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Samuel

Whatever your needs are, I guarantee I will do everything I can to help you reach your goal. Through the way, I promise you we will have fun because let’s face it—who wants a boring tutor.

Personality-wise I am very easygoing and I really like to let my students engage in the learning process. You will probably feel like I am more of a helpful study buddy than a tutor. I love asking a lot of questions and creating a dialogue between us so that we can always be on the same page. I truly believe that teaching should always be two-way interaction between the tutor and the student. If you are more on the shy side, I have no problem doing more of the interaction until you feel comfortable.

I have been tutoring professionally for five years in many subjects ranging from Algebra to college-level Chemistry and Biology. I also love to read and write and have helped students write personal statements and practice SAT essays. Through my experiences, I have developed several different tutoring styles that I tailor to my students' preferred method of learning. If you are a visual learner we will work on the whiteboard. If you are more of a verbal/auditory learner we will discuss the concepts in creative ways so you will be able to master your material instead of just scraping by. If you are a kinetic learner will pull out the 3D molecule kit or counting blocks. Whatever it is that helps you learn best I will adapt to fit your style.

Just to give you a sense of where I am academically, I am a fifth year undergraduate in Molecular Biology, and I will be starting my PhD next year at UCLA. Outside of school and work, I surf, scuba dive, play guitar, and take care of my chickens. I‘d also like to get to know your hobbies and interests as well because I think it is important to take short breaks during each session to unwind and talk before diving back into the material.

My long-term goal is to provide you with the tools so that you can be independently successful on your own in the future. That means that I won’t simply give you the answers, but instead I will really focus on making sure you fully grasp what we are studying. Tutoring is a passion of mine that I thoroughly enjoy and I look forward to working with you!

Undergraduate Degree:

 California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, Molecular Biology

SAT Composite: 2200

SAT Math: 750

SAT Verbal: 700

SAT Writing: 750

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 710

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 790

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 740

Surfing, chess, water polo, guitar