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Jonathan M.

Chicago, IL

$30/hr

Psych PhD Student w/Business & Political Theory Background

Background check passed as of 7/18/14
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Psych PhD Student w/Business & Political Theory Background

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Where to start? My love for history and science was spawned by my dad. As a little boy, I remember him telling me countless stories about figures from antiquity, stories about generals and politicians. He sparked an insatiable curiosity about human nature that has led me to my current academic and professional situation.

Currently, I am a PhD student at Illinois Tech (IIT) studying clinical psychology. Though my studies focus on clinical applications of psychological science, I am a scientist at my core. I am skeptical and genuinely intrigued by questions surrounding our origins as a species. As you can imagine, I am also very interested in anthropology, genetics, and philosophy.

My academic background includes a Bachelor of Art from Michigan State University in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy with a specialization in African and African American Diasporic Studies (AAADS). My academic training exposed me to the historical and theoretical origins of the Constitution of the United States of America. My coursework included early Greek classics such as, "The Republic," by Plato and "Politics," by Aristotle. By the end of my program, I was reading radical challenges to liberal democracy, which include the writings of Marx, Nietzsche and Heidegger.

Additionally, I chose to specialize in AAADS, because of a curiosity sparked by my mother origins. She is from a small country in the South Pacific called Fiji, and her people come from a small island called Rotuma. Rotuma's current population on the island is ~3,000 people and estimates of the worldwide population of people with Rotuman heritage is ~20,000. As you can imagine, their history is very difficult to study. Broadly speaking, their story is connected to the incredible story of Polynesian nautical exploration and colonization of new worlds. The written record began with European contact and colonization. This is where my interest in the African and African American experience began. There is an extensive historical record and tradition of scholarship on the topic of colonization and post-colonization in Africa. I thought by studying the African experience I hoped to have insight on how colonization would be manifest in my mother's culture.

While studying at Michigan State, I was also an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet. As a high school senior, I was awarded a scholarship that paid for my college tuition and books. After graduating, I served as an Air Force officer on active duty for four and a half years. While on active duty, I was stationed in Mississippi and Turkey. Both locations provided me with new perspectives on history and culture.

On active duty, I successfully completed a Master of Business Administration at Mississippi State University (right around the corner from my base in Mississippi). It was during my business studies that I decided that I wanted to study psychology. The path to my PhD studies took me back to Michigan State where I completed a second bachelors' degree, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. As a student, I prepared for and completed the GRE, garnered psychological research experience, and applied for graduate school. It was a busy year for me, but it was very successful. I made the Dean's list every semester and scored very well on my GRE exam. More importantly, I found an advisor at IIT that matched my research interests and he offered me a position in his lab.

My academic studies are very diverse and they include Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, and Statistics in addition to my course work in Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, and History. I'm also enjoying reading about history and anthropology for fun. Currently, I'm reading a book on the origins of European people that takes a genetic perspective.

My teaching experience is also very diverse. While in Turkey, I completed a certificate to Teach English as Foreign Language at the Via Lingua Institute in Istanbul. This program provided me with a solid foundation in pedagogy and experience teaching students of all ages. Also, while at Michigan State for my second bachelors' degree, I was invited to teach the Freshman-level ROTC course at my old Detachment. I taught 51 cadets topics related to military history and principles of leadership. Recently, I taught a high school summer program at IIT. My lectures introduced students to the history of Psychology and the science of emotion.

Recently, I was selected by the Navy as one of five scholarship winners for their Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). Recipients of this scholarship will have their tuition and books paid for by the Navy as well as a monthly stipend. After completing my academic and scientific training, I will serve in the U.S. Navy as a clinical psychologist for four years. After completing my service, I want to return to academia and fulfill my life-long dream to become an educator.

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math, SPSS,
Statistics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Archaeology, Psychology
Computer:
SPSS
History:
American History, Archaeology, Government & Politics, Political Science, World History
Elementary Education:
Reading
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Proofreading, SPSS,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Algebra 1

In high school, I took advanced math courses, which include Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, AP Statistics and AP Calculus. In College, I took Calculus and numerous Statistics courses. Also, I have taken the GRE, which includes Algebra-level math. I really enjoy teaching Algebra.

SPSS

As an undergrad, I took a two courses on SPSS. Also, I was an active member of a psychology research lab, which provided me with numerous opportunities to learn the basics of SPSS.

Currently, I am a second-year Clinical Psychology PhD student. My experience with SPSS has grown quite dramatically. In my first year, I took two semesters of gradate statistics, both of which included statistics labs.

