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Matthew

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Writing is the difficult process of choosing and recording thoughts. Composition is the simple process of organizing existing thoughts and words into the sentences, paragraphs, and documents that professors enjoy receiving. Using composition techniques during the drafting process leads to effective submissions and improved grades.
Grammar is often used to edit a draft. However, grammar contains valuable information about language, and understanding basic principles can help you generate sentences and paragraphs! Utilizing grammar as an "invention" tool helps a student acquire knowledge and demonstrate it confidently.
I can also use my extensive slam poetry/acting experience to help learners gain confidence with the sounds of English (ESL) and deepen their connection to the ideas and rhetorical strategies (All).

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of New Mexico - Bachelors, Creative Writing

Graduate Degree: University of Arizona - Masters, Fine Arts - Poetry

Hobbies

Poetry, guitar, rabbits.


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that students are equals in potential if not experience. Approaching the educational experience as an exchange where students and teachers work to help each other advance the pursuit of knowledge leads to success.

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

After a short, fun introduction, I'd like to hear from the student about specific issues or assignments that he or she would like to improve. A writing prompt can illuminate achievable goals if the student is unsure where to start.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Language is fun, useful, and everywhere. We engage with language everyday. Understanding how our common, enjoyable daily usage can contribute to focused academic success is easier than it sounds!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Smart breaks foster smart work sessions. Approaching strategies for refreshing the brain and curiosity builds a student's sense of engagement with application of knowledge.