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Sam H.

Experienced (and fun!) Math, SAT, and Music Theory tutor

Experienced (and fun!) Math, SAT, and Music Theory tutor

$45/hour

  • 33 hours tutoring

  • Jamestown, RI 02835

About Sam


Bio

I'm Sam H.! I graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with degrees in both math and music. There's nothing I love more than helping people learn! While I've tutored everything from calculus to history to history to writing to SAT prep to physics, I worked tirelessly on a music theory tutoring program at Yale, which has since blossomed.

I particularly love tutoring SAT prep and college application essays—for a somewhat unusual reason: I like getting students who feel overwhelmed, or...

I'm Sam H.! I graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with degrees in both math and music. There's nothing I love more than helping people learn! While I've tutored everything from calculus to history to history to writing to SAT prep to physics, I worked tirelessly on a music theory tutoring program at Yale, which has since blossomed.

I particularly love tutoring SAT prep and college application essays—for a somewhat unusual reason: I like getting students who feel overwhelmed, or who feel anxious with impending deadlines for such an important chapter of their life. Why? Because the most rewarding thing is helping a student transform themselves. Not just transform their knowledge or their skills, but also transform themselves into more confident and free individuals. There is so much psychology that goes into succeeding in what is the biggest life transition most people will experience in their youth. I am honored to have been a strong, holistic guiding force through that phase for many students thus far!

I have nearly seven years of experience tutoring math subjects, both as community service in schools and as an independent professional tutor. Beyond the SAT angle of math, I also have an extensive background specifically with tutoring Algebra I, Algebra II, Precalculus, and Calculus (both AP tracks, in particular.) My degree from Yale in math centered on high-level math concepts, including advanced complex analysis and abstract algebra, and I served as a peer tutor and grader for several classes in college. My tutoring skills therefore also extend to higher levels of math for the more advanced student.

The music department peer tutoring program at Yale was one of my primary focuses while at college. Over my Junior and Senior years, I logged upwards of 1200 hours tutoring my fellow students, working nearly every single day. Topics and needs ranged from music theory to ear training to higher-level analysis using Sonata Theory, Schenkerian Analysis, advanced modes of counterpoint, model composition, orchestration, arrangement, and more. There is little as satisfying as helping a student understand why we care about it all to begin with! In fact, that is one of my primary missions as a conductor, pianist, and composer: to offer interpretations, rooted in music theory, that explore the essence of why music theory matters. It truly encourages your emotional connection to the music to blossom!

I respond right away, so reach out any time with thoughts, goals, or to schedule a lesson!


Education

Yale University
Mathematics and Music

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $50 for in-person / $45 for online
  • Travel policy: Within 22 miles of Jamestown, RI 02835
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/24/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Composition (Music)

Composition (Music)

I'm a conductor, pianist, composer, and music theorist with a music degree from Yale University. I've won composition competitions since the age of 12 and had my works performed around the country. I love helping students hone their own unique voice by working to develop a multifarious arsenal of compositional techniques, and by working on methods to unify those techniques in a coherent way.

Corporate Training

Spanish,

Spanish

I'm a fluent second-language Spanish speaker with consistent, daily practice in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. I have tutored Spanish for 5 years at all levels. I have enhanced my own practice through travel to both Spain and Mexico.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar

English

Writing,

Writing

I have tutored writing, both curricular and extracurricular, for the last 8 years. In particular, I have enjoyed helping people navigate the college essay process with confidence and insight (I applied and was accepted to 8 colleges, including 5 Ivy League universities). Recently, I've written substantially in the academic spheres of musicology, music history, abstract algebra, and more. On the creative side, I've obsessively written poetry and prose since age 12. I have a true passion for helping people unlock the most powerful and coherent version of their own voice.
English, Grammar, Proofreading

