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Matthew K.

Studio City, CA


Tutor (PhD) in English, History, Political Science, Writing

Background check passed as of 7/26/13
5.0 average from 21 ratings
History Guru
— Jose, Burbank, CA on 12/29/14

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UCLA (Philosophy)

UCLA (Master's)


About Matthew


I hold a PhD (history), MA (history), and BA (philosophy), all from UCLA. I am the author of a forthcoming book from the University of California Press, and have published several articles in professional academic journals. I am in a good position to help students college-aged and younger to improve their writing and to better perform on their homework and tests in subjects such as English, history, political science, and writing. I am also comfortable working with students in mathematics at the level of algebra and below.


In 2016, I was a visiting assistant professor of history at Occidental College. In 2015, I was Dean's Lecturer in Social Research at UCLA. In years prior, I worked as a teaching assistant and a reader at UCLA, and as a long-term substitute teacher in the LA, Pasadena, and Oakland unified school districts. In addition to my teaching experience, I have fifteen years of tutoring experience. I have worked with students ranging from the son of a high-level diplomat to the United States to troubled inner-city youth through LAUSD's Program for Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or at Risk of Dropping Out.

I hold a PhD (history), MA (history), and BA (philosophy), all from UCLA. I am the author of a forthcoming book from the University of California Press, and have published several articles in
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Travels within 10 miles of Studio City, CA 91604
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"History Guru"

- Jose, Burbank, CA on 12/29/14
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar, Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills,

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have a PhD in history and a BA in philosophy, both from UCLA. I worked as a substitute teacher in elementary schools for several years in my twenties, including the Berkeley Unified School District, Pasadena Unified School District, and Los Angeles Unified School District. This included a number of long-term assignments (e.g. one month, four months) that required me to prepare several weeks' worth of curriculum at a time. I am well qualified to work individually with elementary school children, and I enjoy doing so!


As the author of several articles in academic journals, as well as a forthcoming book with the University of California Press, I have had to read extensively in a number of academic disciplines. In addition to this experience, I have spent years tutoring students in reading comprehension, including teaching courses for several of the major test prep companies. I am therefore particularly well qualified to tutor students in reading.

SAT Math

I am an expert on all sections of the SAT, including the math. I have taught the SAT for several years, and have worked for a number of the elite test prep companies.

SAT Reading

I have taught SAT Reading for several years, including for some of the big test prep companies. I achieved a perfect score on the reading section of the GRE (the grad school version of the SAT), and am a professionally published author. So I know how to teach reading comprehension!

Study Skills

Having received my PhD from UCLA, I know something about time management and study skills! I have worked with many students over a number of years. Whether at the elementary, high school, or college level, my tutoring has frequently involved helping students to make better use of their time and to improve their study habits. Doing so aids them in every subject. A recent high school student of mine shifted his American history grade from C to A, strictly by applying my study skills recommendations.



UCLA (Philosophy)

UCLA (Master's)


History Guru — When it comes to the subject of US History, my son SWEARS by Matthew's tutoring and teaching techniques. Guaranteed results. Highly recommend him. ...

— Jose, Burbank, CA on 12/29/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 10 miles of Studio City, CA 91604.