Matthew was born in Brooklyn, but grew up in a small town in Westchester, NY, where the town sport was college acceptance. In school, he naturally gravitated towards the humanities, preferring to read and write stories rather than solve complex math problems.
And yet, when it came time to dive into standardized testing, Matthew found that he actually enjoyed the entirety of the SAT and ACT. The tests, he found, were less about storing and repeating vast amounts of information—as he had imagined they were—and more about adaptation and problem solving on the fly.
As a mentor, Matthew uses both his strengths and weaknesses to his advantage. His preference for and experience with critical reading naturally allow him to deftly guide students through passages. His past struggles with math make him a stronger math tutor, as he was forced to find creative ways to navigate the section that would rely more on an understanding of the testing format rather than a predilection for the material.
He is excited to use these skills to help students through this stressful time and find creative ways to enable them to succeed. When Matthew is not working with students, he is writing, reading (War and Peace right now, and maybe for the rest of time), playing board games, or going to comedy shows.