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I am currently a student at Brigham Young University studying Applied Physics. After finishing my degree I am planning on pursuing a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering. Since January 2014 I have worked in the physics help lab at BYU. Throughout this time I have greatly enjoyed helping many students increase their understanding of physics. I love seeing my students have a "light-bulb" moment where suddenly everything we discussed makes sense to them. I think it is extremely important for everyone to have (at least) a basic understanding of math and science as this helps us to better understand our world. I am greatly motivated to teach in a way that my students understand the fundamental principles and not in a way that they can merely get the right answer. I love trying to pass on my enthusiasm for math and science to my students, and I am always looking for ways to show how cool and fun mastering these subjects can be. Although I am most passionate about physics, I also tutor math and Spanish. When I'm not studying or teaching I enjoy swimming, reading (especially Michael Crichton and Orson Scott Card), and exchanging movie quotes with my roommates.

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelor of Science, Applied Physics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 35

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 31


Swimming, Hiking, Reading, Watching movies with friends

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACT Math


Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2


College Algebra

College Physics


High School Physics







Spanish 1

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to teach for maximum understanding. It doesn't do a student any good to know what the right answer is if he/she doesn't know why that answer is right.

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

In a first session, I would go over the student's goals and expectations for our sessions. I would also find out what the student's background is in any pertinent subject matter, so that I know what things we can skip over and what things we should review more.