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Richard F.

Advanced intellectual mentoring from a novelist and philosopher.

Advanced intellectual mentoring from a novelist and philosopher.

$70/hour

  • 87 hours tutoring

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Hello!

My name is Richard. I grew up in England, have a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell, and taught on the faculty at several US universities. I've published six books, one of which received a Washington State Book of the Year Award and a special Outstanding Book commendation from the National Science Teachers Association. (More information on all my books at richardfarr.net.) I now teach at both North Seattle College and the University of Washington's center for gifted youth.

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Hello!

My name is Richard. I grew up in England, have a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell, and taught on the faculty at several US universities. I've published six books, one of which received a Washington State Book of the Year Award and a special Outstanding Book commendation from the National Science Teachers Association. (More information on all my books at richardfarr.net.) I now teach at both North Seattle College and the University of Washington's center for gifted youth.

I love teaching students of all ages how to be more sophisticated and effective thinkers and writers. I'm also pretty fond of hiking with my golden retriever, Darwin; sea kayaking (without him, because he would fall out); and staring out of the window while drinking strong black coffee.

I have many years experience teaching philosophy, critical thinking, and writing - to gifted children, undergrads, grad students, and older adults. But my most important qualification is that I can turn work on individual projects into fundamental (and life-changing) skill-building.

In my view, doing philosophy and caring deeply about literature and writing are inseparable - so much so that every philosophy class I have ever taught has also been a writing class. I also lean on my inner novelist to teach story development classes.

I was President of my college debating union and have worked as a professional speechwriter and presentation coach with people ranging from grade-schoolers to working scientists to bankers, and the CEO of a biotech company. Want to find your voice? Want to present better and teach better? I can take you there.

There are great tutors out there for every subject on the curriculum. You'll find my deeper and broader experience most useful if your ambition is not merely to fix a problem in one area but to work on transforming your intellectual power, sophistication, and self-confidence generally. Think of your mind as a house. Most tutors show up with some extra furniture; I can help you rebuild the place.


Education

Durham University, UK
BA with Honors Philosophy
Reading University, UK
Masters
Cornell University
PhD

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Business

Public Speaking

Public Speaking

In college I was President of the UK's third-oldest Debating Union. I ran my own communications business and worked as a professional speechwriter and presentation coach across several industries. I have many years of experience as a teacher and college professor.

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

Perhaps I should add: word-nerd; I have decades of experience teaching other people how to write, editing other people's writing (mainly in academia), and shepherding my own work through publication with professional editors.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

In college I was President of the UK's third-oldest Debating Union. I ran my own communications business and worked as a professional speechwriter and presentation coach across several industries. I have many years of experience as a teacher and college professor.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

Perhaps I should add: word-nerd; I have decades of experience teaching other people how to write, editing other people's writing (mainly in academia), and shepherding my own work through publication with professional editors.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have written and published several million words and taken six books through the full process of editing, copy-editing, and proofreading that leads up to publication. I also play scrabble a lot!
Reading

English

English,

English

I have a Ph.D. and college teaching experience in philosophy, worked for years as an editor and communications consultant, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College. I also worked as a book and theater critic for various publications for almost 20 years and am an award-winning published novelist.
Grammar,

Grammar

Perhaps I should add: word-nerd; I have decades of experience teaching other people how to write, editing other people's writing (mainly in academia), and shepherding my own work through publication with professional editors.
Literature,

Literature

I spent two decades as a journalist in book and theatre criticism, and am an award-winning published novelist. I have a Ph.D. and college teaching experience, worked for years as an editor and communications consultant, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

In college I was President of the UK's third-oldest Debating Union. I ran my own communications business and worked as a professional speechwriter and presentation coach across several industries. I have many years of experience as a teacher and college professor.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I have written and published several million words and taken six books through the full process of editing, copy-editing, and proofreading that leads up to publication. I also play scrabble a lot!
Writing,

