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Hi,

I am a twenty-five year old father and English major with an Associates in Arts from the College Of Lake County.

I am particularly well suited to share my knowledge of a wide variety of fiction authors' writing styles; I gravitate toward work that reflects individualism and employs nontraditional grammatical usage.

These traits are showcased in the work of cult favorites such as Chuck Palahniuk, authors of the Bizarro movement (a growing subset of "pulp fiction" an overview of which is at http://www.bizarrocentral.com/), and multiple horror genre titans like HP Lovecraft, Stephen King and Clive Barker.

However I am well versed in traditional grammar and mechanics and am fully willing to accommodate students at this stage in their education; in fact, I would enjoy it as it gives me a fresh perspective every time I go back to basics. In my opinion, going back to the basics in any discipline can teach one to grow. Motivated students may find that conquering these founding aspects of language and using them in their own unique way leads to nothing but satisfaction and an above average final product.

In the realm of the more commonly read, I am a great fan of literature (American and otherwise) which centers around anti-heroes and misfits, as well as mythological archetypes . Whether based in a fantastical landscape such as Michael Ende's "The Neverending Story," or a down to earth setting like J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," I am a helpful guide through the tumultuous world of atypical protagonists.

Far before my college career, my interest was piqued by other classics. I vividly remember being sent to the principle's office in seventh grade due to the fact that my attention was stuck on Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" rather than the material taught at that level.

I always did my homework on the bus. Let's put it that way.

In high school I was absolutely captured by the imagery present in Dante's "Inferno" section of "The Divine Comedy." In line with scholarly opinion, I find it a staggering achievement of historical fiction, considering the directly accusatory nature of his judgment of well known figures from his day.

Revisiting these and similar classic works in collegiate years solidified my comprehension of the material and reinforced the idea that learning must be a lifelong process. It is guiding students toward growth as they set out to travel this lifelong path which I am most concerned with.

I am all about about giving a student the confidence to use their own voice and strengths to enhance their writing and academic output using conceptual, casual teaching methods. It is important to me that the student feel comfortable to explore these strengths and apply themselves in an independent way to achieve their academic goals.

I also excelled at philosophy in college, and use my own insights therein to imbue my materials with critical thinking challenges individually suited to my clients. Authors I am particularly interested in so far as philosophy are Friedrich Nietzsche and Lao-Tzu, as dramatically different as they are. I hold disagreements with each school of thought respectively, and dislike the misappropriation of their work wholeheartedly. I spent much of my youth informally researching religious texts from all over the world on my own time, including the Christian Bible in totality including apocrypha, the Judaic Old Testament and Cabala, and portions of the Quran. I have also conducted personal research into Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism and even the American atheistic religion of LaVeyan Satanism.

My hobbies include music performance on a variety of instruments, film and reading a books from a multitude of genres, both fiction and nonfiction.

I prefer to work with high school students, but I would love to assist any internally motivated clients in grade school reading and writing courses, as well as freshman and sophomore college level English students.

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Sam’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: College of Lake County - Current Undergrad, English

Test Scores

ACT English: 32

ACT Reading: 34

Hobbies

Philosophy, Music Performance: Acoustic Guitar esp. in "fingerstyle" guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Hand Drums and Piano (2 yrs formal training)

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

American Literature

Basic Computer Literacy

College English

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Hand Drums

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Music Recording

Public Speaking

Songwriting

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe a student must be able to freely communicate in the most casual manner possible to reflect the way that their thoughts actually take shape regarding a given subject.

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

Get to know the way that the client represents themselves through communication and attempt to build a framework through which I can assist said client. Following this initial stage, I would try to understand what they personally expect of me as a tutor, inquire as to which subjects they require assistance with, and go over any current assignments they are struggling with (i.e. the reason they need help that particular day).

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My teaching style is generally based around critical thinking as much as is humanly possible while accounting for the basic content they are working with. I challenge my clients with the way that I form individualized questions, to whatever degree the material lends itself to. Thus, the answers given typically reflect their academic progress to that point.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would relate to the student, possibly mentioning challenges I have personally faced; and then building the student's confidence by pointing out their strengths as they pertain to the work at hand.


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