Trying to get an edge on your standardized test?

Welcome to the solution.

 

Tutoring with Matt.

    About Matt    

 

Matt has over a decade and a half of experience in tutoring. During that time, he has helped scores of students to succceed and excel in and out of the classroom – inspiring many of them in their pursuit of higher education and exciting careers. In addition to tutoring, Matt has coached and mentored over one hundred young adults and has refined the art of clear communication with young adults.

 

Matt's students regularly exclaim after just a few sessions that they are beginning to see their subject matter with clarity for the first time. He has helped countless students improve their grades and scores dramatically and has shared the joy of studying with students who formerly dreaded the task.

 

Matt has a degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in education and a Masters in Public Policy from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After graduate school, he received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In addition to tutoring, Matt is a practicing attorney in California.

 

When Matt isn't in the courtroom or the classroom, he can be found on the pool deck coaching water polo and swimming. He can also be found hiking or biking the beautiful central coast of California or sampling its craft beers and wines. Matt is still a nerd and is frequently found surreptitiously reading math books for pleasure.

 

    Tutoring Approach    

 

SAT/ACT

Studies have repeatedly shown that rapport between a tutor and student is the single most important factor in a successful tutoring relationship. Emphasis is placed on building a relationship with the student and understanding their goals and concerns.
 
The SAT and ACT are not like high school tests. Therefore, you cannot study or prepare for it like a high school test. Understanding the differences will help students score better.
 
Your student already knows everything they need to know. The SAT and ACT do not cover any material they haven't learned already. Instead, these tests are testing the student's depth of understanding and ability to apply old material in new ways
 
Effective studying for these tests requires a balance between working through questions with a tutor and working through problems alone. Students will be given homework and will be held accountable for doing it.
 
Bad test takers can become good test takers. Through confidence and practice, any student can improve their scores significantly.
 
The SAT and ACT can actually be fun. Once a student has gotten some exposure to the test and knows how to approach it, they can see it as a challenge to overcome rather than an obstacle to be dreaded.
 
Studying for the SAT and ACT should be an individualized experience. A one-on-one tutor can spot weaknesses that can be focused on and can return to the fundamentals when necessary – something a textbook or self-study course can never do.
 
Failure to understand is generally the fault of the communicator. Communication is essential to successful teaching and improving communciation skills should be a constant pursuit of the educator.
 
Patience is a virtue and both the tutor and the student need a lot of it. Every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. Patience is important for finding their unique learning method and for spending the time necessary for mastery of the material – whether it takes an hour or a year.
 

Math

Studies have repeatedly shown that rapport between a tutor and student is the single most important factor in a successful tutoring relationship. Emphasis is placed on building a relationship with the student and understanding their goals and concerns.
 
Math is a cumulative subject by nature and mastery of the fundamentals is therefore essential. Without this mastery, all future math classes will become more and more of a struggle.
 
Math is all about processes. When a student feels lost, it's because they haven't internalized these processes. But when a student masters these processes and has them well organized in their mind, they can approach and solve any problem.
 
The belief that there are "math people" and "non-math people" is a myth. Everyone is capable of mastering and enjoying math. 
 
Math is a language and clear, effective communication is important to mathematical literacy. Therefore, correct usage of mathematical terms should be taught and emphasized.
 
Failure to understand is generally the fault of the communicator. Communication is essential to successful teaching and improving communciation skills should be a constant pursuit of the educator.
 
Math is a trully beautiful subject and should be taught that way. When students can see the beauty of mathematics, they become excited about it. When students are excited, they are better learners.
 
Math is the perfect subject for learning how to learn and improving critical thinking skills. For this reason, studying math is always about more than just math. Math should be used to train minds how to think, how to analyze problems, how to apply skills, and how to gain new knowledge.
 
Patience is a virtue and both the tutor and the student need a lot of it. Every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. Patience is important for finding their unique learning method and for spending the time necessary for mastery of the material – whether it takes an hour or a year.

LSAT

 
Studies have repeatedly shown that rapport between a tutor and student is the single most important factor in a successful tutoring relationship. Emphasis is placed on building a relationship with the student and understanding their goals and concerns.
 
The LSAT is likely the most important test you'll ever take, aside from the bar exam. It is to be taken seriously. Investing time and money in preparing is an absolutely worthwhile investment.
 
You must prepare for the LSAT, as you've never prepared for a test before. You only want to take this test once, so you want to get it right the first time.
 
The LSAT is difficult – really difficult. The first time you sit down and look at an LSAT exam, parts of it may seem completely foreign and impenetrable. However, as you prepare for the exam you'll become more and more comfortable with the the content and start to see the same types of questions repeated.
 
You can absolutely master the material on the LSAT with preparation and appropriate help.
 
Failure to understand is generally the fault of the communicator. Communication is essential to successful teaching and improving communciation skills should be a constant pursuit of the educator.
 
The LSAT can be fun! After all, there's a whole section dedicated to games! You should think of the LSAT as an opportunity to show off how much you've learned during your studying.
 
Patience is a virtue and both the tutor and the student need a lot of it. Every student learns in a different way and at a different pace. Patience is important for finding their unique learning method and for spending the time necessary for mastery of the material – whether it takes an hour or a year.
 

    Tests    

Matt is available to help you with the following standardized tests.
 

    Testimonials    

In about an hour, Matt has been able ot help my kids grasp concepts that hadn't made sense to them after weeks of attending classes. Basic math or advanced math – Matt is able to remove the intimidation inherent in much of math and send my kids back to class with confidence.

Laura

Mother of high school senior and sophomore

Matt has tutored both my brother and myself over the years now. Matt breaks it down so it is easy to understand and it's not just his tremendous knack for teaching but his passion for what he does. We couldn't have made it through calculus without him!

Maggie

High school junior

Matt took a problem and went in depth so that I could see the problem as a whole and how it relates to other math. It wasn't just calculus that we were studying, but all the overlapping mathematical concepts.

Summer

High school senior

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    How it Works    

In person tutoring available on the Central Coast.
 
Not on the Central Coast? No problem. Matt can still help you out:

Call or email to set up a tutoring schedule.

Receive a link to an online classroom.

Receive a textbook in the mail.

Receive expert tutoring and let the learning begin!

Receive an invoice via email that can be paid online.

 

    Contact    

Ready to book a tutoring session?
Give Matt a call at 805.704.1199.
Or you can email him at mattboutte@gmail.com.
Or use the form to the right and Matt will get back to you.
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