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I graduated magna cum laude from Hiram College with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. During my time in college, I worked as a tutor at the Hiram College Writing Center and as a writing assistant for first-year students. Since graduating, I have continued to help students achieve their academic goals in English, literature, reading, and writing by working as an online tutor and a substitute teacher. The subjects that I teach also happen to be personal interests of mine, and one of my primary goals as a tutor is to motivate students to become interested in these subjects as well. I have always been an avid reader and writer, but some other interests of mine include spending time with friends, making electronic music, and playing retro video games.

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Hiram College - Bachelors, Creative Writing

Test Scores

ACT English: 31

ACT Reading: 30


Reading, writing, spending time with friends

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

American Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

Creative Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that every student is an individual and every individual has different needs, and as a tutor, I strive to give my students personalized care based on their own needs.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I like to get acquainted with the student and their academic background as well as their academic goals for the future. I also like to assess what their particular strengths and weaknesses are, so that I know what areas need the most improvement and how my time with the student can be used most efficiently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is a necessary key to success, so to keep my students motivated, I try to remind them of the value of achieving their academic goals as well as the value of learning and improving -- on both a short-term scale and a long-term scale.

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

I feel that it is important to be able to work with students at their own pace, and if a student is struggling with reading comprehension, I always make sure to stay on task until the student's comprehension has improved rather than rushing ahead of the student.

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

If I am working with a student for the first time, my most successful strategy is to assess the student's unique academic needs and begin working based on those needs. If I am working with a student regularly, my most successful strategy is to review what was covered with the student during our previous session and move forward based on my assessment of the student's progress.

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

In order to help a student get excited or engaged with a subject in which they are struggling, I like to connect the subject to "the real world" outside of academia-- to show that the student's academic achievements have value that is not just limited to their studies.

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

I like to use a variety of techniques to make sure that a student is understanding the material. Direct communication with the student is extremely important. It is also important to determine whether a student is more of a visual learner or more of an aural learner, and then help the student accordingly.

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

Encouragement is a great way to build a student's confidence in a subject. Sometimes students are not praised enough for their achievements and their efforts, and I always try to boost my students with positive feedback as much as possible.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's individual needs by asking them about their academic background as well as their academic goals for the future. I also ask about their particular strengths and weaknesses as well as any doubts or concerns that they may have about their studies. Every student's needs are different, so it is important to give personalized care and attention.

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

Once I am able to evaluate a student's needs, I adapt my tutoring by determining the best educational approach that would help meet that student's individual needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Once I make sure that a student is understanding the material, I find that asking them to demonstrate their understanding either vocally or in writing, so that I know the student will retain their understanding of the material and use it to continue learning on their own in the future.

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

I use a variety of materials when working with a student. These materials may range from articles and reading guides to video lessons and audio lectures. Each student learns in a different way, and it is important to use the materials that are most suited to the student's individual way of learning.