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Sam L.

Knowledgeable, Well-Rounded Engineer and Writer

Tustin, CA (92780)

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Corporate Training:
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General Computer
Grammar
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
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Test Preparation:
ACT English
ACT Math
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ASVAB
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GED
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Homeschool:
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Algebra 2
Biology more »
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English
Geometry more »
Prealgebra
Precalculus
Reading
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Study Skills
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Business:
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Microsoft Excel
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Elementary Education:
Grammar
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Study Skills
Music:
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History:
American History
Geography
World History
Science:
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Computer:
Computer Programming
General Computer
MATLAB
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Word
Math:
ACT Math
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Geometry more »
Prealgebra
Precalculus
Probability
SAT Math more »
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Trigonometry
English:
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English
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Algebra 1

Algebra I can be difficult for new learners because it is the first time in the learning progression of math that discrete numbers are replaced by variables. However, the importance of this course cannot be emphasized enough, especially since it is the bulk and foundation of the math sections of the SAT.

As an engineer, one of my strengths is in math. Especially since I have experience teaching SAT Math, which, as I said, overlaps heavily with Algebra I, I believe I am very well qualified to help students master this subject.

Bible Studies

Of all the subjects I teach, Bible studies is the one I find the greatest joy in doing.

I've taken several seminary-level courses in hermeneutics (Bible interpretation) and the New Testament. Having taught both guided lessons and inductive Bible studies for years, I can teach a range of subjects from how to read your Bible to how to prepare a full lesson.

Biology

Biology is a memorization-heavy subject, which requires excellent study habits in order to master. However, it certainly helps to have someone go over the concepts with you and to explain how entire biological systems work. Knowing functions and interconnectivity is as much a part of understanding biology as are the concepts themselves.

I've gone through regular and AP-level biology courses in high school, scoring a 5 on my AP Biology Exam and a 790 on my Biology SAT Subject Test, as well as varying biology courses in college.

Chemistry

Chemistry is not as dependent on rote memorization as biology is, but it requires mastery of basic concepts as a foundation to build on. If, for instance, the basics of atomic nature and structure are skipped, other concepts like how to use the periodic table are more difficult to pick up.

I've gone through both regular and AP Chemistry courses in high school, scoring a 5 on my AP Chemistry Exam. I've also taken two years of chemistry in college, including organic chemistry.

College Counseling

I have done college counseling for peers in the past and have gone through multiple in-depth information sessions myself during my own application process. Topics range from what colleges and universities you should look for, how GPA, test scores, and extracurricular activities are factored in, financial aid, essays and personal statements, letters of recommendation, and how to handle wait lists and deferred admission.

Other than this, I can also help you regardless of what age you are or how far along you are in high school. It's never too early to prepare for college admissions, and as someone who has gone through the whole process, there is a lot to keep track of, but it is incredibly important even early in high school.

All this said, I won't guarantee your admission to any college, but I will help you along with tested-and-proven strategies and careful planning so that you can succeed in your own right.

Geometry

Geometry can be very different from other math subjects because of its more visual nature, but it can be a very straightforward subject. Those who struggle with it aren't necessarily bad at math, but it just may be that they struggle visualizing, but with constant practice and learning drawing techniques, this is easily remedied. At least, enough to do well in the class.

Back when I was in high school, when I took regular geometry, I consistently scored the highest in my class on tests, to the point when I was recommended for honors at the end of the year.

Objectively, I've had the most experience teaching this subject. I've tutored several students before in this subject, in both individualized help and classroom settings, and all of them saw marked improvement in their understanding.

GRE

The new revised GRE has some dramatic changes to look more like the SAT, including the replacement of analogies and antonyms for more reading passages, making this test much less reliant on vocabulary. In addition, strategies relevant to the SAT, like skipping questions, can be done within a section. Preparation is done similarly to the SAT, since the GRE is essentially just a more difficult version. It is computer-based, which does change strategies a bit.

My scores are listed in my profile for reference. I highly recommend purchasing the Kaplan and Barron GRE test prep books for their practice tests, which closely mirror the actual GRE. In our sessions, I'll do my best to help you through concepts and, if necessary, through individual questions. We'll definitely work through a practice test or section, depending on your preferences and the amount of time we have.

Proofreading

Proofreading a paper usually consists of correcting spelling, grammar, and usage mistakes.

Depending on what you request, I can go anywhere from lightly proofreading your paper/essay to heavily editing and adding/removing entire sections. I can also walk you through essay structures and parts if necessary.

As far as these sessions go, I can either walk you through your paper/essay and let you know how to correct it, or I can electronically send you a copy of your paper with typed notes and suggestions. People have found both equally helpful; it's merely a matter of your personal preference and learning style.

