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Westmont College (Psychology)
I studied both neuroscience and music at a liberal arts college (graduating magna cum laude). I have a voracious appetite for learning and I enjoy fostering that same natural curiosity in the students that I tutor.
Because I have a love for learning and sharing interesting information, I frequently led study groups, both large and small for my classes in college - including English, psychology, and neuroscience. I often proofread students' papers to help students improve their grammar, clarity, and style (both MLA and APA).
I have been teaching piano, voice, and music theory since 2010, combining both serious study with room for creative expression. Generally, I have taught beginning to intermediate voice and piano and I have tutored up to 3rd semester theory (for college). The best kind of learning is when the teacher enables their student to become self-sufficient and to follow their own intuition.
Ballroom dance also has been a passion of mine since high school and I have co-taught classes and tutored individuals since 2006. Swing dance - including east coast, west coast, and lindy - is my specialty, but I also have experience in foxtrot, waltz, salsa, rumba, and tango. By focusing on the basic essence of the dance - the rhythm and the style - I try to inspire students to become both creative and proficient in their dancing.
I enjoy coming up with creative methods that help the student make their education their own. I always try to emphasize the wonder and beauty in the subject and work off of the student's inner motivation to discover it for themselves. If provided with the proper tools and presented with an intriguing challenge, I believe that students will become motivated and excel. I studied both neuroscience and music at a liberal arts college (graduating magna cum laude). I have a voracious appetite for learning and I enjoy fostering that same natural curiosity in the students that I tutor.
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Great Lesson! Sharon is a multi-talented young woman and has many gifts and talents to offer. She has a unique quality about her that is captivating. Since working with my son, who is in the eight grade, I have witnessed him gain confidence in subjects that were once overwhelming for him. His test scores have improved and he moves with a little more momentum.
I especially appreciate her patience and creativity when teaching new concepts or subject matter. Sharon is very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm for learning is contagious! Sharon's style of teaching is effective and direct. I believe my son is becoming more self directed and will continue to see success through Sharon's teaching methods.
Sharon is wonderful tutor! Very patient, kind, and enthusiastic! Very flexible in her scheduling too! Thanks Sharon, you are the best!
Sharon is very patient with my son of 13. She makes each session fun and exciting. With that being said, she keeps my son focused and on track. She's a great find.
Sharon helps my son with comprehending his algebra assignments by breaking down the problems into simple to understand steps, leading him to the correct solution. We appreciate her friendly demeanor and superb patience with our son as he works with her to fill the gaps in his knowledge left by his high school teacher.
Sharon has been great working with my daughter. She makes it an enjoyable experience and provides simple explanations on how to remember and understand subject concepts. She has helped with a variety of subjects - Spanish, Chemistry and History. She provides a full range of understanding the lesson plan that makes my daughter feel good about her preparedness for her upcoming class assignments and/or tests.
Sharon is never late for her appointment and values the time with students. She is very patient and motivated.
I have learned a lot from Sharon to improve my comprehensive English skills. She is patient and talented at tutoring. She knows how to help people gain confidence in learning English. I would like to keep on working with her and highly recommend her to anyone who needs a helpful tutor.
I asked Sharon to proofread my personal history statement for a graduate program. She was very helpful. She offered me great tips and suggestions to improve my statement. She was also very responsive when I emailed or called her. I am very happy with my improved statement. I will definitely ask her again in the future.
Sharon is so very kind, patient and committed to her students. My son was recently diagnosed with ADHD, has a processing disorder and also recently had a minor head concussion that limited his ability to focus to top things off! Sharon sat with him for countless hours, sometimes giving up her days off for him! She asked very strategic questions that got him to cut through his confusing thought processes. My son was able to get his thoughts organized, able to write logically and creatively for his 10th grade English honors summer homework. They worked through three books and 9 journals in one month! I know it would have been impossible for my son to get this done by himself. My son also goes to a tutoring center in our area, but they were not able to provide him with the individual attention or effective strategies Sharon was able to! Sharon is very respectful and encouraging, using positive praise and cheering them on in such a nice way. Thank you soooo much! It was so much less stress for me! We will be continuing with Sharon the rest of this school year!
She was great my 8 year old loved her and she made him very comfortable and improved each week. She made each lesson fun for him and excited when he figured out a word he didn't know.
