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Environmental studies graduate, following a passion for teaching, ideally secondary and post secondary world history. I have ample student teaching and internship experience in the classroom. Specifically, I have worked with grades 6-8 and grade 11.

In my life and in my career choices, I make preferential option for those who lack social privileges due to gender, sex, race, ethnicity, class, culture, etc.

My career goal is to empower everyone I work with to be self sufficient and build their own sustainable communities.

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Matthew’s Qualifications

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Undergraduate Degree: University of Portland - Bachelor in Arts, Environmental Studies


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Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

College English

College Level American History

College World History

Earth Science



Environmental Science

European History

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing



Public Speaking

SAT Writing and Language


Social studies

Test Prep

US History

World History

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I emphasize that students know how to research and publish across the subjects rather than memorization of facts. I also consider perspective-taking of different genders, races, and cultures.

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

The first session is first impression time. I need to know who I am working with. As such, I will start by having the students fill out a brief self survey, which we would then discuss.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would remind them that there is no wrong way to learn other than making assumptions. Publishing a book about powerful women throughout history is not more valuable than creating a line of 'G-rated' costumes of powerful women from history.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Education does not steal from fun or leisure. It enhances it.

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

Have them explain to me everything they do know related to that skill or concept first, and then move in on where the block is.

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

Read out loud with them, or rather, have them read a short passage. Question why and when they chose to be dramatic. Do this same process (except when I read my interpretation aloud).

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Connecting with them, their interests, and their family early on counts most. This is the "why" behind starting with a quick questionnaire. I also encourage sticking around briefly after the lesson to small talk with the folks if they are up to it.

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

The key is finding a way to connect it to something they do like. This is why the basics of a writing class are to start by having students write about themselves and then their interests and then go into hypothetical later.

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

They have to teach what we have learned to me or to someone else (one of their friends, a parent), and that person has to take the test with them.

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

Positive reinforcement is what must be done. I always write 'plus two' instead of 'minus eighteen' and emphasize that that two they got right is what we can build on to learn the rest.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The introductory survey I like to give my students also asks about what their basic needs, based on the circumstances of their lives, are. The start of each lesson is where I ask them to explain what they do know. I take notes in that process on everything they say and do in order to suggest how we move forward.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I will change my word choice. This is a big one. I have to communicate with the words my students use and understand deeply. Other than this, it is a matter of figuring out which study skills help them the most and using those.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

As I do not yet have a tablet, I primarily rely on flashcards, whatever I can readily pull off of a laptop, or notebooks and diagramming.

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