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Matthew K.

Professional tutor for K-12 education, special needs and languages

Professional tutor for K-12 education, special needs and languages

$90/hour

  • 693 hours tutoring

About Matthew


Bio

Hi there! My name is Matt and I am a full-time professional tutor and homeschool teacher. My background includes graduate-level education coursework at UCLA, pre-medical training, and a BA in psychology with minors in Spanish and Chinese language. I worked for six years in academic psychiatry and neuroscience research at UCSF. While on a Fulbright English teaching fellowship, I was fortunate enough to be awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award for my work abroad.

My love of learning parallels...

Hi there! My name is Matt and I am a full-time professional tutor and homeschool teacher. My background includes graduate-level education coursework at UCLA, pre-medical training, and a BA in psychology with minors in Spanish and Chinese language. I worked for six years in academic psychiatry and neuroscience research at UCSF. While on a Fulbright English teaching fellowship, I was fortunate enough to be awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award for my work abroad.

My love of learning parallels my love of teaching—over the past decade, I have taught extensively as a K-12 homeschool teacher and tutor, and worked for many years in the field of autism spectrum disorder and special needs. Many of my students are struggling in school, have organizational or executive functioning challenges, or have neurodevelopmental disorders (ASD, ADHD). I am passionate about helping students with special needs in their education and challenging behaviors—COVID has not been easy for anyone, but it has taken a serious toll on special needs families.

How do I approach tutoring, you ask? Most importantly, I find inspiration in the student's interests and hobbies. Research shows that the more intrinsically motivated a student is in a given subject, the harder they will work and the more successful they will be in their studies. For elementary and special needs students, I make use of hands-on tools, such as math manipulatives (think fraction blocks) and reward/schedule boards. I drive around a miniature classroom in my car full of all sorts of games and activities for my students.

Whether it's teaching early reading to a kindergartener or college-level essay writing to an adult with special needs, I am here to help. Feel free to reach out with any questions or to discuss programs tailored to your needs.


Education

New College of Florida
Psychology, Spanish, Chinese
UCLA graduate student
Graduate Coursework

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  • Background check passed on 7/24/2021

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Subjects

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I began teaching English in college as a volunteer for a Literacy Council that certified me in ESL instruction. I led an ESL course for Hispanic adults for one year using my Spanish ability to help me teach. I am also fluent in French and Mandarin, which I have used in other tutoring cases. In China and Taiwan, I taught English for several summers and worked in a public elementary school teaching English for one year. Currently, I am teaching ESL of all levels for adults seeking an associate's degree at a learning institute.
Spanish

Spanish

I mastered Spanish in high school and in college. In tenth grade, I scored in the 99th percentile on the National Spanish Exam. I later scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. In college, I took advanced Spanish literature coursework every semester, including reading Don Quixote with a professor 1:1 and translating a short novel from Spanish to English. My thesis also studied Spanish vocabulary acquisition in college students. Additionally, I am a certified translator for Spanish to English. Now, all my devices and webpages are in Spanish, I listen to Spanish podcasts, read Spanish literature, and keep up with Spanish-speaking friends abroad. I have worked with many students learning Spanish: recent successes include helping an 11th grade girl succeed in intensive online Spanish III over the summer, helping a sophomore through online Spanish II, and tutoring a high school girl through all her years of Spanish (three years and counting!).

