# Sam

Certified Tutor

Sam’s Qualifications

## Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of the Pacific - Bachelors, Mechanical Engineering

## Test Scores

SAT Math: 740

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 720

SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 740

## Hobbies

Some of my hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, juggling (I teach this too!), going to music festivals, making jewelry, and playing board games.

## Tutoring Subjects

Engineering

High School Physics

MATLAB

Mechanical Engineering

Spanish 1

Statics and Dynamics

Thermodynamics

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everybody has different strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning, and I find it an interesting challenge to figure out the most effective way to teach a student based on how they learn. I also try to find ways to teach that make it fun and interesting for the student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Rather than focus solely on the content of the subject, I also teach strategies for learning and studying that the students can then use to teach themselves. I also try to be as motivational as possible and help students find joy in learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I give lots of encouragement and praise students for their progress. I also try different teaching approaches to keep things interesting and keep the student focused and engaged.

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

Try a different approach! There are many ways to explain a given concept, which is one thing I love about teaching. I give continuous encouragement and motivation and show that I have confidence in the students.