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Sam

My passion for tutoring is rooted in my love of learning and my desire to help develop that love in others.

My background is in mechanical engineering and I hold a Bachelor's of Science in that field (Undergraduate GPA of 3.98/4.00). The coursework for my degree gave me a strong grounding in and understanding for the fundamental principles of math, science and engineering. During my time as an undergraduate student, I also began to develop tutoring and teaching skills. I began to tutor high school students in math and science during my junior year and have continued to do so since. I also served as a teaching assistant for a sophomore mechanical engineering class my senior year.

The above experiences have prepared me to successfully help students grasp math and science concepts at all levels, from high school freshman Algebra I through to advanced, upper division undergraduate engineering courses.

Beyond working with students on STEM subjects, I also work with students in standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, AP Exams, GRE, GMAT, etc.). I have a strong record in standardize tests. Most recently (November of 2015), I took the GRE exam and scored a 337/340, with a perfect 170 score on the quantitative section. While my number one priority for students I work with on standardized test prep is a thorough understanding of the material covered in the scope of the test, I also understand that scoring well on standardized tests often requires more than a firm grasp of the subject matter under examination. It requires a commanding understanding of test taking strategies, individual preparation methods, and test performance psychology. With this in mind, my second priority for my students is to make sure that they are holistically prepared for test day.

I do not have a one-size-fits-all tutoring approach because everyone is unique. My number one priority with every student is to understand their individual academic and learning needs and to tailor my approach to maximize their understanding and retention of the material. Through this, I work to ensure every session has the right balance of challenge, rewarding accomplishment, and growth for the student. Ultimately, my goal is for the student to leave our time together with the satisfaction that comes from meeting a goal, the confidence of mastering a challenging subject, and the excitement of learning something new.

I look forward to helping you meet your academic goals!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Grove City Colleg - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Degree:

 The University of Texas at Austin - Current Grad Student, Mechanical Engineering

SAT Verbal: 740

GRE: 337

GRE Quantitative: 170

GRE Verbal: 167

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 740

SAT Subject Test in Physics: 790

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