I would not describe my son as the type who struggles at school. However, it is frustrating to see a final semester grade of 89% knowing that extra 1% plays a very important role in his overall GPA and with college admission. I decided to get my son a tutor to help him get over the "B" hill. Sharon was exactly what we were looking for, not only was she knowledgeable tutoring Biology, my son really appreciated her patience and making the subject more fun and interesting to learn. I also really appreciated the fact that Sharon is willing to work with our schedule. There were times where a last minute school activity did not allow us to keep our previously scheduled time, upon receiving my text Sharon contacted some of her other students and made the switch to allow my son to do both. A "BIG THANK YOU" Sharon from my son and I for helping him get an A in Biology this semester. I will definitely recommend Sharon to anyone who needs tutoring that is covered by her subject area.
Sharon was very creative at teaching my sons how to improve in their study habits and projects. She was consistent, always on time, supportive, and positive. My sons responded very well to her techniques. In addition, she stayed on top of their projects and classes. We were very pleased with her.
Sharon is an excellent tutor and has guided me in two of my writing classes. She has helped me in the brainstorming process, conceptualizing the prompts, developing and organizing my ideas, editing my paper, and helped me understand the importance of good note taking for research papers. Sharon has been punctual to all our meetings and I appreciate that she was able to accommodate her normal tutoring hours to a time more convenient for me. Sharon's teaches with such patience and enthusiasm I always walk out of the room more relieved than when I first walked in.
Sharon was great in helping my daughter with writing her essay. She really worked with her in finding depth in her own personality. She was on time and very professional. She worked around her schedule to make sure she could accommodate ours. I would definitely refer her and/or use her again in the future.
Sharon is very patient, flexible, punctual, and cooperative. We had a total of 13 sessions, which comprised a package I bought through Wyzant. We worked together very closely to get me to where I wanted to go with my lessons and overall, I had fun and the sessions we had were very useful to me. Thank you Sharon.
Sharon is a very friendly, kind and patient tutor who has worked great with our child. I recommend her to anyone looking for a tutor.
She is very nice and helpful, she is help me to improve my English and learn more. I am lucky to work with her.
Sharon is kind, smart and has patience. She knows what she's doing, She finds alternative way to see if I understand her. I would work with her again.
Sharon is a very enthusiastic and patient tutor. She was able to explain Biology and Spanish in an easy understandable way for me. She was also able to quickly adjust to my learning style and provide clear explanations for some of the complex concepts I came across in my courses. For college students struggling with either Biology or Spanish, I highly recommend Sharon as your tutor!
We enjoyed working with Sharon. She was a great encouragement to my high school freshman daughter, who was at risk of failing a subject during the last quarter. She gave very practical assistance with homework and was positive and encouraging. She was fun but took her tutoring role seriously. Working with her helped my daughter finish the class well. We are very grateful for her help. Thank you, Sharon.
Sharon is very patient for my Spanish class from the entrance level. It really help a lot for my business trip in Latin American. I learn a lot of Spanish which will apply on the daily conversation. Highly recommend
I have been extremely happy with Sharon. She is very patient with my daughter, and is helping her write better papers.
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Many of my family members, friends, and students have ADD, so I have quite a bit of experience working with people who think outside the box. When working with students with ADD, I emphasize structure and repetition, while valuing their creativity. My enthusiasm for learning and tendency to have fun during lessons can also help homework seem interesting and spark student's curiosity. I am always amazed by the innovative intelligence that students with ADD can have and I love helping them optimize their talents.
Because I studied neuroscience in college, my specialty is the nervous system, including the eye, the CNS, and the PNS. However, I have an affinity for general anatomy and physiology, and I've taken courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology.
I know many people with Aspergers and I'm always amazed at their specific depths of understanding. When I tutor, I try to bring those talents out and I teach my students how to generalize their world to other subjects.
My bachelors is in psychology and I have taken many classes that have helped me to be keenly aware of the needs of people with Aspergers. For example, I try to keep the learning environment calm and uncluttered so learning does not become overwhelming. I also try to relate new concepts to what is important in my student's inner world.
I started teaching ballroom dance in 2005 and haven't stopped since. I have co-taught classes at recreation centers and at my college, and I have given several private lessons to individuals and couples. My specialty is swing - east coast, west coast, and lindy hop - but I also have a broad knowledge of salsa, foxtrot, waltz, rumba, and tango.
