Philosopher, English Tutor and Singer
Philosopher, English Tutor and Singer
I hail from a homeschooling family of eight kids. As such, my mother would provide much one-on-one instruction to my younger siblings and me. My mother's instruction, along with the many instructors, which included a few tutors under whom I had the privilege to study at elementary school in Germany , at a charter school in North Carolina, and at Catholic University, provided stellar examples of what it is to be a good tutor. I learned how a good tutor must know when to listen to his...
I hail from a homeschooling family of eight kids. As such, my mother would provide much one-on-one instruction to my younger siblings and me. My mother's instruction, along with the many instructors, which included a few tutors under whom I had the privilege to study at elementary school in Germany , at a charter school in North Carolina, and at Catholic University, provided stellar examples of what it is to be a good tutor. I learned how a good tutor must know when to listen to his pupil and to allow for a more free-flowing atmosphere and when to really encourage the student to be more productive. Gentleness and patience are much-needed virtues for the tutor who wishes his student success in his academic endeavors.
My more recent experience includes tutoring philosophy, English and writing at the college level. I have tutored a philosophy student on WyzAnt and an English student at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC. In preparation for graduate school applications, I took the GRE this year and scored in the 85th percentile of the verbal section. I am always happy to discuss philosophical, grammatical or paper writing topics with my students. A little less than a year ago, I assisted a friend with his summer philosophy class. He would share with me what he was reading of the works of Confucius or Plato, and we would discuss it extensively. When his explanation of certain ideas seemed incomplete, I would invite him to look more deeply into the text. I often encouraged him to scrutinize the thought of Confucius or Plato by reading their texts over many times until their ideas became more clear to his mind. By the time he was whipping out his rough drafts to his two final papers, this conversation would only continue. What he set forth in writing, I would often question, which would prompt him to go back to the source material, and this, of course, would deepen his knowledge of said material. I also encouraged him to write logically with conclusions that followed from his premises. My friend was responsive and improved considerably, both in his critical reading and essay writing skills.
I consider myself a philosopher in every day life. Although I earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 2012, l continue to read through philosophical texts ranging from Plato and Saint Thomas to Descartes and Heidegger on a regular basis. When I was living in Edmonton, Alberta, I co-founded a group entitled "The Philosopher's Cafe," which met on a bi-weekly basis to discuss philosophical topics. In short, doing philosophy is one of the activities that I enjoy most and from which I benefit most.
However, I have other strong points, including theology, French, writing, singing and acting, all of which I find myself competent to teach.
Bible studies: My Catholic faith is of the utmost importance to me, and I've been reading the Sacred Scriptures (or having it read to me) since I was four or five-years-old. I have a good knowledge of the Scriptures, although I am obviously not up to par with that of academic theologians. At Catholic University of America, where I obtained my degree in philosophy, I took four classes in theology, including 'The Letters of St. Paul' and 'Introduction to Christian Political Thought.' I have read many theological texts extensively, including Sacred Scripture and works by St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis De Sales, St. Therese of Lisieux, and John Calvin. I have experienced how philosophy is an excellent companion to theology, as it helps one to grasp difficult concepts presented in theology and to explain them with greater simplicity and with the assistance of logic. I have given theological/philosophical talks to children and young adults at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Camp on prayer and on the immorality of physician-assisted suicide.
English and writing: Whether a student is writing a paper or doing a grammar exercise, complete sentences, proper punctuation, and clear ideas are of the highest priority in my teaching style. My old English teacher from Sandhills Community College was known as the "comma Nazi." His being a stickler about grammatical errors taught me more about writing than any lofty idea or any novel by Tolstoy or Victor Hugo could ever do. I seek to implement his method in my approach to grammar. Concerning papers, I stress the importance of the thesis and how every sentence and paragraph of the paper should be bound up in a unity that always points back to the main idea or thesis.
Voice: I am a classically trained singer in the baritone voice. I have performed in a variety of venues, including voice juries and competitions (on the classical music side), musical theatre and church choirs. If you are interested in voice lessons, please let me know.
French: In addition to having a good understanding of French grammar, I can speak French moderately well. I minored in French at Catholic University. In summer of 2011, I also traveled to Arles, France to study in a French immersion program. Two years ago, I taught a friend of mine some French. We met several times and went over basic grammatical rules (e.g., verb conjugations, tenses and sentence structure.)
If you are looking for a tutor, I would be more than happy to oblige. Please contact me if you would like to schedule a lesson.