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Alexander L.

Chicago, IL

$45/hour

Writing, Reading, and Critical Thinking for the Humanities

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Roosevelt University
Philosophy
Tulane University
Master's

Education

Roosevelt University (Philosophy)

Tulane University (Master's)

About Alexander

I have seen the difficulties that students have with writing from several different angles.

I teach (and grade papers!) at the college level, and have been doing so for ten semesters, in 100- and 200-level and adult education courses. As a result, I know what your professors will be looking for! The classes themselves have been philosophy, literature, and writing courses, which all involve critical reading and writing, so I have been teaching those skills as part of those classes for just as long.

I have also worked in two university writing centers, tutoring students of all disciplines in both, and training other writing tutors in one of them. This means that I have a lot of experience helping students write about material about which I had no prior introduction, but also means that I have now seen many different kinds of material, and am familiar with the basic arguments of many different fields of research. It also means that I've heard students struggle with the writing advice or assignment instructions of hundreds of teachers from across the university, and I have helped them make sense of their own work.

I bring all of this experience to bear on my work as a private writing coach.

I can help you: Write introductions, thesis statements, and conclusions; Understand paper structuring; Make your writing "flow"; Integrate quotes; Practice reading research; Understand the context of almost any subject material; and Read critically literature, classical texts, and modern scholarship.

Though I would not and cannot guarantee what your teacher will think or do, I can't count the number of A's I've helped students secure.
I have seen the difficulties that students have with writing from several different angles.

I teach (and grade papers!) at the college level, and have been doing so for ten semesters, in 100- and 200-level and adult education courses. As a result, I know what your professors will
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

$60/hour for group of 2

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60613
In-person lessons
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
History:
Classics,
Government & Politics, Political Science,
Religion
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Classics

I primarily study ancient philosophy, which in my graduate program is extended to include Greek tragedy and comedy, as well as Homer and Hesiod. I have taught books in each of those categories in my own classes at the college level.
I also studied Latin and Greek in intensive programs at the University of Chicago, and in regular courses at Tulane University, during which we read parts and wholes of the classics.
And I am writing my dissertation on Lucretius.

Political Science

I study and teach primarily political philosophy, which underscores all of political science, and I have used some contemporary political science in my classes. I have also taken courses on the American founding and political theory at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. And just this spring, I was chosen to participate in the summer seminar of the Jack Miller Center, which is focused on republican structures of government and its alternatives.

Religion

I have taught Genesis and Greek religion in my philosophy courses, and have also used secondary writings on revelation-based religions. I presented a paper at the APA on Gotthold Lessing's treatment of the history of Judaism and Christianity. And I have taken not only the comparative religion courses that are required for any philosophy degree, but also many courses on reason and revelation as found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and their affiliated philosophies.

Study Skills

As a 3-year tutor and BACCHUS certified peer educator, I have helped students make the transition from high school to college, or from early college to late college, including helping with time-management techniques and other study skills. I am good at explaining the connection between work put in outside of the classroom and longterm success, and I know how to speak at the student's level to figure out what the problems are, and to address them. These skills would also be applicable to students making the transition to high school, or having difficulty in high school.

Writing

Ten semesters teaching and grading at the college level; two and a half years in two college writing centers; many years writing papers for college and graduate school.

Roosevelt University
Philosophy
Tulane University
Master's

Education

Roosevelt University (Philosophy)

Tulane University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

$60/hour for group of 2

Travel policy

Alexander will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60613.