Information About Matthew - Hammersmith tutor - (22 reviews)
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Matthew offers a discount of 25% on their first / introductory lesson!
My chief academic interests primarily revolve around the social sciences and related disciplines; Economics, Politics, and Psychology were my A2 subjects of choice, after which I enrolled at the University of Southampton to study for a Bsc in Psychology. I am currently working as a full-time academic tutor, with an ambition of saving for a masters in behavioural economics at LSE. I have a passion for writing and literature of various forms, as well as a keen interest and understanding of Statistics and Astrophysics, which I have also studied at University. Outside of academic pursuits, I routinely engage in various team/individual sports, work on my own emerging business, have performed in front of hundreds in dramatic acts I have written myself, and keep informed of socio-political issues and developments. I am confident, engaging, and enthusiastic, and I believe I have the intellectual skills and companionable personality to ensure educational benefit in tuition.
I believe several key factors will contribute to success and reliability in a tutoring role.
Firstly, my level of experience and ability to have a positive influence are established. I have taught over 60 students since graduating, despite only tutoring full-time for less than 3 years. Several of these have been through first tutors, so I encourage reading my feedback for an assessment of my recent tutoring history, from the tutees or parents themselves.
Secondly, and without wanting to sound ostentatious, my grades at all levels of education are exemplary. I achieved very high grades at University level, even in subjects I had never encountered before, including an 86 in my Astrophysics module despite neither A-level physics or maths qualifications. I believe this exemplifies my ability to deal with a broad range of academic subjects and contexts, reflected in the wide variety of subjects, levels and situations I have tutored in since graduating.
Prior to university I achieved a reserve scholarship at Kingston Grammar School, after obtaining enough A-A* grades at GCSE. This was despite coming from a challenging academic background, with my secondary school being a state comprehensive with poor academic resources and far below average performance. My A-levels were again high-scoring, with my study of British Politics in 2010 being amongst my proudest achievements-I achieved 100% in both exams, a very difficult attainment in a subjectively marked field. This relates hugely to my teaching and academic skills, as I have had to learn to excel and strive to push myself. I aim to use what I have learned through my own experiences to teach students to be adaptable and motivated, rather than merely knowledgeable. In summary; I believe I have the skill set, reflected in my educational record and experience, to achieve and assist others in achieving.
Lastly, I have additional experience working with children and young adults as a martial arts instructor, a role which I thoroughly enjoy and that has allowed me to develop communication skills with a variety of age groups. Whilst this is not as academically relevant as my tutoring record, the ability to motivate, inspire and instruct are all skills deeply relevant to tutoring, where the ability to establish a beneficial dynamic with the student is just as important as intellectual capability.
Accepting a stranger into the educational life of your child can be a taxing situation for parents, who naturally want to ensure safety, comfort, and accomplishment for their child. I try to tailor a program to the student and the context. For example, around the end of the academic year I offer intensive sessions that aim to maximise student understanding of exam technique. I can adapt to specific situations and students, outside of the conventional hourly session per week. Therefore, I encourage and welcome parents to contact me if they are considering me as a tutor, with an aim to discussing your needs and my approach to tutoring in greater detail than can be achieved in a paragraph on this website.
Specialist Programs and Offers:
-I am currently offering exam focused sessions for AS economics, all exam boards. I initiated this service in the **Telephone Number Removed** academic year and helped a number of students substantially boost their grade before exams. Over the course of this program no student has increased any less than 2 full grades. The program is 4 hours long, preferably split into 2 hour blocks. Please inquire for further details, and see my feedback for comments on efficacy from previous clients.
-I offer CV workshops, interview preparation and technique sessions, as well as personal statement guidance and advice. Please inquire with a specific request for further details.
-I offer a 25% discount for introductory sessions across all the academic subjects I tutor.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Southampton (2014) - Bsc and A2 (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Kingston Grammar School (2011) - A2 Politics (College) (✔ On File)
- Kingston Grammar School (2011) - A2 Economics (College) (✔ On File)
- Kingston Grammar School (2011) - AS English Literature (College) (✔ On File)
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how he would go over them to increase my understanding.
Matt was very polite and although he went at a reasonably fast pace, I found i was able to keep up with the content and complete all homework
to a good standard - far, far better than i could have without the tuition.
Matt took the time to mark all my work and give effective feedback so that if I was to complete the work a second time, which I did on some
occasions, I would achieve higher marks and know where i went wrong the first time.
I found the one hour length was the best for me as I would be able to keep concentrated on learning and listening. I found it useful that Matt
had practice questions with extracts so he would be able to tell whether I understood the topics, where I needed improvement but also it served
as exam practice for me since there would be similar layouts in the real thing.
Overall, I was extremely happy with the tuition I received and found revision and the exams in general for economics less stressful. I'm delighted
to say that I achieved an A* in my final exam which was up from a C grade at AS level.
Thank you Matt!
I would fully recommend Matthew to anyone, he gives you life advice and he's not a tutor who just wants to take money from you. He sits you down and gets to know you. Don't look for anyone else, Matthew is the perfect tutor. He sacrifices for his students and all he wants in return is for you to work hard. Thanks Matthew for everything.
I find Matthew’s teaching methods highly effective but at the same time amusing and interesting. He has a patience and the great understanding of goals setting, which are in my opinion essential traits for a tutor. I have had a few private tutors before, and I found Matthew attitude towards teaching highly professional and inspiring.
I would recommend Matthew to anyone looking to improve in any of the subjects that he is teaching.
I would highly recommend Matthew as a personal tutor to anyone who thinks that they are behind on their studies as well as to anyone who is performing well but wants to get the best grade possible.
During the first session, Matt started systematically checking where my daughter stand in understanding of the subject and evaluating the knowledge and speed she might require to cover the syllabus. He then focussed structuring the session on step by step approach - to having a much fuller understanding of the concepts.
Matt’s approach is very professional and as a result of this my daughter has shown incredible progress and managed to obtain “A” grades in her Economics class tests in a relatively short space of time. He has made her feel more confident in her own ability.
Matt also teaches Psychology, where my daughter regularly tap into his depth knowledge. He currently assist my daughter on both subject to give her a more solid grasp of these subjects, so that she will better equipped to deal with what the exam might throw at her. He helped our daughter on going through essay writing and went through her personal statement where he discussed with her and offered advisable changes.
As a parent, Matt regularly communicates with me regarding my daughter’s progress and he has provided me with a detail report accounting focuses of all the sessions held. I couldn't ask for a better tutor to help my daughter! Thanks so much!!
As parents we have found Matt to be responsive and reliable. I would thoroughly recommend him as a first rate tutor.
Anyone who hires him will be very lucky indeed!!
His style is laid back to the point of not putting the student under too much pressure and I would totally recommend him to anyone who is looking for a tutor in Economics.
Thank you Matthew.