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Hey, my name is Matt, and I am a software engineer. I graduated from Mississippi State University in 2007 with bachelor degrees in Software Engineering and Computer Science. I also minored in Math.
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to learn Spanish. After 3 years of high school Spanish, I began to self-study using lessons on CD, books, etc. In 2006, I traveled to Costa Rica to take an intensive Spanish course at a language academy. While there I lived with a family from Costa Rica, and I took classes for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. At the end of the courses, I had achieved an ‘Intermediate’ level. In 2010, I joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Ecuador for 2 years and 3 months. I also lived with a family in Ecuador for the entire time I was there, which I believe helped my Spanish even more than some of the other volunteers. At the end of my service, I tested at the 'Advanced Mid' level according to the Guidelines of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). This is the equivalent of Level 8 of 10, with 10 being a 'Superior' speaker in the language.
During my time in the Peace Corps, and throughout my life, I have taught a number of subjects, mostly related to computers, English, Math, and Spanish. I have also taught a wide age range, ranging from ages 5 to 60, and I have taught individuals, small groups, and classes of 25 or more students.
I prefer to use a more hands-on approach to teaching by having conversations, playing games, and doing activities while visiting different locations (such as malls, parks, or restaurants). I find it more useful to experience the language or subject while it is being learned. For example, it is easier to learn Spanish vocabulary related to hardware when you are actually in a hardware store holding the object in your hands. The same is true for math, English, or computer skills. In my opinion, if you can actually use the concepts, see them, and experience them, they will be easier to retain.
I believe that through my numerous experiences studying, working, traveling, and teaching, I have gained unique skills and a wide range of vocabulary in both English and Spanish. I enjoy teaching things that I have learned, which is why I would enjoy tutoring more in the subjects I mentioned above.
If you would like to brush up on your conversational Spanish, or you need more formal help with Spanish, please feel free to contact me. I can also help with English, math, and computer related subjects.
I could sometimes be available early mornings and the occasional lunch hour, but I am mostly available during the evenings (after 5pm) and weekends. I would love to help in any way that I can! Hey, my name is Matt, and I am a software engineer. I graduated from Mississippi State University in 2007 with bachelor degrees in Software Engineering and Computer Science. I also minored in Math.
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