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Owen S.

Clarkston, MI


Thorough knowledge of history, philosophy, religion, and English

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Hillsdale College


Hillsdale College (History)

About Owen

The fantastic education I received at Hillsdale College has provided me with both a well organized mind and the ability to write with force and clarity. Thus, not only am I aware of the nuts and bolts of a given subject--the geography of history, the grammar of English, the works of philosophy for example--but more importantly I understand both a subject's importance and how to convey that import to a willing mind.

Having taken and excelled in classes ranging from Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Late Antiquity, the Early Middle Ages, Medieval England, to more recent subjects like 18th Century Europe, and the French Revolution, I have a solid knowledge of a vast chunk of western history. This core has been augmented by American history classes on the Founding of the American Republic and American History between 1870-1940; and by survey courses concerning the history of the Middle East and the Far East.

In addition to this historical education, I have participated in a few philosophy classes, which had me read the likes of Plato, Epicurus, Augustine, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Marx, Heidegger, and Gadamer; by politics classes which acquainted me with the Origins of War, the problems faced by democratic states, and the effects of commerce upon human history.

Finally, I have taken a few English classes, wherein I was exposed to a dozen of Shakespeare's plays, Voltaire's "Candide," Dante's "Inferno," and Melville's masterpiece "Moby Dick," to list but a few of the works I had to read.

I have read such monumental primary sources as Herodotus, Thucydides, and Ammianus Marcellinus in their entirety, giving my historical knowledge a firm basis in the evidence, rather than relying upon secondary texts alone.
The fantastic education I received at Hillsdale College has provided me with both a well organized mind and the ability to write with force and clarity. Thus, not only am I aware of the nuts and bolts of a given subject--the geography of Read more

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"Excellent Tutoring"

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Bible Studies,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

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American History

I have a thorough understanding of the Founding Era, and a more than adequate grasp of Jacksonian America, the Antebellum period, the Civil War, Reconstruction, etc. Indeed, this knowledge is continually growing, as my voracious appetite for historical knowledge keeps me constantly reading about new subjects. I am especially fluent in the Revolutionary period and the forging of the constitution; and in the United States during World War Two.

Bible Studies

My education has included a course on Western religion, during which time I became well acquainted with both the Old and New Testament. In addition, my classes on Ancient Rome, the World of Late Antiquity, the Early Middle Ages, and Ancient Philosophy all gave me insight into the political circumstances around which Christianity grew, the Greek influences which had such an impact upon early Christian thought, and the development of Christianity up through the Crusades. My academic career also brought me face to face with the Reformation and Christianity's responses to the Enlightenment attack upon organized religion. Finally, I have read all of the Old Testament and am currently near completing the New Testament.


While not my primary subject, I have been exposed to much from the classical world. In addition to three semesters of Latin, I have read the histories of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon in their entirety; large portions of Polybius and Tacitus; all of Ammianus Marcellinus; plus such monumental works as Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Peter Brown's World of Late Antiquity. Thus, I am quite able to teach subjects ranging from the Greek colonization of the Mediterranean up through the rise of Islam in the 7th century AD.


English is a broad subject. It covers grammar, syntax, spelling; it covers literature, its reading, interpretation, and inculcation; and writing, and all the challenges that go with such an inky endeavor. I am confident that I can impart upon my students a knowledge of the nuts and bolts of all of these aspects of English class; and, moreover, I think myself capable of helping them understand why such things are important beyond academia's ivory halls.

European History

I have a thorough knowledge of European history from the Ancient Greeks up through the fall of Constantinople in 1453; from there, until the 30 Years War, my knowledge is passable but as yet not satisfactory to my own standards. From the Treaty of Westphalia through the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, my understanding is again quite complete. My knowledge of the 19th century is adequate but needs augmentation; and my grasp of the 20th century, especially the two world wars, is exceptional.


