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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


geography, traveling

Tutoring Subjects

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP World History

College Geography

Elementary School

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing


French 1



High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing



Latin America History

Middle School Writing


Political Science

Social Sciences

Social studies


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

World History


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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