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Sam B.

Riverside, CA

$65/hour

Enthusiastic Math, Economics & Standardized Testing Tutor

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/16/15
5.0 average from 187 ratings
Sam is an excellent tutor!
— Erol, Irvine, CA on 10/2/15

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The University of California, Riverside
Math and Economics
The University of Texas at Austin (2016-2017)
Master's
The University of California, Riverside (2017-2022)
PhD

Education

The University of California, Riverside (Math and Economics)

The University of Texas at Austin (2016-2017) (Master's)

The University of California, Riverside (2017-2022) (PhD)

About Sam

Hello everyone!

My name is Sam. My philosophy on tutoring is simple, I work very hard behind the scenes to make my sessions as effective as possible for my students. Every student's learning curve, strengths, weaknesses and learning styles are different. As such, my approach to each student is unique. I am passionate about helping students reach their academic goals and I take pride in my role as their tutor and also as a mentor. I received my undergraduate training in Economics and Mathematics from the University of California, Riverside. In the 2016-2017 school year, I completed my Master's of Arts in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and I am currently pursuing my PhD in Economics back at the University of California, Riverside. You may find the subjects I tutor below.

University Level:

College Algebra
Trigonometry
Pre-calculus
Calculus I, II, III
Ordinary Differential Equations
Applied linear algebra
Probability & Statistics (and statistics for economics)
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Econometrics
Game theory

High School:

AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP Statistics
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Honors Precalculus
Trigonometry
Algebra 2
Algebra 1

Standardized Testing:

SAT math
ACT math
ACT science
ISEE
HSPT
William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition

I believe that time management is an essential skill that every successful student must deal with throughout their academic careers. Therefore, I'll implement some simple, yet effective, time-management techniques that will help students make the most of their time.

During the past 6 years I have been fortunate enough to tutor students all over Southern California and Austin, TX ranging from elementary school to college. I have a passion for helping students reach their goals and more importantly realizing their true potential as an individual. I always tell my students, "you don’t have to be a genius to be a good student, but you must put in the work." After my time with students, I see that there is a general shift with their outlook towards school. They aren’t so intimidated by a particular subject, because math, economics, statistics, trigonometry and so on, can be very fun and rewarding when the material is truly understood.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you have. I make it a point to respond very quickly as I value your time. I look forward to meeting you!
Hello everyone!

My name is Sam. My philosophy on tutoring is simple, I work very hard behind the scenes to make my sessions as effective as possible for my students. Every student's learning curve, strengths, weaknesses and learning styles are different. As such, my approach to each student is unique. I am passionate about helping
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Riverside, CA 92506
Background Check: Passed

"Sam is an excellent tutor!"

- Erol, Irvine, CA on 10/2/15

"great teacher"

- Andrew, Riverside, CA on 11/15/17

"Made a 100 on my test with his help!!!"

- Caroline, Austin, TX on 9/28/16

"Amazing Tutor !"

- Tracy, Aliso Viejo, CA on 1/27/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Melina, Dana Point, CA on 10/20/15

"Lifesaver"

- Jordan, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 9/1/15

"Sam was well-prepared, patient and very capable of tutoring a wide variety of quantitative subjects."

- Laurie, Trabuco Canyon, CA on 8/25/15

"Great first lesson, look forward to the next!"

- Karen, San Clemente, CA on 8/5/15

"Patient and good at communicating subject matter."

- Cynthia, Laguna Woods, CA on 6/18/15
Math:
ACT Math,
Actuarial Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Econometrics, Elementary Math, Finite Math, GED, Geometry, GRE, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, SPSS, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics
English:
TOEFL
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Science, GED, GRE, ISEE, SAT Math, STAAR, TOEFL
Computer:
SPSS
Language:
TOEFL
Special Needs:
Elementary Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE, Macroeconomics,
Microeconomics
Sports/Recreation:
Soccer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT Math

I have tutored The ACT math to countless students in the past. In short, it is a 60 minute, 60 question section with a calculator, covering: Pre-algebra, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Plane Geometry and
Trigonometry.

Initially, I start with a diagnostic test for my students followed by a very thorough error analysis. All of which will be categorized into one of the sub-topics above and dealt with in isolation with high repetition.

Student's must become very familiar with the test and the timing of it, which can be a constraint for many. This is done by practicing ACT questions at a high frequency each week. For example, 3 hours of ACT questions is, typically, less effective than 1 hour, 3 times per week even though the same amount of time was dedicated in each scenario.

Homework should be expected and is very crucial to the process. Additionally, as for any standardized test, there are certain tricks that students can implement even when they aren't sure what the correct answer is to increase their chances of guessing correctly.

Calculus

I recommend all students to do a thorough review 2-3 weeks BEFORE they start a calculus course. I have created a great 'crash course' packet that students can complete to ensure they are ready to digest the calculus topics from day 1 in class without having to feel overwhelmed with weaknesses in their non-calculus related training. I have taken about 15 calculus based courses as a student and I can truly say I love the subject! It's like learning a new language, which can be frustrating initially. But once you establish fluency it's very rewarding.

Every student that has worked with me on a long term basis has passed the AP Calculus exam.

Macroeconomics

I received my undergraduate training in Math and Economics at UC Riverside. I received my Master's in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. I am about to begin my PhD in Economics this Fall at UC Riverside. I have a passion for Economics and I love to convey that to my students.

Microeconomics

I received my undergraduate training in Math and Economics at UC Riverside. I received my Master's in Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. I am about to begin my PhD in Economics this Fall at UC Riverside. I have a passion for Economics and I love to convey that to my students.

Soccer

I played club soccer between the ages of 6-18 years old. I played for the Irvine Strikers, which is consistently one of the best clubs in the nation. Collegiately, I played at Irvine Valley College and I continue to play twice a week competitively. I can teach the fundamentals of soccer tactically, technically and physically.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is often the most confusing subject for many students I've encountered simply because they don't make the connection that we are now dealing with lengths and angles. I use simple techniques that help my students truly understand the unit circle, graphs of trig functions and trig identities. I don't teach them to just memorize but rather to understand why these relationships and equations exist.

The University of California, Riverside
Math and Economics
The University of Texas at Austin (2016-2017)
Master's
The University of California, Riverside (2017-2022)
PhD

Education

The University of California, Riverside (Math and Economics)

The University of Texas at Austin (2016-2017) (Master's)

The University of California, Riverside (2017-2022) (PhD)

Sam is an excellent tutor!

Specifically, I am very excited with Sam's level of math tutoring. Most math teachers and tutors do not really understand math enough to teach it at the middle or high school level. They do not know the levels of abstraction and strategies required to solve different classes of math problems. Sam has good math education, and excellent understanding of the process of solving math problems, and is a

— Erol, Irvine, CA on 10/2/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sam will travel within 25 miles of Riverside, CA 92506.