As no true understanding of history can be attained without a thorough knowledge of world geography, I pride myself on a working knowledge of the different modern nations, historical empires, rivers, mountain ranges, and important cities. Such knowledge is imperative, for as Montesquieu made quite clear, geography and climate can have a profound impact upon the history and development of a people.

Government & Politics

From Plato's Republic to Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy; from Montesquieu to the Federalist Papers; Hobbes, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and Rawls--all of these august authors and many more have given me a profound understanding of the different political theories floating around the academic world; in addition, I am well acquainted with the American Constitution, the historical precedents and theories which shaped its creation, and the current controversies surrounding that hallowed document.


I read--a lot. And having read a great deal, I consider myself familiar with at least a small portion of the great books of Western Civilization. It takes more than familiarity with such classics, however, to teach literature. Insight into the process of writing, and more importantly the process of reading critically, also factors into a good literature tutor. This insight I possess.


Although it was not my field of concentration in college, I did take classes on: 20th century continental philosophy, ancient philosophy, philosophy of the mind, and social and political philosophy. In addition, I took seminars in which I read a large amount of Montesquieu, Rousseau, and Tocqueville. I have read the likes of Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Descartes, Hobbes, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Marx, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Gadamer, and Foucault. In addition, I am ready and willing to familiarize myself with any specific author or school of thought, as circumstances demand.

Public Speaking

Although somewhat shy by nature, I have endeavored over the course of my academic career to overcome this and, in so doing, become a better public speaker. In high school, I took two public speaking classes, and was awarded by my teacher with an accolade for most improved speaker of the year; in college, in addition to two semesters of Rhetoric and the Great Books, I took a class on the fundamentals of speech communication, during which time I gave informative, persuasive, and epideictic speeches. I am also familiar with Aristotle's principles of rhetoric, the importance of such things as enunciation and eye contact, etc..


In addition to a thorough understanding of the early Christian Church and Medieval Catholicism, I am well versed in the controversies surrounding both the Great Schism and the Reformation. I also have a familiarity with Judaism, several sects of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Shinto. Should I be required to tutor this subject, I would of course read all I could find from the sacred texts of whatever religion required of me. As it stands, I have read the Old Testament in its entirety, am currently almost finished with the New Testament, and have read sections of the Qur'an.

Social Studies

As a careful student of history, I am well aware of more than just the political and military aspects of human action. Thus, I am able to weave together such strands as economics, religion, and philosophy together with politics to produce a well balanced picture of events. As I recall, social studies classes--at least when I was in high school-taught a range of subjects: the Holocaust, Middle Eastern history, Asian history--all of which I am ready and able to teach. Should I be required to teach on subjects like African history or the history of Latin America, of which I have but a passing familiarity, I would be more than willing to acquaint myself with the subject.

World History

While European and American history are my stronger subjects, I do have a working knowledge of the history of the Middle East and the Far East--which is to say modern Turkey, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Indo-China, India, China, and Japan. If desired, I can of course read much more; and indeed, I intend to as I progress through life. Once history reaches the 19th century, my knowledge becomes necessarily more complete, as the contact between Europe and the rest of the world became increasingly more involved.


I am a good writer. Right there is a strong thesis statement. Let's add to that: I think I can impart some of that skill upon others. Less strong, to be sure, but honest (not the best for persuasive writing, but more honorable when business is concerned). Suffice it to say, I've written a lot--most of which has been graded, and most of that has been found by various professors to be high quality stuff. My goal isn't simply to get my students to reproduce such high marks, it is to imbue them with a sense of why writing well matters.

Hillsdale College


Hillsdale College (History)

Excellent Tutoring

Owen has been terrific. He has guided my son through a tough summer read. He is punctual and prepared. I have had an easy time scheduling appointments to fit our frenetic schedule. Owen is prompt and friendly and I would not hesitate using him in the future.

— Corina, Reading, PA on 9/5/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Owen will travel within 20 miles of Clarkston, MI 48346.