Matthew J. Lewis
I am a university professor, joyful writer, and highly effective writing and math tutor. Younger students struggling with any facet of academic English or math can thrive under my instruction by discovering the joy of effective learning.
Middle school, high school, college, and graduate students desiring to excel in their academic research writing or math pursuits will find my approach methodical, practical, and efficient.
For those honing their skills in research writing, I am fluent in all major styles and a valuable writing partner and editor for those who recognize the importance of clarity and concision.
Additionally, I have developed unique and effective strategies for helping ESL students of all ages reach important learning milestones in their pursuit of English language.
Having graduated at the top of my class (4.0 GPA), I have also received several academic awards. I earned my master's degree with high honors, and I am currently writing my doctoral dissertation.
I truly enjoy discovering new ways of helping students master learning strategies in English, academic writing, and mathematics.
Concerning writing and communication, I believe anyone who genuinely desires to learn can become an effective communicator in a relatively short period of time. I combine traditional, face-to-face teaching techniques with real-time coaching via text messaging (outside of tutoring sessions) to help students achieve a swift and solid fluency in English and math.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I can work with students one-on-one, in groups, face-to-face, or online. I meet each student just where they are; I vary my teaching pace according to each student's needs, and I quickly adapt to each level of understanding.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
See education details under the main "About" section.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I charge $65-$75 per hour depending on a number of factors.
How did you get started teaching?
My passion for teaching began during my own academic path when I observed some teachers and professors are significantly more joyful and passionate about teaching than others. My observations turned to evaluation, investigation, and doctoral education seeking to find better, more effective learning pathways for students of all ages.
What types of students have you worked with?
In roughly equal proportions, I work with middle school, high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students as well as working professionals.
Additionally, I have extensive experience working with students with learning disabilities including executive functioning, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and others.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
After completing the editing process with a student on their school paper, I noticed the student remembered the applied rules of grammer and sentence structure. My theory for the sudden improvement of memory was ownership; students learn faster and easier when they have a stake in a final product, and the composition and editing processes provide an opportunity to refine work product resulting in a greater sense of pride of ownership.
Additionally, an adult student engaged me to help her pass a comprehensive math exam as pert of her effort to further her career path. The student was initially shy to reveal her learning needs, but my 'no-judgement,' approach encouraged her to feel comfortable and eager to press forward. In a short period of time, the student significantly improved both math and writing skills, and she advanced in her career ever more than she originally hoped for.These and many other stories are a part of my story, and each are verifiable by means of reference.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Professional tutors must be patient and compassionate at all levels of learning. They must incorporate both holistic and systematic approaches to helping students break through barriers and make lasting strides in their learning.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
When seeking help, consider whether your goal is conceptual learning or mere homework help. A professional tutor whose approach is focused on student learning should be able to help a student progress beyond mere satisfaction of homework assignments toward academic passion and self-directed learning.