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I am a recent college graduate with a degree in international relations from American University. I specialize in teaching about politics, history, geography, and first and second year French and Spanish. I have been interested in these subjects from a young age and have experience working with students as a teaching assistant and from service trips. I am comfortable working with students of all ages.

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Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: American University - Bachelors, International Relations

Hobbies

geography, traveling

Tutoring Subjects

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP World History

College Geography

Elementary School

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

French

French 1

Geography

Government

High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

History

Languages

Latin America History

Middle School Writing

Other

Political Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in taking a flexible approach and seeing what works best for the student. I am also a firm believer in interactive learning and tying the subject to areas of interest to the student to help motivate them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By finding out what interests them and tying the subject to their area of interest. Also by making it hands-on and engaging. That will help to motivate them to learn on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would find new ways to bring the subject to life for them and try a new approach if the old one isn't working. But hopefully, if I can help them do better in the subject, that will help keep them motivated as well.

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

I would devote more time to focusing on that particular skill and find creative ways to help them improve.

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

I would try to tie it to things they are interested in and make it more interactive and hands-on.

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

I would give short practice assessments to make sure they can understand it without me helping them.

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

By simplifying it and showing them this is something they can do.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would talk to them first and see what they feel they need and have them explain their difficulty. I would also give them a few short practice assessments.

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

I like to be flexible and get to know the students and figure out what works for them. Sometimes I can tell just by getting a feel for what type of person they are, but sometimes it may require some trial and error.

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

I would spend a few minutes getting to know them first, finding out their goals and what they are having trouble with. I would also give a few short practice assessments to better understand their strengths and weaknesses. I would then work with them to come up with a long-term study plan.


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