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Matthew C.

Auburn, WA

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Highline Community College
English

Education

Highline Community College (English)

About Matthew

I'm a college student currently attending Highline Community College for an Associate's Degree with an Emphasis in English. Teaching was a passion for me beginning in the sophomore year of high school when I enrolled in an Honors English/History class. The teacher I had was so eccentric and excited about teaching that I had no choice but to fall in love with it as well. I always loved the glimmer of understanding that came from a classmate's eyes when I helped them learn something new or tutored them on essay writing skills that I still use today in order to craft wonderful masterpieces of writing at the community college level! I never lost sight of my dream to teach, and I graduated high school with 5 AP credits that helped expedite my college career.

I'm most confident in my ability to tutor English, Art, and some History topics. I'm very familiar with SAT, ACT, and AP standards of English and Art and I have spent lots of time teaching SAT/AP level English to ESL students from Korea. I'm a firm believer of working at the student's speed, not the set curriculum. One of my biggest frustrations as a student and a tutor looking at American public schooling is that many American public schools do not emphasize individual assessment as much as they should, instead lumping students together to learn at the same pace and with the same methodology that has proven ineffective at producing top quality students on a regular basis. I strive to work with a student's individual strengths and try to help them work around their weaknesses and obstacles.

As a tutor, it's imperative to be patient, empathetic, but still firm and authoritative in demeanor towards students. I work to gain their respect, and I hope they will allow me to respect them as well. I don't believe in coddling students, I don't believe in sugar coating the truth. I believe in empirical assessment of students, but also love to explore their creativity and critical thinking processes as well.

As a tutor, I enjoy and expect lots of critical feedback from parents and students alike. This is a crucial process to building cohesion between the student and the tutor - how can a tutor improve if they don't know what they're doing wrong? I expect to keep constant communication with students and parents alike.

I'm most comfortable traveling to meet students, but I can also meet at another location or in my own home. Whatever is most comfortable for the parents and students involved. I'm available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm. I only need a two-hour cancellation notice, and my schedule is very flexible in the available times.

I look forward to hearing from you and I hope I can help you to achieve your dreams and to succeed at all of your endeavors.
I'm a college student currently attending Highline Community College for an Associate's Degree with an Emphasis in English. Teaching was a passion for me beginning in the sophomore year of high school when I enrolled in an Honors English/History class. The teacher I had was so eccentric and excited about teaching that I had no choice but to fall Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Auburn, WA 98092
In-person lessons
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Drawing
English:
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Football

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.

Drawing

In high school I completed several art courses, notably AP Studio Art; the focus of the class was mainly on drawing and painting. I also took two courses on the fundamentals of art, learning about the basic concepts of art as well as the elements of drawing (line, space, shape, contrast, etc) and colors (primary, secondary, tertiary, complementary, etc). Working with the same teacher for two years in a row, I picked up many of his skills in teaching art, including teaching some art history. I'm currently taking a Watercolor painting class in college to improve upon that aspect of my art.

English

In high school, I enrolled in Honors English, AP English, and AP Literature, passing all four years of my language arts classes. I was the head of my high school's journalism class/club, overseeing a significant portion of the operation and taking on responsibilities such as copy-editing articles, designing page layouts, and approving articles to be published. I taught English in a tutorial academy in Bellevue for Korean children enrolled in a homestay program here in the US for 9 months. Finally, I have completed a 200-level education course at the University of Illinois at Chicago that touched upon the very basics of education, the same basics I employed and expanded upon during the 9 months working at the tutorial school.

ESL/ESOL

I taught for 9 months at a tutorial school in Bellevue, WA. The school was for Korean children ages 10-14 enrolled in a homestay program that took them to a private school and then to the tutorial school for an after-school session of English and Math learning to bolster their education. During my 9 months, I observed and adapted to my classes, trying my best to mold my teaching strategy to match my students individually - some students required more attention and demonstration, others took lessons in stride. Managing a single student is easier than managing 4-5.

Football

I played highschool football at the right offensive tackle and defensive end positions. I played for two years and started at the varsity level my junior year. On a related note, I also played rugby at the collegiate level for a single season. I regularly watch football and delve into the strategic and tactical aspects of it regularly.

Highline Community College
English

Education

Highline Community College (English)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 25 miles of Auburn, WA 98092.