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a math degree from Yale University and several years of experience working with students in algebra 1 at middle school, high school, and college levels. Finding engaging and meaningful ways to think about algebra is one of my mathematical focuses, guiding my studies of abstract algebra in college.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University, as well as nearly 8 years of experience tutoring Algebra 2!
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University specializing in analysis, which is entirely founded on the ideas in Calculus. I also have over 6 years experience tutoring Calculus to students of all levels and all needs. And most importantly, I actually really LOVE the subject! The more you understand what is at stake in calculus, the better motivated you are to learn more about it! I love helping my students unlock that appreciation of the beauty and import of the subject, since it helps transform them into individual learners.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a math degree from Yale University and about 8 years of experience tutoring in math subjects across the board, including Precalculus!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a math degree from Yale (as well as music!) and over 6 years of SAT tutoring experience. It's important to balance mathematical content understanding while still seeing the big picture. The questions on the SAT don't say "solve for x" anywhere near as often as you might expect; really, it's all about being flexible and able to apply your content understanding in various ways! My approach is all about finding the right mix between focus on content and exploring its applicability.
Spanish,

Spanish

I'm a fluent second-language Spanish speaker with consistent, daily practice in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. I have tutored Spanish for 5 years at all levels. I have enhanced my own practice through travel to both Spain and Mexico.
Writing,

Writing

I have tutored writing, both curricular and extracurricular, for the last 8 years. In particular, I have enjoyed helping people navigate the college essay process with confidence and insight (I applied and was accepted to 8 colleges, including 5 Ivy League universities). Recently, I've written substantially in the academic spheres of musicology, music history, abstract algebra, and more. On the creative side, I've obsessively written poetry and prose since age 12. I have a true passion for helping people unlock the most powerful and coherent version of their own voice.
English, Prealgebra

Language

Spanish

Spanish

I'm a fluent second-language Spanish speaker with consistent, daily practice in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. I have tutored Spanish for 5 years at all levels. I have enhanced my own practice through travel to both Spain and Mexico.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a math degree from Yale University and several years of experience working with students in algebra 1 at middle school, high school, and college levels. Finding engaging and meaningful ways to think about algebra is one of my mathematical focuses, guiding my studies of abstract algebra in college.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University, as well as nearly 8 years of experience tutoring Algebra 2!
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University specializing in analysis, which is entirely founded on the ideas in Calculus. I also have over 6 years experience tutoring Calculus to students of all levels and all needs. And most importantly, I actually really LOVE the subject! The more you understand what is at stake in calculus, the better motivated you are to learn more about it! I love helping my students unlock that appreciation of the beauty and import of the subject, since it helps transform them into individual learners.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a math degree from Yale University and about 8 years of experience tutoring in math subjects across the board, including Precalculus!
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a math degree from Yale (as well as music!) and over 6 years of SAT tutoring experience. It's important to balance mathematical content understanding while still seeing the big picture. The questions on the SAT don't say "solve for x" anywhere near as often as you might expect; really, it's all about being flexible and able to apply your content understanding in various ways! My approach is all about finding the right mix between focus on content and exploring its applicability.
ACT Math, Prealgebra

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a math degree from Yale University and several years of experience working with students in algebra 1 at middle school, high school, and college levels. Finding engaging and meaningful ways to think about algebra is one of my mathematical focuses, guiding my studies of abstract algebra in college.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University, as well as nearly 8 years of experience tutoring Algebra 2!
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University specializing in analysis, which is entirely founded on the ideas in Calculus. I also have over 6 years experience tutoring Calculus to students of all levels and all needs. And most importantly, I actually really LOVE the subject! The more you understand what is at stake in calculus, the better motivated you are to learn more about it! I love helping my students unlock that appreciation of the beauty and import of the subject, since it helps transform them into individual learners.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have a math degree from Yale University and about 8 years of experience tutoring in math subjects across the board, including Precalculus!
Spanish,

Spanish

I'm a fluent second-language Spanish speaker with consistent, daily practice in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. I have tutored Spanish for 5 years at all levels. I have enhanced my own practice through travel to both Spain and Mexico.
Writing,

