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Samantha

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I work full time at Boston University while concurrently pursuing my Master's of Elementary Education. I have experience teaching a tutoring a variety of subjects for students in the elementary grades through college. I currently work full time in EMS education. My bachelor's degree in Psychology and experience inform my practice as an educator.

Samantha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelors, Psychology (+ Arabic minor)

Graduate Degree: Boston University - Masters, Elementary Education (application in progress)

Hobbies

Sailing, Scuba Diving, Snowboarding, Travel

Tutoring Subjects

Arabic

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Languages

Math

Other

Phonics

Public Speaking

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

A good educator can lead a student to the correct answer, but a great educator can give a student the tools they need to arrive at the correct answer by themselves. My approach is to determine what a student already knows, ensure a solid foundation up to that point, and design lessons with achievable goals in an incremental fashion to boost a student's knowledge and confidence in their ability to learn.

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

In any first session, it's important to get to know the student and begin building a positive and encouraging rapport. I would first work to identify precisely what level the student is at with the particular skill at hand. I would do this by starting with easy tasks, games, and exercises, and then gradually increasing the difficulty level of the activities. This will help me determine exactly where to begin instruction with the student. After the first session, I would map out a plan to get the student from wherever they are to wherever they need to be. I would create goals and benchmarks for the upcoming sessions to make sure that we are on target to meet the end goal.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Discovering what motivates a student is the key to fueling their desire to learn independently. A student's hobbies and interests can serve as a perfect medium to teach any academic skill through the lens of something interesting and engaging for the learner. Additionally, I strive to teach in a manner that primarily facilitates and guides learning so that students will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they become proficient in a particular area.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Incorporating a student's interests and hobbies into a lesson is a great way to keep students motivated. I also promote positive reinforcement and a safe environment for making mistakes. It is also important to acknowledge a student's' socioemotional needs as well. There must be a balance between teaching perseverance and avoiding a detrimental level of frustration.