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Seth M.

Expert in Philosophy, Religion, Writing, and Computer Programming

Expert in Philosophy, Religion, Writing, and Computer Programming

$24/hour

About Seth


Bio

I have 30 years of experience patiently teaching, tutoring and counseling hundreds of fine people both online and in-person. My goal is to help people grow in understanding so they can experience success and feel confident about themselves and their learning. My primary method of tutoring is the Socratic Dialectic, which means that I don't just provide answers, but try to help the student learn to discover the answers by asking guiding questions.

PRIMARY STRENGTHS
- Philosophy (including...

I have 30 years of experience patiently teaching, tutoring and counseling hundreds of fine people both online and in-person. My goal is to help people grow in understanding so they can experience success and feel confident about themselves and their learning. My primary method of tutoring is the Socratic Dialectic, which means that I don't just provide answers, but try to help the student learn to discover the answers by asking guiding questions.

PRIMARY STRENGTHS
- Philosophy (including ethics, classical and symbolic logic, critical thinking, political philosophy, rhetoric, and philosophical counseling)
- Theology and Religion (especially Catholic/Christian)
- Writing (essays, project papers, and theses; creative, research and persuasive styles)
- Computer Programming and Web Design (php, html, sql, css, java, javascript, etc.)

SECONDARY AREAS
- Physics, Physical Science and Natural Sciences
- Mathematics (pre-algebra, algebra 1 and algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, etc.)
- Developing good study skills

(I can tutor in several other areas, but these are my main ones.)

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSION CREDENTIALS
I hold masters' degrees in both philosophy and theology, and a bachelor of science degree in physics and engineering. I've been in three different doctoral programs -- physics (Washington State U), counseling (Trinity College and Seminary, ABD), and am now working to complete a Ph.D. in humanities and philosophy (Faulkner University). I am a certified logic-based therapist. I am an ordained priest with the Old Catholic Communion of North America, and I've worked as an advanced trainer and educator for companies like Intel, Evergreen Aviation International, and the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.

COMPUTER SCIENCE
I started programming computers in 1980, and have since lost track of how many systems and languages I've learned. I've written standalone computer games, database-integrated e-commerce websites, designed and installed corporate networks, and many other projects. These days I mostly work with Web application development using technologies like PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Java, SQL, etc.

RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
In addition to tutoring, I teach college philosophy and religion, as well as fitness, self-defense and jiu jitsu (I have black belts in multiple martial arts). I've taught apologetics, philosophy, religion, history, physics, physical science, calculus, and precalculus online for high school academy students across North America. I have taught religion, theology, history, Scripture (Bible) and related topics for many churches.

I prefer to meet in person with people who are in or near McMinnville, Oregon, especially if we are working from your textbooks. For clients more than 20 miles away, we can meet half-way, you are welcome to come to my office (or another location of your choosing), or we can meet online by video-chat. E-mail or telephone can work, too, depending on the subject.

Please let me know how I can be of service to you or your student. I can be easily reached via the messaging box in the upper-right corner of the page.

See http://www.wyzant.com/resources/blogs/345749/my_general_policies_regarding_tutoring for my detailed "common sense" tutoring policies. I am willing to adjust my rates for special circumstances.


Education

Seattle Pacific University -- Bachelor of Science
Physics Engineering
University of Dallas -- Master of Theological Studies
Masters
Holy Apostles College and Seminary -- Master of Arts in Philosophy
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $24
  • Rate details: I am willing to adjust the hourly tutoring fee for groups, extended or repeat lessons, certain subjects, and special circumstances.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/30/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Business,

Business

I'm formerly the executive vice president of an airline and have started and run several successful small businesses. At the large corporate level, I managed individual departments and divisions, which primarily involved strategic planning, budget management, employee supervision, and negotiations. I prefer working with small businesses. These efforts have included everything from developing a business plan, accounting/finance, production, employee management, inventory, shipping, to taxation and regulation, etc.
Career Development,

Career Development

Many people are disappointed or frustrated with their jobs. This frustration frequently springs from being in a job, career or company that is incompatible with one's psychology. I am a certified philosophical counselor. As such, one of the things I do is help people examine their beliefs and values (as well as their skills and overall life-circumstance), and then set and move toward career goals that truly complement these beliefs and values. This might include making adjustments to improve their current jobs, seeking supplemental training and education, or even moving into an entirely different (but more fulfilling) career.
Financial Accounting,

Financial Accounting

I have about 20 years experience managing the budgets at large corporations, as well as performing all accounting operations at micro-businesses. This includes accounting software selecting, general ledger setup, supplemental module selection and setup, routine entries, account reconciliation, as well as monthly, quarterly and annual reporting, and tax preparation, filing and dispute resolution.
Managerial Accounting,

Managerial Accounting

I have about 20 years experience managing the budgets at large corporations, as well as performing all accounting operations at micro-businesses. This includes accounting software selecting, general ledger setup, supplemental module selection and setup, routine entries, account reconciliation, as well as monthly, quarterly and annual reporting, and tax preparation, filing and dispute resolution.
QuickBooks,

QuickBooks

I have been running small businesses that are based on Quickbooks and similar accounting software (MYOB, Accountedge, etc.) since about 1996. I routinely assist and tutor other business owners and accountants on how to properly use Quickbooks for running their own businesses.
Tax Accounting

Tax Accounting

I have personally prepared approximately 90 different tax returns for individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships (both standard and limited liability) and small corporations. I have personally consulted many individuals and businesses on how to perform their taxes in a way that minimizes their tax burdens without exposing them to additional risk. This included all information gathering, calculations, form prep, submission and follow-up, and included both federal and state-level returns.

