Francis A.

Modesto, CA


Fran A. - Political Science/History/Philosophy

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St Mary's College
Claremont Graduate University


St Mary's College

Claremont Graduate University (PhD)

About Francis

I hold advanced degrees in Government/Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University and I taught for a number of years at both CSU Fresno and St. Mary's College. I can teach and tutor in American Government, Constitutional Law, Western and American Political Philosophy. I also hold a certificate as a Great Books Leader Training Program which qualifies me to teach Great Books seminars and classes.

I like to teach Socratically, which is to say that I find that the question and answer, attack and defense that takes place is a proven method for illuminating a difficult text or subject. I am a firm believer in the process of shared inquiry between teacher and student.

If you are up to the challenges posed by this kind of instruction, i.e. you are eager to confront one who is skilled at playing "Devil's Advocate" across a wide range of subjects, I could be the guy for you.
I hold advanced degrees in Government/Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University and I taught for a number of years at both CSU Fresno and St. Mary's College. I can teach and tutor in American Government, Constitutional Law, Western Read more

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Travels within 25 miles of Modesto, CA 95356
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American History

We will examine the major political, economic and cultural developments in American history from colonial times up to the end of the 20th Century. We put particular emphasis on the confluence of ideas and events that led to the forging of the U.S. Constitution and the sectional conflict that nearly destroyed in the Union in the Civil War. We emphasize the serious engagement with primary source materials wherever possible in bringing history to life.


I hold a Certificate of Completion from the Great Books Leader Training Course sponsored by the The Great Books Foundation. This allowed me to teach in the Collegiate Seminar Program at St. Mary's College (Roman, Biblical, Medieval seminar). The Collegiate Seminar at SMC, formerly known as World Classics, is an interdisciplinary curricula designed to acquaint students with the most influential works of Western civilization in philosophy, literature, history, government, etc. When combined with Doctoral work in Political Thought, I am well qualified to teach the Classics at the college level or the advanced high school level as well.


I have successfully tutored high school students in English/Language Arts and continue to add more students in this area. I focus on the building of academic skills through an emphasis on Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. Given my extensive work in Philosophy and Classics, I am particularly effective in helping students navigate their way through the great, but often difficult, works of English, American, and Continental literature.

European History

An examination of the primary political, economic and socio-cultural developments in European history. We pay particular attention to the confluence of political and intellectual forces that forged the modern European nation-states. Our approach emphasizes engagement with original source materials wherever possible.

Government & Politics

I hold an MA and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. My major fields for my Doctorate included Political Thought, International Relations, and Constitutional Law/Jurisprudence. In addition, I taught American Government for 10 years at a CSU campus. I am unusually versatile for a Political Science Instructor and I can teach in academic subjects outside of it as well (History, Philosophy, Classics). I also hold a Great Books Leader Training Certificate allowing me to teach in the Humanities. I am certain that I can delivery quality instruction to any student studying Government/Politics plus a whole lot more.


I have successfully tutored many students in English/Language Arts. In addition to helping students with grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, I excel at assisting students with understanding and appreciating the great works of Literature, English and American. My extensive background in allied subjects, Philosophy, History, Politics, the Classics, etc. enables me not only to help students probe the texts for its literary style but for its latent meaning and assumptions.


Philosophy is an human activity that exercises reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality and human nature. The ancient Greeks, who were among the first to practice philosophy, coined the term, which means “love of wisdom.” Those who study philosophy are called philosophers. Through the ages, philosophers have sought to answer such questions as, what is the meaning and purpose of life? How do we know what we know? Does God exist? What does it mean to possess consciousness? And, what is the value of morals?

Philosophy above all is a pursuit, a form of thinking to guide action or to prescribe a way of life. Socrates once said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." I like to approach the study of philosophical questions Socratically, that is, the patient and critical examination of the opinions of others. It is a proven method by which student and teacher can together illuminate the hidden meaning of a text or argument.


In addition to the advanced academic work I have done in my other subjects, I have successfully tutored many students in English. I stress improvement in Reading Comprehension through the acquisition of superior Vocabulary skills. From this platform, we proceed to hone Critical Reading abilities by improving logic, understanding context, recognizing audience(s) and, ultimately, ferreting out hidden philosophical assumptions.


I am an experience tutor in English/Language Arts at both the high school and college levels. I stress Reading Comprehension in and through the acquisition of Vocabulary skills appropriate the student's grade level. Students have difficulty comprehending what they are reading if they do not understand the words that are used. My extensive background in other academic areas is a huge asset in assisting students in expanding their Vocabulary.


I have successfully tutored students in English by stressing Reading Comprehension through the acquisition of Vocabulary. But improving the critical reading skills of students is prefatory to developing their writing skills. We work hard on sentence structure, concise word choice, diction, and coherent paragraph composition. It is ultimately about teaching students the process of writing, the key to which is learning how to re-write effectively.

St Mary's College
Claremont Graduate University


St Mary's College

Claremont Graduate University (PhD)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Francis will travel within 25 miles of Modesto, CA 95356.

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