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

I have taught common core English and math curricula for elementary through high school students for two years total. My students include those with ADHD, autism and other learning disorders. I have several books in my library related to common core standards and use them quite regularly for my tutoring and homeschooling cases.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been homeschooling and tutoring elementary school students for seven years, which includes a year teaching in a pre-K through sixth grade public elementary school. Maintaining high energy and using praise and rewards is essential to keep elementary school students working hard and to teach them to enjoy school, so my lessons with young students are exciting and engaging; I make heavy use of hands-on tools, such as math manipulatives (think fraction blocks) and reward/schedule boards and I select books and write math problems tailored to the student's interests. My car has a miniature classroom in its trunk full of games and activities for young children. Recent successes include homeschooling a kindergarten student for beginning reading and math, reading intervention for a first grader, special needs homework and organizational intervention for a fourth grade girl, and sixth grade math tutoring.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have been homeschooling and tutoring elementary school students for seven years, which includes a year teaching in a pre-K through sixth grade public elementary school. Maintaining high energy and using praise and rewards is essential to keep elementary school students working hard and to teach them to enjoy school, so my lessons with young students are exciting and engaging; I make heavy use of hands-on tools, such as math manipulatives (think fraction blocks) and reward/schedule boards and I select books and write math problems tailored to the student's interests. My car has a miniature classroom in its trunk full of games and activities for young children. Recent successes include homeschooling a kindergarten student for beginning reading and math, reading intervention for a first grader, special needs homework and organizational intervention for a fourth grade girl, and sixth grade math tutoring.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

Homeschooling is my favorite way to teach because I can tailor the coursework exactly to a given student's level and thus help them achieve significant gains academically. For younger and special needs students, I focus on hands-on activities, such as by using math manipulatives (think fraction blocks), mixing arts and crafts with school work, and playing learning games. I also incorporate reward and schedule boards and books that are exciting for the students to read and write about. For older students, I focus our reading and writing on their passions and interests about the world to keep them engaged and focused--this is where the best learning happens. While I used to homeschool for premier homeschool companies that charge high prices and reimburse the teacher very little, I now homeschool independently. Recent successes include: homeschooling a kindergartner through beginning reading and math, homeschooling English, math, art, tech and science for a bright third grader with autism, homeschooling a high school girl in English Language Arts throughout her entire high school career (three years and counting!), and homeschooling high-school psychology for a year.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught English and ESL for about six years. This includes high school English and elementary level reading. Most recently I have homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English—we are about to start 11th grade. I also completed common core reading work with a third grader with autism and ADHD, and also helped his younger brother with cerebral palsy in kindergarten learn to read basic words and sentences despite his vision and cognitive challenges. I love to teach reading to kids of all walks of life!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for seven years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past two years homeschooling and tutoring special needs students. I focus on organization, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors while also using reward and schedule boards to motivate students. I have many strategies I can use with students (timers, reminder apps, calendaring, planners), and also book programs I recommend to parents. I typically start with parent and student questionnaires to gather data about their strengths and weaknesses in organizational skills. Recent successes include working on homework with a fourth-grade girl with ADHD, providing writing support for an advanced highschool student with ADHD, and helping a hyperactive kindergartener learn to read.
Phonics

English

English,

English

I have taught K-12 English and ESL for about five years. In college, I completed around ten literature courses. Most recently, I homeschooled a high school student's English class from ninth grade through tenth grade. We focus on both literature and pragmatic writing skills for young adults. We are about to start her eleventh grade year. I also have worked in academic research and writing for 6 years, so I am quite versed in writing skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I began teaching English in college as a volunteer for a Literacy Council that certified me in ESL instruction. I led an ESL course for Hispanic adults for one year using my Spanish ability to help me teach. I am also fluent in French and Mandarin, which I have used in other tutoring cases. In China and Taiwan, I taught English for several summers and worked in a public elementary school teaching English for one year. Currently, I am teaching ESL of all levels for adults seeking an associate's degree at a learning institute.
Literature,

Literature

I have homeschooled English literature coursework for high school students for two years now. Units have included postmodern literature, early 20th century literature and modern literature focusing on disability and race. I have taught languages and writing for about six years. In college, I completed about ten literature courses, not only in English but also in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese. Currently, I am homeschooling an 11th grade girl who was with me for her 9th and 10th grade years for ELA.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught English and ESL for about six years. This includes high school English and elementary level reading. Most recently I have homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English—we are about to start 11th grade. I also completed common core reading work with a third grader with autism and ADHD, and also helped his younger brother with cerebral palsy in kindergarten learn to read basic words and sentences despite his vision and cognitive challenges. I love to teach reading to kids of all walks of life!
Writing

