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Samantha

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I am a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Arts. Since graduation, I have begun work as a Theatre professional. I gained valuable experience as the assistant to a Broadway Producer in New York, and now work as the Artistic & Management Associate at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT.

Both in high school and college I had the opportunity to work with younger students, helping them grow both academically and socially. But most importantly, I was able to help these students gain the confidence necessary to live up to their fullest and best potential. I spent 2 years in college working 4 hours per week as a homework tutor at The West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston, MA, helping 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders with reading, writing, math and study skills. After receiving tutoring in both ACT prep and College Essay help in high school, I began tutoring slightly younger high school students in the same subjects. That experience, paired with my English education at BC, has made me both qualified and excited to help more high school students excel in their college essay writing and ACT test prep.

In my spare time, I am an avid reader, Netflix watcher, and patron of the arts. I grew up a competitive dancer and musical theater performer, so the performing arts have a special place in my heart and in all that I do. I'm a sucker for classic literature, and am always trying to digest more and more of the literary canon in between episodes of Friday Night Lights or Homeland. As oldest of 3, my younger siblings' interests have inadvertently infiltrated my life as well. Thanks to my 20-year-old brother's high school football career, and my 14-year-old sister's cheer-leading addiction, I consider myself fairly well-versed in both subjects at this point.

Above all, I enjoy giving younger students the tools they need to succeed. In a tutor position, I can serve as the student's equal, rather than an 'oppressive' adult telling them to what to do. I believe in empowering and encouraging the student through positive reinforcement, patience, and a drive for progress. I'd like to have a word with whoever said that learning can't be fun. By giving the student the right attitude and tools he or she needs to succeed, laughter is not only allowed but encouraged.

Samantha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Boston College - Bachelors, English & Theater Arts

Hobbies

Musical Theatre, Dance, Singing, Reading, Knitting, Baking, Creative Writing, Pilates, TV & Movies, Music

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support

Literature

Other

Reading

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

At the core of my teaching philosophy is positive reinforcement. The student must be empowered, encouraged, and always met at the level he or she is at. My only expectation is effort. Whatever level the student is at is a fantastic jumping-off point. If the student is putting the effort in, I will match that effort 100%. Effort + Positivity = Success.

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

I start by getting to know a little bit about the student, focusing on his or her interests outside of school, in order to spark some sort of mutual interest or connection. Then, I ask the student how he or she is feeling about the tutoring subject. I talk to the student about potential goals, and together, we outline expectations of each other throughout the tutoring process. Then, I like to jump right in. The sooner we begin working together, the sooner I can see how the student works and the most pressing issues for us to work on.