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Matt R.

Hyattsville, MD


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U of Baltimore
Creative Writing
University of Maryland, College Park


U of Baltimore (Creative Writing)

University of Maryland, College Park (MEd)

About Matt

I am an experienced tutor of writing and English, having worked on the elementary school level, community college level and university level. I am also highly skilled in assisting learning disabled students with their English, writing and study skills. Most recently, I have tutored learning disabled students, on the university level; yet, I know that I can help anyone with any written task, regardless of his or her age. I am an experienced tutor of writing and English, having worked on the elementary school level, community college level and university level. I am also highly skilled in assisting learning disabled students with their English, Read more

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Hyattsville, MD 20783
In-person lessons
ACT English, English,
Grammar, Literature,
Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, College Counseling,
GED, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Writing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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College Counseling

In order to have the best chance to achieve success at the collegiate level of education, one has, first, to market himself or herself, successfully, to the officers in the schools' admissions offices who make the initial determination whether he or she ought to be granted the chance to prove.

Having worked as a freelance proofreader and editor of admissions essays, on the high school to undergraduate level and the undergraduate to doctoral levels, previously, I am certain I can help and counsel individuals successfully, again.


In 1980, I began private lessons in percussion instruments and drumset; this continued until 1987, when I sustained a nearly-fatal stroke. Following my completion of a year of physical therapy, I resumed playing drums and, eventually, began jamming with associates and eventually playing in bands, at external venues. Please contact me for more information.


English and all things Writing


I have assisted many, many ESL students in the past on the community college level, and, more recently, on the university and graduate school level, I have provided students whose primary language has not been English with high level writing and research methods assistance.


I hold a BA in Creative Writing and an M.Ed. in Writing; also, I have over 20 years experience as a writer, editor and proofreader. Lastly, I have had more than 10 years as a tutor of higher education writing.

Microsoft Windows

I have been using Windows Operating Systems since the late 1980s and early 1990s, prior to the advent of Windows 95. Then, I acquired a PC of my own in 1995 and embraced Windows 95, using it extensively, in desktop publishing, word processing and commercial and academic writing capacities, as well.

Now, over 15 years later, having upgraded my Windows Operating System with the advent of each new generation, I have been able to add the additional features that Windows possesses for print, digital transmission and web presentation capacities.


As a graduate student at the University of Maryland, I was a Writing Education major and took all the same classes that Master's Certification and Praxis students took. Therefore, my funds of knowledge as a private practitioner overlap and encompass the Education Block and Praxis programs. I specialize in test preparation of learning disabled students, academic test takers and employment-contingent, and promotion-based study skills.


I have worked, for several years, in Greensboro, NC, New Haven, Ct, the Baltimore/DC/NOVA metro region and Seattle, WA, as a proofreader and digital database producer. Clientele include several private individuals, Prospect Center, et al.

Public Speaking

I have spoken publicly for many years, have worked as a tutor of entry-level writing students on the community college and university level whose curriculum is comprised of rhetorical writing that is very closely connected to dialogic speech writing and, finally, as an undergraduate student, I completed speech courses, as well.

SAT Writing

The trick to doing well as an SAT Writer is to maintain balance, focus and cohesion, as you are responding to a prompt. I will show you how to use your communication effectively and adorn it with cues that will make your message utterly concise. This will be able to be used, by you, in written and spoken form.


I have been writing poetry for over two decades; many of my poems do not rhyme; some of them do rhyme. Either way, I have written lyrics for bands in which I've played drums and I have produced lyrics for other musicians' bands, as well. Contact me to gain more insight.

Special Needs

I have had several years' experience, both in coursework and in defining best strategies for compensating for my own disability; especially in the fields of academic and creative writing, I am amazingly adept and would like to help you or your acquaintance succeed.

The pedagogy that is encapsulated within my teaching and tutoring style is founded on my own special needs for learning, following the experience of my 14th brain stroke, my exposure to nearly-lethal meningitis and my lifesaving craniotomy.

Following my craniotomy, I required special means for finishing out my education; however, the means, at the time, did not exist; thereby, as a college student, I successfully patched the gaps in my own special needs for learning.

Then, as I became able to succeed as a tutor of writing and learning strategies, it became necessary for me to attain more education; thereby, I entered graduate school, as a Writing Education major and, while tutoring, full-time, I completed my degree, focusing on learning strategies and writing methods for use by students with learning disabilities and other special needs.

Study Skills

I have engaged in several semesters of pedagogical skills and study courses, each of which was geared to learning ulterior methods by which students with learning disabilities can overcome their inabilities to study, learn, communicate and write about what topics they are required to master.


I hold a bachelor's degree in writing, earned in 1996, and have had several years' experience as a writer, editor, proofreader and technical writer, in Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, and Seattle, WA; recently, while earning my Master's, I have been working as a tutor of writing on the University level and have continued these pursuits, following the receipt of my degree.

U of Baltimore
Creative Writing
University of Maryland, College Park


U of Baltimore (Creative Writing)

University of Maryland, College Park (MEd)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Travel policy

Matt will travel within 25 miles of Hyattsville, MD 20783.