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Matthew K.

Newton Highlands, MA

$100/hr

Experienced High School / College Math Tutor

Background check passed as of 6/14/12
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Experienced High School / College Math Tutor

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Over the last 10 years, I've been recognized by dozens of students and parents for my ability to be amiable, personable, and patient. While these are all qualities a good tutor should have, my students hire me for another reason - because I'm effective.

On occasion I'll have the pleasure of building a lasting relationship with a family that I've assisted long term for enrichment, but more often my clients are looking to catch up - and quickly. My experience and expertise at communicating math and science concepts can help fill in the gaps and prepare students to handle new concepts independently. I know what the high school science curriculum wants you to be able to do. I know which mathematics topics will be covered in succession of one another. I can show you how to do it, and quickly.

Specific subjects I have tutored in the past include SAT Prep, Pre-algebra, Algebra I and II, Pre-calculus and Trigonometry, Geometry, Basic Probability and Statistics, Calculus I, II, and III, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra I and II. I have some serious expertise in most of these - take a look at my descriptions for specific subjects for more info.

Due to work commitments, I am currently accepting new students Monday through Friday, evenings only, and I have a minimum 60 minute lesson policy. I am currently accepting students in Wellesley and the western side of Newton. I'm very accessible via e-mail, so feel free to reach out to me with questions before committing to a lesson.

Testimonials

"Delighted"

- Marty, Lowell, MA on 6/2/09

"Amazing tutor."

- Peter, Plaistow, NH on 12/12/12

"Fantastic tutor for advanced math and physics"

- Catherine, Concord, MA on 10/21/12

"Best tutor we have used."

- Christine, Dunstable, MA on 10/11/12

"Wonderful, patient tutor"

- Jane, North Andover, MA on 10/4/12

"Very clear explanations of difficult subject matter"

- Sue, Westford, MA on 9/14/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Maureen, Bedford, MA on 8/23/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Sarina, Wenham, MA on 6/15/12

"Matthew K. is an awesome tutor!! Highly recommend him"

- Lisa, Epping, NH on 4/28/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Linda, Andover, MA on 4/15/12

"Excellent Tutor - responsive and great with the student"

- Andrew, Melrose, MA on 3/28/12

"Great Tutor with flexible teaching"

- Matthew, Newton Center, MA on 1/25/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Maria, Wilmington, MA on 1/12/11

"Excellent Tutor "

- Dan, Byfield, MA on 7/19/10

"Execellent tutor"

- Anthony, Methuen, MA on 1/30/10

"GREAT TUTOR"

- Lisa, Windham, NH on 11/29/09

"very understanding"

- Dean, Lawrence, MA on 10/27/09
English:
SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Actuarial Science

As an aspiring actuary, I have passed the first few exams. Because of my use of a slower, thorough process of study, I have an in-depth understanding of how each topic works, and can help others to understand not only how to make sense of the topics, but also how they are tested. I will only tutor Exams P/1 and FM/2 (Probability and Financial Math).

Algebra 1

The first time learning Algebra is a potentially difficult process for many. Even students with historical success in math can be thrown off by the elevated work requirement needed to do well.

I've worked with dozens of students who endured Algebra for the first time, and I know what works and what doesn't. I'm a strong authority when it comes to getting my students to understand, in part because of my experience, and in part because I know the curriculum and common test practices very, very well.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2, in most high schools, follows the year where a student takes Geometry. For this reason, students often go a whole year or more without doing any Algebra, and the transition can leave a student worse for wear.

One thing I excel at is recognizing and getting students in this category to remember the important aspects of Algebra that they might have forgotten. I'm also masterful in terms of explaining the concepts presented in this course, having been teaching Algebra for well over 7 years now.

Calculus

By far one of my favorite subjects to teach, Calculus holds a special place with me - it was the first subject I formally taught to others.

Calculus is tough. There's a reason many students aren't required to take it unnecessarily or opt not to if possible. Much of it is less "here are the steps" like algebra tends to be, and more "analyze and try a few possible steps". It can be frustrating to sort through such a thick topic alone, especially one that requires mastery of nearly everything learned from grades 3-12. Fortunately, I'm here to be the navigator that knows exactly how curriculums progress and what your instructor wants you to be able to do.

