Name: Samirah Martinez
City where you live: Palm Desert, CA.
What do you love most about being a tutor?
I love meeting students and helping them strengthen their academic skills.
How long have you been a tutor for Firefly Tutors? In general?
I have been a tutor for Firefly Tutors for almost 2 years but tutored at the college level for 2 years prior to joining Firefly Tutors.
What is your favorite tip to help students learn?
Start early! Your brain needs time to soak up new information. Start early and take regular breaks to keep your brain happy.
What is your proudest moment as a tutor?
My proudest moments as a tutor are when students feel confident in their strengths.
Please share one of your favorite student success stories.
One of my students had been struggling to read for years. Once we found something that worked, she was able to read signs in stores and on TV. Her family was so happy, and I am glad to have been a part of that.
What do you love to do in your free time? What are your hobbies and interests?
When I am not tutoring or attending classes of my own, I like to read books, go to coffee shops, and travel!
What is your favorite subject? What do you tutor?
I tutor science, language arts/English, history, and math. My favorite subject to tutor is language arts (specifically reading and writing).
What are three fun facts about you?
1. I have an 18-year-old cat (Hazy) that makes a few appearances in the background during online tutoring.
2. I am currently in graduate school to become a speech therapist.
3. My favorite holiday is Halloween!