who have behavioral or development differences. The commonality I’ve found is that every student can engage with the material once her natural curiosity is sparked. Whether it’s an AP European History exam or an AP English essay, I strive to foster my student’s inner fascination with the human drama to maximize a student’s enjoyment of and performance in the curriculum.

My areas of focus in history were quite wide as I enjoy all aspects of the past ranging from the Neolithic era to the Cold War. While attending SJSU, I worked as a tutor at an after-school center and became a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Going forward, my goal is to become a high school history teacher. I have my California teaching credential in social studies.

History is a vital topic, and I work to ensure students understand not just the events that occurred but also the approach and philosophy of history itself. It is a subject that is not just dates and names, but (to quote a number of historians) “the story of mankind.” I tailor the history lessons to the student and focus on emphasizing connections and critical thinking. Nothing exists in a vacuum, and I push my students to see and explore not just what the past was, but what led to such events and how those events impact today. Through practice, coaching, and familiarization, I help my students apply what they already know to succeed. In doing so, my students gain confidence in their own abilities to confront unknown academic challenges and perhaps even enjoy the process.

Outside of AJ Tutoring, I can be found reading (both fiction and non-fiction), crocheting, or working on a jigsaw puzzle with a documentary playing in the background.

Subjects Tutored

SAT Subject US History
SAT Subject World History
Academic English
Academic US History
Academic World History
Academic Economics
Academic Government
Academic Study Skills
Academic K-8
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP US History
AP World History
AP U.S. Government & Politics

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