Computer

Computer Programming,

Computer Programming

I have been programming computers both as a hobby and professionally since about 1980. Whether you are working on something for school, for business, or as a personal hobby/project, I will be happy to help. The technologies I'm most familiar with include Java, JavaScript, PHP, HTML, SQL, CSS and many others.
Computer Science,

Computer Science

I started programming, building and repairing computers when I was about 11 years old, way back in 1981. Since then I've worked with nearly every common computer technology that has come and gone. I've designed and built server networks for schools and small businesses, acted as a computer technology consultant for multiple clients, worked at Intel, developed dozens of websites (including e-commerce), and so on. I personally built and maintained about ten different servers; Macintosh, Windows, Linux/Unix/FreeBSD. I have built both wired and wireless (and hybrid) networks. I can operate nearly any common software program, and have used many programming and scripting languages, including Assembly, Basic (various versions), Cobol, Comol, Python, Fortran, Java, JavaScript, PHP, HTML, C, C#, C++, AppleScript, assorted Shell scripting systems, etc.
CSS,

CSS

CSS is a critical part of good web page design. Without properly-formatted CSS, web pages look clunky, amateurish, are difficult to read, and might not display properly on the many different devices that are popular today. I have designed dozens of web pages -- written thousands of lines of codes -- for many businesses over several decades. This includes careful selections of layout, colors, fonts, image integration, and other CSS code so that the pages automatically adapt well to desktop computers, mobile phones, and everything in-between. Whether you are using straight CSS or popular frameworks like W3.CSS or Bootstrap, I'm happy to help.
Desktop Publishing,

Desktop Publishing

I have been producing business marketing materials using desktop publishing software since 1990. My favorite program to use is Adobe InDesign (formerly PageMaker). I also use graphics software like Photoshop for images. I have covered the entire design process from idea through printing and distribution for anything from electronic marketing, postcards, flyers, business cards, large posters and banners, etc.
General Computer,

General Computer

I started programming, building and repairing computers when I was about 11 years old, way back in 1981. Since then I've worked with nearly every common computer technology that has come and gone. I've designed and built server networks for schools and small businesses, acted as a computer technology consultant for multiple clients, worked at Intel, developed dozens of websites (including e-commerce), and so on. I personally built and maintained about ten different servers; Macintosh, Windows, Linux/Unix/FreeBSD. I have built both wired and wireless (and hybrid) networks. I can operate nearly any common software program, and have used many programming and scripting languages, including Assembly, Basic (various versions), Cobol, Comol, Python, Fortran, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, HTML, C, C#, C++, AppleScript, assorted Shell scripting systems, etc.
HTML,

HTML

I am an HTML-certified web page designer. I've written hundreds of web pages using HTML4 and 5 over the last couple decades -- some for personal projects, some for other people, and some for still-running e-commerce businesses. The basics are easy to teach, and most people can learn them quickly. Even though most web design software now avoids direct coding, it is still a very useful skill that can solve a lot of problems.
Java,

Java

Java's object-oriented model changed programming forever, but it is often confusing to beginners. I am happy to help beginners overcome that initial sense of confusion. Java is still a very useful language to know, especially if you are considering doing any development for Android devices or in large, enterprise institutions.
JavaScript,

JavaScript

I have written dozens of websites integrating JavaScript and other technologies over the past two decades. In that time Javascript has grown from a buggy, unreliable patch to become the very heart of contemporary, dynamic, interactive web design. In the process it has also become much more complicated. My specialty is in making complex things (like Javascript) understandable.
Macintosh,

Macintosh

I've been selecting, operating and repairing Macintosh computer systems (and servers) since about 1988. This has included software installation, general use, troubleshooting, training others, system software installation and updating, hardware changes, networking, etc. I still have five different Macintosh computers that either are or have been used as part of a business network (in addition to at least as many that have come and gone). I use them daily, and assist several other people in their use -- setting up user accounts, installing updates, fixing problems, etc.
PHP,

PHP

I have written dozens of websites, including functional e-commerce sites, integrating PHP scripting. This includes connections with SQL databases, merchant services systems, migrating older versions to new servers, etc. The code I have written has literally generated millions of dollars in revenue for businesses.
Python,

Python

I've been programming (and building, and repairing) computers since about 1980. Since then I've used many computer languages. One of the easiest to learn and understand, but that is also very powerful, is Python. If you are struggling with learning the basics of Python, I will be happy to assist.
QuickBooks,

QuickBooks

I have been running small businesses that are based on Quickbooks and similar accounting software (MYOB, Accountedge, etc.) since about 1996. I routinely assist and tutor other business owners and accountants on how to properly use Quickbooks for running their own businesses.
Web Design

Web Design

I have designed and written dozens of websites over the years integrating HTML, PHP, JavaScript, SQL databases, e-commerce, etc. I've also created custom sites using online resources.

