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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 for my students to 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 paper crafting), 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, reading 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.