Discrete Math

I have tutored extensively under the large umbrella of math called "discrete math". I have specifically spent time with students (and peers) reviewing such subjects as Linear Algebra, Introductory Probability, Combinatorics, and other related topics (truth tables, set theory, graph theory, etc.). When I took these courses as an undergrad, I not only received solid A's (Linear Algebra I & II, Discrete Structures I & II) but was recognized by my professors for my consistency in being at the top of the class.

Geometry

Geometry is quite different than most kinds of math, which can make it a welcome relief or a frustration. In my experience, there is not a very strong correlation between a student's success in Algebra and a student's success in Geometry.

In fact, many students who are used to excelling in math find themselves struggling during their bout with Geometry. Geometry more visual-spacial, and often is presented via problems that are solved like a puzzle. I have expertise with not only the concepts in the standardized high school Geometry curriculum, but also with proofs. I also took an elective course during my undergrad that explored effective ways of teaching high school Geometry.

Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra was a class I really enjoyed as an undergraduate. One of the reasons I really liked the courses (two rigorous semesters resulting in solid A's) was that I had an excellent professor. He's an individual who taught me much about excellence as an educator, and tutoring LA is a fond reminder of that. Moreover, my own style of tutoring not only allows students to "get it" quickly, but also enables them to enjoy the topics (vector spaces, matrixes, etc).

Precalculus

Infamous for frustrating Juniors and Seniors for decades, Pre-Calc is one of the "hot" subjects that define why tutoring is so valuable. There is a lot of new, detail-oriented, and different topics that first appear in this course, and many students who previously found themselves excelling in math get taken by surprise. Fortunately, as one of my favorite topics to teach, Pre-Calc is completely cataloged to me - I've taught each topic so many times that I know both the order and timeline in which topics progress, as well as the best way to teach each. In short, I'm an absolute expert with Pre-Calculus.

Probability

Probability is a subject that I've worked closely with for a long time. I've used my expertise to help dozens of students with everything from high-school intro or AP courses to college level Prob & Stats. Whether you're getting into the basics, as is common in programs such as Prob & Stats for Nursing, or taking a more in-depth theoretical or scientific course, I can help you.

PSAT

The PSAT is the most important test you'll take that nearly doesn't matter (to the outside world, at least). Colleges won't get scores to discriminate for future applications, but the real benefit to prepping PSAT is the jump start it gives you for SAT. For all intents and purposes, your scores are indicative of your theoretical performance on the SAT next year, yet the material is near identical. The test differs from the SAT in length and omission of an essay. For high achievers, this test could potentially earn some National Merit Scholarships, but you should know they are extremely competitive and limited in number.

SAT Math

I am an absolute expert on everything SAT. I've shared my expertise with dozens of students over the years, and helped each achieve the best possible score on test day. It's a process that requires a sizable time commitment from you (the student) for complete prep, but the reward of opening an acceptance letter from your dream college is by far worth the price.

SAT Math requires little more than Algebra I skills and Geometry, but the ways in which these are tested aren't always as straightforward as we wish. Fortunately, those ways _are_ standardized, and I know exactly how to get any student up to speed on each topic - when you don't just understand a topic, but know how it will be tested, you'll gain valuable time and confidence.

SAT Writing

I am an absolute expert on everything SAT. I've shared my expertise with dozens of students over the years, and helped each achieve the best possible score on test day. It's a process that requires a sizable time commitment from you (the student) for complete prep, but the reward of opening an acceptance letter from your dream college is by far worth the price.

SAT Writing is the less scrutinized score in terms of what a college admissions officer is considering, but is important nonetheless. In fact, if you are applying for a major that involves a good bit of writing (English, History, even Engineering!), a solid SAT Writing score can tip the scales in your favor. From the Essay to the multiple choice grammar, I can show you what to look for and which grammar rules are particularly important.

Statistics

As an aspiring actuary, statistics is of great interest to me. I've taken a few different courses in both probability and statistics, and greatly enjoy helping others gain the same level of understanding and interest.

