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Ryan L.

Philosophy (including Ethics and Logic), English, Algebra

Atlanta, GA (30329)

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I have a decade of teaching experience as a philosophy instructor, and before that as a tutor when I was completing my undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University. I have a taught in a variety of settings, including online, at the community college level, and at a major university. I have taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Contemporary Moral Issues, and Logic & Law. I have a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Miami.

And perhaps most importantly, I have a passion for Philosophy, and a talent for making the subject accessible and relatable to students. Students often wonder just why they are required to take something as (apparently) frivolous as a philosophy class. For some students, it’s hard to see the point of studying something like philosophy, because they don’t see anything that they can do with it. I like to begin my answer to those students with a favorite slogan: “It’s not just about what you can do with philosophy – it’s about what philosophy will do to you.” As they come to see, the philosophy classroom is where students are made to critically engage with many of their most cherished, but typically not well articulated or examined, beliefs. By the time students arrive at college, they have already formed ideas about whether God exists, about whether they are in control of their lives, about whether there are moral facts, and so on. But these views are not generally formed carefully; students pick them up passively, from people around them, or from believing what they want to be true, or by rebelling against influential figures in their lives, etc.

So when students ask what the "purpose" of philosophy is, I tell them it is to critically examine all of these deeply cherished but less than ideally formed beliefs, to come to better informed conclusions about which make sense and which and in the latter case, to learn how to think the issues through and come to better justified beliefs. In short, the point of studying philosophy is to become adults who believe things for their own carefully considered reasons, instead of living life in mental servitude to the personal and cultural forces around them. That transformation, uncomfortable as it can be, is what philosophy can do to them, and that is among the most valuable things they could hope to get from a college education. As a tutor and as a teacher, it is my goal to help students gain a deep understanding of philosophy and begin to undergo that transformation.

My experience in teaching philosophy includes experience teaching students skills in reading and writing in English. Most of my courses have been writing intensive, and several have been for writing credit. Students in my courses must learn to be able to read, comprehend, analyze, and explain difficult texts, often from primary sources. They must learn to demonstrate that understanding through expository writing. I also teach my students to do effective persuasive or argumentative writing, in which they must advance and defend a thesis.

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Ryan’s subjects

Algebra 1

My undergraduate and graduate studies included an extensive study of informal and formal logic. Therefore I have considerable experience with formal learning. As an undergraduate I did math tutoring, including algebra. I also worked as a teaching assistant for a symbolic logic class, tutoring students who were having difficulty. And I have since taught my own courses in formal and informal logic, including critical thinking courses and symbolic logic courses, giving me a great deal experience in teaching formal subjects like math.

Algebra 2

I worked as a teaching assistant for a symbolic logic class, tutoring students who were having difficulty. And I have since taught my own courses in formal and informal logic, including critical thinking courses and symbolic logic courses, giving me a great deal experience in teaching formal subjects like math.

Elementary Math

My undergraduate and graduate studies included an extensive study of informal and formal logic. Therefore I have considerable experience with formal learning. As an undergraduate student I also did math tutoring, including algebra and other basic math. I also worked as a teaching assistant for a symbolic logic class, tutoring students who were having difficulty. And I have since taught my own courses in formal and informal logic, including critical thinking courses and symbolic logic courses, giving me a great deal experience in teaching formal subjects like math.

English

Most of the Philosophy courses that I have taught have been intensive in terms of helping students developing skills in reading and writing English. Students have to learn to read, understand, and be able to explain difficult philosophical texts, often from primary sources. They learn to demonstrate their understanding in expository writing, in which they summarize and explain the main ideas of philosophers that we have studied. They also learn to do argumentative or persuasive writing, in which they must advance and defend a thesis. Several of the courses I have taught have been for writing credit, designed to provide students with the written communication skills needed for success.

Logic

I have a PhD in philosophy. My studies included an extensive study of informal and formal logic. I have taken both undergraduate and graduate level courses in syllogistic logic and symbolic logic, including predicate logic and modal logic. As an undergraduate I worked as a teaching assistant for a symbolic logic class, tutoring students who were having difficulty. And I have since taught my own courses in formal and informal logic, including critical thinking courses and symbolic logic courses.

Philosophy

I have a PhD in Philosophy. I have taught several different courses in Philosophy over the past 10 years, including Logic, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Contemporary Moral Issues, Introduction to Philosophy (spanning topics like Free Will, Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology, Personal Identity, Philosophy of Mind, etc), and Logic & Law (a symbolic logic course geared towards pre-law students).

Prealgebra

My undergraduate and graduate studies included an extensive study of informal and formal logic. Therefore I have considerable experience with formal learning. As an undergraduate I did math tutoring, including algebra.

Reading

My decade of experience in teaching Philosophy includes teaching students how to be able read, understand, analyze, and explain complex philosophy texts, often from primary sources which are initially difficult for students to grasp.

Writing

Most of the Philosophy courses that I have taught have been writing intensive. In my courses, students learn to do expository writing, in which they summarize and explain the main ideas of philosophers that we have studied. They also learn to do argumentative or persuasive writing, in which they must advance and defend a thesis. Several of the courses I have taught have been for writing credit, designed to provide students with the written communication skills needed for success.

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Education

Grand Valley State University (Philosophy)

University of Miami (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

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Ryan will travel within 20 miles of Atlanta, GA 30329.

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