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Samantha

I graduated Magnum cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. I have worked as a Substitute Teacher (K-12) for over a year and have experience tutoring grades 3-12 and college level writing. My specialties are English, Writing, and Resume building.

I want to be a tutor because I desire to be able to make a difference in students' lives. As a substitute teacher, I do not always get the opportunity to work with students one-on-one due to the large class sizes. I strongly believe that students learn more when they are able to explore subjects with a tutor. With patience, perseverance, and a little bit of fun I know that I will help students achieve their academic goals.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Loyola Marymount University - Bachelors, Communication Studies

Besides my passion for education, I also enjoy drawing, reading, singing, acting, hiking, and cuddling my cat and bunny. My favorite food is chocolate or anything smothered in chocolate. I have been a vegetarian for over seven years-- a decision which stemmed from my love for animals. I am obsessed with Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Alice in Wonderland. I love to bake cookies, and am very interested in learning how to make macaroons.

College English

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Math

High School English

Homework Support

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is unwavering patience. Patience allows students to grow as scholars in an environment with no outside pressures. They learn that it is okay to struggle, that it is okay to make a mistake, and that it is okay ask for help. They know that I have the patience to never give up on them, and in turn they learn that they have the patience to never give up on themselves.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to get to know my students in our first session--interests, hobbies, goals. I want my students to feel relaxed and comfortable. I usually like to make a list of students' goals (both tutoring and life goals). I like to set up a clear plan for our future sessions and allow time for any questions the students might have for me. The remainder of the time, I spend going over the subject(s) specified.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

1. By offering different methods and tactics for learning, students embrace that there is more than one way to tackle any given subject. Whether it is discovering new ways to study for a test or by finding a fun way to stay organized, I help students create a learning system that is catered directly to THEM and for THEM. 2. By encouraging students to become confident in themselves, they will realize their full potential. A lack of self-confidence is often the reason many students give up in school. It is my goal to build this confidence back up in order to create a self-motivated scholar.