PSAT

The PSAT is taken during the sophomore year of high school, often during the fall. While preparation for it is not often done because it is perceived as "too early," any person experienced in the college admissions process is well aware of its worth.

Not only is the PSAT a free opportunity to practice for and predict performance on the all-important SAT, but it is also the NMSQT, or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The premise is simple: score above a certain level (changes every year based on how all participants perform), and qualify.

As a National Merit Scholar myself, I can tell you that this honor not only looks incredibly impressive to college admissions boards, but can also net you significant merit-based financial aid. A number of colleges, including USC, offer as much as half or full-tuition scholarships to National Merit Scholars, but the NM Scholarship itself is worth $2,500, which does not include the possibility that your college may choose to add more aid to that figure. Admission is essentially guaranteed to some colleges. And, of course, there is no other way to be a National Merit Scholar than performing exceptionally well on the PSAT. The importance of planning ahead and preparing well for the PSAT cannot be understated by any means.

Our sessions will consist of going through several practice sections, and doing several timed sections if time allows. Unlike the SAT, there are no written essays, and it is shorter. You may breathe a sigh of relief.

Public Speaking

Having done formal debate in my high school years (for 3 years) and placed several times in regional competitions, this is a skill that not only gives huge credence to your college application, but will prove fruitful in any profession. I've been both a judge and a competitor in speech and debate, and if you'd like, I can take you through a number of genres of speech and debate competitions, or we can work on basic speaking skills like voice delivery, enunciation, or prepared speeches.

SAT Math

As previously noted, my experience and success with the SAT Math section is extensive. This test covers a wide variety of subjects, including arithmetic, geometry, probability, and algebra. Missing even one question will affect your score (which I can personally attest to), so it's imperative that you prepare for this section the most if you struggle at all with the material. However, I can and will prepare you well for this section. We'll be working through a practice section or two so you can get a better grasp of what to expect and the concepts you'll encounter.

SAT Reading

Most test-takers find this section the most difficult because of the endurance required (fairly large number of readings and passages) and vocabulary. There are a number of ways to prepare for this section, and hopefully I can help you find the method best suited to your strengths. Long vocabulary lists or notecards don't necessarily work for everyone, nor are they, to an extreme, a worthwhile or wise time investment.

In our sessions, we'll be working through a practice section or two, depending on your preferences and time. We'll focus on reading and reasoning strategies, and we can work on vocabulary if you'd like, but to be honest, vocabulary is best done on your own time.

SAT Writing

As noted above, this was my best section when I took the SAT; an 800 is not far from reach, but it has to be studied the right way.

This section is divided into the essay/free-response portion and the multiple-choice portion. The essay portion, which is done first when the SAT is administered, can be perfected using some very basic strategies. Time management is the most difficult part of this portion, so in our sessions, we'll work together through a few prompts and write a number of essays. If you'd like, I can assign you one and have you write it during our time.

The multiple-choice portion is extremely straightforward and perhaps the easiest portion of the test for those proficient in English. If you do struggle with it, there are basic grammar and usage tips I can provide you. In our sessions, we'll work through a few practice sections to cover most, if not all, the grammar and usage rules you'll be expected to know.

Statistics

Statistics is another branch of mathematics that few go into, but can prove very helpful in many majors and careers, especially when documentation, quality, or reports are needed.

I took the AP Statistics course offered in high school and scored a 5 on the AP Exam. To be honest, while a bit rusty on extremely high concepts like multiple regression, I am still very well-versed in and capable of teaching foundational concepts like random sampling, error, statistical measures like mean, median, mode, and standard deviation, and basic hypothesis testing and conclusions.

As far as sessions go, please let me know what topics you'd like to go over and review. I am also available for homework and project assistance, as well as AP Exam preparation.

Violin

I started playing violin in 1999, and took consistent private lessons for 9 years while playing in a number of school and youth orchestras. I currently play for recreational purposes and for community volunteering opportunities. I'm be willing to teach beginning-intermediate students for a slightly higher price than my default (negotiable).

Writing

In the past, I've corrected a large number of papers and essays, including both academic and admissions essays. Feedback has been tremendously positive, and the papers I've gone through are usually graded around an A/B+ range at a college level.

Depending on what you request, I can go anywhere from lightly proofreading your paper/essay to heavily editing and adding/removing entire sections. I can also walk you through the fundamentals of writing, including essay structures and parts if necessary.

As far as these sessions go, I can either walk you through your paper/essay and let you know how to correct it, or I can electronically send you a copy of your paper with typed notes and suggestions. People have found both equally helpful; it's merely a matter of your personal preference and learning style.

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