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Hello, my name is Sam Tang! I was born in Malaysia and grew up in Texas; I enjoy playing sports, video games, and music. I currently have degrees in Writing, Literature, and PUblishing as well as Higher Education and Student Affairs. Education is a huge passion in my life and I want to encourage the pursuit of it as much as I can! If you need help with grammar, vocabulary, or even with the art of writing an essay or paper, I'd love to help you out. I'm also available to tutor you in basic math and Spanish concepts. For all you IB'ers out there, I'd love to help you with your Extended Essay or Theory of Knowledge adventures. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Samuel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Emerson College - Bachelors, Writing, Literature, and Publishing

Graduate Degree: University of South Carolina - Masters, Higher Education and Student Affairs

Test Scores

GRE Quantitative: 153

GRE Verbal: 161

Hobbies

Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Video Games, Cooking, Cello, Piano, Photography

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Math

ACT Reading

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Cello

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

Geometry

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

IB Extended Essay

IB Mathematics

IB Mathematics SL

IB Theory of Knowledge

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Middle Level

Languages

Literature

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Music

Other

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Prep

Reading

SAT Prep

Social Sciences

Spanish 1

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Middle Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I want to meet my students where they are. I'm going to teach the things they need to know to better grow their knowledge base and to help them understand the basic concepts more thoroughly. With conceptual knowledge, an understanding approach, and a repetitious practice, I believe my students will excel.

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

The main thing I want to accomplish is to develop an understanding of my students, both as people and as students. This means I'll review previous tests or worksheets they've had trouble with, I'll have them work on sample problems so I can evaluate their problem-solving approach, and I'll ask them questions about themselves and their goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students become independent learners when they can begin to question their own knowledge and the knowledge around them. This means as I tutor, I ask my students questions and prompt them to think and to defend or evaluate their answers and work.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To generate students' motivation, I focus on the pragmatic nature of what we're doing. I have my students focus on the fact that the knowledge they're gaining will serve them for many years to come. I also have the students get involved with the lesson either by having them do the work by hand or by engaging with the material in other meaningful ways.

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

I would either help my student work on that skill or concept over and over again with repetition, since perfect practice is an excellent way to build knowledge of a skill, or I would try to come up with illustrations or examples that would help explain the concept in a way that resonates more with my student's learning style. All students learn differently, so it is important to be able to change gears if a student is having trouble with a certain skill.

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

I help the students read aloud with me in a low pressure and fun atmosphere. I would also evaluate what types of words or sounds my students have difficulty with and try to find material that's conducive to working on those specific issues.

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

Having the student work on problems without my help, or by reviewing worksheets or tests that my student has struggled with. This allows me to see what in particular my student may have difficulty with and come up with questions that best address that need.

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

I would find ways to create small success for that student. Students often get discouraged when a subject they work in constantly trips them up; they begin to associate that subject with failure and a feeling of loss. By creating small victories, I can create a sense of victory and triumph for my student.

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

I would use practice tests, sample questions, and have my student teach me the material in order to ensure understanding.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I review work the student has already done. I also talk to the parents and family members, and have the student work on problems while I observe.

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

I first pay attention to what my student needs and adjust from there. Students all have different personalities and need different types of support. Some need to get excited about material, while some students are conceptual learners and need to understand something before working on it. Other students need emotional support before they can tackle different material, and other students just need to be told what to do so they can develop a process. Adjusting and adapting is essential to successful tutoring.

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

It depends on the type of student, but I like using online sample tests and workbooks with my students.