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Matthew tutors in Arlington, VA

Matthew C.

Private tutor in Arlington, VA

Education

B.A. from the University of Virginia (2005) in English and economics.

Experience

I've tutored children through philanthropy programs set up by a former employer, as well as during my time at University. I enjoy writing, and I enjoy working with kids of all ages -- and when I discuss with others what I'd like to do years from now, the prospect of teaching full-time (ideally AP English) inevitably comes up. In addition to an otherwise mundane career in mortgage finance, I spend approximately 25% of my working hours with a former presidential speechwriter preparing all manners of internal and external communications. To the extent that this isn't the place for immodesty, this former Clinton-then-Bush employee long ago labeled me a "master copy-editor." To those interested, you can find a published work of mine on blurb.com by simply Googling my full name.

Availability

Weekdays in the evening, Weekends at any time

Can Meet

Up to 15 minutes away for no additional charge, Up to 1 hour away for a flat fee

Hobbies

When I'm not working, I enjoy reading, watching assorted history/science documentaries (and sports, of course), and living an active, healthy lifestyle. Intelligent conversation laced with self-deprecating, dry humor is a passion of mine, too, having grown up in a pun-heavy, Monty Python-worshipping household. I'm an effective writer in all contexts -- from executive corporate communications to creative writing to more formal expository and academic-type pieces -- and I'm a more-than-capable teacher. I'm not interested in polishing (read: simply proofreading and offering stylistic feedback) your child's writing for him/her but rather allowing him/her to begin to see the written language as the incredibly dynamic, powerful tool that it is. In my spare time I very much enjoy running about like a freshly bathed dog within the nuances and folds of the English language's wonderful ambiguities.

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