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Matthew

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I am a graduate of the University of Washington, where I received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology (with a focus on archaeology) and Biology. Currently, I am working toward a Ph.D. in Anthropology (again, with a focus on archaeology) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I tutored elementary school students in math and Spanish while I was in high school, and for the past three years have served as a teaching assistant for numerous undergraduate courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I have also given a number of guest lectures on archaeology and my research, and recently taught an introductory archaeology course at the same institution. While I enjoy helping students learn a wide variety of subjects, my favorite subjects to tutor include English (literature and composition), world history, and of course anthropology. I received a 5 on my AP English literature and composition exams and enjoy helping students do the same. My passion for the social sciences and history have driven my lifelong interest in the archaeological past, and I love imparting such interest to others through teaching and tutoring. I have always been an avid reader and loved great literature, and writing is an integral (and often time-consuming!) part of being a graduate student; for these reasons, tutoring English is also a delight for me. As an instructor and tutor, my philosophy is that grand understandings of the material emerge from more systematic, step-by-step instruction in the “component parts” of a given topic. In the course of helping to teach something new to a student, I believe in introducing and explaining the pieces in an ordered manner so that he or she comes to develop a more fully grounded comprehension, and I am always patient and willing to walk through the particulars as much as needed. The success of the students I tutor and teach has always been of the utmost importance to me, and I dedicate my whole focus and energy to each tutoring session! When I am not engaged in my academic activities, you can find me hiking, taking my dog to the park, reading, and traveling whenever I get the opportunity.

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Washington - Bachelor in Arts, Anthropology

Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at San Antonio - PHD, Anthropology

Hobbies

Hiking, reading, traveling, skiing/snowboarding

Tutoring Subjects

Anthropology

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Spanish Language & Culture

Archaeology

College Biology

College English

College World History

Comparative Literature

English

Evolution

Evolutionary Biology

General Biology

High School English

High School World History

Languages

Literature

Reading

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Spanish 1

World History

Writing