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Phil W.

Pittsburgh, PA

$40/hr

Freelance Writer/IT Pro Tutors Liberal Arts & Sciences

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After a 25-year career in Information Technology, I've retired to writing and tutoring, and my brain is for rent.

I'm a well and liberally educated man in my late 50s. I have a Master's Degree in Business and an undergraduate degree in Speech (Rhetoric and Public Address) with a minor in Economics. My strengths lie in language arts, literature, philosophy, theology, history, politics, logic, and, of course, computer skills. I'm also competent with high-school-level mathematics, physics, and general science. I emphasize not just how to do particular problems, but how to think about them.

I'm particularly strong with high schoolers, as I always respect them as individuals.

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
Computer Science,
General Computer,
HTML, Linux, Networking (Computer), Perl, SQL, UNIX
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Music:
General Music, Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Economics, GMAT, GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Economics, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics, ESL/ESOL, General Computer,
GMAT, Grammar, HTML, Networking (Computer), Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SQL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I teach a seminar for CrossExamined.org entitled "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist." I've been defending Christianity in Internet forums since before the Internet was a household word, and I've been studying the Bible personally and seriously for almost 40 years. My understanding of the core of Christian theology is sound, robust, and literate, and my grasp of the Old Testament is unusually strong.

I am happy to teach beginners, but able to teach more advanced students. With younger students, I emphasize characters and stories, and with older ones, history and major Bible doctrines. I emphasize historical and literary context; I think the theological content of a passage is governed by the intent of the author at the time he wrote the passage. I will happily adjust my presentation to suit your theological preferences; however, I will never bend passages to make them say what they do not say.

Computer Science

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master's Degree in Business, emphasizing Information Systems. I proceeded to work in Information Technology for nearly 25 years, first as a programmer, then as technical support, then as a field systems engineer, and finally as a software consultant. My training emphasized the internals of compute processing -- I can describe what the CPU does with individual data elements, how it moves them from stack to register and back to storage, how it performs arithmetic operations, how it labels and indexes data elements for retrieval, and so forth.

General Computer

I've been working as a professional in Information Technology since 1980, when I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with an MBA emphasizing Information Systems. In the course of my career I've had my hands on dozens of different types of computers, and done everything to them from installing a mainframe operating system to swapping out sound and video cards from laptops. I can teach you how to manage Windows, how to install routers and networks, how to program the Linux shell, or how to troubleshoot printers and cables. I'll be happy to start with a rank beginner or manage a budding pro.

Public Speaking

I have been successfully speaking publicly for more than 40 years. I began as a championship debater, representing the state of Pennsylvania at the National Debate Tournament two years in a row. I majored in Rhetoric and Public Address as an undergraduate in college, attending on a debating scholarship, and proceeded to teach a seminar in public speaking to my fellow business-school students while in graduate school.

While my career in Information Technology only occasionally required me to make formal presentations, I continued to hone my speaking skills whenever possible through my adult years. Today, I teach a seminar in Christian apologetics entitled "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist," and I preach sermons at local churches whenever I have the opportunity.

Religion

Raised in a Jewish household, I became Christian at the age of 18 and devoted myself to learning about Christ. I recognized few boundaries, and mixed with everything from hard-core Plymouth Brethren to Greek Orthodox clerics to cultists from The Way. Now, almost 40 years later, I teach a seminar in Christian Apologetics. I also published my first book about the subject in 2012. I'm Evangelical but ecumenical and educated, and can articulate the differences in the positions of most major groups within the Christian world without passing judgment.

UNIX

I have worked professionally in the UNIX environment for about 20 years. My first exposure to UNIX came while I was Senior Technical Support representative for QMS, a laser printer vendor, in the 1980s; I administered the Sun workstations used by the support department for testing printers in the UNIX environment, and supported customers who were UNIX administrators. I performed this job four years, and then I became a field engineer for five years. After this I supported a UNIX-based print server software product, installing it at customer sites and writing enhancements to the product to run on UNIX servers. Later, I performed Level II support for a UNIX-based software product running in AIX, and finally, I managed my own Linux web server for several years.

University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Business
MBA

Education

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Business (MBA)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Phil will travel within 40 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15236.


About Phil

After a 25-year career in Information Technology, I've retired to writing and tutoring, and my brain is for rent.

I'm a well and liberally educated man in my late 50s. I have a Master's Degree in Business and an undergraduate degree in Speech (Rhetoric and Public Address) with a minor in Economics. My strengths lie in language arts, literature, philosophy, theology, history, politics, logic, and, of course, computer skills. I'm also competent with high-school-level mathematics, physics, and general science. I emphasize not just how to do particular problems, but how to think about them.

I'm particularly strong with high schoolers, as I always respect them as individuals.

Education

University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Business
MBA

Education

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Business (MBA)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Pittsburgh, PA 15236

Phil’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics
Computer:
Computer Science,
General Computer,
HTML, Linux, Networking (Computer), Perl, SQL, UNIX
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Music:
General Music, Music Theory
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Economics, GMAT, GRE, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Economics, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics, ESL/ESOL, General Computer,
GMAT, Grammar, HTML, Networking (Computer), Proofreading, Public Speaking,
SQL

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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