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Philosophy / Critical Thinking
Recently I graduated with a first class honours degree in philosophy, I am currently a masters student at the University of St. Andrews - a world leading centre for philosophical research. I am pursuing a career in academia and tutor in my spare time. My primary research areas are within the philosophy of mind, specifically questions relating to the nature of consciousness and various material theories of the mind. I am also broadly interested in a wide range of questions within the philosophy of language and epistemology.
Outside of the classroom I enjoy music whenever I can, I used to play in a rock band and still pick up my guitar when I get the chance!
I have four years experience tutoring undergraduate students as well as previous classroom teaching experience. My knowledge of philosophy is broad, as such, I am confident tutoring A level and undergraduate students on the following sub disciplines:
Philosophy of Mind
History of Western Philosophy
Philosophy of Language
Wittgenstein (Philosophical Investigations onwards)
Aesthetics (with a particular focus on music)
Outside of these broad categories I suggest that my students pay attention to the techniques required for exemplary essay writing. Not only should an essay contain a strong argument but it should also be written in a mature style and be highly readable. Through honing these aspects of philosophical writing academic progress can be made very quickly.
My approach to tutoring is goal orientated. I can work with you to either improve a set technique, or to guide you on how to answer questions of your choosing. I prefer to work with my students on a specific assignment so that the necessary philosophical skills are learnt whilst producing something at the end of the session. This helps to retain the procedural knowledge whilst a systematic approach is quickly adopted. Furthermore, this maximises the productivity of the meetings, ensures a sense of achievement and removes the issue of learning anything superfluous to the ultimate goal of having a tutor - to progress towards your set goal. It is preferable that my students provide me with the material they would like to cover before our Skype call so that I can plan exactly what we will address so no time is lost identifying what is required during the call itself.
Alternatively if a student would like to learn a specific skill, or hone general essay writing technique, this is also fine. I have lots of positive cases of taking students on the border of grade classifications up a grade level via this approach. If a student is on the cusp of achieving an A at A level or a 2.1 at degree level, working in this way can help a lot.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- St. Andrews University (2017) - MLitt Philosophy (Masters) (✘ Not On File)