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Jason W.

Alexandria, VA

$60/hour

PhD Available for Philosophy, History, Law, English Tutoring

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Background check passed as of 8/28/12
4.9 average from 17 ratings
Very knowledgeable and patient tutor, great at explaining.
— Elaine, Washington, DC on 12/11/12

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University of Texas, Austin
Philosophy
Tufts University
Master's
University of Wisconsin at Madison
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Philosophy)

Tufts University (Master's)

University of Wisconsin at Madison (PhD)

About Jason

I hold a PhD in philosophy, with a graduate minor in law, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and currently teach at George Mason University. I previously taught at Georgetown, George Washington University, and American University, as well as Renmin University and China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. As a tutor, I offer nearly 10 years of experience as an instructor, teaching assistant and tutor, in several core subjects within as well as outside of philosophy. I have either taught or served as a TA in areas such as ethics, philosophy of religion, Continental philosophy, metaphysics, logic, philosophy of art (with special attention to art history), political philosophy, and philosophy of law. To prepare for the dissertation, I also took courses in Constitutional and legal history. Outside of these fields, my expertise includes the related fields of writing, proofreading, public speaking (with six years of experience in speech and debate on the high school and college levels), philosophy of science, political science, and both American and world history. I have some clerical and I.T. experience as well, especially with regard to typing, Microsoft Office and Open Office, and Windows. Although my own knowledge of other languages is not as great as I would like (limited to some German), I have experience teaching and tutoring English, political science and philosophy to adults, college-aged and high school-aged students in China learning English as a second language. As hobbies, I have interests in current events, science (especially biology and astronomy), art history, film, and contemporary music. I hold a PhD in philosophy, with a graduate minor in law, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and currently teach at George Mason University. I previously taught at Georgetown, George Washington University, and American Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I'm generally open to negotiated rates here.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Alexandria, VA 22304
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Very knowledgeable and patient tutor, great at explaining."

- Elaine, Washington, DC on 12/11/12

"Great tutor"

- Brandon, Fort Washington, MD on 5/7/12

"Very knowledgeable and patient"

- Sharon, Washington, DC on 4/19/12
Science:
Astronomy, Biology, Philosophy,
Psychology
English:
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion,
World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics, GRE, Law,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ESL/ESOL

I lived in Beijing during the first half of 2008, for about 5 months. During that time, to make ends meet, I got work tutoring and teaching English in both one-off and regular gigs until my return to the US. In one case, I taught a high school student at her family's home weekly. I taught a three-week seminar at Renmin University, and most of the other jobs involved teaching at the offices of agencies for language instruction. I am more than happy to provide references from any of these agencies to interested parties.

I should note, however, that apart from some German, I personally don't speak any other languages; even my Chinese was extremely limited. Beginning-level ESL students who still require instruction in their native language should consider another tutor. The students I taught already had a basic understanding of English, sufficient for full-time instruction in English. My job was merely to sharpen and expand the skills they already had, so they could speak, listen, read and write in English with greater proficiency and confidence.

Law

Although my recent PhD at the University of Wisconsin was in philosophy, I received a substantial background in law. Although I've also made ethics and political philosophy professional specialties, most of my work - my four MA comp papers, my dissertation, and my current project - are all well within philosophy of law. At Wisconsin, I earned a graduate minor in law, which required several 2L and 3L level classes at the law school.

Philosophy

I earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2012. I have more than 10 years of teaching experience as a TA and teacher. Since 2010, I've taught philosophy (intro, ethics and political philosophy) at several schools in the DC area, including Georgetown, George Washington and American University. References and CV are available upon request.

Public Speaking

My experience in this field comes primarily from competing in high school and college forensics, particularly Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Student Congress, original oratory and extemporaneous speaking. I won medals at several regional and state competitions in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Utah in all these areas.

Religion

Religion, particularly the philosophy of religion, is one of my core specialties. I have experience TA-ing the subject at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and it remains an ongoing personal interest of mine. Studying the subject on both the undergraduate and graduate level has given me a strong familiarity with the theology of the three Abrahamic faiths and their unique histories; indeed, the approach I was taught as an undergraduate and which I continue to follow emphasizes the historical evolution and context of major lines of religious thought from antiquity to contemporary times. Thinkers whose writings on religion with whom I am well acquainted include Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Anselm, St. Augustine, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Baruch Spinoza and the existentialists more broadly.

I have less experience with the field of comparative religion outside the Abrahamic religions, but I do have some with respect to Chinese and Indian religions. As a philosopher, I am primarily drawn to the arguments and concepts advanced by religious thinkers and their secular detractors, as they have spawned philosophical inquiry. If you are struggling with the various arguments for the existence and nature of God, the implications for metaphysics, science and ethics, the problem of evil, apologetics, sectarian controversies, Hebrew Bible & New Testament history, and the rise of skeptical inquiry over the last two centuries, please feel free to contact me.

World History

In the kind of philosophy I teach and research, history is a significant component. I was also a history minor in my undergraduate studies.

University of Texas, Austin
Philosophy
Tufts University
Master's
University of Wisconsin at Madison
PhD

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Philosophy)

Tufts University (Master's)

University of Wisconsin at Madison (PhD)

Very knowledgeable and patient tutor, great at explaining. — Terrific instructor, So much of what I've learned in philosophy over the past 20 years is beginning to make sense now! Thank you for this immense clarification. Our meeting has been terrifically enlightening. Thanks for explaining in an understandable, patient way. ...

— Elaine, Washington, DC on 12/11/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I'm generally open to negotiated rates here.

Travel policy

Jason will travel within 15 miles of Alexandria, VA 22304.