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I agree with Henry Adams, who said, paraphrasing, that a teacher affects eternity because he can never tell where his influence stops. I have found that to be true from the statements of former students who have so stated. It's a gratifying feeling to see former students become successful, accomplished adults.

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Samuel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Illinois University - Bachelors, History

Graduate Degree: Florida International University - Masters, Social Studies Education

Graduate Degree: University of Miami - PHD, Law

Hobbies

Purebred Dogs

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACT English

ACT Writing

Administrative Law

Adult Literacy

African-American History

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

Anthropology

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US History

AP World History

Bar Exam

Business

Business Ethics

Civics

Civil Procedure

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Business Law

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College English

College Level American History

College Political Science

College World History

Constitutional Law

Contract Law

Criminal Law

Earth Science

Economics

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Ethics

Evidence

Family Law

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Government

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

History

HSPT Language Skills Prep

HSPT Verbal Prep

IB Geography

Intellectual Property Law

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Upper Level

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

Latin America History

Law

Legal Research

Legal Writing

LSAT Essay Section

Middle School

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

PCAT Verbal Ability

PCAT Writing

Personal Finance

Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy

Political Science

PRAXIS

Property Law

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Sociology

Special Education

Spelling Bee

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Tort Law

US Constitutional History

World Civilization

World History

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I use an interdisciplinary approach employing critical thinking skills.

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

Try to make the student comfortable and willing to talk, to determine his/her needs, and to assess the extent of any deficiencies.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Encourage the student to conduct his/her own research, and inquiry in order to satisfy curiosity.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Praise, praise, praise!

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

Try a different approach; not all methods work with all students.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Determine, if possible, the reasons for the struggle. Is it cognitive, a short attention span, a physical issue?

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

Help the student comfortable with me, as well as willing to be open and communicative. Engaging the student to determine their interests and building on that is also helpful.

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

Determine ways to make the subject relevant to the student's life now or in the future. I hated math, probably because I was not shown its relevance to my life (although I discovered the relevance later in life and now I love it).

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

Rather than simply employ rote recitation, I would have the student explain the whys and hows of the material in the form of an oral explanation, or in a Socratic-style Q and A.

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

Continual praise to show that the student is mastering it, as well as positive feedback.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

This can be done via administration of pretests.

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

I alter my approach and presentation depending on the student's level, whether AP or remedial, or in between.

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

That depends on the subject; for social studies, I use maps, photographs, YouTube videos, recordings, and other multimedia.


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