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Matthew

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I have been tutoring for 5 years ranging from elementary school to college students. I specialize in math and science, I am also strong in writing and humanities as well. I have strong standardized test scores and can teach those subjects.

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Harvey Mudd College - Current Undergrad, Physics and Statistics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 32

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 35

Hobbies

Chess, Wrestling , Science , Technology and business

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

AP Physics 1

AP Physics C: Mechanics

Calculus

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Algebra

High School Physics

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

Math

Middle School Math

Physics

Pre-Algebra

SAT Prep

Science

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to allow the student to think about and come to an answer as I guide them along the way.

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

Work with the student to figure out where they are starting, how they learn and what is the best way to teach.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Guide the student to think about the problems and ask the proper questions, rather than just being fed the answer.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Figure out the student's goals and what the student is interested in, and incorporate that into the lessons

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

Start with a simpler version of the skill, see what the student understands and where the student trips up, and try to build from there.

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

Teach tips and tricks to be able to break down a text easier. Use simple tools to represent text in a better way.

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

Figuring out how the student learns best and trying to adjust the learning to what the student understands. Once the student has some understanding, then do a lot of varied practice

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

Find out what the student is passionate in, and relate that to what they are struggling in.

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

Giving the student interesting and new questions.

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

Encourage the student. Have them start with simple problems, and build up.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Ask the student. See where they struggle.

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

Ask the student what they prefer and change as we go. See what works and what doesn't.

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

Paper, a pencil, the Internet, and humor.