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Samuel F.

Philadelphia, PA

$50/hour

Empowering, Enthusiastic, Math and English Tutor

20+ Hours
5.0 average from 8 ratings
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— Sarah, Bala Cynwyd, PA on 12/13/15

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Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Mathematics

Education

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (Mathematics)

About Samuel

My love for tutoring stems from my love for people. I love seeing people succeed and flourish, and tutoring is a way I can help coach individuals through their problems so they can bring themselves to a place of high academic and personal success. I am so thankful to be able to tutor because it means that I will get to work collaboratively with my students: drawing on their prior knowledge, asking them to flesh out their thoughts and processes, and differentiating instruction to them as based on their responses. Tutoring is a dynamic, personal, and exciting educational tool and I think it fits my skill set and background as a student, teammate, coach, educator, and leader, perfectly.

Two summers ago I worked as a mentor with CollegeSpring, a nonprofit organization committed to closing the SAT achievement gap between traditional and nontraditional (POC and FGWC) college seeking students. It was a job I loved and flourished in. It also gave me the opportunity to hear great feedback from similarly impassioned tutors and teachers. In my performance reviews, I was given the high marks for professionalism, preparation, and lesson implementation. Of those, the feedback I was proudest of was for lesson implementation, where I was told I set a great tone in my lessons by making student participation a focal point of the lesson plan, giving my students feedback that is warm, encouraging, and specific, and encouraging questions and higher levels of thought. I was, and still am, very proud of that feedback because it reflects my mission in tutoring, which is to deliver a lesson plan where the student and the tutor are collaborators in an effort to achieve the goal of learning. I want my students to feel personally engaged and empowered, because that's exactly how learning should be: a personal experience of growth and satisfaction. I believe it's my commitment to this method of the practice of tutoring that makes me a great tutor.

My senior year of college I worked as an AVID Tutor in the Walla Walla Public School District. I saw being an AVID tutor as a direct extension of the things about tutoring with CollegeSpring that I loved so much: the development of the student not only in the desired content area, but also a human being. As an AVID tutor I worked every day in a classroom as a role model, tutor, coach, mentor, and friend for students in order that they develop a strong scholastic identity and self confidence, both as a student and as a growing individual. I loved tutoring in AVID, not only because of the remarkable growth of the students in their content areas, but also because of how much personal growth they went through, becoming fully realized young adults who were taking the reins of their lives and their educational futures.

Last year I tutored full time, for a full school year, for City Year Philadelphia. I saw this as the culmination of those prior positions. It was a place where I exercised my passion for tutoring, coaching, and empowering young adults. Tutoring 6th and 3rd grade students who were significantly beneath grade level in Math and English (and the 3rd-8th graders we worked with after school) and seeing many of them grow to reach grade level was fulfilling to the nth degree and has driven me to pursue education social justice and tutoring as my career path. Know, that if I am your tutor I will bring that spirit of enthusiasm, empowerment, and growth, regardless of the content subject. Although I have a degree in mathematics, and the idea of empowering students who may otherwise be intimidated by mathematics in an idea which really fuels me, I am proudly liberal arts educated and have a deep passion for reading, writing, and being well rounded which I can more than effectively demonstrate and communicate to students.
My love for tutoring stems from my love for people. I love seeing people succeed and flourish, and tutoring is a way I can help coach individuals through their problems so they can bring themselves to a place of high academic and personal success. I am so thankful to be able to tutor because it means that I will get to work collaboratively with my Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My first lesson is always free and my hourly rate is always negotiable.

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19104

"Very nice tutor"

- Sarah, Bala Cynwyd, PA on 12/13/15

"Samuel is an extremely knowledgeable tutor who has an excellent way of helping Michael understand difficult subject matter."