Corporate Training

Business,

Business

I'm formerly the executive vice president of an airline and have started and run several successful small businesses. At the large corporate level, I managed individual departments and divisions, which primarily involved strategic planning, budget management, employee supervision, and negotiations. I prefer working with small businesses. These efforts have included everything from developing a business plan, accounting/finance, production, employee management, inventory, shipping, to taxation and regulation, etc.
Career Development,

Career Development

Many people are disappointed or frustrated with their jobs. This frustration frequently springs from being in a job, career or company that is incompatible with one's psychology. I am a certified philosophical counselor. As such, one of the things I do is help people examine their beliefs and values (as well as their skills and overall life-circumstance), and then set and move toward career goals that truly complement these beliefs and values. This might include making adjustments to improve their current jobs, seeking supplemental training and education, or even moving into an entirely different (but more fulfilling) career.
General Computer,

General Computer

I started programming, building and repairing computers when I was about 11 years old, way back in 1981. Since then I've worked with nearly every common computer technology that has come and gone. I've designed and built server networks for schools and small businesses, acted as a computer technology consultant for multiple clients, worked at Intel, developed dozens of websites (including e-commerce), and so on. I personally built and maintained about ten different servers; Macintosh, Windows, Linux/Unix/FreeBSD. I have built both wired and wireless (and hybrid) networks. I can operate nearly any common software program, and have used many programming and scripting languages, including Assembly, Basic (various versions), Cobol, Comol, Python, Fortran, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, HTML, C, C#, C++, AppleScript, assorted Shell scripting systems, etc.
HTML,

HTML

I am an HTML-certified web page designer. I've written hundreds of web pages using HTML4 and 5 over the last couple decades -- some for personal projects, some for other people, and some for still-running e-commerce businesses. The basics are easy to teach, and most people can learn them quickly. Even though most web design software now avoids direct coding, it is still a very useful skill that can solve a lot of problems.
Java,

Java

Java's object-oriented model changed programming forever, but it is often confusing to beginners. I am happy to help beginners overcome that initial sense of confusion. Java is still a very useful language to know, especially if you are considering doing any development for Android devices or in large, enterprise institutions.
Statistics,

Statistics

Many people use the terms probability and statistics interchangeably, as they both incorporate similar mathematics and appear similar to outside observers. However, statistics also includes concepts having to do with experimentation and attempts to conduct research in a way such that one's results are both valid and robust (widely applicable and resistant to attack). I studied statistics in college and applied it rigorously while an active trader in the stock, futures and options markets.
Tax Accounting,

Tax Accounting

I have personally prepared approximately 90 different tax returns for individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships (both standard and limited liability) and small corporations. I have personally consulted many individuals and businesses on how to perform their taxes in a way that minimizes their tax burdens without exposing them to additional risk. This included all information gathering, calculations, form prep, submission and follow-up, and included both federal and state-level returns.
Web Design,

Web Design

I have designed and written dozens of websites over the years integrating HTML, PHP, JavaScript, SQL databases, e-commerce, etc. I've also created custom sites using online resources.
Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have training specifically in engaging and teaching others good study skills. This training included the following courses: Teaching Research Design (National Catholic Educational Association, 2014) Research and Design for Thesis Students (Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Master's Program, 2014) In assisting others in the development of their study skills, I emphasize establishing daily blocks of set study time, working in a quiet and clean space, eliminating distractions, focusing on the problem at hand, gathering and vetting relevant information, setting and working toward measurable goals, etc.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading

English

ACT English,

ACT English

To prep for ACT English, the student needs to practice critical proofreading, rapidly identifying awkward sections and grammatical errors, as well as being able to efficiently construct improvements to the passages. I have extensive experience writing stories, essays and papers ranging from a few paragraphs to almost 100 pages. This includes all formatting of title pages, contents, footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies in accordance with various styles. Even more important than mechanical formatting, my efforts focus on clear, concise, persuasive body content, good grammar, and logical organization. Several students have asked me to act as a critical reader and commenter on their writing projects, up to and including graduate level theses.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading Test consists of 40 questions that the student must answer over 35 minutes. The student is usually presented with a reading several paragraphs long, followed by several questions intended to evaluate comprehension. To do well, a student must be able to read rapidly, focus on the material, assimilate what is read, and avoid distraction. To state it simply, this is accomplished through practice, by starting with shorter readings and working up to ACT-sized ones.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section consists of 67 questions that the student must answer over 70 minutes (usually broken into smaller chunks). The student is usually presented with a reading several paragraphs long, followed by several questions intended to evaluate comprehension. The SAT Reading section includes some "complete the sentence" problems, too. To do well, a student must be able to read rapidly, focus on the material, assimilate what is read, and avoid distraction. To state it simply, this is accomplished through practice, by starting with shorter readings and working up to SAT-sized ones. The "complete the sentence" problems are also easily practiced, and are generally easy for someone who consistently attempts speaking and writing with correct grammar.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section consists of an essay and 49 multiple-choice questions to be completed within a 60 minute time limit. The essay has a 25 minute limit. The multiple choice questions consist of: - Improving Sentences (~25 questions) - Improving Paragraphs (~6 questions) - Identifying Sentence (grammar) Errors (~18 questions) Preparing for the SAT Writing section involves working with the student to identify and strengthen weak areas, as well as conducting timed practice tests using realistic sample questions. Along with speaking, writing is a critical life skill. Someone who can write well -- persuasively, concisely, organized, with proper grammar -- has a tremendous advantage in our modern society. Writing is a skill in and of itself, but it builds upon a more fundamental one, which is the ability to think clearly and construct rational, persuasive arguments. With an extensive background in philosophy, and having written and proofread probably hundreds of essays over the years, these are areas where I can really help.
Writing,

