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Mike K.

Jackson, MS

$30/hour

Professor Philomath

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(Bachelor of Arts-University of Missouri St-Louis
Anthropology
Vanderbilt University
PhD

Education

(Bachelor of Arts-University of Missouri St-Louis (Anthropology)

Vanderbilt University (PhD)

About Mike

I am an anthropologist, a dad, and a philomath. As an anthropologist, my specialty is understanding human beings--how we act, what we say, where we've been, and where we're going. As a dad, I spend every day learning about the world with my 6 year old. As a philomath, I seek out every opportunity to question, study and learn about new things, from ants to zombies.

I have more than 10 years experience teaching at the college level, as a professor and a teaching assistant. I've taught courses in anthropology and religious studies. Recently, I also taught several courses on language with middle school students. Earlier, when I was a college student, I worked as a tutor in a writing center. I also informally tutored students when I took Biology.
I love teaching because it gives me the chance to get a better understanding of a topic and to learn completely new things. My goal when I teach is to get students to ask questions. An education isn't about having knowledge, but about recognizing all the things there are to learn.

I love puzzles, and doing math is like solving a puzzle. Algebra, however, is not just fun but really useful. In fact, I use algebra almost everyday in one form or another. Recently, I've been teaching some basic concepts from algebra to my son, who's in first grade. I'm convinced anyone can do algebra with a few basic skills and the desire to do so.

Science means "knowing," but it's really about questioning. In college, I minored in Biology, but I didn't stop there. I have years of experience, not merely learning about science, but doing it as well. While earning my PhD in Anthropology, I studied all about how students learn scientific concepts, and about the misconceptions that crop up along the way. When I'm studying biology and other science, the most important thing isn't the big words, but how everything fits together to make a more complete, and really spectacular, picture of our reality.

I have a PhD in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University. As an anthropologist who has studied language intensively, I know that all humans intuitively learn and use grammar. It's what makes it possible for us to use language. However, the grammar we learn in school can be a bit different from the grammar we use at home. I took a course on grammar in high school, and I think it may have been the most useful course ever. Learning these rules is absolutely essential to sounding educated, and it will help you not only in school but in finding a good job and in making social connections. I spent more than a decade writing and speaking in an academic setting, so I know these rules very well. My background in linguistics helps me to make sense of them, but also to explain them to others.

When I was in school, I imagined that history is about stuff that happened, that it was done with. I think that idea of history convinces a lot of students that it's boring. Fortunately, this idea is completely wrong. History is all about the world we live in now. It's the stories that help us to make sense of things as they are, and it changes as our society and culture changes. I've studied American history (as well as the history of other areas around the world) for decades, and I am still amazed when new understandings emerge.

I can teach anything because I am fascinated by everything. As a tutor, I want to understand where you are, where you're coming from and how to help you see where you need to go. Feel free to contact me with questions. I look forward to working together.
I am an anthropologist, a dad, and a philomath. As an anthropologist, my specialty is understanding human beings--how we act, what we say, where we've been, and where we're going. As a dad, I spend every day learning about the world with my 6 year old. As a philomath, I seek out every opportunity to question, study and learn about new things, from Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Jackson, MS 39206
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
Anthropology,
Archaeology, Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology, Zoology
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Anthropology,
Archaeology, Geography, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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Algebra 1

I have always loved math. I studied up to Calculus II in college just because I liked learning about math. Algebra is extremely useful. I use it all the time.

Anthropology

I have a PhD in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University.
I have taught Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 6 times, as well as other anthropology courses.
I have served as a teaching assistant in anthropology courses 8 times.

(Bachelor of Arts-University of Missouri St-Louis
Anthropology
Vanderbilt University
PhD

Education

(Bachelor of Arts-University of Missouri St-Louis (Anthropology)

Vanderbilt University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mike will travel within 15 miles of Jackson, MS 39206.