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Samantha

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As an energetic recent Magna Cum Laude grad from Georgetown University, I am excited to be able to work with young people to not only achieve academic success but also to re-discover their love of learning. I have worked with a broad range of youth both in the United States and abroad. My diverse background makes my teaching technique creative, innovative and hands-on.

As part of my education in the rigorous Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service I became proficient in Spanish and have experience with the politics and culture in the Spanish-speaking world. As a student I examined International Relations through a cultural lens, focusing on history, religion and language in the Middle East and in Latin America. Throughout the course of my studies I engaged in extensive research, analysis and application of international relations into written updates, debate platforms and innovative programs such as Model United Nations conferences.

In addition to my academic background I have also been a camp counselor at a peace-building and leadership camp for teenagers from the U.S., the Middle East and South Asia. I have a deep love of learning and a unique combination of academic competency and extensive experience working with youth. I am delighted to be able to help students accomplish their goals while enjoying the process along the way!

Samantha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Georgetown University - Bachelors, International Relations: Middle Eastern and Latin American studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2040

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 770

Hobbies

I love to read, play tennis and soccer, running. I am passionate about the Middle East, knitting, Thomas Jefferson.

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that teaching is a two-way street; both the student and the tutor explore the subjects together, allowing for a conversation on what inspires the student. Genuine intellectual exploration is the best way to master a subject.

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

At our first session, we will set goals together, brief the materials already given, and take a brief assessment.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By learning how to break down the problem or question into broad themes that facilitate well-informed deductions, students become empowered to use what they already know as a base from which to explore the ever-expanding world.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

When a student feels overwhelmed, it helps to step back from the big problem and break it down into manageable steps. When you can check off steps on a list, you can gain momentum to carry you through to your goals.

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

I would simplify the skill until we reached a level where the student was comfortable. From there, we would break down the steps needed to get from Point A (comfort zone) to Point B (skills goal). Often when students encounter a difficulty they can get frustrated, so I would make sure to not push too hard on one day: one step at a time, one day at a time!

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

Reading can be frustrating, especially when the subject material is dry! I would talk to the student about what they're interested in, whether it's football or Star Wars, and then I would find readings on multiple reading levels that are related to that subject.

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

It can be hard to be excited about a subject if you can't find any meaning in what you are studying. Connecting difficult subjects to real world topics that the student actually cares about it can give purpose and enjoyment to studying.

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

I find it most successful to inspire cross-subject connections with my students. Being able to see the big picture helps study inspiration!

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Repetition, in the form of short questions after every new subject is introduced or reviewed, is a great way to both gauge material retention and give a confidence boost to the student.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I would eventually have the student create their own practice test. Give them the opportunity to figure out what is most important in the subject and make them feel in charge!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Honest conversation with the student about their goals, as well as consistent feedback via "Do Nows" at the beginning of the tutoring session that are a few questions long that cover material from the previous session. It gives me a sense of how much they retain and where we should take the next session.

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

Anything from the "real world" is invaluable in tutoring, because it reminds the student of why they're learning these things in the first place! Newspaper articles, news clips, music, anything!

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By using "Do Nows" at the beginning of the lesson and varying my techniques (reviewing homework vs. introducing new ideas etc.),this allows me to track and see which techniques work best with my student.