Writing

I have published two print books, and was a contributing author on a third one. I've easily written hundreds of essays, dozens and dozens of large project/research papers. My writing has ranged from creative stories to technical writing to tutorials to philosophical works. I've received specialized training in planning and developing research papers, and have assisted dozens of students with their own essays, papers, and even graduate-level theses. My general approach is to help the student begin with a clear and engaging idea, develop a flowing outline, draw upon relevant sources (when appropriate), and blend this into a finished paper that draws the reader into the story or argument. Of course, we work on spelling, grammar and punctuation along the way, but writing is much more than any of these or even their sum. Unlike other topics where you can just produce an answer and move on, writing is a process. It is hard work and incorporates several other skills. It takes a great deal of time, focus and patience. People who are struggling with writing (or their parents) need to realize that half of writing is just developing and maintaining good study habits, in the sense of having regular time dedicated to writing and revising without distractions.
English, Proofreading, Reading

History

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I have a Master's degree in Theology and have taught Bible studies for small groups and various churches since about 1988.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

I am a professor of philosophy and religion, presently in my third Ph.D. program working to complete a doctorate in humanities/philosophy. I have an intense passion for helping other people learn to think more deeply about their lives and choices, and am a certified philosophical counselor. I normally teach for colleges, but have also developed and taught philosophy courses for high school academies. I have experience teaching and tutoring ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and epistemology (including categorical, propositional, and first-order/predicate logic). I have taught and tutored hundreds of people in philosophy and religion, and would be happy to assist you!
Religion

Religion

I hold a master's degree in theology from the University of Dallas and have taught religion and theology -- primarily Christian/Catholic -- in various churches and in various capacities since the late 1980s. I also have some experience studying comparative religions including Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and others. I am the priest and pastor at a small Christian church, and teach religion and philosophy of religion at the college level.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has to do with understanding shapes, angles, sides, areas, perimeters, lines, intersections, slopes, and also introduces the idea of proofs. For many students these are new and challenging ideas. With extensive experience in mathematics and real-world applications, I can help students develop ways of understanding these ideas and overcoming difficulties. This is especially important when it comes to proofs, as these are an early exposure to the ideas of logic and reasoning.
Physics,

Physics

I have a bachelor of science degree in physics and engineering from Seattle Pacific University. I taught high school physics, and have tutored many high school and college students. I really enjoy physics, and love to work with others to help them understand and solve real-world physics problems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra introduces the student to important skills that can help a person over his entire life and form a foundation for later math topics. However, many students are challenged by these, especially how to express a real-life (story) problem in a mathematical form and then solve it. Due to my extensive background in physics and engineering, I have a lot of experience analyzing real-world problems using mathematics. I can help students learn to do the same, so that they can have success in pre-algebra and later topics.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. Precalculus acts as a transition or bridge between these more fundamental mathematical topics, and the mathematics that one encounters when he enters hard science (e.g., calculus, differential equations, etc.). But that can be a hard bridge for some people to cross. My goal is to help the person get across that bridge and keep moving forward. The reality is that, as one advances in mathematics, sometimes it doesn't make perfect sense when first learned, but it usually does so after a couple years of practice.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT Mathematics section consists of 54 questions covering pre-algebra through trigonometry. Most are multiple choice. For some the student writes in the answer. Students have 70 minutes to complete the test -- a little over one minute per problem. Preparing for the test involves improving one's overall mathematics skills, as well as developing test-taking skills. For example, the student cannot allow himself to get bogged down by a question he does not understand, and because there is a penalty for wrong answers on multiple choice questions, he should not guess at answers unless he is able to first eliminate unlikely options. The student should take several sample tests, identify weak areas, then receive tutoring in those areas as well as employ the proper strategy for maximizing his test score. It is important that the student actually understand the mathematics and not be reliant upon a calculator to solve the problems. These are all areas where I can help.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section consists of 67 questions that the student must answer over 70 minutes (usually broken into smaller chunks). The student is usually presented with a reading several paragraphs long, followed by several questions intended to evaluate comprehension. The SAT Reading section includes some "complete the sentence" problems, too. To do well, a student must be able to read rapidly, focus on the material, assimilate what is read, and avoid distraction. To state it simply, this is accomplished through practice, by starting with shorter readings and working up to SAT-sized ones. The "complete the sentence" problems are also easily practiced, and are generally easy for someone who consistently attempts speaking and writing with correct grammar.
Statistics,

Statistics

Many people use the terms probability and statistics interchangeably, as they both incorporate similar mathematics and appear similar to outside observers. However, statistics also includes concepts having to do with experimentation and attempts to conduct research in a way such that one's results are both valid and robust (widely applicable and resistant to attack). I studied statistics in college and applied it rigorously while an active trader in the stock, futures and options markets.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have training specifically in engaging and teaching others good study skills. This training included the following courses: Teaching Research Design (National Catholic Educational Association, 2014) Research and Design for Thesis Students (Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Master's Program, 2014) In assisting others in the development of their study skills, I emphasize establishing daily blocks of set study time, working in a quiet and clean space, eliminating distractions, focusing on the problem at hand, gathering and vetting relevant information, setting and working toward measurable goals, etc.
Writing,