Writing

I worked as a book and theater critic for various publications for almost 20 years, ran my own speechwriting and communications consulting company, have worked as an editor, and am an award-winning published novelist. I also have a Cornell Ph.D. and extensive college teaching experience, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College.
ACT Reading, Reading

History

European History,

European History

My one published history book is about Antarctica, and my academic specialization is philosophy, but having grown up in England I have studied European (and British) history continuously for about four decades. I've also studied and taught the philosophy of history - a subject that gives me a unique perspective most history teachers lack.
Philosophy,

Philosophy

My two MAs and Cornell PhD are in political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of science. Unlike the vast majority of tutors, I have years of teaching experience at the college level - to undergrads and grad students - and teach philosophy to grade school students aged 10-18. I've also taught writing extensively, and indeed teach a course with the title Write Like a Philosopher.
Political Science,

Political Science

My two MAs and Cornell PhD are in political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of science. Unlike the vast majority of tutors, I have years of teaching experience at the college level - to undergrads and grad students - and teach philosophy to grade school students aged 10-18. I've also taught writing extensively, and indeed teach a course with the title Write Like a Philosopher.
World History

World History

My first book is a history book that required extensive archival research in primary materials. And, though my Ph.D. is in philosophy, you can't be a college philosophy professor without thinking and reading constantly in the history of ideas; you can't do that without a sophisticated understanding of themes in world history.

Homeschool

English,

English

I have a Ph.D. and college teaching experience in philosophy, worked for years as an editor and communications consultant, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College. I also worked as a book and theater critic for various publications for almost 20 years and am an award-winning published novelist.
Writing,

Writing

I worked as a book and theater critic for various publications for almost 20 years, ran my own speechwriting and communications consulting company, have worked as an editor, and am an award-winning published novelist. I also have a Cornell Ph.D. and extensive college teaching experience, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College.
Reading

Most Popular

English,

English

I have a Ph.D. and college teaching experience in philosophy, worked for years as an editor and communications consultant, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College. I also worked as a book and theater critic for various publications for almost 20 years and am an award-winning published novelist.
Writing,

Writing

I worked as a book and theater critic for various publications for almost 20 years, ran my own speechwriting and communications consulting company, have worked as an editor, and am an award-winning published novelist. I also have a Cornell Ph.D. and extensive college teaching experience, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College.
Reading

Other

Philosophy

Philosophy

My two MAs and Cornell PhD are in political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of science. Unlike the vast majority of tutors, I have years of teaching experience at the college level - to undergrads and grad students - and teach philosophy to grade school students aged 10-18. I've also taught writing extensively, and indeed teach a course with the title Write Like a Philosopher.

Science

Philosophy

Philosophy

My two MAs and Cornell PhD are in political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of science. Unlike the vast majority of tutors, I have years of teaching experience at the college level - to undergrads and grad students - and teach philosophy to grade school students aged 10-18. I've also taught writing extensively, and indeed teach a course with the title Write Like a Philosopher.

Summer

Writing,

Writing

I worked as a book and theater critic for various publications for almost 20 years, ran my own speechwriting and communications consulting company, have worked as an editor, and am an award-winning published novelist. I also have a Cornell Ph.D. and extensive college teaching experience, and currently teach philosophy, writing, and critical thinking to adults and gifted youth and the University of Washington and North Seattle College.
Reading

Test Preparation

ACT Reading

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Richard has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 21 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Wonderful

Richard was super kind, supportive and helpful. He helped me on my Ph.D. application process and it was absolutely invaluable. His extensive experience in philosophy and teaching shines through his advice. I highly recommend him.

Lana, 1 lesson with Richard

Philosophy Essay

Richard offered some specific, efficient ways of organizing arguments. It is helpful for a beginner like me. Richard is also good at coming up. with live examples that not only could be used in essays but also help me better understood the prompt.

Chaoran, 1 lesson with Richard
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