Hi there! My name is Matt, and I have a Master's degree in the History of Science and Science Education from Oregon State University as well as bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Philosophy from Central Michigan University. I want to share my talent for science communication and passion for learning about the world around us with people of all ages. I have tutored and taught children Kindergarten through High School in English, Science, and Math. I have also tutored and taught college level students in the study of history. My favorite places to learn are Natural History Museums, Zoos, Aquariums, Planetariums and other outdoor or interactive experiences. I have helped to educate people of all ages as a caretaker of rare and endangered Lemurs from Madagascar at Duke University in North Carolina, U.S.A. and more recently as a guide in the physics lab at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. I want to bring this excitement for discovery to all students! It's an amazing world that we live in, and we only have the opportunity of one lifetime to discover all that we can. I think that means that the best thing people can do in this life is embrace the joy that learning about the world around them gives and go exploring!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Central Michigan University - Bachelors, Psychology and Philosophy
Graduate Degree: Oregon State University - Masters, History of Science and Science Education
I love camping, hiking and running, playing guitar, disc golf, and creative writing (songs, poems, and short stories) in my spare time. I also enjoy snowboarding, which I picked up while studying abroad in Sweden. I am from Michigan originally but have also lived in Rhode Island, North Carolina, Oregon, and now California!
College World History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students today come to institutions of higher education from a remarkably diverse range of ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. These students need more guidance than ever to get the most out of their college experience in preparation for the increasingly degree-saturated and competitive career paths that they will pursue upon graduation. Owing to this, students all require equal investment and attention from their instructors so that they might gain insights that allow them to strategically focus their studies and encouragement that inspires them to high levels of performance. This tutoring company makes this possible, and with my background teaching Reading and Writing, Math, Science and History to all ages, I have the ability to help make the one on one education that many students need a reality!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first step is to get to know a student and find out about their interests! I, for example, love camping, hiking and running, playing guitar, disc golf, and creative writing (songs, poems, and short stories) in my spare time. I also enjoy snowboarding, which I picked up while studying abroad in Sweden. I am from Michigan originally but have also lived in Rhode Island, North Carolina, Oregon, and now California! Learning about what a person loves allows you to connect educational material to their life and give learning meaning and context. The second step in any first session is to find out what the student is working on in class and get a sense for what they do well and where they are struggling. I would ask a few simple questions to find out about this, and move forward with a combination of independent and guided work on the part of the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Being an independent learner requires you to be self-motivated, disciplined enough to manage your time and remain focused, and honest with yourself enough to know when you need help! In my personal experience, nothing motivates and helps you focus more than exploring something that interests you. For this reason, I strive to connect lessons to areas that interest to student, or to their long-term goals. These may not always seem related to class work, but are often more connected than we realize. Managing your time is a matter of practicing good study skills and strategies, and being honest with yourself is a matter of taking the time to assess your own progress, which is also something that can be practiced with tutoring.