Writing

I have published two print books, and was a contributing author on a third one. I've easily written hundreds of essays, dozens and dozens of large project/research papers. My writing has ranged from creative stories to technical writing to tutorials to philosophical works. I've received specialized training in planning and developing research papers, and have assisted dozens of students with their own essays, papers, and even graduate-level theses. My general approach is to help the student begin with a clear and engaging idea, develop a flowing outline, draw upon relevant sources (when appropriate), and blend this into a finished paper that draws the reader into the story or argument. Of course, we work on spelling, grammar and punctuation along the way, but writing is much more than any of these or even their sum. Unlike other topics where you can just produce an answer and move on, writing is a process. It is hard work and incorporates several other skills. It takes a great deal of time, focus and patience. People who are struggling with writing (or their parents) need to realize that half of writing is just developing and maintaining good study habits, in the sense of having regular time dedicated to writing and revising without distractions.
English, Reading

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Mathematics test consists of 60 questions covering pre-algebra through trigonometry. Students have 60 minutes to complete the test -- one minute per problem.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has to do with understanding shapes, angles, sides, areas, perimeters, lines, intersections, slopes, and also introduces the idea of proofs. For many students these are new and challenging ideas. With extensive experience in mathematics and real-world applications, I can help students develop ways of understanding these ideas and overcoming difficulties. This is especially important when it comes to proofs, as these are an early exposure to the ideas of logic and reasoning.
Logic,

Logic

I am a philosopher -- an expert in epistemology and logic. I have studied and taught classical, propositional and predicate (first-order) logic for high school academies and colleges for several years. I have developed online courses and games that teach logic, and am certified in Logic-Based Therapy.
Physics,

Physics

I have a bachelor of science degree in physics and engineering from Seattle Pacific University. I taught high school physics, and have tutored many high school and college students. I really enjoy physics, and love to work with others to help them understand and solve real-world physics problems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra introduces the student to important skills that can help a person over his entire life and form a foundation for later math topics. However, many students are challenged by these, especially how to express a real-life (story) problem in a mathematical form and then solve it. Due to my extensive background in physics and engineering, I have a lot of experience analyzing real-world problems using mathematics. I can help students learn to do the same, so that they can have success in pre-algebra and later topics.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. Precalculus acts as a transition or bridge between these more fundamental mathematical topics, and the mathematics that one encounters when he enters hard science (e.g., calculus, differential equations, etc.). But that can be a hard bridge for some people to cross. My goal is to help the person get across that bridge and keep moving forward. The reality is that, as one advances in mathematics, sometimes it doesn't make perfect sense when first learned, but it usually does so after a couple years of practice.
Probability,

Probability

I studied probability in both high school and college. Since then I've applied it for years while an active trader in the stock, options and futures markets. Probability is entertaining, fascinating, and applicable to many industries, careers and recreational activities (e.g., card and dice games).
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT Mathematics section consists of 54 questions covering pre-algebra through trigonometry. Most are multiple choice. For some the student writes in the answer. Students have 70 minutes to complete the test -- a little over one minute per problem. Preparing for the test involves improving one's overall mathematics skills, as well as developing test-taking skills. For example, the student cannot allow himself to get bogged down by a question he does not understand, and because there is a penalty for wrong answers on multiple choice questions, he should not guess at answers unless he is able to first eliminate unlikely options. The student should take several sample tests, identify weak areas, then receive tutoring in those areas as well as employ the proper strategy for maximizing his test score. It is important that the student actually understand the mathematics and not be reliant upon a calculator to solve the problems. These are all areas where I can help.
Statistics,

Statistics

Many people use the terms probability and statistics interchangeably, as they both incorporate similar mathematics and appear similar to outside observers. However, statistics also includes concepts having to do with experimentation and attempts to conduct research in a way such that one's results are both valid and robust (widely applicable and resistant to attack). I studied statistics in college and applied it rigorously while an active trader in the stock, futures and options markets.
Tax Accounting,

Tax Accounting

I have personally prepared approximately 90 different tax returns for individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships (both standard and limited liability) and small corporations. I have personally consulted many individuals and businesses on how to perform their taxes in a way that minimizes their tax burdens without exposing them to additional risk. This included all information gathering, calculations, form prep, submission and follow-up, and included both federal and state-level returns.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a very practical skill for anyone involved in construction, fabrication, or who goes on to engineering or various sciences. My effort is to help the student develop an intuitive understanding of basic trigonometric principles so that he or she can apply them with ease in real life situations.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has to do with understanding shapes, angles, sides, areas, perimeters, lines, intersections, slopes, and also introduces the idea of proofs. For many students these are new and challenging ideas. With extensive experience in mathematics and real-world applications, I can help students develop ways of understanding these ideas and overcoming difficulties. This is especially important when it comes to proofs, as these are an early exposure to the ideas of logic and reasoning.
Physics,

Physics

I have a bachelor of science degree in physics and engineering from Seattle Pacific University. I taught high school physics, and have tutored many high school and college students. I really enjoy physics, and love to work with others to help them understand and solve real-world physics problems.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Pre-algebra introduces the student to important skills that can help a person over his entire life and form a foundation for later math topics. However, many students are challenged by these, especially how to express a real-life (story) problem in a mathematical form and then solve it. Due to my extensive background in physics and engineering, I have a lot of experience analyzing real-world problems using mathematics. I can help students learn to do the same, so that they can have success in pre-algebra and later topics.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. Precalculus acts as a transition or bridge between these more fundamental mathematical topics, and the mathematics that one encounters when he enters hard science (e.g., calculus, differential equations, etc.). But that can be a hard bridge for some people to cross. My goal is to help the person get across that bridge and keep moving forward. The reality is that, as one advances in mathematics, sometimes it doesn't make perfect sense when first learned, but it usually does so after a couple years of practice.
Statistics,

