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Matthew A.

Trenton, NJ

$55/hour

Experienced and Enthusiastic Tutor of Literature and Composition

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$55/Hour


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Beloit College, Beloit WI
Literature
Syracuse University
Master's
The College of New Jersey
Graduate Coursework

Education

Beloit College, Beloit WI (Literature)

Syracuse University (Master's)

The College of New Jersey (Graduate Coursework)

About Matthew

Tutoring is a structured conversation based in something I am very passionate about (the English language). I find it particularly rewarding to spark an appreciation of the complexity and rewards of the English language in students who may be feeling frustrated. In a classroom environment, it can be easy to shut down and use the group to disguise a feeling of defeat. It is well-documented that the best way to learn is teach. I am an excellent listener and expect not only to teach, but to be taught! When you develop your own agency as a learner--when you move outside the box--good things can happen quickly.

As a 21-year veteran teacher and tutor, I have worked to advance the skills of students operating across behavioral, social, and academic levels. I can teach Literature from Homer to Shakespeare to Dickens to Eliot to Faulkner to Chabon. As a middle school teacher, I am also a fan of Lois Lowry, Carl Hiaasen, and S.E. Hinton. Although I should not be viewed as a tutor for SATs or ACT content beyond the reading and writing components, I have a great deal of experience as a test prep. teacher. I have recently been teaching MCAT prep for The Princeton Review.

As a teacher of writing, I have an excellent grasp of formal, academic composition, having written lengthy pieces for grad. school for my MS and MA (in progress). I am particularly good at using structures and organizers to work towards success in timed-writing situations. I have seven unfinished novels on my desktop and recently wrote a twenty page grad school thesis on the role of alchemy in "Frankenstein".

I'd be pleased to discuss your needs beforehand to see if we'd make a good team.
Tutoring is a structured conversation based in something I am very passionate about (the English language). I find it particularly rewarding to spark an appreciation of the complexity and rewards of the English language in students who may be feeling frustrated. In a classroom environment, it can be easy to shut down and use the group to disguise Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Trenton, NJ 08628
In-person lessons
English:
English, Literature, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core,
MCAT
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Common Core

I have completed several workshops on the CCSS. I have consistently planned and delivered lessons meeting its criteria and have taught test prep. for the PARCC exam, which is designed to assess a student's mastery of the Common Core.

MCAT

I am qualified to teach the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section of the test. Through The Princeton Review, I have taught two classes, each of which consisted of seven, three-hour lectures/discussions. Although I cannot use The Princeton Review's materials, I have spent a great deal of time analyzing sample texts, working through all the thorny questions, and figuring out strategies for time-management.

Beloit College, Beloit WI
Literature
Syracuse University
Master's
The College of New Jersey
Graduate Coursework

Education

Beloit College, Beloit WI (Literature)

Syracuse University (Master's)

The College of New Jersey (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 20 miles of Trenton, NJ 08628.