I graduated with honors from Biola's Torrey program in high school which used the Socratic method of teaching in subjects of history, the Bible, and literature. I have read and done projects on everything from the apocrapha, to Romans, to early church fathers, to the trinity, and infant baptism. I also have taken classes on the New Testament, the Old Testament, and doctrine in college.
I originally intended to study biology when I went to college, so I took a year of college biology and chemistry, along with many other science classes like neuroscience and experimental psychology. Biology is so beautiful, symmetrical, and logical, and I get just as excited talking about the over-arching themes as the intricate details. In college, I covered all levels of biology spanning from chemicals, to cells, to simple organisms, to complex organ systems, to populations, all the way to ecosystems. This is one of my favorite topics to teach!
From personal experience, I know how daunting (and even boring) chemistry can seem at first, second, and even hundredth glance. Because I originally intended to study medicine, I took a year of chemistry, along with my courses in neuroscience, biology, and psychology. Both semesters I received an A, mostly due to my extremely creative ways of learning the material. Because chemistry is intensely interesting and logical, I try to demystify this enigma and show how it interacts our everyday lives.
I have a passion for the classics in many genres of literature, spanning from fiction and non-fiction works, to theology and philosophy, to science.
Throughout my time at Westmont, I led students in discussions and helped them with their papers on classical literature in all areas of academics (everything from Jane Eyre to Helmholtz's paper on the speed of nervous conduction). As a tutor, I help students deconstruct arguments, critically evaluate the material and themes, wrestle with the worldviews of the authors, and verbalize their position on the author's arguments and voice their own opinions.
I also studied classical literature in depth through Biola University's 3 year Torrey Academy program. Some of my favorites that we studied include works by the Inklings (C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, etc), great American thinkers (Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, Emerson, Thoreau, etc), and ancient thinkers (Plato, Dante, Augustine, Chaucer, etc).
I have taken classes in drawing for many years. Some of my skills include sketching, cartooning, and storyboarding for film. I gravitate towards charcoal, but also use pencil, pen, chalk, and oil pastels. My favorite type of art combines creativity and realism, so I tend to emphasize expressing images through imagination and technique. Some of the things I could help you learn are form, shading, perspective, tone, color mixing, texture, and use of light.
I have grown up and worked with several brilliant people who happened to have dyslexia. When I have tutored people with dyslexia before, I have encouraged them to use auditory tools to learn and express their knowledge, like audiobooks, verbal testing, etc. I believe that every student deserves a fair chance to demonstrate their knowledge, if not in writing, then verbally.
I have a solid academic base for helping students with ear training because I have taken classes in music theory and music pedagogy in college. I also have practical experience on a personal level and also as a teacher. Although some of my voice students have claimed that they were "tone-deaf," I have taught these beginning musicians how to identify and replicate pitch. I can also help you learn to identify intervals and how to replicate voice leading and harmony (through studying chords).
I adored science as a kid and I was fascinated with astronomy, geology, biology, and zoology growing up. Once I went to college, I had the opportunity to study neuroscience, which covers biology, chemistry, psychology, among other sciences. I really enjoy sharing my love of science with kids and encouraging them to explore the world around them!
I have taken several courses in grammar, writing, and style on both a high school honors and a college level. English has always been a passion of mine and I really enjoy helping others gain a love and proficiency for writing well. I am a very experienced proof-reader and I was sought-after in college to edit and help re-work papers in both MLA and APA formatting. Topics I cover typically are syntax and grammar, generating and following a thesis, style and structure, and readability. I can help with research projects in a variety of disciplines as well.
From my childhood until I went to college, my family always had foreign students living wth us. The students came from all over the world and had completely different ways of communicating. Some had only taken a few months of English and we had to be very inventive to understand simple concepts. Others students had taken English their whole lives and wanted to learn slang and polish their American accents.
From personal experience, I know how difficult it is to learn a new language and I am very patient and understanding. It is always my privilege to help others learn my native language and walk with them through their journey of learning a new language. I try to understand where my students are coming from - culturally and personally - so that I can help them learn in meaningful ways.
I have taken college classes on fitness, I have assisted teaching PE classes in everything from Tae Kwon Do to ballroom dance, and I am CPR, AED, and First Aid certified. I also have taken many supplemental classes like anatomy and physiology, biology, and psychology, which help me to be a better fitness instructor.
