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Jonathan B.

Brighton, MA

$50/hour

English language specialist and philosophy scholar

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Wagner College
Philosophy
Boston College
Master's

Education

Wagner College (Philosophy)

Boston College (Master's)

About Jonathan

Hi there! I'm a philosophy scholar with an uncanny knack for understanding language and a passion for helping students grow into their own both academically and personally. Since middle school, I've developed varying levels of competency in modern languages, such as French, German and Spanish, and classical languages including Latin and Ancient Greek. I honed my linguistic abilities even further during my rigorous studies in philosophy at the graduate level, where I became skilled at academic writing, logical argumentation, and critical reading.

To supplement my academic background, I continued to refine my grammatical, syntactical, and stylistic understanding as a content writer at Brafton, Inc. As a testament to my reading and writing expertise, I researched and authored an article about a quantum mechanical discovery that generated so much web traffic for a client that their website temporarily crashed.

In the educational arena, I tutored elementary school students in Toronto, Ontario through the Wagner College Co-curricular Program and gained adult ESL tutoring experience by volunteering at Jewish Vocational Services. During my tutoring service in Toronto, I used play and encouragement to establish rapport with the students and questions to both discern where they were struggling and to help them solve problems.

With my adult ESL client at JVS, on the other hand, I used a combination of questions and explanations to guide the student to improved reading comprehension. For instance, to help her overcome her difficulty with reading comprehension, I taught her linguistic clues and strategies for identifying the relationships between sentences and paragraphs within a passage. Additionally, I gave her suggestions for extra exercises to boost vocabulary. The success of the tutoring is evidenced by her subsequent passing scores on her reading comprehension exam.
Hi there! I'm a philosophy scholar with an uncanny knack for understanding language and a passion for helping students grow into their own both academically and personally. Since middle school, I've developed varying levels Read more

Policies
Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Brighton, MA 02135
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Math:
Logic
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
Religion
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary

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English

I've grown up speaking and reading English, picking up texts beyond my age level from youth. I have honed my command of the language and become more acquainted with its literature over the years through both academic study and personal reading and writing. My work as a News & Content Writer also helped me cultivate facility in the language.

Grammar

I have completed public schooling in the U.S., which I supplemented by attaining a B.A. at Wagner College and an M.A. at Boston College. I also demonstrated exceptional grammatical understanding as an Editorial Intern. This excellence contributed to my promotion to full-time writer.

Logic

At Wagner College, I took a Symbolic Logic course, which covered the fundamentals of sentential logic, truth tables, argumentation, and truth functions. In graduate school, I completed coursework on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, which included a thorough and in-depth study of the structure of scientific logic, scientific demonstration, its essential components, and related problems, such as the acquisition of first principles. Moreover, graduate study in philosophy demands logical consistency and soundness at all turns. As such, my completion of a Master's degree in philosophy provides strong evidence of my understanding of logic, both formal and informal.

Philosophy

I have two degrees in philosophy: a Bachelor's from Wagner College and a Master's from Boston College. I have been reading philosophy since about age 13 and continue to this day. I have conducted philosophical research projects both for credit and for personal enrichment.

Proofreading

I developed strong proofreading skills during my college career, as I authored and revised numerous papers. I also edited copy while working as a News & Content Writer. I have proofread and edited the works of friends and colleagues as well.

Psychology

I minored in Psychology at Wagner College. I have studied psychology independently since high school, reading the works of Jung, James, and others. I specialized in philosophy and psychoanalysis at during my graduate studies at Boston College.

Reading

I learned to read at an early age and began reading far beyond my grade level at age 13, when I began reading sophisticated philosophical texts and advanced literary works. Since then, I have increased my reading skills by studying philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels, which requires a high degree of comprehension and rigor.

Religion

I minored in Religious Studies at Wagner College. My coursework included classes on Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and various forms of Buddhism. I also taught a seminar on Kabbalah (Jewish Mysticism) and have studied Christian philosophy and theology during my graduate career. Additionally, I have explored Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism outside the classroom.

Vocabulary

I'm a native English speaker who has been reading from an early age and has acquired an advanced degree in the liberal arts. Moreover, I've built my vocabulary by researching and writing news stories and other articles for the web. I have also helped students with vocabulary during tutoring.

Writing

I have a Master's degree in philosophy from Boston College, which I earned by successfully completing academic writing assignments. I have also worked as a News & Content Writer. I started as an Editorial Intern and eventually became the first to transition to a full-time position due to my strong writing skills.

Wagner College
Philosophy
Boston College
Master's

Education

Wagner College (Philosophy)

Boston College (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jonathan will travel within 5 miles of Brighton, MA 02135.