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Samantha R.

Iowa City, IA

$60/hour

ESL and Spanish Instructor

In-person lessons

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University of Northern Iowa
Spanish
University of Northern Iowa
Master's

Education

University of Northern Iowa (Spanish)

University of Northern Iowa (Master's)

About Samantha

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha, and I am an instructor at the University of Iowa currently teaching English Language. Over the past four years, I have taught and tutored English Language Learners, Spanish Language Learners, and Spanish-English translation and methods. I'm extremely focused on grammar, writing, and speaking instruction and skills for academic use, and academically focused literature comprehension. I have taught in the United States for three years, and I taught in Spain for one year, which was a blast!

Many of my students (and sometimes their parents) ask me what it takes to teach languages so learners become fluent, so here is what I think: My professional philosophy of teaching involves students needing three internal instruments in order to succeed academically: cognitive styles, critical thinking, and curiosity. Cognitive styles are necessary in order to perceive, think, remember, and recall information. Critical thinking to be able to analyze new information, and finally, curiosity informs the desire to envision new was to explore language. These concepts are dynamic, and, as an educator, I maintain that it is our job to foster and cultivate these attributes so students can grow and develop to succeed when we are not there to mentor them.

Overall, I see my role as a professional educator; to embrace every student’s individual potential and creativity. I have been teaching and researching how to teach and research methods for four years and believe I can greatly improve not only your grades and knowledge, but your study strategies and skills that will help you improve in all your academic areas.

As for my piano teaching knowledge, I have been taking lessons and playing for 18 years. During that time, I have taken years of music theory, even at the university level. I've taught a couple of years now, mostly friends and friend's children, but I have found I love it. If you would like to learn, for personal or professional reasons, let me know. I do have my own piano in my apartment that we can use for lessons.

Warmest regards,

Samantha
Hi everyone! My name is Samantha, and I am an instructor at the University of Iowa currently teaching English Language. Over the past four years, I have taught and tutored English Language Learners, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Iowa City, IA 52246
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math
Music:
Piano
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Public Speaking,
Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, GRE, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish, Speech,
TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Piano

I have been playing piano for over 18 years. My instructor focused on a lot of music theory. I also took a year of music theory, practice, and performance at the university level.

Public Speaking

I currently teach in the Speaking Lab at the University of Iowa. Here, I work with students 3-6 hours per week and help them write, revise, practice, and determine what type of speech they need to perform for their courses. I received this job due to my Masters degree.

Speech

I currently teach at the University of Iowa's speaking Center where I aid students with speech problems (such as phonology, syntax, and stress), as well as how to give proper speeches. I was awarded this position due to my Master's degree.

University of Northern Iowa
Spanish
University of Northern Iowa
Master's

Education

University of Northern Iowa (Spanish)

University of Northern Iowa (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Samantha will travel within 25 miles of Iowa City, IA 52246.