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I believe that a great tutor sees a student for the academic rockstar they will become and treats them that way from day one.

My own academic success would not be possible without the help of tutors, and I'm passionate about passing on the lessons I was taught with a plenty of tips, techniques and strategies I've picked up along the way. As a current grad student in a highly competitive program, I'm still very much up to date with the latest in academic trends.

My ultimate goal is to help anyone interested gain the skills and insight needed to approach any future work with confidence. There will come a point where a student feels ready to take on new challenges without a tutor's help, and it's this moment of empowerment that I constantly strive towards allowing all students to experience. That said, I do my best to remain available to all students for whatever bits of advice or encouragement they can use.

Whether it's a standardized test, college admissions essay or any problem with the written word, we learn at one pace: yours. I'm excited to learn about you, with you and share in your future academic success.

Sam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, B.A. Film Production from School of Cinematic Arts and B.S. Business Admin. from Marshall School of Business

Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Current Grad Student, Writing

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2280

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 750

SAT Writing: 800

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 710


Writing movie scripts (I sold one once!), watching football, basketball, baseball or soccer and watching cooking vids on youtube.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

GRE Analytical Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Spelling Bee

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

That students learn best when they feel comfortable, respected and excited about the issue at hand. To accomplish this, we learn at an individualized pace, treat each other like the awesome people we are and adjust the problems to make sure that they keep us interested and engaged.

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

It's essential that we both learn a bit about each other first. Without that level of comfort and familiarity, the student can't trust my advice and I won't know how to phrase future techniques and skills in a way that appeals to their interests.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I focus on teaching that involves tools and approaches, rather than simply passed-down knowledge. A student will come away from these lessons with strategies that they can apply to situations outside of the current assignment, and I make a very strong effort to explain the different contexts and uses. We don't just focus on the task at hand; my goal is big-picture skills and nothing makes me happier than when a student goes on to use a technique outside of our own work to enable their own achievement.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I take motivation seriously. I lead by example and focus on three aspects of myself when trying to maintain it in a student: patience, positivity and honesty.

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

We begin with defining our goals and learning about each other. The basis of familiarity, both with our tutor-student relationship and what we want to accomplish, help keep us united and on-task from session to session.

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

We would shift the conversation, and a potential problem, towards a related or shared interest of the student.