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Matthew N.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

$40/hour

ACT, SAT, GRE, GED, Literature & Composition

20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/11/16
5.0 average from 6 ratings
Great Teacher!
— Becky, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 9/21/16

$40/Hour


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Marquette University
English
Marquette University
Master's

Education

Marquette University (English)

Marquette University (Master's)

About Matthew

The reason I went to Graduate School in English - versus Law School as I planned -- after college is that as an undergraduate, I was a tutor at Marquette University's Writing Center. And this experienced changed the direction of my life for the better.

As a tutor, I learned that my energy comes equally from my love of learning and my passion for trying to be of service to people. Many things in life change, but nothing can ever change the feeling one gets when they've been a help to someone working on academic and career goals.

I went on to complete my MA degree in English as well as 36 credits beyond the MA. I have over twenty years of experience teaching writing, grammar, ESL, literature, and business writing at the college level.

In every area I tutor in, I provide custom designed handouts and exercises at every single session. I also provide "reinforcement" (i.e. quiz / exam) exercises so that we can review areas that might need more emphasis. I also provide written progress reports as well.

These are areas I've taught and tutored:

Test Preparation (ACT, SAT, GRE, GED)
Analyzing literature and putting your analysis in writing
Essay writing, from start to finish
Research papers
Reading comprehension
Writing formal arguments
Improving grammar and sentence structure
Report writing

My personal story:
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my MA degree in English (Renaissance Studies). As an undergraduate student at Marquette, I had my first experience as a tutor in the college writing enter during my junior and senior years, tutoring students who were learning English as a second language. My interactions with students were life changing. Tutoring transformed my consciousness about learning in general.

I grew up in a home where English was not spoken as a first language; in fact, my grandparents never fully used English. In their day, there were no opportunities for adult learners to study English as there are today. I'm certain that one of the reasons I majored in English was that my grandparents who I lived with always dreamed that their children and grandchildren would master the language they longed to learn themselves. As a tutor at Marquette, tutors met with students twice per week, and I learned as much about reading and writing from these sessions as my students did. Later on, I was an adjunct instructor of creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago, and worked as a tutor in the Writing Resources Lab for four years. Again, this was a most rewarding experience, because working with students one on one gave them a chance to focus on topics and exercises that were specific to their needs and classes. They thrived on the one on one intensive focus on whatever grammatical or writing issue they needed to work on at that point in time. Seeing the results of their work and seeing improvement in their grades in their courses was one of the most important aspects of my twenty years of college teaching.

When I taught classes as an adjunct professor, I often had as many as 30 students per class. Because of time constraints --- both the students' and my own -- it was impossible to work with each student who needed or requested additional tutoring outside of class. I bring over twenty years of college teaching expertise in composition, grammar, literature, and creative writing to my tutoring sessions -- the focus is on you!

If you need assistance in mastering punctuation, grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, or writing, please contact me! My philosophy as a professor of English is that students are the reason that a teacher has passion for learning.
The reason I went to Graduate School in English - versus Law School as I planned -- after college is that as an undergraduate, I was a tutor at Marquette University's Writing Center. And this experienced changed the direction of my life for the better.

As a tutor, I learned that my energy comes equally from my love of learning and my
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Cancellation
8 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Background Check: Passed

"Great Teacher!"

- Becky, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 9/21/16

"knowledgeable, attentive, resourceful tutor"

- Windee, Boca Raton, FL on 8/10/16
Computer:
Photography
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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.

ACT English

My composite score on the ACT exam was in the 99th percentile. This extremely high score -- combined with my passion for learning and for teaching --will be an asset to your test preparation, and I can assure you of good results. I completed my MA degree in English, with 36 graduate credits beyond my Masters and I have over 15 years of college level teaching experience in subjects from Composition to Literature to Grammar. I prepare custom designed exercises for all of my students for each session and also provide customized review and quiz exercises so that you have constant feed back on your progress.

ACT Reading

My composite score on the ACT exam was in the 99th percentile. It's not just that I had a very high score, I am also proficient in helping test takers "decode" the ways in which standardized tests are structured and to strategize effectively. I provide students with test preparation materials that I design personally for their specific needs and goals. In addition, I provide frequent practice drills so that students can monitor their progress toward their goals!

Elementary Math

I bring ten years of numbers analysis to my tutoring, and can guarantee you progress in your elementary math courses - from word problems, to binomials, trinomials, fractions and percentages. I design specific exercises for each session and provide daily quiz reviews as well so that you can monitor your progress in each session.

English

I've taught nearly every type of English course: from creative writing to essay writing, literature to linguistics and grammar. Most English courses - even if the English course is a literature course - focus on the basics of effective writing. I bring many years of college level teaching to your session, and I create personalized study aids for each session. In addition, I also provide review and practice exercises in the specific area we are working on.

