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Matthew B.

Ph.D. Student: Tutoring GRE, Statistics, SPSS, & Writing

College Park, MD (20740)

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Thanks for taking time to review my profile. There are a lot of great tutors on WyzAnt, so I appreciate you stopping by my site to take a gander. There is a ton of detail about me below, specifically my knowledge of statistics. But if you take one thing away from this page, know this: I am completely dedicated to helping my clients reach their academic and/or professional goals. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

"Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach." ~Aristotle

"I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." ~Albert Eistein

BACKGROUND
My academic and professional background is varied. I have a Master's in Experimental Psychology and have worked as a teaching assistant at both the undergraduate and graduate level. As a TA, I lectured for introductory statistics courses and tutored graduate students on both univariate and multivariate statistics. Professionally, I was formerly a summer camp program director and have worked with children ages 5-17, designing various outdoor adventure programs. I have even served as a lead sailing instructor for a Road Scholar sailing course that involved older, active adults.

Throughout these experiences my passion has always been helping people meet their learning goals, whether they hoped to understand how to test a hypothesis or rig a sailboat. In my continuing academic and professional development, I am increasingly becoming an expert in statistics for the social sciences. I can also support students in other areas including (but not limited to): GREs, algebra I, algebra II, and writing. While I go into greater detail about my statistics tutoring below, I am happy to work with students in other areas highlighted on my profile. Please let me know if you have any questions, and best of luck in finding the right tutor who can support your needs.

As a doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, I have a very strong background in statistics for the social sciences. My doctoral degree will be in Human Development with a minor in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation (at the university it is a certificate involving eight advanced statistics courses). My knowledge includes but is not limited to simple univariate statistics such as chi-square tests, t-tests, ANOVAs, bivariate correlations, multiple linear regressions, and logistic regressions. I can also help students use more advanced statistical models such as (again not an exhaustive list): MANOVAs, discriminant analysis, generalized linear models - e.g., poisson and loglinear models, principal components analysis, exploratory factor analysis, and multi-level modeling.

In terms of software, I am most comfortable with SPSS and HLM, as I use these programs in much of my own work. I am also in the process of learning R, which is a free statistics program that many of my current statistics professors use in their courses.

Here are some of the ways I can help you:

1. Understand the normal distribution, measures of variability, and central tendencies

2. Understand the different levels of measurement and how they relate to particular sets of statistical tests/models

3. Learn the assumptions of the various statistical models typically used by researchers and how to test the assumptions of each model

4. Learn how to best screen, clean, and organize data in statistical software packages

5. Learn how to use the appropriate statistical software to set up and run a statistical model for the purpose of testing a hypothesis (or as part of a class exercise)

6. Learn how to calculate most of the univariate statistical models by hand (more commonly needed for students in introductory statistics courses).

7. Understand the results of the tests whether conducted using a computer program or by hand

8. Understand the appropriate ways to write-up a test result in accordance with APA-style reporting of hypothesis testing

Now those are not the only ways I can help students, and if you know you need help with statistics but don't see the kind of help you need listed above, feel free to contact me. I have helped current and former students do everything from learn the basics of social science statistics to analyze, interpret, and write-up complex statistical models for their own dissertations.

If you have any questions at all feel free to contact me, and best of luck in your search for a statistics tutor.

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Matthew’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, SPSS, Statistics
English:
Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Science:
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, SPSS
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Microsoft Excel, Proofreading, SPSS, Statistics

Proofreading

Everyone could use an editor, even when we think we have written our very best work. I have a lot of experience helping students who have big writing projects that just need that final round of reviews to take them to the next level.

Psychology

I have a Master's degree in Experimental Psychology, a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and have published work related to social and developmental psychology in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Human Development at the University of Maryland with a focus on child and adolescent social development.

SPSS

I am doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. The primary focus of my studies is child and adolescent social development. However, I am also minoring in measurement, statistics, and evaluation. This minor involves completing 8 advanced graduate-level statistics courses. In addition to working through this rigorous certificate in statistics, I have previously worked as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate- and graduate-level statistics courses (responsibilities included tutoring students as well as lecturing). Throughout my recent studies and in my own published work, SPSS has been my primary software for analyzing data and testing my hypotheses. I use this program on almost a daily basis.

Statistics

I am a stats geek. There, I said it. I love the idea that statistics can help explain the relationship between variables, can help identify causal relationships, and more generally can help make sense of the complexity of human behavior. That being said, my statistics training is entirely within the field of psychology and behavioral sciences. While some of the statistical models I use in my own work are used in other fields such as economics (particularly behavioral economics) and business/marketing, my expertise will most likely be useful for people who are studying some aspect of human behavior (e.g., psychology, developmental science, sociology, social work, etc.). If you aren't quite sure that I might be the right tutor for you, go ahead and contact me. I'll be happy to answer whatever questions I can even if we don't end up working together.

Writing

Do you have a big writing assignment that needs work? Do you really need to get a good grade in a class and it all comes down to the final paper? I can help provide your writing project both structure and oversight, from the planning stages through the final review. I have published several articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals as well as non-academic outlets, and I know what's needed to take a piece of writing from good to great. If you are simply looking to improve your prose, I have also worked with students over several weeks to help hone writing skills by providing a set of targeted assignments.

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Education

Wilmington University (Psychology)

Saint Joseph's University (Master's)

University of Maryland, College Park (Graduate Coursework)

AMAZING tutor! — Matt is an AMAZING stats tutor! He was able to explain the most complicated concepts to me in a simple, easy fashion and was extremely patient while doing so. I really appreciated him being flexible with the schedule and our meeting spots. He is such a good tutor and I look forward to working with him again in the future! ...

— Amy, Gaithersburg, MD on 5/21/14

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