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Samuel

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I'm a graduate from Brigham Young University, currently working on my application to physical therapy school. I've taught English as a second language in a foreign country, preparing lessons for business and government officials as well as students in elementary through high school. I've worked as a paraeducator for a middle school math department, working one-on-one and with small groups of struggling students. I've also done private tutoring for college students.

I have experience tutoring many basic subjects: General Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, English, Essays, Reading, Writing, Study Skills, and Organization. If you need help getting ready for the GRE, I can assist in your preparation.

Oftentimes a student can fall behind because they're afraid to ask in class. The great thing about a private tutor is the opportunity to learn without worrying about slowing down the class or wondering what others might think. Tutoring sessions work best when the pressure is off. We'll go step-by-step, at your pace, and do multiple questions until solving the problem is second nature.

When I'm not studying or helping students, I like to read, work on writing and illustration, workout, listen to lifestyle, health, entrepreneurial and educational podcasts, and watch Netflix.

Samuel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brigham Young University-Provo - Bachelors, Biology, General

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 162

Hobbies

Writing and reading fantasy sci-fi novels, exercise., running, working out, watching movies and TV shows

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

College English

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

Homework Support

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Make sure the student is comfortable answering questions, and the time is enjoyable as possible. The more interactive the learning, the better. Start at the most basic level, and make sure each part is understood.

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

Get to know the students first. What is there background? How have they performed in the past? What exactly are they struggling with, and what do they want to achieve?

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The reason we do anything is based on our beliefs about the world and ourselves. It all starts with action. I help students push past failure until they gain confidence. Once the student gains confidence in their ability to learn and achieve, they will do it on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Focus on their strengths. Encourage them based on what they did right. Remind them how far they've come, and it's all about putting in the time and focusing on making progress, however small.

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

Approach it in a different way. It may be that the student needs a real world example, or a metaphor of some kind that better illustrates the process. Also, break it down piece-by-piece and check to see if they understand each step.