Writing

I have tutored and homeschooled English Language Arts and ESL for about six years now. Most recently, I homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English. We are about to start her 11th grade year. My students include those with autism, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. In college, I successfully applied to many fellowship and scholarship programs, and most recently to graduate school at UCLA, so I am well-prepared to help with college essay writing as well. For the past five years, I have worked in academic research and writing so I have some specialty in technical writing skills and peer review.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring and teaching math for five years. In high school, I completed AP Calculus. After college, I completed the full pre-medical curriculum. Currently, I tutor as low as kindergarten math and as high as algebra 1 for two college students. For younger children, I have a variety of techniques, games and manipulatives to teach math and make it fun. To note, I teach many students with autism spectrum disorder elementary through college math.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been homeschooling and tutoring elementary school students for seven years, which includes a year teaching in a pre-K through sixth grade public elementary school. Maintaining high energy and using praise and rewards is essential to keep elementary school students working hard and to teach them to enjoy school, so my lessons with young students are exciting and engaging; I make heavy use of hands-on tools, such as math manipulatives (think fraction blocks) and reward/schedule boards and I select books and write math problems tailored to the student's interests. My car has a miniature classroom in its trunk full of games and activities for young children. Recent successes include homeschooling a kindergarten student for beginning reading and math, reading intervention for a first grader, special needs homework and organizational intervention for a fourth grade girl, and sixth grade math tutoring.
English,

English

I have taught K-12 English and ESL for about five years. In college, I completed around ten literature courses. Most recently, I homeschooled a high school student's English class from ninth grade through tenth grade. We focus on both literature and pragmatic writing skills for young adults. We are about to start her eleventh grade year. I also have worked in academic research and writing for 6 years, so I am quite versed in writing skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I began teaching English in college as a volunteer for a Literacy Council that certified me in ESL instruction. I led an ESL course for Hispanic adults for one year using my Spanish ability to help me teach. I am also fluent in French and Mandarin, which I have used in other tutoring cases. In China and Taiwan, I taught English for several summers and worked in a public elementary school teaching English for one year. Currently, I am teaching ESL of all levels for adults seeking an associate's degree at a learning institute.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have been tutoring and teaching math for five years. In high school, I completed AP Calculus. After college, I completed the full pre-medical curriculum. Currently, I tutor as low as kindergarten math and as high as algebra 1 for two college students. For younger children, I have a variety of techniques, games and manipulatives to teach math and make it fun. To note, I teach many students with autism spectrum disorder elementary through college math.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught English and ESL for about six years. This includes high school English and elementary level reading. Most recently I have homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English—we are about to start 11th grade. I also completed common core reading work with a third grader with autism and ADHD, and also helped his younger brother with cerebral palsy in kindergarten learn to read basic words and sentences despite his vision and cognitive challenges. I love to teach reading to kids of all walks of life!
Spanish,

Spanish

I mastered Spanish in high school and in college. In tenth grade, I scored in the 99th percentile on the National Spanish Exam. I later scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. In college, I took advanced Spanish literature coursework every semester, including reading Don Quixote with a professor 1:1 and translating a short novel from Spanish to English. My thesis also studied Spanish vocabulary acquisition in college students. Additionally, I am a certified translator for Spanish to English. Now, all my devices and webpages are in Spanish, I listen to Spanish podcasts, read Spanish literature, and keep up with Spanish-speaking friends abroad. I have worked with many students learning Spanish: recent successes include helping an 11th grade girl succeed in intensive online Spanish III over the summer, helping a sophomore through online Spanish II, and tutoring a high school girl through all her years of Spanish (three years and counting!).
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for seven years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past two years homeschooling and tutoring special needs students. I focus on organization, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors while also using reward and schedule boards to motivate students. I have many strategies I can use with students (timers, reminder apps, calendaring, planners), and also book programs I recommend to parents. I typically start with parent and student questionnaires to gather data about their strengths and weaknesses in organizational skills. Recent successes include working on homework with a fourth-grade girl with ADHD, providing writing support for an advanced highschool student with ADHD, and helping a hyperactive kindergartener learn to read.
Writing

Writing

I have tutored and homeschooled English Language Arts and ESL for about six years now. Most recently, I homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English. We are about to start her 11th grade year. My students include those with autism, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. In college, I successfully applied to many fellowship and scholarship programs, and most recently to graduate school at UCLA, so I am well-prepared to help with college essay writing as well. For the past five years, I have worked in academic research and writing so I have some specialty in technical writing skills and peer review.

