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Sami

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I am a graduate of Western Oregon University, an award winning institution that is nationally known for its teacher training excellence. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentration areas of education and mathematics. I tutor a range of subjects, and during my lifelong dedication as an educator I discovered I am most passionate about math. I believe everyone uses math every day and all students can succeed in math if taught in ways that make sense to them. I am flexible with my teaching style to meet individual student needs, and I prefer to use engaging, hands-on, real world math instruction whenever possible. For example, I adapt board and card games to teach basic math fact understanding and aid in student memorization. I enjoy getting to know the students I tutor, and I use their interests to guide and inform my instruction. I believe education is an important key to lifelong success. Teaching and learning bring me great joy, and this excitement overflows during my tutoring. My goal is that the students I tutor absorb and latch onto this love of learning. In my spare time I like to write, watch movies (science fiction is my favorite), do arts and crafts (especially card making), read, and walk.

Sami’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Western Oregon University - Bachelor in Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies-Education and Mathematics

Hobbies

Playing board games and card games, creating greeting cards, paper-crafting, writing, watching movies, quilting


Q & A

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

When students struggle with reading comprehension, I utilize research-supported methods such as incorporating poetry and physical body movement to increase comprehension skills.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I feel one of the most important aspects for success is the tutor/student relationship. I spend time getting to know my students and letting them learn about me. This builds trust, a vital component for learning.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Every subject becomes more interesting when students can connect to it personally. Because I take time to get to know my students, I am able to incorporate their specific hobbies and interests in my lessons and teaching methods.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I prefer to use hands-on, engaging, real-world instruction. I adapt board, card, and dice games to teach various math topics, and I use recipe ingredient measurement when teaching fractions. I connect all topics to language arts by incorporating interesting books and literature.

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

In a first session, I would introduce myself to the student and begin to establish trust. We would spend time getting to know each other, and I would ask if he or she has any questions about me or about tutoring. We would also discuss potential tutoring goals.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, we would have a conversation and discuss our thoughts about what the difficulty may be. I would listen to student and parent input, and adapt my instruction methods to meet the student's needs. I would also research alternate teaching strategies and incorporate creative solutions.