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I have a passion for teaching others, and helping them achieve their goals. Whether your goal is to simply get a better handle on the material from your classes, or to improve your grades, then I am here to help you. I believe that there is no such thing as a wrong answer; a wrong answer is simply an opportunity to further enlighten yourself.

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Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Political Science and Communications

Hobbies

I enjoying painting and assembling models; as well as reading science fiction books. I am interested in politica science and I am pursuing my graduate degrees in the field.

Tutoring Subjects

Business

Civics

College Level American History

College World History

Economics

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

English

Ethics

European History

Graduate Test Prep

High School Economics

High School Level American History

High School World History

History

IB Global Politics

IB Philosophy

Latin America History

Law

OAT Quantitative Reasoning

Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy

Public Speaking

Quantitative Reasoning

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Statistics Graduate Level

US Constitutional History

US History

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

There is no subject that cannot be mastered. We simply need to find the way that you can master it.

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

I would gauge your strengths and weakness on the subject matter. I want to know what you know, and where you need the most help.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By using the same method my Political Science teachers used on me. I will ask you questions, and help you learn what about your answers is correct and what we need to adjust.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Find out what does motivate them, and then use that to keep them going.

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

Find a way that subject could be related to something they already know.

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

By having them take breaks after each paragraph and explain to me what they read.

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

Talking to them about what they know, and where they feel they are struggling. Then quizzing them on their knowledge to make sure they know what they tell me they know.

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

You need to relate it to something they are excited about. If you are struggling with geometry and algebra and love construction, then I am going to show you how those subjects work with construction.

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

I would create mini-quizzes for them to do before the end of our sessions, and give them material to review until our next session. I would also quiz them on that material.

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

By praising them for even getting a partial answer. Tell them you have a right, but you are not quite there with b. Then push them to think on b.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By asking them what they need. They are the best indicator of where the issue lies.

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

By doing what is best for them. Learning is not a one size fits most. There are multiple way for individuals to learn something.

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

Normally I will use electronic material, as it is easier to handle. I will ask that the student has a notebook to take notes on if they do not already.


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