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I began teaching English in college as a volunteer for a Literacy Council that certified me in ESL instruction. I led an ESL course for Hispanic adults for one year using my Spanish ability to help me teach. I am also fluent in French and Mandarin, which I have used in other tutoring cases. In China and Taiwan, I taught English for several summers and worked in a public elementary school teaching English for one year. Currently, I am teaching ESL of all levels for adults seeking an associate's degree at a learning institute.
Spanish

Spanish

I mastered Spanish in high school and in college. In tenth grade, I scored in the 99th percentile on the National Spanish Exam. I later scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. In college, I took advanced Spanish literature coursework every semester, including reading Don Quixote with a professor 1:1 and translating a short novel from Spanish to English. My thesis also studied Spanish vocabulary acquisition in college students. Additionally, I am a certified translator for Spanish to English. Now, all my devices and webpages are in Spanish, I listen to Spanish podcasts, read Spanish literature, and keep up with Spanish-speaking friends abroad. I have worked with many students learning Spanish: recent successes include helping an 11th grade girl succeed in intensive online Spanish III over the summer, helping a sophomore through online Spanish II, and tutoring a high school girl through all her years of Spanish (three years and counting!).

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring and teaching math for five years. In high school, I completed AP Calculus. After college, I completed the full pre-medical curriculum. Currently, I tutor as low as kindergarten math and as high as algebra 1 for two college students. For younger children, I have a variety of techniques, games and manipulatives to teach math and make it fun. To note, I teach many students with autism spectrum disorder elementary through college math.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I have been tutoring and teaching math for five years. In high school, I completed AP Calculus. After college, I completed the full pre-medical curriculum. Currently, I tutor as low as kindergarten math and as high as algebra 1 for two college students. For younger children, I have a variety of techniques, games and manipulatives to teach math and make it fun. To note, I teach many students with autism spectrum disorder elementary through college math.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring and teaching math for five years. In high school, I completed AP Calculus. After college, I completed the full pre-medical curriculum. Currently, I tutor as low as kindergarten math and as high as algebra 1 for two college students. For younger children, I have a variety of techniques, games and manipulatives to teach math and make it fun. To note, I teach many students with autism spectrum disorder elementary through college math.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been homeschooling and tutoring elementary school students for seven years, which includes a year teaching in a pre-K through sixth grade public elementary school. Maintaining high energy and using praise and rewards is essential to keep elementary school students working hard and to teach them to enjoy school, so my lessons with young students are exciting and engaging; I make heavy use of hands-on tools, such as math manipulatives (think fraction blocks) and reward/schedule boards and I select books and write math problems tailored to the student's interests. My car has a miniature classroom in its trunk full of games and activities for young children. Recent successes include homeschooling a kindergarten student for beginning reading and math, reading intervention for a first grader, special needs homework and organizational intervention for a fourth grade girl, and sixth grade math tutoring.
English,

English

I have taught K-12 English and ESL for about five years. In college, I completed around ten literature courses. Most recently, I homeschooled a high school student's English class from ninth grade through tenth grade. We focus on both literature and pragmatic writing skills for young adults. We are about to start her eleventh grade year. I also have worked in academic research and writing for 6 years, so I am quite versed in writing skills.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I began teaching English in college as a volunteer for a Literacy Council that certified me in ESL instruction. I led an ESL course for Hispanic adults for one year using my Spanish ability to help me teach. I am also fluent in French and Mandarin, which I have used in other tutoring cases. In China and Taiwan, I taught English for several summers and worked in a public elementary school teaching English for one year. Currently, I am teaching ESL of all levels for adults seeking an associate's degree at a learning institute.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have been tutoring and teaching math for five years. In high school, I completed AP Calculus. After college, I completed the full pre-medical curriculum. Currently, I tutor as low as kindergarten math and as high as algebra 1 for two college students. For younger children, I have a variety of techniques, games and manipulatives to teach math and make it fun. To note, I teach many students with autism spectrum disorder elementary through college math.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught English and ESL for about six years. This includes high school English and elementary level reading. Most recently I have homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English—we are about to start 11th grade. I also completed common core reading work with a third grader with autism and ADHD, and also helped his younger brother with cerebral palsy in kindergarten learn to read basic words and sentences despite his vision and cognitive challenges. I love to teach reading to kids of all walks of life!
Spanish,

