To all prospective students-
My name is Matt! I studied English at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and graduated cum laude in 2009. Whether you are looking for assistance with grammar, writing, or literature I'd be glad to help! I have experience in a wide range of English literature from Medieval works such as Beowulf through contemporary writers like Don DeLillo. I've written academic reports, creative fiction, and even business-to-business correspondence, so whatever you need to write, I'm sure I may have some experience in it. Beyond that, I'm also interested in a wide variety of subjects and I am more than willing to step outside the bounds of what I know to help a student and to better myself.
Much of my experience in tutoring has been with individuals in their late teens or older, though I have worked with kids in a non-educational setting before. Everyone learns differently, so I strive to find the bridges I can build with students' other interests in order to make concepts more understandable - I have knowledge in several fields other than the humanities and I find that linking what you want to learn to what you already know is an excellent way to become more proficient in a subject. Also, if you're reading a work that I have no experience with, or even one that I haven't read in a while, I'll take the time to read it with you; having an in-depth understanding of a subject is the best way to teach it to others. Ultimately, I tailor each tutoring session to a student's needs, skill level, and method of learning to optimize comprehension and learning speed.
I live in Crystal Lake and work in Des Plaines so I can easily meet between the two.
And finally, while English is certainly my forte, I am also fairly proficient in music theory, math, history, and a few languages and would greatly enjoy being able to assist in those fields as well.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I'd be delighted to work something out with you!
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