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I am finishing a thesis for my Masters in Philosophy. Fittingly enough, I prefer the Socratic method when tutoring. I find that most students have the ability to answer most questions for themselves with a few properly directed questions from a good tutor. I also find that this method builds confidence in the student I am tutoring. This confidence is really helpful if your child underperforms due to test anxiety. I have developed syllabi for Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Thinking courses at San Francisco State University, as well as instructed those courses based on the syllabi I created. Along with lecturing for 3 classroom hours a week per course, I held two office hours a week per course. Office hours consist of one on one instruction with students that feel they need extra help in the course I was teaching. In philosophy, I focus on Theory of knowledge and Philosophy of Science. I grew up the oldest of six, and tutored most of my siblings in a variety of subjects as they grew up. I have been an instructor of some sort for a decade now, initially serving in the US Marine Corps teaching company standard operating procedures to new Marines out of boot camp, then continuing as a civilian skydiving instructor. I still teach skydiving today. I have lived many places, but I love southern California the most. This state is the only place I have lived where I can surf in the morning and climb a mountain that afternoon. I love the outdoors and I love physical activity. Most of all, I really love to teach. It has been the unifying theme in my life, and my passion.

Shane’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: U C Riverside - Bachelor in Arts, Philosophy

Graduate Degree: San Francisco State University - Master of Arts, Philosophy

Test Scores

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 720

GRE Quantitative: 740


MMA, The Ocean, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, Skydiving, Wake Boarding, Science Fiction and Fantasy novels.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


High School English


Middle School Math