- Elaine, Elkins Park, PA on 6/23/15
Science:
ACT Science,
Physics
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
ASVAB,
Common Core,
GED, GMAT, Regents, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, SOL, SSAT, STAAR, TAKS, TEAS, USCIS
Computer:
Computer Programming,
Microsoft Word
Language:
USCIS
Elementary Education:
Common Core,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Fitness,
Football

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 English

I tutored four groups of four rising high school juniors and seniors fulltime on standardized testing through a non-profit called CollegeSpring in San Jose California. In the 8 weeks of working with that group my student's total SAT scores increased across all subjects by an average of 7% of the total possible points. When I graduated college and moved back to Philadelphia, despite having a job at an overnight camp that required me to be on campus for 18 hours a day, I still volunteered 9 hours a week to tutor high school seniors in Philadelphia through Let's Get Ready. Results similar to the ones I had in CollegeSpring were evident, and I was also voted to be most enthusiastic teacher by the students there. Last year I tutored full time, for a full school year, for City Year Philadelphia.

ACT Math

I tutored four groups of four rising high school juniors and seniors fulltime on standardized testing through a non-profit called CollegeSpring in San Jose California. In the 8 weeks of working with that group my student's total SAT scores increased across all subjects by an average of 7% of the total possible points. When I graduated college and moved back to Philadelphia, despite having a job at an overnight camp that required me to be on campus for 18 hours a day, I still volunteered 9 hours a week to tutor high school seniors in Philadelphia through Let's Get Ready. Results similar to the ones I had in CollegeSpring were evident, and I was also voted to be most enthusiastic teacher by the students there.

ACT Reading

I tutored four groups of four rising high school juniors and seniors fulltime on standardized testing through a non-profit called CollegeSpring in San Jose California. In the 8 weeks of working with that group my student's total scores increased across all subjects by an average of 7% of the total possible points. When I graduated college and moved back to Philadelphia, despite having a job at an overnight camp that required me to be on campus for 18 hours a day, I still volunteered 9 hours a week to tutor high school seniors in Philadelphia through Let's Get Ready. Results similar to the ones I had in CollegeSpring were evident, and I was also voted to be most enthusiastic teacher by the students there. Last year I tutored full time, for a full school year, for City Year Philadelphia. I saw this as the culmination of those prior positions. It was a place where I exercised my passion for tutoring, coaching, and empowering young adults.

ACT Science

I tutored four groups of four rising high school juniors and seniors fulltime on standardized testing through a non-profit called CollegeSpring in San Jose California. In the 8 weeks of working with that group my student's total scores increased across all subjects by an average of 7% of the total possible points. When I graduated college and moved back to Philadelphia, despite having a job at an overnight camp that required me to be on campus for 18 hours a day, I still volunteered 9 hours a week to tutor high school seniors in Philadelphia through Let's Get Ready. Results similar to the ones I had in CollegeSpring were evident, and I was also voted to be most enthusiastic teacher by the students there. Last year I tutored full time, for a full school year, for City Year Philadelphia. I saw this as the culmination of my prior positions.

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is fundamental to all higher level mathematics, particularly because it introduces the ideas of linear equations and systems of equations, concepts which are keystone in Linear Algebra, which underlies so much of modern mathematics. Through my Mathematics degree I have revisited these concepts, ( functions, sequences, systems of equations ) many times over many years from a variety of perspectives in the discipline. This kind of training gives me an ability in flexibility: it gives me choice in how I can best present the material to the student.

Algebra 2

As a Mathematics Major at Whitman College I explored the subject of Math to a serious depth, and as a consequence of that am both well practiced in Algebra 2 (a fundamental skill in studying higher math) as well as understanding of it to an extent that will help me answer the "why's" a student might have in addition to the "how's"

ASVAB

I tutored four groups of four students full-time on standardized testing through a non-profit called CollegeSpring in San Jose California. In the 8 weeks of working with that group my student's total scores increased across all subjects by an average of 7% of the total possible points. When I graduated college and moved back to Philadelphia, despite having a job at an overnight camp that required me to be on campus for 18 hours a day, I still volunteered 9 hours a week to tutor high school seniors in Philadelphia through Let's Get Ready. Results similar to the ones I had in CollegeSpring were evident, and I was also voted to be most enthusiastic teacher by the students there.

Calculus

Calculus was a subject I learned in depth through my degree at Whitman College, first through the standard Calculus courses and then through two rigorous 400 level classes of Real Analysis. The initial task of our Real Analysis course was to put Calculus on a firm logical foundation. This meant taking special attentive care to each and every detail of the subject, making sure that it was logically consistent and proved, the whole way from sequences and series, to limits and continuity, and finally to derivatives and integrals. This gives me an excellent depth of knowledge in the subject. I can not only answer students surface level questions, but answer the more pressing question of "Why" something is.

