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Need help with a paper, research project, exam or essay for your history class?  Need advice on studying for your HIS 101 or 102 course -- or any other history class?  Want to talk to a fellow student instead of (or in addition to) your professor?

Come in to either Wimberly Room 402 or the Murphy Learning Center to talk to our History Peer Tutors.  They are students like yourself, who have already completed many history courses.

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History tutor coordinator

James Longhurst Profile of James Longhurst
Associate Professor
Specialty areas:

public policy, urban environmental history, and the social and cultural history of modern America

Here at the Murphy Learning Center, our tutors are all friendly, qualified individuals. All of our tutors have gotten good grades in the classes they tutor and have been recommended by faculty from their department. In addition to their knowledge our tutors are now taking a class designed to make them effective tutors. Meet our tutors!

Dan Finke

Dan Finke

Major: History, topical emphasis in Culture and Society Minor: Professional and Organizational Communication, Senior

Brief Biography:    Hello! I am Dan Finke, a senior at UW-L. I will be graduating in the spring of 2018 and still working on figuring out my post graduation path. My history expertise lies in African and Asian history, especially in the areas of imperialism and colonization. I am excited to help other students progress in their reading and writing abilities and increase their understanding of historical topics. Outside of class I am a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the treasurer of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity on campus.

Study Tip:  After finishing a paper, let it sit for a few hours and then go back and proofread it. You'll be less stressed and able to see any errors made in the original copy.  

Christopher Seitz

Christopher Seitz

New Glarus, Wisconsin
History: Public and Policy History

Brief biography: Greetings! I am Chris, a student here at UW-L planning on graduating in the spring of 2018. For many years, I have had a great interest in history which has lead me to study the subject here in La Crosse. I especially enjoy a more hands-on approach to history, which has guided me to my favorite hobby as a WWII reenactor, as well as a desire to do museum work after college. If you ever need help in the area of history, I am here to help!

Study tip: Don’t procrastinate. While it may initially be fun to avoid work, in the end it will only lead to more stress and headaches.

Sara Krueger

Sara Krueger

Rhinelander, Wisconsin
History Education and Broad Field Social Studies Education

Brief biography: I am a senior with a double major in History Education and Broad Field Social Studies Education, with intents to teach middle or high school social studies. My coursework thus far has provided me with extensive research and writing experience, and I love to pass on what I have learned about essay writing to others, especially students who are new to college-level history courses or are in their general education coursework. If you are in need of any study, research, or writing tips, I am happy to help! Outside of school, I spend my time reading, with friends, or doing gymnastics on the UWL club team.

Study tip: Always start history essays by writing out your thesis statement and a clear outline to ensure that your paper is well organized and proves your point. After you have written your essay, read it to another person to check for mistakes that you would likely miss if you were not reading the essay out loud.