Spanish

I mastered Spanish in high school and in college. In tenth grade, I scored in the 99th percentile on the National Spanish Exam. I later scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. In college, I took advanced Spanish literature coursework every semester, including reading Don Quixote with a professor 1:1 and translating a short novel from Spanish to English. My thesis also studied Spanish vocabulary acquisition in college students. Additionally, I am a certified translator for Spanish to English. Now, all my devices and webpages are in Spanish, I listen to Spanish podcasts, read Spanish literature, and keep up with Spanish-speaking friends abroad. I have worked with many students learning Spanish: recent successes include helping an 11th grade girl succeed in intensive online Spanish III over the summer, helping a sophomore through online Spanish II, and tutoring a high school girl through all her years of Spanish (three years and counting!).
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for seven years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past two years homeschooling and tutoring special needs students. I focus on organization, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors while also using reward and schedule boards to motivate students. I have many strategies I can use with students (timers, reminder apps, calendaring, planners), and also book programs I recommend to parents. I typically start with parent and student questionnaires to gather data about their strengths and weaknesses in organizational skills. Recent successes include working on homework with a fourth-grade girl with ADHD, providing writing support for an advanced highschool student with ADHD, and helping a hyperactive kindergartener learn to read.
Writing

Writing

I have tutored and homeschooled English Language Arts and ESL for about six years now. Most recently, I homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English. We are about to start her 11th grade year. My students include those with autism, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. In college, I successfully applied to many fellowship and scholarship programs, and most recently to graduate school at UCLA, so I am well-prepared to help with college essay writing as well. For the past five years, I have worked in academic research and writing so I have some specialty in technical writing skills and peer review.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I began teaching English in college as a volunteer for a Literacy Council that certified me in ESL instruction. I led an ESL course for Hispanic adults for one year using my Spanish ability to help me teach. I am also fluent in French and Mandarin, which I have used in other tutoring cases. In China and Taiwan, I taught English for several summers and worked in a public elementary school teaching English for one year. Currently, I am teaching ESL of all levels for adults seeking an associate's degree at a learning institute.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for seven years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past two years homeschooling and tutoring special needs students. I focus on organization, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors while also using reward and schedule boards to motivate students. I have many strategies I can use with students (timers, reminder apps, calendaring, planners), and also book programs I recommend to parents. I typically start with parent and student questionnaires to gather data about their strengths and weaknesses in organizational skills. Recent successes include working on homework with a fourth-grade girl with ADHD, providing writing support for an advanced highschool student with ADHD, and helping a hyperactive kindergartener learn to read.

Science

Psychology

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for six years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past school year working twenty hours a week in-home to homeschool and create behavior plans for a third grader with autism/ADHD. I also have worked for several years with high school students who struggle with organization and attention. I focus on reward systems, calendaring, physical organizational skills, the pomodoro technique, and reminder apps and programs.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for six years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past school year working twenty hours a week in-home to homeschool and create behavior plans for a third grader with autism and a first grader with cerebral palsy. I have significant experience creating in-home behavior plans to reduce challenging behaviors, as well as reward systems to assist with tutoring and homeschool learning.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for seven years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past two years homeschooling and tutoring special needs students. I focus on organization, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors while also using reward and schedule boards to motivate students. My approach is very hands-on, such as by using math manipulatives (think fraction blocks) and learning games. Recent successes include homeschooling a third-grade boy with autism, helping a fourth-grade girl with ASD through her weekly homework, helping a college student with ASD get through his first year of college, and helping a first-grader with ASD and intellectual disability learn to read and do basic math.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for seven years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past two years homeschooling and tutoring special needs students. I focus on organization, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors while also using reward and schedule boards to motivate students. I have many strategies I can use with students (timers, reminder apps, calendaring, planners), and also book programs I recommend to parents. I typically start with parent and student questionnaires to gather data about their strengths and weaknesses in organizational skills. Recent successes include working on homework with a fourth-grade girl with ADHD, providing writing support for an advanced highschool student with ADHD, and helping a hyperactive kindergartener learn to read.
Phonics

