Matthew Purdy English Tutoring

Matthew Purdy English Tutoring

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20 years in business

About this tutor

My name's Matt, and I've been teaching English courses of varying kinds for nearly 20 years.  I earned my PhD in 2008.  Since 2010, I have lived in the greater Boston area, though I am happy to work remotely with anyone anywhere.

My teaching experience has covered the following areas, and I would be happy to work with you on any of them:

-composition: persuasive, analytical, and narrative essays

-literature: fiction, poetry, prose poems, early American to contemporary, magical realism

-creative writing: fiction, poetry prose poems

Additionally, I have taught English as a Second Language for 10 years.  I have taught every level from Beginner to Proficient, and I have worked with students from all over the world.  If you are a non-native speaker looking for conversation practice or help reading or writing, don't hesitate to get in touch.  And if you're a native speaker who needs to brush up on grammar, I would be happy to help you as well.

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I was put on Earth to teach.  This isn't to say I'm the greatest teacher in the world, but teaching is what I am here to do, and when I'm in a classroom (or its virtual equivalent) I would rather be nowhere else.  And my students can tell.

I love teaching because it allows me to share what I love with others.  And I really do love what I teach -- language and literature and writing.  All of it can enrich your life.  It certainly has mine.  If I can help someone else discover the power of language, then I've done my job as a teacher.

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Cambridge, MA 02139
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

During our first meeting, I want to know what your goals are.  What do you find challenging?  Is there anything you have found helpful in the past?  I want to find out as much as I can about your particular educational journey so that I can tailor our sessions to your needs.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

My degrees:

BA, Connecticut College, 2001

MA, Binghamton University, 2003

PhD, Texas Tech University, 2008

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My minimum is generally $40 an hour, though I am flexible depending on the work involved and the financial situation of my tutees. 

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching while I was in my MA program.  I actually didn't plan on going into teaching professionally, but over the course of that first semester, I found that I loved it.  That was in the fall of 2001, and I've taught every semester since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of tremendously varying backgrounds.  I have worked with college freshmen straight out of high school and students in their 50s returning to college after starting a career and a family.  I have worked with students from all over the world in ESL, composition, literature, and creative writing classes.  I meet every student where they are and help them get where they want to go.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

In the middle of March, my classes all went remote, as you can imagine.  This was a learning experience for me, as I'd never taught entirely online before.  But I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, and the students enjoyed it too.  During my last meeting with one group, several students asked what I would be teaching in the fall, which is always enormously flattering.  One even asked if I would be teach physiology.  I'm great with English but, believe me, you wouldn't want me teaching that.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone who is versatile.  Remember: your needs are paramount here.  You want a teacher who can help you achieve your goals, and if one method doesn't work, you need someone who knows how to try something else.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is your goal?

That is the key question for the student to have in mind before seeking out a tutor, I'd say.  We begin at point A, and the student sets point B.  It's my job to get us from here to there.  If the end goal isn't clear, though, it's difficult for me to plot a course.

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