Matt Sharkey

Tutor

Subjects

  • Biology

Tests

  • ACT
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • SSAT, HSPT & ISEE

Locations

  • Bethesda, MD
  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC

Bio

Matt is a biologist who is driven to make science and standardized tests understandable and to build the confidence that students need to succeed. He has bachelors and doctoral degrees in Molecular Biology, both from Purdue University. Originally from Chicago, Matt moved to DC after college, and has supported infectious disease research and health policy initiatives for more than a decade. When not helping students make the most of their abilities and obtain the best higher education options possible, Matt enjoys hiking the Appalachians and Alleghenies, playing the mandolin, and chauffeuring his two teens hither and yon.

Philosophy

Test preparation is all about practice and focus. Matt works with students to diagnose the areas where they need to focus their efforts to best influence their performance on test day. Building confidence through becoming familiar with the process and their own strengths and hurdles will naturally drive their best performance.

Matt’s science tutoring is informed by decades of study, and his teaching style is informed by the countless great and not so great instructors he had during his own academic journey. He understands that people care most about topics that feel relevant to their lives, so he works to contextualize abstract concepts in the physical sciences to make them real for his students. Every day, with every student, he works to find the common ground between them and the subject matter that will allow them to fully engage and achieve at their highest level.