- Teaches students:
- Ages 12 to 25
- Teaching since:
My name is Woodley and I am a 25 year old male from New York, NYC. At age 4 I told my mother that I was “born to talk” and I have been carried by the forever talkative philosophical spirit within, ever since. I am otherwise an avid reader of all things academic and philosophic. I love kids, I love asking questions, as well practicing martial arts, playing drums in a band, engaging in pick-up stype ultimate frisbee game, traveling, pizza, meditation, and, scuba diving.
The history of my academic-philosophical-work extends back to my senior year of high school, during which I was afforded the opportunity to participate in two philosophy seminars: one on normative ethics, and the other on existentialism. These two courses confirmed some of what I had suspected all my life but had not yet found the words to express — that we are not at all sure what we know or how we know it; that types of truth are potentially distinguishable; that meaning might be contingent; that experience does not directly dictate a finite reality; that the cause of something is often indeterminate; and that how best to live is not so clear. Once I could begin to express these ideas, the flood gate had been opened, and I knew that I had found my calling.
In college I focused on philosophy, in particular, ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, existentialism, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. And in addition to studying and writing I co-ran Hampshire’s philosophy club. I also became the Teaching Assistant for my professors Introduction To Philosophy seminar. I wrote a thesis during my senior year on the Scottish philosopher David Hume’s empirical account of personal identity — and his related confession(s).
In the two years since my graduation from Hampshire, I have continued to write about and ponder consciousness. Over the course of the past year, I have been teaching a philosophy course at two middle schools in Brooklyn through a New York City-funded after school program called “Play Study Win”. Teaching this interesting age group, has caused me to realize that I want to become a philosophy professor one day. And now I tutor.
If you like good conversation; If you have ever been interested in any of the philosophical topics I mentioned; or if you're taking a philosophy class and would like help with your reading or writing assignments, then I am the tutor for you. I can help with any level.
I work for an after school program called Play Stud Win through which I teach a critical thinking and philosophical reasoning class to middle school students aged 10 - 13 at a middle school in Brooklyn.
In the course I offer, students are introduced to topics such as free-will and determinism; the nature of the mind; social and personal identity; the nature of truth; robots; zombies; the nature of time; questions of authority and authenticity; the history of morality; politics; science; big-bang cosmology and the first event; the basis of the “laws” of logic, ethics, and meta-ethics. The emphasis here is not only on understanding the dictated parameters and the main arguments of existing and perennial philosophical problems, but is too teach students critical thinking and writing skills, as well as how they can come to develop and present oral arguments and thoughts of their own.
I helped teach a literacy class to underprivileged and special needs pre-college students. This primarily entailed helping them work through their teachers assignments.
I was a teaching assistant to my philosophy professor during my time at Hampshire College. My job included teaching the occasional lesson, reading and grading papers and tests.