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Michael S.

Brooklyn, NY

$65/hour

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University of Maine
Philosophy Religion
St. John's College, Santa Fe
Master's
New York University
Master's

Education

University of Maine (Philosophy Religion)

St. John's College, Santa Fe (Master's)

New York University (Master's)

About Michael

I have spent many years within the realm of academia. Starting with a philosophy degree with a focus on world religions, I quickly learned the greater questions and ideas of our traditional western philosophers. Once one grows to understand the work of men like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, a basic method and style of teaching emerges. Also known as the Socratic method, this approach theorizes that all knowledge exists within each student and that by simply asking the correct types of questions to stimulate critical thinking, an answer will appear from within the mind of the student. By studying classics in a Great Books program, the Socratic method was not only highlighted but was strengthened. By improving listening skills and developing more in depth ways of encouraging students to think critically, a space was made, safe and free from judgement and ego, where the pursuit of knowledge is of the utmost importance. It is here that students feel comfortable enough to ask questions, rather than feeling silly for asking what they may feel has an obvious answer. Finally, by studying history, I have developed a keen eye to understand and discern important information from primary and secondary sources. With a specialization in Native American history, I have also become accustomed to the various biases and prejudices that can be present in historical texts. By focusing on the Socratic method, and creating safe spaces for questions and answers, as well as learning about textual biases, I hope to be able to learn just as much from my students as they will learn from me.

As noted above, I just recently graduated from New York University with a master's degree in World History, with a focus on US and Native American History. The research conducted during my years at NYU allowed me to develop an important understanding of how to approach and comprehend primary and secondary sources. It is important to approach history with a watchful eye, keeping one foot in the present and another in the past to gather the most information possible from sometimes stagnant and dull texts. The work of a historian is not simply reading and writing text books. Research includes reading everything from journals to sermons to newspapers to court documents. To read and research various types of sources allows for the historian to develop unique skills of reading comprehension and critical thinking. These skills I had already learned as philosophy student in college, but were enhanced by my time at NYU.

In my world, there are never silly questions. Different perspectives and ideas are judged based upon their validity and soundness, rather than their place in the status quo. Most students may find history to be a boring subject. But I have often hypothesized that this is simply because students do not see themselves in their studies. History textbooks will often leave out native peoples, people of color and other underprivileged groups. Some will completely disregard the youth and instead solely focus on adults and their inner workings. But what was it like to be a teenager in the seventeenth century? My work as a historian is to pull these stories from the historical sidelines to center stage. If these sorts of methods and approaches are ones that interest you, then I am the tutor for you. Feel free to contact me to have an initial interview, I look forward to meeting you.
I have spent many years within the realm of academia. Starting with a philosophy degree with a focus on world religions, I quickly learned the greater questions and ideas of our traditional western philosophers. Once one grows to understand the work of men like Socrates, Plato and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11206
In-person lessons
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Political Science

During my undergraduate career I took several political science classes, and was just short a few to declare it my minor. I took American Government classes as well as Constitutional Law. I founded and was president of my own public policy organization at the University of Maine, and developed two distinct class curricula and syllabi, American Drug Policy and the Constitutionality of the Religious Use of Drugs. My master's degree in Eastern Classics opened my mind to the classical structures of the Chinese governments, and my World History master's from NYU gave me a unique perspective into the government and politics of Latin America.

Public Speaking

From childhood on, I was very active in theatre. This experience taught me how to speak in public and how to project my voice. I continued this work into my college career. There, as the president of my own public policy organization, I spoke weekly to the organization members. I also spoke frequently with the Student Senate on professional matters for the organization, as well as with members of the administration. I was also a member of the improv comedy troupe, which taught me how to not only speak with confidence, but also how to think on my feet.

Religion

I have earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion from the University of Maine. This program not only taught the basic methods and approaches to understand the study of religion, but also allowed me to delve into the gnostic gospels of Christianity, like the Infancy Gospels of Thomas, and the Gospel of Mary. My master's degree in Eastern Classics opened my eyes to the eastern religions of Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, giving me a well rounded approach to the religions of the world.

World History

I just graduated with an M.A. in World History from NYU. Following graduation, I took an internship with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Battery Park, which I just completed. I have also spent the last two years working as a research consultant for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Connecticut. I have written papers that I have presented at national conferences, and am currently working on a project to write encyclopedia entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia. While my focus during my degree was on Native American history, the rest of the program strengthened my knowledge of World History. In addition to this, my master's degree in Eastern Classics filled in the blanks left by more Western-based history programs of my undergraduate and high school careers. All of this taught me the proper way to approach historical texts. It also connected me with several invaluable resources that can be useful when studying history.

University of Maine
Philosophy Religion
St. John's College, Santa Fe
Master's
New York University
Master's

Education

University of Maine (Philosophy Religion)

St. John's College, Santa Fe (Master's)

New York University (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11206.