Sam A.


A true Manhattanite from head to toe, Sam attended Horace Mann High School before emigrating, in a fit of wanderlust and questionable judgment, to Ireland to enroll in the English Department of Trinity College Dublin. At Trinity, he earned honors and had his poetry and prose published in a Dublin literary journal. After two years there, he returned to his native island and earned his BA magna cum laude in English literature from Columbia University. Sam was a founding editor of the Columbia East Asian Review, the only undergraduate-helmed journal of international East Asia research in America. Since then he has completed his first novel, and had his writing published in the Times Literary Supplement, the Brooklyn Rail, and others. In Fall 2015 he will begin an MFA in fiction-writing at George Mason University.

An expert in the SAT Verbal sections, Sam is Cambridge Coaching's Master SAT verbal tutor, responsible to training all new CC tutors. Prior to joining CC in 2011, he was named an "exemplary tutor" by Kaplan Test Prep, and was regularly invited to give demonstrations of tutoring methods for potential students. He has also worked as an evaluator and grader of SAT essays and has written passages and questions for Verbal sections. Bilingual in French from the age of six and proficient in Mandarin Chinese (after years of intensive study in college, and time spent at Peking University in China), he has taught both languages, at the AP and SAT II level alike, raising students' scores dramatically. As a writer and novelist, however, his greatest pedagogical passion is teaching writing, and is one of CC's longest-serving college and graduate school application consultants.

The day Sam turned fourteen, he looked up how to throw a curveball on the internet, and one month later, struck a kid named Scott out with it; this remains by far his crowning athletic achievement.

Education & Qualifications
  • George Mason University, M.F.A. Fiction Writing
  • Columbia University, B.A. English, magna cum laude
  • Cambridge Coaching Master SAT/GRE Verbal Tutor & Tutor Trainer
  • Creative Wriing
  • English
  • ESL
  • Expository Writing
  • Admissions Coaching (College, HS)
  • GRE
  • SSAT/ISEE                                                                   
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Sam helped my son study for the SAT this Fall and he was absolutely amazing. We had tried Princeton Review and Kaplan, but while their tutors were ok, they were clearly disengaged and not invested in my son's improvement. Small, well-run companies make a world of difference. Cambridge Coaching isn't cheap, but their tutors are PhDs at Harvard and MIT. Everything is done 1 on 1. They're nice without that corporate thing. Sam met our son at the house 14 times and his scores improved by almost 100 points. We plan on signing our daughter up next fall. We're beginning with a writing tutor next month. These guys are really small and their website is no frills. We found them through friends at my son's school. Highly recommended, particularly if you're looking for more personalized attention rather than a class."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Sarah N., SAT)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "I contacted Sam two days before my ED deadline and he was incredibly flexible for such short notice. We were able to meet twice in two days and he answered all my calls and texts immediately. Sam gave me insight on how to show who I was through my college essays. But most importantly, Sam was able to keep me motivated and focused while I was under a lot of pressure. I would recommend Sam to anyone who needs expert advice on their college essays or the admissions process in general."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Bharath, College Coaching)
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