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Matthew

Having grown up with a tutor of my own through middle and part of high school, I understand the importance and helpfulness of having an external perspective assist your education. Tutoring is amazing for developing organizational skills, learning strategies, good study habits, and also makes the tediousness of homework a bit less strenuous.

I attended private school for most of my educational career, so I know learning environments can be a bit competitive. I recently graduated USC and am excited to tutor in the Los Angeles area!

My main subjects are Math, Spanish, English Comp, and Writing. I've travelled to different Spanish speaking countries to develop my skills, and the other three subjects are just what I connected with most. I hope to work together to help you learn as much as possible!

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Southern California - Bachelors, Dramatic Arts

Photography, comedy, fine art, kickboxing, tennis

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade Math

8th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

College English

Conversational Spanish

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School

High School English

High School Writing

Middle School

Spanish 1

What is your teaching philosophy?

Cooperative learning is the way to go! It's an open conversation, and we should be able to have a productive back and forth.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Find out what area they need the most help with within their studies- organization, comprehension, study tactics, and then start there. If it's a new subject always start with the basics!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Develop their study skills as opposed to just working on the subject. How can we break down the task at hand so it's easier to understand?

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Practicing certain habits while reading is very helpful. Covering part of the page and physically guiding yourself helps. Margin notes help as well to keep track of the reading.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

How can we relate it to their life? What are the details within the subject they may like? I've used games and toys to help young kids engage in Math- there's something for every subject!

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Quizzing, asking them questions that require a critical understanding instead of just memorization. How would they approach a question that's too complex for them?

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Encouragement, of course. Also help them understand that small steps are still steps forward. It's hard to maintain confidence when you're not doing as well as others, but school lasts a very long time. There will be times when we are ahead and times when we are behind.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Find a step-by-step approach that they can use on their own. Maybe work backwards from the answer once we've been working on a problem.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Putting time frames on each assignment makes it much easier to stay focused. If working on multiple subjects, writing out a schedule for time for each assignment is immensely helpful. Also, how can we relate each subject to their interests? Sometimes it's good to just dedicate a few minutes to talking about why the subject is relevant.