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About the Tutor

by W. Sam Emara

From a student’s perspective, there are plenty of people that are better at math or at writing, but that does not mean that they will be effective at producing results as a tutor. Testing well does not equal tutoring well.

"Hire the tutor, not a faceless corporate tutoring conglomerate."

A student that is not achieving his or her full potential needs a talented teacher with the ability to break down material so that it can be understood and retained by the unique combination of learning affinities that makes up the type of learner the student has become. The compromises required to make a lesson appeal to every student means that it will definitely not work perfectly for any student – that’s why it’s called the lowest common denominator. Lowest common denominator teaching is not enough, and moving a child from one lowest common denominator teaching environment to another one afterschool will have a limited effect on closing performance gaps. The Emara Academic Solutions personalized approach tailored to the individual student is what will produce sustainable results.

To understand how a student learns, we look at their stronger subjects to find out what it is about that class that they respond to. As an academic consultant I have the privilege of getting to understand my students well enough to identify their strengths. We then guide the student to leverage those strengths in the classes with lower grades. To spin the fact that the student is a good speaker, for example, or has an eye for detail to improve their grade in a class with a performance gap by guiding students to put themselves in situations that will put their strengths to good use. Raising scores, and opening doors.

W. Sam Emara is a Columbia University graduate who tutors a range of subjects in-person in New York City and online for those outside NYC. To schedule a session call 917-535-1777, or send an email to To learn more about W. Sam Emara’s experience see the Roadmap section below.

More on Testing Well Does Not Equal Teaching Well coming soon.


NYC Lab School
Chosen by his High School teachers to tutor peers.
W. S. Emara tutors New York City students from K–12 in-person, and online via skype video calls for those outside NYC.
New York University Medical Center Microbiology Research Laboratory
Design and perform experiments in infectious disease as a member of the lab group of Department of Medicine Chairman Martin J. Blaser, MD.
Recieved email:
Accepted into Columbia University
Continued to tutor students and conduct research as a premed biology major.
Publishes article on microbiology research
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Emara Academic Solutions™
Returned to NYC to continue his tutoring practice.
Friedrich-Engels Gymnasium Senftenberg, Deutschland
Taught English to students from grades 9 to 12 in German High School.

Revitalized English department, streamlining the ambitions of the students and the requirements of standardized testing into a contemporary curriculum.
Internship in Building Community
Facilitated the livelihood of students enrolled in Columbia University’s High School Summer Program as a Resident Advisor.

Coordinated and supervised extracurricular activities for students throughout NYC.


Larisa F.
(tutored regularly from September ’05 to June ’08 in Math and Chemistry)
"I walk into a session not even knowing how to start a type of problem, and I leave able to solve any version of it."
Dan B.
(a Writing client in January’09)
"He’s just so good at it… he’s like a machine, you give him a writing prompt and out comes an A paper."
Ben T.
(tutored regularly from August ’06 to June ’07 in Math and then College Admissions Essay Writing)
"[W. S. Emara] was involved and interested in my success. While other tutors I’ve had were impersonal time-watchers, my Emara Academic Solutions sessions wouldn’t even start until after some time talking with the family."
Ina R.
(mother of two students tutored in English in ’07)
“Besides the immediate results of higher English grades, the more striking results were long-term. Both of my children became more engaged students that take pride in their work raising scores in more than just English class.”