Common Core

As a City Year I tutored children in grades 3-8 in Math and English full time for the full school year. I also wrote lesson plans that had to be aligned to common core standards and helped raise the majority of my students to grade level by the end of my year.

Computer Programming

At Whitman College I took Introduction to Programming and Data Structures, which are 100 and 200 level computer science courses (respectively). Introduction to Programming was as much an introduction to the theory of programming as it was a rigorous and challenging development of our ability to code in C++. Data Structures was taught in Python, and expanded on our ability to conceptualize data, and how programs can use different methods of data storage and algorithms to run "well". I tutored a close, close friend of mine (for free) throughout our Intro programming class, and as he said "without you Sam, I would not have graduated"

Differential Equations

While studying at Whitman College I took a differential equations class, passed a round of senior oral and written exams on the class three years after taking (passed on the first time) and would later use elementary diff eq as the sample lesson plan in a tutoring job interview which I where I was immediately awarded the position afterward.

Fitness

I received fitness training through high school from my football coaches who were also fitness coaches. In college I took courses on Jogging, Swimming, and Intermediate Weight Lifting.

As a City Year tutor, myself and one other corps member ran a twice a week sports club that averaged about 30 3rd through 8th graders. Our focus was not just to teach them fitness, but also to show them how personal fitness was a means to essential inter and interpersonal skills like determination, cooperation and leadership. Although not physical in nature, it's my belief that those skills are actually essential to any fitness regimen.

Football

I played freshman football for one year and varsity football for three years in high school. My Sophomore year I was named the unsung hero of the football team, and my Senior year I was named a unanimous team captain and given the Barney Fisher award for best offensive lineman, as well as receiving the senior class distinction of Most Courageous male athlete.

Geometry

Geometry is one of my favorite courses in Mathematics. In my college, the Geometry course was offered as an independent study. Over the semester I compiled a 100 page pdf of notes, and exercises, which accompanied the three textbooks we studied. In creating this document I was able to organize and construct the knowledge I learned over the course of the semester so I now know it cold, and further I am now able to rely on this document for extra reference or exercises for students. Finally, I love tutoring Geometry, because as it is purely deductive subject it's a great place to grow a students intellectual identity.

Prealgebra

I love mathematics. As a math major at Whitman, tutor at CollegeSpring, mentor in a local AVID program, and private tutor to children as young as the fifth grade and as old as seniors in high school, I loved helping students explore concepts and build foundations in mathematics. Prealgebra is fundamental to all mathematics which progresses afterward, and having had such an extensive career in mathematics, I have had cause to revisit these concepts regularly, exploring proofs and new ways to think about them that I am eager to share.

Precalculus

Graduating as a math major required extensive use of pre-calculus in many of my classes: The Calc 1,2,3 series; Geometry; and real and complex analysis.

SAT Math

I tutored for a nonprofit last summer which focused specifically on raising SAT scores. I was able to raise the scores of my students by an average of about 180 points, or 60 points for each subject, over the course of the summer.

SAT Reading

I tutored 25 rising seniors and juniors in San Jose California with CollegeSpring in all sections of the SAT, and did the same with Let's Get Ready Philadelphia at Temple University.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry was a subject that I visited and revisited throughout my time as a Math Major at Whitman College ('15). It was a particularly critical part of my 100 page senior project where I built a computer program that would generate and then analyze special groups of triangles that satisfied a set of trigonometric identities. Although it sounds erudite, most of the 100 page paper was appendices that I included because I wanted someone who had no background in mathematics, not even in trigonometry, to be able to go through my paper and understand at every step what was going on. This commitment to clarity of thought and reason wll ring true in all of my lessons on trig.

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Mathematics

Education

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA (Mathematics)

Very nice tutor

My son had Sam for few lessons, he has been very happy with Sam. Sam was thorough in his tutoring and helped explain subjects, theorems, and tactics in a clear and concise way.

— Sarah, Bala Cynwyd, PA on 12/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My first lesson is always free and my hourly rate is always negotiable.

Travel policy

Samuel will travel within 5 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19104.