Sam's LBGTQ+ Friendly Tutoring
*Specialize in help with motivation and organization
*Specialize in working with students with ADHD or on the autism spectrum.
*Helpful at connecting each student with resources that meet their needs
Helping students believe in themselves and their abilities-not everyone can or should have to learn the same way because we are not all the same person! I want to help each student learn however works best for them.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I like to quickly chat with the student to get a sense of what they'd like to accomplish both big picture and in the time frame that day. Next, I try to figure out where they need the most support. As someone with a background in teaching, therapy, and meditation I often start by helping stressed students to ground themselves before launching into the work.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I graduated from Oberlin College, where I studied Linguistic Anthropology and Cogntive Sciences. I then went on to graduate school at California State University Northirdge for Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, I have worked for 1 year assisting in special education classrooms, 1 year teaching 5th grade Spanish, 2 months teaching ESL here and abroad, and 5 years tutoring individuals ages 5-20 (from algebra to ACT/SAT prep to elementary school reading comprehension). I also have 5 years of training as an associate marriage and family therapist. During that time, I have been running psychoeducational groups in treatment facilities for teens and adults. In light of pandemic cutbacks, I am currently seeking additional income by returning to tutoring.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
$30/1st hour, $25/each additional hour. However, if you low or no income right now, I am willing to be flexible.
How did you get started teaching?
I got started unofficially tutoring my peers who were struggling in high school algebra. I then went on in freshman year to take a class in teaching that offered me an opportunity to teach a class at the local elementary school.
What types of students have you worked with?
5-20 years old- reading comprehension, essay writing, ACT/SAT, linguistics, ESL. I specialize in working with students who have ADHD or are on the autism spectrum.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I really enjoyed recently getting to work with a student who felt like he would never be able to get organized or motivate himself. I helped work with him to identify a plan and to prioritize his needs as well as to begin to re-engage with his classwork. It was wonderful to see him regain some optimism and motivation.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Have a clear idea of what you would like help with out of the following:
1. Understanding the information/clarity
5. Getting started
6. Or something else entirely
This is a starter list - select any/all options to give us an idea of where to start :)
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What kind of style works best for you?
My personal style is directive, goofy, and compassionate. I firmly believe in all my students and am here to support you.