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I am a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame, where I honed my problem solving skills in the top-ranked Mendoza College of Business. I am new to the Chicago area, but eager to start working with local students. My degree in Finance also provided a strong base in the subjects of accounting, statistics, and IT management. I completed an array of electives, including science courses in the Energy Studies program, as well as literature and poetry in the program of Liberal Studies. Additionally, my writing experience in the realms of research and creative writing make me an ideal instructor for essay writing, literature, and critical reading.
I have tutored throughout my academic career, working in the subjects of math and english during high school. Later at ND, I tutored one on one with local middle schoolers in all subjects. I am inspired by guiding young minds to their fullest potential, and one of my greatest fulfillments is seeing a student's face light up when they truly understand something in a new way.
My SAT and ACT scores are in the 99th percentile, and I was a National Merit Finalist in high school. I have experience with eight AP courses as well, including Biology, English Lit/Lang, and World History. I am a hard worker and a team player, participating in campus employment and student government throughout college.

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Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Notre Dame - Bachelors, Finance

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 32

SAT Composite: 2280

SAT Math: 760

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 720


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Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Writing



College Algebra





High School Business

High School Economics

High School Writing

Managerial Accounting


PC Basic Computer Skills



PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy focuses on patience and empathy with my students. I want to understand not only what they are struggling with, but why they are struggling and how it makes them feel. By relating to them in this way, I can inspire new levels of confidence on the path to true learning.

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

Learn about the student and their interests and motivations. Introduce myself and my interests so the student immediately feels comfortable with me and can relate to me. Then, identify the student's learning objectives and the broad areas in which they could use help.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It all starts with desire - we must want to learn in order to learn. If a student is lacking in this, I would begin by helping develop a genuine interest in the subject matter. If the student has desire but lacks the tools or skills to learn independently, the focus becomes teaching them how to find information and how to internalize it in long-term memory.

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