Statistics

Many people use the terms probability and statistics interchangeably, as they both incorporate similar mathematics and appear similar to outside observers. However, statistics also includes concepts having to do with experimentation and attempts to conduct research in a way such that one's results are both valid and robust (widely applicable and resistant to attack). I studied statistics in college and applied it rigorously while an active trader in the stock, futures and options markets.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have training specifically in engaging and teaching others good study skills. This training included the following courses: Teaching Research Design (National Catholic Educational Association, 2014) Research and Design for Thesis Students (Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Master's Program, 2014) In assisting others in the development of their study skills, I emphasize establishing daily blocks of set study time, working in a quiet and clean space, eliminating distractions, focusing on the problem at hand, gathering and vetting relevant information, setting and working toward measurable goals, etc.
Writing,

Writing

I have published two print books, and was a contributing author on a third one. I've easily written hundreds of essays, dozens and dozens of large project/research papers. My writing has ranged from creative stories to technical writing to tutorials to philosophical works. I've received specialized training in planning and developing research papers, and have assisted dozens of students with their own essays, papers, and even graduate-level theses. My general approach is to help the student begin with a clear and engaging idea, develop a flowing outline, draw upon relevant sources (when appropriate), and blend this into a finished paper that draws the reader into the story or argument. Of course, we work on spelling, grammar and punctuation along the way, but writing is much more than any of these or even their sum. Unlike other topics where you can just produce an answer and move on, writing is a process. It is hard work and incorporates several other skills. It takes a great deal of time, focus and patience. People who are struggling with writing (or their parents) need to realize that half of writing is just developing and maintaining good study habits, in the sense of having regular time dedicated to writing and revising without distractions.
English, Reading

Other

Bible Studies,

Bible Studies

I have a Master's degree in Theology and have taught Bible studies for small groups and various churches since about 1988.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

I am a professor of philosophy and religion, presently in my third Ph.D. program working to complete a doctorate in humanities/philosophy. I have an intense passion for helping other people learn to think more deeply about their lives and choices, and am a certified philosophical counselor. I normally teach for colleges, but have also developed and taught philosophy courses for high school academies. I have experience teaching and tutoring ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and epistemology (including categorical, propositional, and first-order/predicate logic). I have taught and tutored hundreds of people in philosophy and religion, and would be happy to assist you!
Religion,

Religion

I hold a master's degree in theology from the University of Dallas and have taught religion and theology -- primarily Christian/Catholic -- in various churches and in various capacities since the late 1980s. I also have some experience studying comparative religions including Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and others. I am the priest and pastor at a small Christian church, and teach religion and philosophy of religion at the college level.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have training specifically in engaging and teaching others good study skills. This training included the following courses: Teaching Research Design (National Catholic Educational Association, 2014) Research and Design for Thesis Students (Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Master's Program, 2014) In assisting others in the development of their study skills, I emphasize establishing daily blocks of set study time, working in a quiet and clean space, eliminating distractions, focusing on the problem at hand, gathering and vetting relevant information, setting and working toward measurable goals, etc.

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT Science test consists of 40 questions to be answered within a 35 minute time limit. The test assumes that students have already completed biology as well as earth-science or similar. Students who have not completed these or struggled with them should do supplemental science study. Many students have a natural affinity for science, but just have difficulty learning to "think scientifically." Between my training in physics and philosophy, I can help most students improve their understanding of science-related topics and grow in their ability to think clearly about scientific matters.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

I am a professor of philosophy and religion, presently in my third Ph.D. program working to complete a doctorate in humanities/philosophy. I have an intense passion for helping other people learn to think more deeply about their lives and choices, and am a certified philosophical counselor. I normally teach for colleges, but have also developed and taught philosophy courses for high school academies. I have experience teaching and tutoring ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and epistemology (including categorical, propositional, and first-order/predicate logic). I have taught and tutored hundreds of people in philosophy and religion, and would be happy to assist you!
Physical Science,

Physical Science

Physical science is typically an introductory level course (or an umbrella term) that includes astronomy, chemistry, physics and a variety of earth sciences. The goal is to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the world (and universe) within which we live. In addition to imparting knowledge, physical science also challenges the student with new ways of thinking about the world, evaluating truth claims, and understanding the relationships between matter, energy, life, etc. Being degreed in both physics and philosophy, I am very aware of and happy to assist students with the topics and questions that arise when one studies physical science.
Physics

Physics

I have a bachelor of science degree in physics and engineering from Seattle Pacific University. I taught high school physics, and have tutored many high school and college students. I really enjoy physics, and love to work with others to help them understand and solve real-world physics problems.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have training specifically in engaging and teaching others good study skills. This training included the following courses: Teaching Research Design (National Catholic Educational Association, 2014) Research and Design for Thesis Students (Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Master's Program, 2014) In assisting others in the development of their study skills, I emphasize establishing daily blocks of set study time, working in a quiet and clean space, eliminating distractions, focusing on the problem at hand, gathering and vetting relevant information, setting and working toward measurable goals, etc.