Statistics

As an undergrad, I took four research methods and statistics courses as well as four graduate-level courses on the same topics (MBA and clinical psychology PhD program).

Michigan State University
Political Theory and Psychology
Mississippi State University
MBA
Illinois Institute Of Technology
PhD

Education

Michigan State University (Political Theory and Psychology)

Mississippi State University (MBA)

Illinois Institute Of Technology (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60657.


About Jonathan

Where to start? My love for history and science was spawned by my dad. As a little boy, I remember him telling me countless stories about figures from antiquity, stories about generals and politicians. He sparked an insatiable curiosity about human nature that has led me to my current academic and professional situation.

Currently, I am a PhD student at Illinois Tech (IIT) studying clinical psychology. Though my studies focus on clinical applications of psychological science, I am a scientist at my core. I am skeptical and genuinely intrigued by questions surrounding our origins as a species. As you can imagine, I am also very interested in anthropology, genetics, and philosophy.

My academic background includes a Bachelor of Art from Michigan State University in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy with a specialization in African and African American Diasporic Studies (AAADS). My academic training exposed me to the historical and theoretical origins of the Constitution of the United States of America. My coursework included early Greek classics such as, "The Republic," by Plato and "Politics," by Aristotle. By the end of my program, I was reading radical challenges to liberal democracy, which include the writings of Marx, Nietzsche and Heidegger.

Additionally, I chose to specialize in AAADS, because of a curiosity sparked by my mother origins. She is from a small country in the South Pacific called Fiji, and her people come from a small island called Rotuma. Rotuma's current population on the island is ~3,000 people and estimates of the worldwide population of people with Rotuman heritage is ~20,000. As you can imagine, their history is very difficult to study. Broadly speaking, their story is connected to the incredible story of Polynesian nautical exploration and colonization of new worlds. The written record began with European contact and colonization. This is where my interest in the African and African American experience began. There is an extensive historical record and tradition of scholarship on the topic of colonization and post-colonization in Africa. I thought by studying the African experience I hoped to have insight on how colonization would be manifest in my mother's culture.

While studying at Michigan State, I was also an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet. As a high school senior, I was awarded a scholarship that paid for my college tuition and books. After graduating, I served as an Air Force officer on active duty for four and a half years. While on active duty, I was stationed in Mississippi and Turkey. Both locations provided me with new perspectives on history and culture.

On active duty, I successfully completed a Master of Business Administration at Mississippi State University (right around the corner from my base in Mississippi). It was during my business studies that I decided that I wanted to study psychology. The path to my PhD studies took me back to Michigan State where I completed a second bachelors' degree, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. As a student, I prepared for and completed the GRE, garnered psychological research experience, and applied for graduate school. It was a busy year for me, but it was very successful. I made the Dean's list every semester and scored very well on my GRE exam. More importantly, I found an advisor at IIT that matched my research interests and he offered me a position in his lab.

My academic studies are very diverse and they include Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, and Statistics in addition to my course work in Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, and History. I'm also enjoying reading about history and anthropology for fun. Currently, I'm reading a book on the origins of European people that takes a genetic perspective.

My teaching experience is also very diverse. While in Turkey, I completed a certificate to Teach English as Foreign Language at the Via Lingua Institute in Istanbul. This program provided me with a solid foundation in pedagogy and experience teaching students of all ages. Also, while at Michigan State for my second bachelors' degree, I was invited to teach the Freshman-level ROTC course at my old Detachment. I taught 51 cadets topics related to military history and principles of leadership. Recently, I taught a high school summer program at IIT. My lectures introduced students to the history of Psychology and the science of emotion.

Recently, I was selected by the Navy as one of five scholarship winners for their Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). Recipients of this scholarship will have their tuition and books paid for by the Navy as well as a monthly stipend. After completing my academic and scientific training, I will serve in the U.S. Navy as a clinical psychologist for four years. After completing my service, I want to return to academia and fulfill my life-long dream to become an educator.

Education

Michigan State University
Political Theory and Psychology
Mississippi State University
MBA
Illinois Institute Of Technology
PhD

Education

Michigan State University (Political Theory and Psychology)

Mississippi State University (MBA)

Illinois Institute Of Technology (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chicago, IL 60657

Jonathan’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math, SPSS,
Statistics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Archaeology, Psychology
Computer:
SPSS
History:
American History, Archaeology, Government & Politics, Political Science, World History
Elementary Education:
Reading
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading
Corporate Training:
Proofreading, SPSS,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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