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I grew up in a family that valued education, with a mother who is now a retired teacher. I have worked with all age groups in a variety of educational settings since I was a teen. I just love interacting with kids and teens and helping them learn. I have had the pleasure of seeing so many students either get excited over learning something new and having their world open up that much more or having a student finally have the a-ha moment when a difficult topic suddenly makes sense. I look forward to working with you and your family to achieve your learning and education goals.

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Sam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Scripps College - Bachelors, media studies

Graduate Degree: Oregon College of Art and Craft - Masters, Photography

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math


Algebra 2



College Algebra

College English

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science


English Grammar and Syntax


High School English

Homework Support

Intermediate Algebra


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level


Middle School

Middle School Math





PSAT Mathematics


SAT Math

SAT Mathematics


SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Caring about my students is at least as important as actually teaching them.

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

During a first session with a student, I will spend some time finding out what they are and aren't comfortable with in the tutoring subject. We'll talk about how long they've been having problems, what their goals are for tutoring, and what we should work on to achieve those goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

To help a student become an independent learner, I will point out general study skills or work habits they should be incorporating into their learning/homework.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated in multiple ways. First off, I would remind them of their reason for getting tutoring in the first place (to pass a class, to get into a school, etc.) so they will have a reason to keep working. I would also point out what they have achieved so far so that they don't feel like they are just wasting their time or getting nowhere.

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

If a student is having trouble understanding a skill or concept, there is probably something else they do not understand, and they don't even realize it. For example, having trouble learning fractions may come from not understanding division as well as they should. I would take a step or two back with the student and make sure they really understand the things they need to know in order to move on to this new skill or concept.

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

When a student struggles with reading comprehension, I make sure that they really understand what they are reading - as in, words in the story that they don't understand. Many students just rush past words they don't understand rather than taking the time to find out their definitions. I also enjoy discussing a passage that a student has just read and answering any questions they may have about it, or finding ways to relate it to their own lives.

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

I build a student's confidence in a subject by staying positive, meeting them where they are at in their skill level, and praising them often for working hard.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them what they have had trouble with in school, give them some assorted problems/questions to test their skills, get input from their parents/guardians on what they have observed, and find out what the student needs to be able to do in order to meet their goals.

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

When I work with a student, I am in no hurry to work any faster than is necessary for the student. If they need to keep practicing a skill, that is what we do. If they need to take a step or two back, we can do that too.

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