Writing

I have tutored writing, both curricular and extracurricular, for the last 8 years. In particular, I have enjoyed helping people navigate the college essay process with confidence and insight (I applied and was accepted to 8 colleges, including 5 Ivy League universities). Recently, I've written substantially in the academic spheres of musicology, music history, abstract algebra, and more. On the creative side, I've obsessively written poetry and prose since age 12. I have a true passion for helping people unlock the most powerful and coherent version of their own voice.
English, Prealgebra

Music

Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

I'm a conductor, pianist, composer, and music theorist with a music degree from Yale University. I've won composition competitions since the age of 12 and had my works performed around the country. I love helping students hone their own unique voice by working to develop a multifarious arsenal of compositional techniques, and by working on methods to unify those techniques in a coherent way.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

I'm a conductor, pianist, composer, and music theorist with a music degree from Yale University. My entire musical expertise and purpose centers around the role of the ear in understanding and performing music. I've helped hundreds of people develop their ear skills for everything from just listening to the radio to becoming a better musician to better understanding the theory of music that goes into so much of performance. Working on ear skills really is my favorite thing to do and talk about!
Music Theory

Music Theory

I'm a conductor, pianist, composer, and music theorist with a huge background in music theory. My personal artist's statement centers around the importance of embedding music theory in our day-to-day lives as musicians. It's critical to understand what the feeling is that we associate with sounds, melodies, and harmonies, and *why*—because that knowledge furthers our own emotional connection to the sounds. I'm very passionate and excited about music at all levels, and I love helping people feel the same way about their music and music theory!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have a math degree from Yale University and several years of experience working with students in algebra 1 at middle school, high school, and college levels. Finding engaging and meaningful ways to think about algebra is one of my mathematical focuses, guiding my studies of abstract algebra in college.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University, as well as nearly 8 years of experience tutoring Algebra 2!
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a mathematics degree from Yale University specializing in analysis, which is entirely founded on the ideas in Calculus. I also have over 6 years experience tutoring Calculus to students of all levels and all needs. And most importantly, I actually really LOVE the subject! The more you understand what is at stake in calculus, the better motivated you are to learn more about it! I love helping my students unlock that appreciation of the beauty and import of the subject, since it helps transform them into individual learners.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a math degree from Yale (as well as music!) and over 6 years of SAT tutoring experience. It's important to balance mathematical content understanding while still seeing the big picture. The questions on the SAT don't say "solve for x" anywhere near as often as you might expect; really, it's all about being flexible and able to apply your content understanding in various ways! My approach is all about finding the right mix between focus on content and exploring its applicability.
Spanish,

Spanish

I'm a fluent second-language Spanish speaker with consistent, daily practice in speaking, writing, reading, and listening. I have tutored Spanish for 5 years at all levels. I have enhanced my own practice through travel to both Spain and Mexico.
Writing

Writing

I have tutored writing, both curricular and extracurricular, for the last 8 years. In particular, I have enjoyed helping people navigate the college essay process with confidence and insight (I applied and was accepted to 8 colleges, including 5 Ivy League universities). Recently, I've written substantially in the academic spheres of musicology, music history, abstract algebra, and more. On the creative side, I've obsessively written poetry and prose since age 12. I have a true passion for helping people unlock the most powerful and coherent version of their own voice.

Test Preparation

SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have a math degree from Yale (as well as music!) and over 6 years of SAT tutoring experience. It's important to balance mathematical content understanding while still seeing the big picture. The questions on the SAT don't say "solve for x" anywhere near as often as you might expect; really, it's all about being flexible and able to apply your content understanding in various ways! My approach is all about finding the right mix between focus on content and exploring its applicability.
ACT Math

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Smart and engaging

Sam helped my son to work on analytical musicology essay. Sam is very knowledgeable in music (musicology, history, analysis), possesses kin insight into the nature of the relationship between musical composition and chess playing. He helped my son to organize the ideas for the essay, formulate arguments and offered constructive critique, all while providing crucial feedback on the content and structure of the essay.

Nate, 2 lessons with Sam

5stars

We enjoyed Sam....his knowledge, sense of humor and kindness. TY!! My daughter really needed a strong review and the tutoring session gave her exactly what y’all as needed.

Heather, 1 lesson with Sam
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Sam H.

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