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Meggan P.

Snohomish, WA

$35/hour

Tutor of English, Philosophy, Humanities and Social Sciences

Background check passed as of 10/26/15
4.9 average from 29 ratings
Very patient and thorough!
— Beau, Santa Fe, NM on 12/3/16

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Washington State University
Philosophy
Western Michigan University
Master's
University of Miami
PhD

Education

Washington State University (Philosophy)

Western Michigan University (Master's)

University of Miami (PhD)

About Meggan

I have a PhD from the University of Miami. I began tutoring when I was a freshman in college. I primarily tutored Logic classes, but did some work with students on their papers as well. I tutored through the Philosophy Department, the Multi-cultural Student Services Center, and the Communications department.

I quit teaching when my first baby was born. I'm looking to get back into working now. I want to tutor instead of teach because I like tutoring better - I prefer the one-on-one format, and I like being able to count your success in terms of understanding. I don't like giving out grades!

I have a minor in English from Washington State University. I've spent some time teaching people who are not first-language English speakers - I've had short-term volunteer teaching experiences in Nepal, South Africa, and Thailand.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you about your needs and figuring out how we can work together!
I have a PhD from the University of Miami. I began tutoring when I was a freshman in college. I primarily tutored Logic classes, but did some work with students on their papers as well. I tutored through the Philosophy Department, the Multi-cultural Student Services Center, and the Communications department.

I quit teaching when my
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Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Snohomish, WA 98296
Background Check: Passed

"Very patient and thorough!"

- Beau, Santa Fe, NM on 12/3/16

"Good English Tutor"

- Caleb, Mount Vernon, WA on 11/28/16

"Very patient"

- Anna, Bothell, WA on 9/28/16

"Incredibly Flexible!"

- Jaden, Seattle, WA on 2/22/16

"First Session was Great!!"

- Amanda, Everett, WA on 2/10/16
Math:
Logic
Science:
Philosophy
Art:
Theatre
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Geography
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

American History

I have a Ph.D in philosophy, and used to be a college-level instructor (though I've quit that now in order to spend most of my time with my two small daughters). Although my education is in a field different from American history, much of what I learned when I was becoming a teacher makes me able to help students in most fields within the humanities and social sciences. I did study some history in college, and did some work in philosophy of history while taking the Ph.D.

Bible Studies

I have read the Bible through five or six times, and am routinely continuing to study it through further reading (both it and secondary texts) and through listening to other scholars speak about it. I come at it from a non-denominational Protestant background, but would be capable of working from a Catholic perspective as well, or from the perspective of any denomination. I would also be capable of helping a student identify and use good secondary sources.

English

While doing my undergraduate work in philosophy, I took a minor in English, most of the classes in literature or writing. My PhD project was in Philosophy of Literature; it was about how truth is communicated through fiction. While teaching at universities during graduate school and at community colleges after completing my education, I routinely assigned, graded, and helped students work on papers, usually between 1 and 5 pages in length. I have an excellent grasp of most areas of English, including mechanics (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc), writing (both form and content), reading, and literature.

ESL/ESOL

I've taught English as a Second Language to elementary age children in Nepal, South Africa, and Thailand. All of those trips were short term (2 months or less) volunteer experiences. My main focus on those trips was to work on the students' pronunciation, heading towards making them able to be easily understood by native English speakers. I studied theater for several years, which included a fair bit of diction training, which I make use of when working with people on pronunciation.

Besides pronunciation, I have a solid foundation in all aspects of English - grammar being probably my very strongest, since I had an elementary and secondary education that made grammar the focus of language arts study. But I also have a strong understanding of vocabulary, reading, writing, and literature.

Grammar

I have a strong understanding of English grammar, as I had a grammar-heavy elementary English education, and did a lot of writing throughout high school and college, culminating in my 100+ page dissertation, which had to meet rigorous technical standards. I have taught diagramming (and firmly believe that learning to diagram helps with writing and especially with learning to proofread one's own work). I am good at explaining grammatical rules as they influence choices about how to express ideas.

Literature

My main area of expertise is in philosophy of literature. Additionally, my undergraduate English minor was almost exclusively in academic literature.

Logic

I taught Introduction to Logic at Western Michigan University and Bellevue College (WA) for many quarters. I generally covered truth-functional, propositional, and predicate logic, sometimes getting as far as using the identity symbol. I also taught Critical Thinking from time to time, and am adept at the use of Aristotelian Venn Diagrams and syllogistic logic. I used to tutor this subject at Bellevue College (WA) and Washington State University, when I was taking my undergraduate degree.

Philosophy

My main areas of philosophical expertise are in logic, ethics, and philosophy of literature, though I have extensive training in epistemology and philosophy for children, and, to a slightly lesser degree, modern and ancient philosophy. I am trained in the Analytic tradition, but have read some Continental writers and am familiar with the style used in that tradition as well. As an instructor, I have taught Deductive Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, and Critical Thinking, and I created a course "Philosophy of Star Trek" at Bellevue College and taught it for one quarter. As a tutor, my primary experience is in logic, though teaching at the level I did does require some tutoring element in any class.

Proofreading

As an instructor in the universities where I studied and in community colleges, one of my main tasks outside of actual classroom instruction was working with students on their papers during office hours. I did that for about 10 years. Additionally, I had to proofread my own dissertation, which was a 100+ page document with very strict rules regarding mechanics and formatting. I am able to help with any style (i.e. MLA, Chicago, etc). I have a strong grasp of grammar and can explain the reasoning behind corrections that I suggest.

Reading

I read a lot myself and really enjoy helping other people work on it! I have worked with several students who have challenges like dyslexia and ADD. I have found that strategies involving intentional use of spelling to be really helpful, but of course no one strategy works for every student and I'm good at finding alternative ways to teach skills.

Swimming

I was an assistant coach on my neighborhood swim team for several years at the end of high school and beginning of college. I worked primarily with the youngest age group on the team, my main responsibility being teaching beginners how to do strokes. I also helped run practices and meets.

Earlier in high school, I was a member of the same swim team. My main stroke was breaststroke, although I am competent at backstroke and butterfly as well (and of course freestyle or "crawlstroke").

During the time I was coaching, I was also a state-certified lifeguard at the pool where the team was based.

I have taught swimming to both adults and children, both general water competence and safety, and racing strokes and turns.

Theatre

I studied acting under Elizabeth Pelham, an actress, director, and agent who studied with Alfred Hitchcock, among others. I am capable of working with students on reading and marking scripts; developing character; speaking, diction, and projection (including using emphasis and accent); and blocking and movement. I have been involved in several amateur productions in a number of roles, both on stage and behind the scenes.

Writing

I wrote papers in high school and college for years, culminating with a 100+ page dissertation for which there were very strict content and formatting requirements. As a college instructor, I routinely assigned and graded papers, most of them 1-5 pages in length, and part of my job was to offer feedback on them so that students could rewrite and improve their performance. I have a strong understanding of grammar, and can explain changes that I suggest clearly. I am also good at looking at assignments and helping students work towards meeting requirements.

Washington State University
Philosophy
Western Michigan University
Master's
University of Miami
PhD

Education

Washington State University (Philosophy)

Western Michigan University (Master's)

University of Miami (PhD)

Very patient and thorough!

Meggan explained very difficult concepts in a way I could understand them. She was super helpful and I would definitely work with her again! She has a deep and engaging way of making things interesting and fun.

— Beau, Santa Fe, NM on 12/3/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Meggan will travel within 12 miles of Snohomish, WA 98296.