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Knowledgeable Philosophy Grad Specializing in Test Prep Skills

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Hillsdale College
Philosophy
Virginia Tech
Master's
University at Buffalo
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hillsdale College (Philosophy)

Virginia Tech (Master's)

University at Buffalo (Graduate Coursework)

About Paul

I am a graduate student in philosophy, currently finishing my dissertation on social epistemology. My academic interests include epistemology, social and political philosophy, and Chinese philosophy. I received an MA in philosophy at Virginia Tech, which allowed me to gain certificates in philosophy of science and social-political thought.

I have taught over seven classes across the spectrum of philosophy, including bioethics, critical thinking, Asian thought (Indian and Chinese), ethics, and business ethics. I focused my classes developing students' critical thinking, critical reading, and critical writing skills. I enjoy working with writers as they try to craft their ideas; I have done this through working with my students and as a graduate writing consultant at the Center for Excellence in Writing at the University at Buffalo. I have started to tutor students in a variety of subjects, and look forward to helping anyone who is interested in expanding their knowledge, developing their skills, or simply learning about an array of subjects across the humanities.

I placed in the 99th and 90th percentiles, respectively, in the GRE Qualitative and Writing sections, and would be willing to help students who want to work on writing, critical thinking, or reading skills. I have been a graduate writing consultant at UB's Center for Excellence in Writing, which required me to work on a vast array of projects (Resumes and CVs, personal statements, English essays, graduate work in a plethora of disciplines).

I'm here to help you develop and grow as a person, by aiding you to become a better student, a more effective communicator, and a better critical thinker.
I am a graduate student in philosophy, currently finishing my dissertation on social epistemology. My academic interests include epistemology, social and political philosophy, and Chinese philosophy. I received an MA in Read more

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Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Buffalo, NY 14201
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Science, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Speech
History:
American History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Religion,
Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bible Studies

I have led several bible studies on Catholic thought, on subjects diverse as the sacraments and prayer to inter-religious dialogue between Catholics and Buddhists. In addition to being a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers since 2005 and presenting a paper at the Society of Christian Philosophers' Eastern Regional Meeting in 2009, I have read Christian philosophy extensively and been a member of the Christian Philosophy Reading Group since I came to Buffalo in 2011. My background in philosophy allows me to read technical work across Christianity with relative ease; I can equally appreciate Thomas Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation, classic and current theologians (i.e. the Christian philosophers who composed the excellent Reason For the Hope Within), and contemplative works (Nouwen, Keating). I am also well-versed in comparative literature: I have taught Asian Wisdom, a review of Chinese (Confucian, Daoism, Buddhism) and Indian (Hinduism) thought, as PHI 154 during the Spring 2013 semester at the University at Buffalo; and I have taken a number of classes in relation to religion, notably a seminar in Daoist thought, and presented a paper on Daoism at the 18th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy.

Philosophy

I am a graduate student in Philosophy. specializing in Epistemology. I taught Critical Thinking, Bioethics, Intro to Ethics, Business Ethics, and Asian Thought at the college level.

Political Science

I have taken classes at the graduate and undergraduate level in political economy, economics, political science, and political philosophy, and I received a certificate in Social, Political and Cultural Thought with my MA from Virginia Tech. I have presented several papers on topics in political science, including science and technology policy and comparisons of ancient Chinese and 20th century political theory. My dissertation concerns social epistemology and has several chapters concerning the social-political significance of knowledge. I taught several courses with significant political content, including ethics, business ethics, and bioethics. As a high school student, I received a five on the AP US Government and Politics test.

Public Speaking

I have been doing public speaking for most of my life. I have taught eight classes as the primary graduate instructor, in which I had to speak in each class to explain concepts and help students understand complex ideas. Another part of my career is making presentations at professional conferences; I have made over twenty such presentations at a variety of venues. I am also a member of the Downtown Buffalo chapter of Toastmasters. If you need my CV to substantiate my presentation skills, let me know.

Religion

I have taught Asian Wisdom, a review of Chinese (Confucian, Daoism, Buddhism) and Indian (Hinduism) thought, as PHI 154 during the Spring 2013 semester at the University at Buffalo. I have taken a number of classes in relation to religion, notably a seminar in Daoist thought, and presented a paper on Daoism at the 18th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, a conference I co-organized and featured a number of presentations on Eastern and Western religion. In addition to being a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers since 2005 and presenting a paper at the Society of Christian Philosophers' Eastern Regional Meeting in 2009, I have read Christian philosophy extensively and been a member of the Christian Philosophy Reading Group since I came to Buffalo in 2011. My readings have lead me to lead several bible studies on Catholic thought, on subjects diverse as the sacraments and contemplation to inter-religious dialogue between Catholics and Buddhists.

Soccer

I received my Grade 8 referee licence in 2002, and used my knowledge of the game to present a lecture on the offside rule to secure a job in teaching for Princeton Review. After my high school soccer career was cut short, I have been a rabid fan, attending many US and international soccer games, including all of the US-Mexico World Cup qualifiers hosted in Columbus, Ohio. My knowledge of the game is evinced by my success in ESPN's EPL fantasy : I have been in the top three percent in the 2015 and 2016 contests (the seasons are split in two sessions, early and late, and I have been in the 97th percentile in each of the four sessions).

Social Studies

My study of social studies began as a high school student; I received fives on the US history and US Government and Politics tests. I was admitted into Ohio's Honors Tutorial College, and nearly finished with a degree in history after changing my major to philosophy. As a graduate student in philosophy, I have continued to study the history of ideas and cultures: I received certificates in Science and Technology Studies and Social, Political, and Cultural Thought at Virginia Tech. I taught several courses with significant social studies content, including Asian Wisdom (a course on Chinese and Indian Philosophy). I would gladly send a list of graduate coursework to substantiate my claims on this subject and others.

Speech

I have been doing public speaking for most of my life. I have taught eight classes as the primary graduate instructor, in which I had to speak in each class to explain concepts and help students understand complex ideas. Another part of my career is making presentations at professional conferences; I have made over twenty such presentations at a variety of venues. I am also a member of the Downtown Buffalo chapter of Toastmasters.

Hillsdale College
Philosophy
Virginia Tech
Master's
University at Buffalo
Graduate Coursework

Education

Hillsdale College (Philosophy)

Virginia Tech (Master's)

University at Buffalo (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Paul will travel within 0 miles of Buffalo, NY 14201.