Sports/Recreation

Fitness,

Fitness

I have been a fitness and self-defense instructor for many years. I am presently on faculty at a Community College where I teach a fitness and self-defense course. My fitness training work emphasizes maintaining mobility, and injury avoidance as we age.
Martial Arts

Martial Arts

I have black belts in two different martial arts, have been practicing for 35 years, presently teach fitness and self-defense in our community, and am a fitness and self-defense instructor for a Community College. I have experience and formal training in: - Tae Kwon Do (multiple styles) - Tae Soo Do - Tang Soo Do - Hwa Rang Do - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - and a few others!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The average person doesn't need to know calculus, differential equations, and beyond unless they are going into a hard science field or similar. However, topics like geometry, trigonometry, geometry, statistics, and especially algebra are incredibly practical and useful in everyday life. My effort is to help the student understand these topics in an intuitive, practical way by relating them to common things all around them (e.g., a cooking recipe, woodworking, budgeting, calculating gas needs, estimating times, etc.). In this way, the student both comes to a better, real-life understanding of the subject, as well as how to apply it to everyday problems.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has to do with understanding shapes, angles, sides, areas, perimeters, lines, intersections, slopes, and also introduces the idea of proofs. For many students these are new and challenging ideas. With extensive experience in mathematics and real-world applications, I can help students develop ways of understanding these ideas and overcoming difficulties. This is especially important when it comes to proofs, as these are an early exposure to the ideas of logic and reasoning.
Physics,

Physics

I have a bachelor of science degree in physics and engineering from Seattle Pacific University. I taught high school physics, and have tutored many high school and college students. I really enjoy physics, and love to work with others to help them understand and solve real-world physics problems.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT Mathematics section consists of 54 questions covering pre-algebra through trigonometry. Most are multiple choice. For some the student writes in the answer. Students have 70 minutes to complete the test -- a little over one minute per problem. Preparing for the test involves improving one's overall mathematics skills, as well as developing test-taking skills. For example, the student cannot allow himself to get bogged down by a question he does not understand, and because there is a penalty for wrong answers on multiple choice questions, he should not guess at answers unless he is able to first eliminate unlikely options. The student should take several sample tests, identify weak areas, then receive tutoring in those areas as well as employ the proper strategy for maximizing his test score. It is important that the student actually understand the mathematics and not be reliant upon a calculator to solve the problems. These are all areas where I can help.
Statistics,

Statistics

Many people use the terms probability and statistics interchangeably, as they both incorporate similar mathematics and appear similar to outside observers. However, statistics also includes concepts having to do with experimentation and attempts to conduct research in a way such that one's results are both valid and robust (widely applicable and resistant to attack). I studied statistics in college and applied it rigorously while an active trader in the stock, futures and options markets.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have training specifically in engaging and teaching others good study skills. This training included the following courses: Teaching Research Design (National Catholic Educational Association, 2014) Research and Design for Thesis Students (Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Master's Program, 2014) In assisting others in the development of their study skills, I emphasize establishing daily blocks of set study time, working in a quiet and clean space, eliminating distractions, focusing on the problem at hand, gathering and vetting relevant information, setting and working toward measurable goals, etc.
Writing,

Writing

I have published two print books, and was a contributing author on a third one. I've easily written hundreds of essays, dozens and dozens of large project/research papers. My writing has ranged from creative stories to technical writing to tutorials to philosophical works. I've received specialized training in planning and developing research papers, and have assisted dozens of students with their own essays, papers, and even graduate-level theses. My general approach is to help the student begin with a clear and engaging idea, develop a flowing outline, draw upon relevant sources (when appropriate), and blend this into a finished paper that draws the reader into the story or argument. Of course, we work on spelling, grammar and punctuation along the way, but writing is much more than any of these or even their sum. Unlike other topics where you can just produce an answer and move on, writing is a process. It is hard work and incorporates several other skills. It takes a great deal of time, focus and patience. People who are struggling with writing (or their parents) need to realize that half of writing is just developing and maintaining good study habits, in the sense of having regular time dedicated to writing and revising without distractions.
GED, Reading

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

To prep for ACT English, the student needs to practice critical proofreading, rapidly identifying awkward sections and grammatical errors, as well as being able to efficiently construct improvements to the passages. I have extensive experience writing stories, essays and papers ranging from a few paragraphs to almost 100 pages. This includes all formatting of title pages, contents, footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies in accordance with various styles. Even more important than mechanical formatting, my efforts focus on clear, concise, persuasive body content, good grammar, and logical organization. Several students have asked me to act as a critical reader and commenter on their writing projects, up to and including graduate level theses.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Mathematics test consists of 60 questions covering pre-algebra through trigonometry. Students have 60 minutes to complete the test -- one minute per problem.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading Test consists of 40 questions that the student must answer over 35 minutes. The student is usually presented with a reading several paragraphs long, followed by several questions intended to evaluate comprehension. To do well, a student must be able to read rapidly, focus on the material, assimilate what is read, and avoid distraction. To state it simply, this is accomplished through practice, by starting with shorter readings and working up to ACT-sized ones.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT Science test consists of 40 questions to be answered within a 35 minute time limit. The test assumes that students have already completed biology as well as earth-science or similar. Students who have not completed these or struggled with them should do supplemental science study. Many students have a natural affinity for science, but just have difficulty learning to "think scientifically." Between my training in physics and philosophy, I can help most students improve their understanding of science-related topics and grow in their ability to think clearly about scientific matters.
Career Development,

