BA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Philosophy)
University of Chicago (Master's)
Coming from a family of educators, I have appreciated both the challenges and thrills of sharing knowledge from an early age. Growing up I learned that the volley of question and answer can be beautiful and rewarding. As a result, I discovered that the keys to learning are having the ability to articulate what you don’t know and then having the confidence to ask the question. Whatever that happens to be, it is the “right” question. So my philosophy is to place emphasis not on the material of a subject directly, but on the skills for dealing with it.
I tutor all levels of math, from pre-algebra up to and including calculus. I get especially excited about statistics. Further subjects I tutor are reading and writing. Finally, I can tutor in German and ancient Greek.
Currently I am a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Chicago, where I also took my master’s degree. Before that I studied for a bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, having grown up in Omaha. For a time at Nebraska, before finding my passion in philosophy, I considered majoring in math. As I was finishing high school I scored a 35 in the math portion of the ACT, earned a 5 on the AP Statistics test, and in college got an A+ in Calculus and Modern Logic classes. As another point of reference, my cumulative GPA as an undergraduate was 3.98.
My 3+ years of teaching and tutoring experience have come in various formats. At the college level I have served as a teaching assistant for classes in the honors program, taught my own classes, and worked regularly as a math tutor. At the elementary and middle school level the core of my experience has been on reading.
The actual practice of philosophy consists essentially in close reading: moving through a text slowly, patiently, frequently stopping and asking questions to check comprehension. This is a process I love, and a skill I enjoy sharing with others. Of course, much philosophy was written in other languages. For this reason, before moving to Chicago I lived for two years in Berlin, where I struggled with and eventually mastered the beautiful German language. My training in ancient Greek was in intensive courses at UCBerkeley and UChicago. Writing academic papers on Greek authors, as I have done, requires having full control of the language they use.
I tutor because I want to support students as they identify, confront and finally meet the challenges of their studies. Learning to enjoy this process gives them immense power.
I have a flexible schedule and am willing to travel throughout Chicago. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message. I am happy to speak on the phone or set up an initial consultation for free. I look forward to hearing from you.
Coming from a family of educators, I have appreciated both the challenges and thrills of sharing knowledge from an early age. Growing up I learned that the volley of question and answer can be beautiful and rewarding. As a result, I discovered that the keys to learning are having the ability to articulate what you don’t know and then having the
Garrett is a proactive tutor who takes the job seriously and works to prepare prior to meeting with your student. He works well with our 17 year-old son who lacks motivation to improve his math skills. We are very happy with Garrett's work.
Garrett tutored me for my college-level logic class. As someone who struggles with math, I found Garrett extremely helpful in both explaining abstract concepts in an easy to understand, practical fashion, and helping me to build up problem-solving strategies that I could then use on my own. With his help, I saw a marked increase in my grades, and even began to enjoy the material! Garrett was also incredibly responsive in scheduling, and came to all of our sessions with prepared plans and notes, depending on what we were working on that day. Highly recommend!
Some kids just don't get math. Garrett helped my middle school child see the math problems in different ways and my child was able to make considerable progress with his help. He is flexible in his teaching and allows my child to take frequent breaks when needed. I highly recommend Garrett.
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Reading ancient Greek is necessary for my job as a scholar of ancient philosophy. I write about Plato and read ancient Greek almost every day. I began learning Greek with an Introductory Greek summer course at UC Berkeley and passed with an A. I have since taken Intermediate Greek at UChicago, and have taken in addition numerous reading courses. If it would be helpful I can provide a transcript for these courses.
I took a class at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln called Introduction to Modern Logic. It was cross-listed in math and philosophy. I got an A+ in the class. After that, I was asked by the philosophy department to work as a tutor for the class, which I did.