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Samantha

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I graduated with my Masters in Literature from Northern Arizona University. Before that I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Philosophy from the same school. Since graduation, I have been working on finishing my novels and catching up on my reading list. I absolutely love reading! Some of my favorite books include: Harry Potter, The Wheel of Time, Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Plato's Five Dialogues. I have recently become obsessed with Divergent as well. I love the idea of discussing what I read with others through analysis and writing. In terms of creative writing, I am working on a fantasy and a dystopian series, as well as non-fiction narratives. I believe you can learn a lot about someone based on what they read and how they write.

Before Varsity Tutors, I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. I taught four courses of English 105 (Freshmen Composition) and two courses of English 205 (more advanced Composition), while also tutoring in the campus writing center. Before that, I tutored with America Reads, from learning how to read to literature analysis to essays and creative writing. I eat, sleep, and breathe literature and creative writing. In terms of my style and philosophy, my students used to refer to me as the 'movie-quoting, book-loving, let's get writing teacher.' I believe in a relaxed and fun environment where the student feels comfortable, not just with me as a teacher, but me as a friend. Therefore, I tend to compare a text to a popular movie, because I find most students relate more to movies than to literature. For example, if a student is dreading Shakespeare, I ask them if they're familiar with Lion King. When they tell me they are, I show them how it is an animated version of Hamlet. We work to find common ground, a connection to reading and writing that makes it more enjoyable for them, because at the end of the day, if they don't enjoy it they won't learn to care about it.

Samantha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Northern Arizona University - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: Northern Arizona University - Master of Arts, Literature

Hobbies

I love reading and writing stories, as well as posting movie/book reviews in my blog.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

British Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Literature

Math

Medieval Literature

Persuasive Writing

Phonics

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Reading

Short Novel

Test Prep

World Literature

Writing