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Phillip G.

Mercer, PA

$45/hour

English, music production/recording, general science, philosophy

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Hiram College
Philosophy

Education

Hiram College (Philosophy)

About Phillip

I attended a small liberal arts college in Ohio and studied a large number of subjects while there: everything from biology, European history, economics, political science, to religion, film, literary theory, and physics. However, my main love was philosophy, which I ended up choosing as a major. I am specifically interested in German Idealism and Ancient Greek philosophy. While at college I had the pleasure of tutoring other students, and I realized that I enjoyed helping others grasp subjects they had trouble in. I spend an inordinate amount of time researching and learning various subjects, and I enjoy spreading the knowledge I've worked very hard to obtain. What's the point in learning if the wisdom you gain is hidden away upstairs?

I have played guitar, drums, and bass for over 15 years. I am also knowledgeable about audio recording, midi, synthesizers and computer based music creation. In college, I took classical guitar lessons. In my spare time, I play in a band with some friends. We just recently recorded an EP, and have played all around the North East United States. At some point I became interested in the science behind how musical instruments work, so I have a basic understanding of electrical theory and can read electrical schematics. I would describe myself as someone who is scientifically-minded, but also open to the artistic and subjective side of life.

I am able to tutor in a wide variety of subjects: reading, writing, English as a second language, various computer programs for Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems. I am familiar with logic (formal and informal fallacies, et al.). I am also able to tutor in basic biology (both macro and micro), and have an amateur interest in mycology (the study of fungi).

I specialize in teaching students how to read a text closely, grasp the content, think critically about the arguments therein, and to organize their thoughts about that text in a coherent way. I also strive to instill a sense of wonder and admiration for the knowledge of the world, but not merely that, but also a certain distance. It is this distance that allows students to take a critical stance towards what they read or learn. Without that, education is mere rote learning or repetition, and it is no wonder that so many students find it hard to care about a subject. I suspect they have never been given a satisfactory answer about “why” they should be interested in a subject, or even learning in general.

I have no preferences when it comes to age group. I am very open with my schedule and prefer to meet students either in their own homes or in public spaces like the local library. I understand that each individual student has different abilities, characteristics, learning styles, temperaments, et al., and can come from a number of different backgrounds. I take all of this into account and offer very personalized lesson plans for each student. Although, I am also not opposed to group lessons.

With all that said, I look forward to hearing from you and would very much enjoy helping you with your scholastic endeavors!
I attended a small liberal arts college in Ohio and studied a large number of subjects while there: everything from biology, European history, economics, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Mercer, PA 16137
In-person lessons
Science:
Biology, Ecology, Electrical Engineering, Microbiology, Philosophy, Physical Science
Music:
Composition (Music), Drums, General Music, Guitar, Music Production, Songwriting
Art:
Art Theory, Composition (Music), Drawing, Painting, Video Production
English:
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading
Computer:
General Computer, Linux, Video Production
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers
Elementary Education:
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I worked as a T.S.S. with children who had ADD/ADHD, following various treatment plans. I provided one-to-one emotional and behavioral interventions to children/adolescents in need of behavioral health rehabilitative services.

Hiram College
Philosophy

Education

Hiram College (Philosophy)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Phillip will travel within 25 miles of Mercer, PA 16137.