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I'm a dual major in Wildlife Biology and English graduating from Lees-McRae college in May of 2017, currently on track to graduate Summa Cum Laude. I've been grading highschool English papers and teaching writing skills for all of my adult life. My teaching focus is on writing papers that are technically correct, and are interesting and enjoyable for graders to read. Currently, I'm focused on getting into a graduate research assistantship studying forest soil ecology. When I'm not doing schoolwork or helping my teammates with homework, I'm a nationally competitive amateur cyclist focusing on off-road endurance races. Life is a beautiful adventure, and how you communicate it is the basis for interpersonal relationships!

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Samuel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lees-McRae College - Current Undergrad, Wildlife Biology, English

Test Scores

GRE Verbal Reasoning: 162

GRE Analytical Writing: 5


Mountain biking, cyclocross, gaming, DotA 2, outdoor adventures, forest ecology, urban forest fragmentation, urban ecology

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What is your teaching philosophy?

When it comes to writing, be it creatively or technically, the first thing I think about as an editor or grader is how interesting and engaging the person's writing style is. Writing for school or entrance exams requires the author to engage whoever is reading, and that is usually a very specific audience: a jaded, underpaid teacher who has seen the same thing ten, fifty, or even hundreds of times. My focus as a teacher is first on technical correctness, but the remainder is on writing papers that are enjoyable and engaging to read, leading to not only better grades but also toward opening the door to a closer teacher-student relationship based on excellence in writing.

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