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I am a graduate of the University of North Texas with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. I have completed Master's coursework and research in the field of Educational Psychology, with a focus in Gifted Studies. I tutor many subjects, but I really enjoy teaching various math courses, Advanced Placement, History, and Language Arts. I have worked with students of all ages, from Pre-K to adults returning to education. I have a great deal of experience writing curriculum and tutoring test prep for SAT, ACT, ISEE, STAAR, and AP tests. Additionally, I have a strong passion for working with students who need support in applying for college (applications, essays, etc.). After studying abroad and 6 years of study, I have a strong interest in the French language and culture that allows me to provide tutoring for students taking French courses. In my experience as a tutor since 2013, I have cultivated a variety of tutoring strategies and methods to adapt to each student's individual needs. I feel that the key to helping a student master a subject is to start small, set goals, and find a method of learning that works best for them. In addition to my role as a tutor, I am also a substitute teacher and volunteer as a mentor with underprivileged middle and high schools. The majority of my free time is spent with my family. Often we enjoy outdoor activities, concerts and traveling.

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Shannon’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of North Texas - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 33

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1300

Hobbies

I spend most of my time with my family going to museums, zoos, and many concerts. We also spend a lot of time traveling. When I’m home I’m always trying to learn more through reading various genres of books.

Tutoring Subjects

6th Grade AP Language Composition

Academic Coaching

ACCUPLACER Prep

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra

ACCUPLACER Language Use

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer

ACT Math

ACT Reading

Admissions

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Macroeconomics

AP Microeconomics

AP Psychology

AP Statistics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

Arithmetic

British Literature

Business

Chemistry

CLEP Prep

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

Clinical Psychology

College Algebra

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Competition Math

Composition

Creative Writing

Economics

Elementary Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

French

French 1

French 2

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Geography

Geometry

Gifted

Government

High School Business

High School Chemistry

High School Economics

High School English

High School Geography

High School Government

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Physics

High School Writing

History

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Languages

Literature

Macroeconomics

Math

Microeconomics

Middle School

Middle School English

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Music

Other

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

PSAT Prep

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychologies

Psychology

Reading

Science

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Sociology

STAAR Prep

STAAR EOC Prep

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Statistics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry

World Literature

Writing

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student has the potential to learn. The key is finding the right teaching technique and making the material relative to the student.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In the first session with a student I like to get basic knowledge of the situation, beyond what has already been provided. I'll ask the student why they feel they are struggling, what they feel they want to accomplish, and how I can help them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I feel that giving independent work and letting a student reason along their own path helps them gain their own insights and learn independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would remind them WHY we are doing tutoring. What is the goal? A good grade? Getting into college? Keeping sight of the positive things to come help students not get so bogged down when they are struggling.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would look at a different approach to learning than what had been used thus far, along with using other learning aids.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

The first step is always to diagnose the problem and pinpoint why they are struggling. Are they reading too quickly? Are they not understanding due to the vocabulary, etc.? I would follow up based on the issue at hand.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I focus on building a report with the student, relating to the student, and setting common goals for us to follow so that we are on the same page the entire time.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

The key is relate. Relate the subject to what the student is interested in. If the student is struggling in reading, point them to material that interests them.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

To check understanding the key is test. I like to verbally talk about the material and see what the student took from what they studied. Also, I rely on written assessments and self-report of understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Starting small and having little victories allows a student to build up their confidence before they get to greater challenges.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I like to verbally discuss the student’s needs and what THEY feel they are struggling with. I also like to talk to parents and teachers, along with current grades in an area, and testing.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I change my teaching strategies and level of explanation based on how a student is doing.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

If I am working with a student on schoolwork, I like to use direct sources from the student’s class such as notes or textbooks. If it is out of class material, I like to use reliable review books.

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