Hello! My name is Matthew Hom and I am a doctoral student in history and Classics at New York University, who has relocated back home to Southern California while I complete my dissertation. My area of doctoral research is ancient Jewish history, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls and Rabbinic literature, but I have a broad and solid foundation in all periods and areas of history as well as the other humanities and social sciences. In addition, I have a strong background (and undergraduate training) is music composition and history, as well as trumpet and piano performance.
I am a Cerritos native who went to the University of California, Irvine for college and received a Masters degree from New York University before enrolling in my current doctoral program. While I am here in California for the next foreseeable months while completing the last steps of my Ph.D, I am excited and earnest to work as a tutor for Varsity Tutors. This is because I wish to enhance the educational experiences of my students and support their love for learning while helping them to develop long-term and lifelong skills in studying, writing and critical analysis. At the same time, I believe that it will be a great experience for me in order to hone and refine my teaching skills, for the benefit of my ultimate career goal of becoming a professor.
In addition to providing online tutoring, I am willing and able to travel throughout most of Orange and Los Angeles Counties in order to tutor students at their homes. I will treat every student and tutoring session with the utmost attention, preparation and effort according to my deeply held teaching philosophy, which consists of three main elements. First of all, I believe that my own preparation and session-planning as a tutor is essential and therefore I will take this attitude for every tutoring session which I give. I believe that a good tutor must not only have mastered the material in order to focus entirely on helping and teaching the student, but also take the time and effort to plan the session and to acquire helpful and engaging resources and materials to assist the learning process.
Second of all, the tutor should at the same time be flexible and be capable of making the most productive and efficient use of the students time in response to a particular concern, difficulty, focus or assignment that will come up in the course of his or her studies. Finally, I feel that it is essential for the tutor to be comfortable with and utilize a large array of both traditional teaching techniques and also engaging and interactive exercises to nurture the students enthusiasm and understanding of the material. I will strive to achieve the right balance of traditional teaching of the fundamentals of the subject with activities that will keep the topic interesting for the student and expand his or her comprehension.
I am happy to talk with and begin working with new students and their parents.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, BA in History and BM in Music Composition
Graduate Degree: New York University - PHD, Ancient Jewish history (MA completed in 2012)
GRE Quantitative: 150
GRE Verbal: 163
Travel, sports, playing trumpet, playing piano, composing, museums, concerts, theater, roadtrips, literature, politics.
Ancient and Medieval Heritage
AP Music Theory
AP US Government
AP US History
College Level American History
College World History
High School Geography
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