Matthew R - tutor

Matthew R
Tutor in St Andrews , Scotland


£30.00 / hour

Experienced Philosophy and Essay Writing Tutor

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.

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 personal 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.

I have four years experience tutoring fellow students, and 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

Moral philosophy


History of Western Philosophy

Philosophy of Language

Wittgenstein (PI onwards)


Aesthetics (with a particular focus on music)

Outside of these broad categories I suggest that my students pay a lot of attention to the techniques required for exemplary essay writing. Not only should an essay contain a strong argument but the style and readability of a piece of work really affects the mark one will be awarded. Therefore, through honing this craft academic progress can be made very quickly.

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Written by Kieran M


Matthew is knowledgeable and patient. He has previously helped me with essay writing technique and to better understand course content.
As a result of Matthew's tuition I have improved my writing style and have a better knowledge of complex philosophical issue.

Education and Qualifications

Matthew's education and qualifications are listed below.


University of St. Andrews
MLitt Epistemology Mind and Language
Currently Studying


Prizes and Scholarships

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Philosophy University of Hull


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