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Samantha

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I am a former licensed educator with almost ten years' experience teaching and tutoring.

Samantha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan University - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Boston University - Masters, Education

Test Scores

GMAT VERBAL: 690

GRE Analytical Writing: 5.5

Hobbies

Traveling, languages, hiking, singing, reading

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Sign Language

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

HSPT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Upper Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Writing

Languages

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Critical Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Special Education

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My number one priority is ensuring each individual student meets his/her goals. I adapt my teaching approach to meet the needs of each student, and I never lower my expectations in the face of challenges. I believe there are infinite ways to teach anything to anyone, and my aim is to find the best way for each student.

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

I would spend some time introducing ourselves and establishing a great rapport with my student. I would ensure that I utilized the session to become crystal clear about my student's goals, struggles, and learning style. Of course, we would also spend time diving into the student's work to help him or her feel successful right away.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I utilize scaffolding and decreasing support in my teaching style. I typically begin by showing the student how to do something, then doing it together with the student, and then decreasing support at an appropriate rate until the student can do the work independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I work hard to keep sessions engaging appropriate to my student's age, learning style, and academic level. I utilize various appropriate activities, and always ensure the student feels connected to why he or she would like to succeed and keep us focused on that.

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

I believe there is a way to teach anything to anyone. I break the concept down further and utilize a different approach that better matches the student's learning style.

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

I always assess a student's knowledge. In my classroom, I often used an "exit slip" that the students would complete independently to help me assess whether they fully grasped the concept taught that day. Having a student explain the concept back to me (teach it to me) is also a useful way to measure comprehension.

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

I make sure students experience small successes every step of the way in my sessions with them to help build confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I typically have a student show me the work he or she is doing and walk me through how to complete it so I can see where the breakdown is occurring.

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

I utilize various activities and approaches (such as manipulative in math, games, or scaffolded instruction) to meet each student where he or she is.

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

I have most commonly used notes, practice materials (from workbooks or online), assessments that I create myself, games, and manipulatives. As a teacher, I used PowerPoint presentations to break down concepts into simpler pieces.