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring and teaching math for five years. In high school, I completed AP Calculus. After college, I completed the full pre-medical curriculum. Currently, I tutor as low as kindergarten math and as high as algebra 1 for two college students. For younger children, I have a variety of techniques, games and manipulatives to teach math and make it fun. To note, I teach many students with autism spectrum disorder elementary through college math.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have been homeschooling and tutoring elementary school students for seven years, which includes a year teaching in a pre-K through sixth grade public elementary school. Maintaining high energy and using praise and rewards is essential to keep elementary school students working hard and to teach them to enjoy school, so my lessons with young students are exciting and engaging; I make heavy use of hands-on tools, such as math manipulatives (think fraction blocks) and reward/schedule boards and I select books and write math problems tailored to the student's interests. My car has a miniature classroom in its trunk full of games and activities for young children. Recent successes include homeschooling a kindergarten student for beginning reading and math, reading intervention for a first grader, special needs homework and organizational intervention for a fourth grade girl, and sixth grade math tutoring.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I began teaching English in college as a volunteer for a Literacy Council that certified me in ESL instruction. I led an ESL course for Hispanic adults for one year using my Spanish ability to help me teach. I am also fluent in French and Mandarin, which I have used in other tutoring cases. In China and Taiwan, I taught English for several summers and worked in a public elementary school teaching English for one year. Currently, I am teaching ESL of all levels for adults seeking an associate's degree at a learning institute.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught English and ESL for about six years. This includes high school English and elementary level reading. Most recently I have homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English—we are about to start 11th grade. I also completed common core reading work with a third grader with autism and ADHD, and also helped his younger brother with cerebral palsy in kindergarten learn to read basic words and sentences despite his vision and cognitive challenges. I love to teach reading to kids of all walks of life!
Spanish,

Spanish

I mastered Spanish in high school and in college. In tenth grade, I scored in the 99th percentile on the National Spanish Exam. I later scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam. In college, I took advanced Spanish literature coursework every semester, including reading Don Quixote with a professor 1:1 and translating a short novel from Spanish to English. My thesis also studied Spanish vocabulary acquisition in college students. Additionally, I am a certified translator for Spanish to English. Now, all my devices and webpages are in Spanish, I listen to Spanish podcasts, read Spanish literature, and keep up with Spanish-speaking friends abroad. I have worked with many students learning Spanish: recent successes include helping an 11th grade girl succeed in intensive online Spanish III over the summer, helping a sophomore through online Spanish II, and tutoring a high school girl through all her years of Spanish (three years and counting!).
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have worked in the field of special needs professionally for seven years now. This experience includes clinical and assessment work at a medical university, basic neuroscience research, and spending the past two years homeschooling and tutoring special needs students. I focus on organization, executive functioning, and challenging behaviors while also using reward and schedule boards to motivate students. I have many strategies I can use with students (timers, reminder apps, calendaring, planners), and also book programs I recommend to parents. I typically start with parent and student questionnaires to gather data about their strengths and weaknesses in organizational skills. Recent successes include working on homework with a fourth-grade girl with ADHD, providing writing support for an advanced highschool student with ADHD, and helping a hyperactive kindergartener learn to read.
Writing

Writing

I have tutored and homeschooled English Language Arts and ESL for about six years now. Most recently, I homeschooled a girl through 9th and 10th grade English. We are about to start her 11th grade year. My students include those with autism, ADHD and executive functioning challenges. In college, I successfully applied to many fellowship and scholarship programs, and most recently to graduate school at UCLA, so I am well-prepared to help with college essay writing as well. For the past five years, I have worked in academic research and writing so I have some specialty in technical writing skills and peer review.

