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I have been tutoring for 6 years in the local area of Santa Rosa in the areas of math and reading. Ive also substitute taught for a number of school districts in the area and recently taught art last year. I enjoy working one to one in home, at libraries, and even coffee shops. Its my pleasure and mission to see all students succeed in their subject level by identifying the barriers and though practice, accelerating to the next topic. I look forward to working with you.

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Sam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State - Bachelors, Art and Design

Graduate Degree: Sonoma State - Masters, Teaching Credential


playing guitar, drawing, painting

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing


Competition Math




Middle School Math



Spanish 1

Spanish 3

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in education by choice. Students that want to excel or have a strong curiosity in a subject will do so if they have a natural inclination and want to put in the time practicing and studying. Even if they just have the desire and skilled tutor specific to that subject, can help accelerate the process and remove obstacles for the student. A solid grasp of a subject means spending time with it, reflecting on how it may be applied in the real world, and playing with the process of learning. If a student can become metacognitive or have an understanding of how it is that they learn, then they may become more selective about where to focus attention to make the most sense out of the new material they are learning. Many doors can open up and lead to other fields when studying a particular topic. Discovery, play, and curiosity are all important factors in keeping inspired and hungry to learn more.

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

I would assess the student’s motivation and skill level in their subject they are asking to be tutored in. This will give me a sense of where they are at with the area mentally and emotionally.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would help the student increase their metacognitive awareness or their ability to see the learning process take place in their own thinking. Sometimes this can look like pointing out study habits or holding students accountable for completing a task from start to finish. It may involve demonstrating many of the details of a problem to get to the root of question or topic.

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