GED

The GED is a challenge for test takers because it covers so many different subjects and tests many different thinking, writing, and subject matter knowledge skills. The GED runs the gamut of all subjects - math, science, history, language arts, political history, and general knowledge. Our preparation for the GED will include (1) my approach to helping you understand the strategy by which the GED is designed (in other words, how to "read" standardized test questions), and (2) we will review the specific subject matters that the GED is designed to test you on. In each session, we will review a specific lesson and also go through a practice review drill, so that you have on going practice at reading questions and arriving at the correct answers.

Grammar

As an undergraduate and graduate student, I've taken courses in the History and Structure of the English Language and in Linguistics. In addition, I have 4 years of experience teaching Basic Grammar to native English speakers and 2 years of Introductory English to non-native English speakers, both of these at the college level. As a Graduate Teaching assistant at Marquette University, I taught eight semesters of Composition 101 in which every third class meeting (or 1/3 of classroom hours) specifically dealt with issues of sentence structure, usage, and punctuation.

GRE

My composite score on the GRE (General Exam) was in the 94th percentile and in my specific subject (English) my score was in the 96th percentile. Besides these very high scores, I bring to my tutoring a love of learning and a passion for teaching. More importantly, I have taught test preparation classes and am an expert strategist for navigating the exam style of the GRE!

Literature

Literature helps us to understand ourselves and our world in ways that other subjects don't. I completed my MA degree in English and American literature, and I have many years of experience teaching literature courses at the college level. I am passionate about literature: whether it's analyzing individual works of literature, understanding individual authors and works in their historical periods, or appreciating the diversity of ways of looking at human nature and society that literature affords us. At each session, I provide you with study and practice materials that I personally design for your needs and goals, and I provide practice and review material so that you have constant feed back on your progress toward your goal.

Photography

I taught evening classes in basic camera and darkroom technique at the Uptown Learning Center in Chicago for four years. I'm an accomplished and published photographer with over 20 years of experience, and I owned and ran a portrait and head shot studio in Chicago, specializing in children's and theatrical photography. I studied photography and dark room technique at The School of the Art Institute, Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago. I've transitioned to digital equipment and shoot with the Nikon D810 and Canon EOS 1ds Mark III, among other cameras. I currently specialize in model composites and event photography in Fort Lauderdale and am a current member of the Broward Art Build.

Reading

Reading is a skill rather than a subject, and reading skills help us to succeed not only in specific high school and college courses but in life over all. The ability to read means that we are able to analyze material and to explain what that material means. By focusing on vocabulary, sentence structure, paragraph development, and the thesis/ theme of written works, we will work together to enhance your reading skills so that you succeed in any number of subjects. In each session we will go through exercises I design specifically for your needs and goals and through frequent review exercises, you will have constant feedback on progress.

SAT Reading

On the SAT exam, I scored in the 96th percentile overall. I bring to your SAT preparation a very high skill level in helping you to understand how standardized tests are designed and how to strategize for your exam so that you maximize the amount of time you are given to read passages and to answer the reading questions. In addition, in all your sessions, we will do practice drills so that you can monitor your progress toward your goal.

SAT Writing

On my SAT, my composite score was in the 96th percentile -- the writing component of the SAT is designed to test one's knowledge of paragraph development, sentence logic, grammar, and argumentation. With 20 years of teaching experience and years of test preparation facilitation, I can assist you with understanding how standardized tests are designed, how to maximize your test time, and how to decode the pattern of questions in the SAT writing section. Each of our sessions will include material I design specifically for your needs, and each session will end with a test review, so that you can monitor your progress and reach your SAT goal.

Vocabulary

A rich vocabulary is the main building block of learning, because a strong vocabulary helps us not only to comprehend written works, a strong vocabulary makes us effective speakers and writers. As a college English teacher, I have always focused on the vocabulary of the written works we studied - the more words we know, the world itself becomes all the more colorful and rich and textured. By working through exercises that I custom design for your goals, each session will end with a review exercise that will help you measure the results of the new vocabulary you master.

Writing

It doesn't matter what level of learning we are at - grade school, high school, college or graduate school -- writing is the single most important tool that will carry us through and beyond education toward a successful career or profession. In our ever more complex world, our ability to express complex ideas, to explain complex technical or scientific matters, to share political and personal views, to manage a business -- all these require the skill of clear, logical, lively, interesting, and grammatically correct writing! With twenty years of college teaching experience in English, Writing and ESL, I bring much insight, skill and passion to the teaching of writing. Each session will reflect a personalized approach to what your desired goals are, and each session will include a review of work done to date, so that you can monitor progress toward your goals.

Marquette University
English
Marquette University
Master's

Education

Marquette University (English)

Marquette University (Master's)

Great Teacher!

Matthew is very knowledgeable in many subjects and patient. He came very prepared for our first meeting with a lot of materials and was able to give me some great tricks on how to answer questions on the GRE. I believe with his help I can significantly bring up my score for my upcoming GRE exam.

— Becky, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 9/21/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 15 miles of Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305.