Career Development

Many people are disappointed or frustrated with their jobs. This frustration frequently springs from being in a job, career or company that is incompatible with one's psychology. I am a certified philosophical counselor. As such, one of the things I do is help people examine their beliefs and values (as well as their skills and overall life-circumstance), and then set and move toward career goals that truly complement these beliefs and values. This might include making adjustments to improve their current jobs, seeking supplemental training and education, or even moving into an entirely different (but more fulfilling) career.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT Mathematics section consists of 54 questions covering pre-algebra through trigonometry. Most are multiple choice. For some the student writes in the answer. Students have 70 minutes to complete the test -- a little over one minute per problem. Preparing for the test involves improving one's overall mathematics skills, as well as developing test-taking skills. For example, the student cannot allow himself to get bogged down by a question he does not understand, and because there is a penalty for wrong answers on multiple choice questions, he should not guess at answers unless he is able to first eliminate unlikely options. The student should take several sample tests, identify weak areas, then receive tutoring in those areas as well as employ the proper strategy for maximizing his test score. It is important that the student actually understand the mathematics and not be reliant upon a calculator to solve the problems. These are all areas where I can help.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section consists of 67 questions that the student must answer over 70 minutes (usually broken into smaller chunks). The student is usually presented with a reading several paragraphs long, followed by several questions intended to evaluate comprehension. The SAT Reading section includes some "complete the sentence" problems, too. To do well, a student must be able to read rapidly, focus on the material, assimilate what is read, and avoid distraction. To state it simply, this is accomplished through practice, by starting with shorter readings and working up to SAT-sized ones. The "complete the sentence" problems are also easily practiced, and are generally easy for someone who consistently attempts speaking and writing with correct grammar.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section consists of an essay and 49 multiple-choice questions to be completed within a 60 minute time limit. The essay has a 25 minute limit. The multiple choice questions consist of: - Improving Sentences (~25 questions) - Improving Paragraphs (~6 questions) - Identifying Sentence (grammar) Errors (~18 questions) Preparing for the SAT Writing section involves working with the student to identify and strengthen weak areas, as well as conducting timed practice tests using realistic sample questions. Along with speaking, writing is a critical life skill. Someone who can write well -- persuasively, concisely, organized, with proper grammar -- has a tremendous advantage in our modern society. Writing is a skill in and of itself, but it builds upon a more fundamental one, which is the ability to think clearly and construct rational, persuasive arguments. With an extensive background in philosophy, and having written and proofread probably hundreds of essays over the years, these are areas where I can really help.
GED, PSAT

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Dedicated and Genuine

Seth helped me with my assignment when no one could. The language my professor used was abstract to most. When I met with Seth online, we both were a bit confused with the terminology and Seth suggested to end the session and do his own research and figure it out. And he did! We had a second session and he explained everything so perfectly. He genuinely cared to help me and for that I am very grateful. Thank you Seth!!!

Sheeva, 2 lessons with Seth
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your kind feedback. That was an interesting challenge, but I'm glad we were able to figure it out and make some progress. I wish you all the best in your educational pursuits!

Very patient

Seth is a great teacher! He is patient and he is very good at explaining on what you need to do, also if you need it explained more than once he will do so gladly.

Leah, 7 lessons with Seth

Great help!

Seth helped me work through the problems in a way that made sense to me, and took the time to explain step by step the concepts that initially did not make sense.

Nick, 4 lessons with Seth
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your kind comment. I really enjoy physics and working with other people on those problems. You are doing excellent work and it is an honor to get to be a kind of "copilot" as you do it. :) A lot of people are just looking for the answers. The fact that you make the effort to try to work through the problems and the process (as tedious as that can be sometimes) is a great sign of your good character and motivation.

Clear and knowledgable

Thank you, Seth. So far, my son has taken 3 session withSeth. He helped him on his esay. My son is very comfortable to work with Seth. He incuradges him and shows him clearly what he has to do. I highly recommend him.

Bejiga, 7 lessons with Seth
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your kind feedback. Bejiga seems like a nice young man who is trying to do his best. It is an honor to be able to assist.

Great tutor!!

A really friendly, laid back dude, and a good teacher. Two lessons in and looking forward to more. He’s able to dig into a difficult text and make it easy to understand. I have a high school education and he’s helping me understand Kant that should say it all.

Tim, 8 lessons with Seth
Tutor responded:

The dude abides. :)

Excellent at Communicating Complex Ideas

I'm a complete novice when it comes to stocks and trading but Seth has an ability to communicate difficult (at least for me) material in a way that I am able to mentally digest. Highly, highly recommended.

Tophy, 1 lesson with Seth
Tutor responded:

I really enjoyed working with you, Tophy. I hope your trading goes very well.

Friendly and nice!

Seth is a very caring and fair person. I have only done one session with him so far but he gave me several useful suggestions to in my pursuit of learning AppleScript. In addition, he did some research on his own after our session to clarify a concept that he needed to look up and promptly got back to me on the issue via message. I highly recommend him!

Fernando, 1 lesson with Seth

Extremely Helpful, Knowledgeable, and Patient

He is great at explaining things and he took the time to understand my individual questions. It was so helpful to have a real conversation with someone (not just read a textbook) so I could really understand the concepts. I'd highly recommend.

Adnan, 2 lessons with Seth
Tutor responded:

Thank you for your kind comment Adnan. It has been a pleasure to work with you.

Knowledgeable and patient!

I learned a lot in less than an hour. Seth clarified a lot of concepts that confused me and that I couldn't interrupt my teacher to ask about. That was awesome.

Glenda, 5 lessons with Seth
Tutor responded:

Thanks Jonathan. Glad I could help. Best wishes for your class.

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