Trigonometry

Often included with Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry is a challenging topic for many reasons. A thorough exploration of triangles and their applications to algebra and the coordinate plane are a detailed, intricate topic that looks great on a college application but is a challenge to truly understand and succeed at.

I've taught the concepts of Trig countless times, and really enjoy sharing my expertise with students. The memorization tricks and insight I have are what separate me from other educators in Trig. My past success stories are the evidence!

University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Cum Laude
Mathematical Science
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Master's

Education

University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Cum Laude (Mathematical Science)

University of Massachusetts at Lowell (Master's)

Delighted — My son feels like the weight of the world is off his shoulders. Matt is just what he needed to get through this difficult and intense class. Being the first time we have ever tried anything like this we were apprehensive. I just love the fact we have a tutor who is passionate about teaching, prompt, courteous, patient and thorough. Matt has been able to fit into my son's busy schedule and make ...

— Marty, Lowell, MA on 6/2/09

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

If we need to meet more than 10 times to catch you up, I will reduce your rate to $80/hr for lessons 11 on. Group rates: $120/hr for 3 students $140/hr for 4+ students

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 7 miles of Newton Highlands, MA 02461.


About Matthew

Over the last 10 years, I've been recognized by dozens of students and parents for my ability to be amiable, personable, and patient. While these are all qualities a good tutor should have, my students hire me for another reason - because I'm effective.

On occasion I'll have the pleasure of building a lasting relationship with a family that I've assisted long term for enrichment, but more often my clients are looking to catch up - and quickly. My experience and expertise at communicating math and science concepts can help fill in the gaps and prepare students to handle new concepts independently. I know what the high school science curriculum wants you to be able to do. I know which mathematics topics will be covered in succession of one another. I can show you how to do it, and quickly.

Specific subjects I have tutored in the past include SAT Prep, Pre-algebra, Algebra I and II, Pre-calculus and Trigonometry, Geometry, Basic Probability and Statistics, Calculus I, II, and III, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra I and II. I have some serious expertise in most of these - take a look at my descriptions for specific subjects for more info.

Due to work commitments, I am currently accepting new students Monday through Friday, evenings only, and I have a minimum 60 minute lesson policy. I am currently accepting students in Wellesley and the western side of Newton. I'm very accessible via e-mail, so feel free to reach out to me with questions before committing to a lesson.

Testimonials

"Delighted"

- Marty, Lowell, MA on 6/2/09

"Amazing tutor."

- Peter, Plaistow, NH on 12/12/12

"Fantastic tutor for advanced math and physics"

- Catherine, Concord, MA on 10/21/12

"Best tutor we have used."

- Christine, Dunstable, MA on 10/11/12

"Wonderful, patient tutor"

- Jane, North Andover, MA on 10/4/12

"Very clear explanations of difficult subject matter"

- Sue, Westford, MA on 9/14/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Maureen, Bedford, MA on 8/23/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Sarina, Wenham, MA on 6/15/12

"Matthew K. is an awesome tutor!! Highly recommend him"

- Lisa, Epping, NH on 4/28/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Linda, Andover, MA on 4/15/12

"Excellent Tutor - responsive and great with the student"

- Andrew, Melrose, MA on 3/28/12

"Great Tutor with flexible teaching"

- Matthew, Newton Center, MA on 1/25/12

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Maria, Wilmington, MA on 1/12/11

"Excellent Tutor "

- Dan, Byfield, MA on 7/19/10

"Execellent tutor"

- Anthony, Methuen, MA on 1/30/10

"GREAT TUTOR"

- Lisa, Windham, NH on 11/29/09

"very understanding"

- Dean, Lawrence, MA on 10/27/09
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Education

University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Cum Laude
Mathematical Science
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Master's

Education

University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Cum Laude (Mathematical Science)

University of Massachusetts at Lowell (Master's)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required

If we need to meet more than 10 times to catch you up, I will reduce your rate to $80/hr for lessons 11 on. Group rates: $120/hr for 3 students $140/hr for 4+ students

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Matthew’s Subjects

English:
SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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