# Sam

Certified Tutor

Undergraduate Degree: SUNY at Binghamton - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Current Grad Student, Mathematics Education

Listening to music, going to the gym, swimming, comedies, watching baseball, building things, reading

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic

ACCUPLACER Language Use

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer

Adult Literacy

California Proficiency Program (CPP) Prep

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Precalculus

CogAT Prep

College Math

COMPASS Mathematics

COMPASS Reading

COMPASS Writing Skills

Computational Problem Solving

ECAA Prep

ECAA/ERB

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

ERB CPAA

ERB CTP

ERB WrAP

Fiction Writing

GATE/ TAG Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

High School English

High School Writing

HSPT Language Skills

HSPT Math

HSPT Quantitative

IB Further Mathematics

IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

IB Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation

Introduction to Fiction

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

Mathematica

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

NNAT Prep

OAT Quantitative Reasoning

OLSAT Prep

Other

PARCC Prep

PCAT Quantitative Ability

PCAT Verbal Ability

Poetry

Probability

Quantitative Reasoning

Summer

TEAS Prep

Technology and Coding

TOPS Prep

WISC IV Prep

WPPSI Prep

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that teachers and students should be able to work together to arrive at the student's goals for academic success. It should be a process in which the student explains the areas of difficulty, and through a series of questions, the teacher gauges the student's understanding of the material. After this is achieved the teacher can help the student navigate through until the student arrives at a conclusion. I find it to be helpful when the material is presented in a relatable way. A parallel story, a familiar situation, a metaphor-- all can help the student develop a connection with the math. Whichever method works, I find it is important for the teacher to do whatever is possible to work within those parameters.

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

I will speak with the student to get a little background information before we start to tackle whatever difficulties need attending. I want to see where the student is academically, and what information the student DOES know, so we can apply those tools to the problem.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The student and the teacher are both working in their respective roles. The teacher provides the tools necessary for the student to uncover the tools that they already have. The student then has the responsibility to take those tools, and apply them to the situation at hand. They should begin to assess their own abilities, and how much time and effort they need to put in to achieve the desired results.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

The learning process is exactly that: a process. It leads to something-- a goal, a sense of accomplishment. Students should understand what they are doing has a purpose. It is not merely learning math for math's sake. It is much more than that. It is an achievement on a quiz or test that has the student filled with pride. It's a promise of a lifelong understanding of the importance mathematics plays on one's life. It's the ability to help someone else, and that person can help another, and so on.

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

I would not give up hope that some learning can be achieved. There must be something that can be done to find a reasonable compromise. That is something I strive to do. I want to take help the student achieve as much academic success as possible. I know that everyone has different skills levels, and that is perfectly fine. Each student will get as much attention as necessary to reach potential.

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

As a math person I understand that comprehending the written word is often necessary. If a student is having difficulty in this area, I will differentiate to allow for the material to be presented in a way that works better.

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

I have found that gauging an understanding of the key points of the student's academic abilities is a good way to start determining how we should proceed. I also want them to know a little about me, about my understanding of math at that academic level. I want to create an understanding and try to relate to the student.

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

I think the key to this is relate! How is this subjected connected with an idea in which the student has some level of interest, strong interest the ideal in this case. For example, I could present a word problem or a mathematical story that draws from the student's interests.

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

I would ask the student to provide any notes or things of that nature that have already been provided. I want to be able to find a way to match the tutoring to the way in which the student was taught in school. If that proves to be a hardship for the student, or they learn better another way, I will see to it that we explore that avenue. I will provide plenty of practice problems, finding questions that are rooted in material that is both agreeable and educational.

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

Confidence has to come from the student. They have to believe that they can achieve their goals. Through this process and with my guidance I will let the students form their own conclusions, arrive at the answers, and from that they can begin to realize they have what it takes to understand this math. Also, the more practice problems and the more they study, the more they will be able to get this material.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I find out what the student's strengths and weaknesses are and then focus on turning the weaknesses into strengths. I would like to be able to give a student a question in the area of difficulty before we begin, and see what comes of the results. Then I have a better idea of what to focus on.

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

Whenever I've worked with students in the past, I find what works best for them and try to stay on that route until success is achieved. If they need to be walked through more gingerly, I will provide more detailed solutions to problems. If they need a challenge, I will arrange for the difficulty of the questions I ask to increase. Whatever the need is, I will do my best to adapt.

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

I will provide paper, writing utensils, practice problems, books (if applicable), and some form of a calculator. Whatever else is needed can be added if necessary.