Test Preparation

Common Core

Common Core

I have taught common core English and math curricula for elementary through high school students for two years total. My students include those with ADHD, autism and other learning disorders. I have several books in my library related to common core standards and use them quite regularly for my tutoring and homeschooling cases.

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The BEST tutor for special needs

Matthew is an absolute gem of a tutor and human being. He has been working with my autistic 12-year-old-son for about five months now on homework. From day one, Matthew came prepared with tools that would keep my son focused and on task, and he always makes the learning upbeat and positive. He has a calm demeanor which is so welcome in our home, is laser focused on the task at hand, and is incredibly intelligent, responsible and dependable. We work with other tutors on the days that Matthew is unavailable, and I can always count on Matthew's days to be the most productive of the week. He is a great listener and truly cares about his students, and puts a lot of thought into each student's needs while offering intelligent and thoughtful suggestions. It is no wonder he has such a tremendous following, as he is filling such a huge need in successfully helping students with complex learning challenges. We hope to continue to work with Matthew for a long time!

Marla, 26 lessons with Matthew

Knowledgeable and patient

Great at motivating and connecting to child! He is very kind and patient. Quick to ascertain level of work needed and builds from there. Very knowledgeable and thorough.

Tonya, 37 lessons with Matthew

Makes learning so fun for my 5 year old!

My 5 year old is slower on his recognition of letters/numbers and easily distracted, and we wanted to find a tutor that came to our house regularly and made learning fun for him. We found that in spades in Matt! My kiddo looks forward to his visit (which is more than I can say for school). Matt is constantly thinking up innovative ways to make learning fun for him - taking into account his obsession with Transformers and robots and superheroes, using sidewalks and chalk to turn math into a hopscotch game, etc. So thankful we found Matt!

Bettina, 1 lesson with Matthew

COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE - SO THANKFUL

Matthew is tutoring my 10-year old son, who is both highly gifted and autistic. He is so good at finding strategies to help engage my son. We have never had anyone have the kind of success that Matthew has had with him - and it was from Day One. We are so thankful that we found Matthew and will be working with him as long as we possibly can!!

Eileen, 61 lessons with Matthew

Knowledge + Personality

My son met with Matt once (so far) and he already implements most, if not all, of what Matt taught him. Matt has a way of communicating that made my son feel like they were partners in the process. Glad to have found him.

Meg, 11 lessons with Matthew

really solid executive function trainer

Our son is super bright with ADHD and executive function difficulties. Matthew is doing more than assist with staying on track with homework, he is helping our 16 yr old find tools so he’ll be able to do this on his own.

Donna, 16 lessons with Matthew

Wonderful Special needs Student, Writing, ADHD, Autism tutor!

MY child is on the spectrum, has ADHD and although he graduated high School with an Academic award, he was struggling with College writing, which is his weakest subject. My child was getting really far behind on a paper that was due, he was utilizing the resources the College offered but it wasn't enough. Matt was very flexible scheduling time with my child and he commited alot of hours for getting my childs paper done. My child has felt soooo much better now having Matt is his court ! He has been great at communicating with me via text. Matt has also be understanding with the challenges my child faces and has made great progress with him in a short time! Do Not hesitate to use Matt!

Sam, 127 lessons with Matthew

Goes above and beyond

Proactive, thoughtful, calm, smart, and organized, Matt has only been working with our family for a couple weeks but he is already making a difference. He is working to not only tutor our daughter but also institute a behavioral plan which he himself initiated and developed. We are impressed and very grateful to have his guidance!

Jenny, 91 lessons with Matthew

Knowledgeable and productive!!

In only two sessions, Matthew has provided clear guidance and direction that has instilled confidence in my son to succeed in his Spanish language courses! Thank you Matthew!

Carolyn, 14 lessons with Matthew
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