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Samwise

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I started tutoring at the College of Wooster where I mainly helped students in Latin. I then went on to TA three classes where I gained experience teaching, grading, and editing papers. Latin is my favorite subject to teach, but I enjoy helping students learn anything. I have experience tutoring Latin, math, various English subjects (reading, writing, editing), and certain sections of the ACT.

I have a great passion for teaching students one on one. Being able to help a student truly understand something is a wonderful feeling. Helping people learn, especially a subject that I am passionate about, is incredibly rewarding. When I tutored children at a Montessori school, I found that I was a very effective tutor, helping the children to better understand a variety of subjects from math to Latin. The key to good tutoring is explaining a concept in as many different ways as possible. Usually the student has already been taught the subject in a way that did not make sense to them. That means that it is my job to find a way to think about the subject that will allow the student to grasp it.

In my spare time I love baking sweets, knitting, crochet, and spending time with my pets.

Samwise’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The College of Wooster - Bachelors, Classical Languages

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 30

ACT Science: 29

Hobbies

Baking, knitting, crochet, sewing

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

Classics

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

Languages

Latin

Latin 1

Latin 2

Latin 3

Literature

Persuasive Writing

Social studies

Test Prep

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

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

In a first session I don't like to make a student feel put on the spot, so I generally won't give them a test or quiz to find their knowledge level. Instead I will start with a simple conversation about the subject to put the student at ease. What particular topics are troubling them? What grades have they gotten in the past? What learning strategies work best for them? After I get to know the student a bit I will have an overview lesson on the topic to really pin down the trouble areas.

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

The best way to build confidence is practice. Students feel strong in a topic when they see for themselves that they can find the right answers on their own. Having students apply a lesson they have just learned with practice problems shows them solid evidence that they are learning the material.