I was an athlete and junior lifeguard before college, and currently I am an avid dancer and outdoor enthusiast. I know how to train, to eat right, and to use weights. When coaching people, I am very enthusiastic and supportive, yet I am firm and help guide them to their physical goals.
I minored in music at Westmont and have taken several classes on teaching music, like music for children and vocal pedagogy. I have been teaching music since 2010, including theory, history, piano, voice, and education through music. I teach fundamentals of rhythm, tone, pitch, and sightreading, along with familiarizing my students with instruments, and teaching them what to look for when listening to music.
Throughout high school and college, I have taken several courses and workshops in grammar, writing, and style. I am an experienced proof-reader and I edit everything from book reports to college research papers. Some common questions that students ask include "Why does paragraph have to be at a certain length? What is a split infinitive and why does it matter? Why should passive tense be avoided?" I can explain the concepts in a practical, relatable way, and I enjoy sparking a student's interest in the logic behind grammar.
I have been a music teacher since 2010. After minoring in music at Westmont college, I have worked in both private and professional settings as a musician and music teacher. Although I am a pianist and vocalist by trade, I was trained to teach beginning guitar at the academy where I teach. While I do not teach beyond beginning guitar currently, my education has given me an extensive background in music theory, ear-training, sight-reading, expression, and improvisation, so I can help you form a solid foundation for you to excel in music.
I minored in music and have taken college classes in theory and teaching music. Currently, I have tutored up to college level 3 (secondary functions, augmented 6ths, Neapolitan chords, modulations, etc.) and I am working on level 4. As a tutor, I genuinely enjoy theory and I can easily figure out how to approach the topics from many different angles.
Throughout high school and college, I have taken several courses in philosophy, including honors classes through Biola's Torrey Academy. I am well acquainted with ancient and modern philosophers, logic, ethics, teleology, metaphysics, pragmatism, phenomenology, existentialism, structuralism, and more. I have also taken a philosophy course from the standpoint of psychology, which provides another interesting twist and additional insight into the history and implications of philosophy.
Ever since 2010, I have been a piano teacher in both home and professional settings. I teach beginning to late-intermediate piano to any age that is willing to learn. While helping students improve artistic expression and technical skills, I cover everything from tone to theory. I minored in music in college and took classes in theory, history, and teaching music. I have studied classical piano for 6 years, and I also know how to improvise with chords.
Proof-reading papers can be fun! Seriously.
Editing and re-writing are essential to producing quality papers, and I've been doing it for years! Working alongside you on your project, I can target and help you to rescue areas in technical, stylistic, or ideological distress.
In addition, I have plenty of experience writing and editing papers in different disciplines, so MLA and APA formats are very familiar.
My bachelors is in psychology - with an emphasis in neuroscience - and I am a member of the psychological honors society Psi Chi. I have taken classes and tutored classmates in general psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and history and systems of psychology. I've also done several research projects and dabbled in Matlab and SPSS, so I could help with brainstorming and carrying out research.
Public speaking and performance has always been a large part of my life. Ever since I was a kid, I was involved in Toastmasters for young adults, TAing classes, being a captain for sports teams, and performing on stage. In my adult life, I have taught many classes, performed with musical groups, made formal presentations, and facilitated many discussions. Through my studies in psychology and practical experiences at internships, I have insight into the connection between body language and how people receive your message. I approach public speaking from the point of understanding your audience before you speak and then knowing how to present yourself confidently while gauging and adjusting to their reaction.
I started salsa dancing in 2005, under the tutelage of a competitive dancer. Ever since I took private lessons, I have co-taught classes and done several public demonstrations in Latin, smooth style dancing, and swing.
When I teach dance (Salsa or otherwise), my main focus is on building the lead-follow relationship and being sensitive to your partner. You can learn fancy steps and patterns from the internet, but being a strong, confident dancer comes from experience dancing and being in-tune with your partner.
I have taken sewing classes for many years and I am comfortable using a sewing machine and sewing by hand. Some of my projects have included making jackets, dresses, pants, purses, quilts, padded cellphone covers, and even small tents. My favorite part of sewing, and my specialty, is tailoring and modifying clothes. I work on everything from hemming, replacing zippers, and repairing knitted items, to completely changing the look of clothes. I love the challenging art of modifying clothes and the satisfaction of creating exactly what you want!
Do-Re-Mi is not just a clever song from the Sound of Music, it's teaching you solfege!
Because I took many courses in music theory, college choir, and woman's chorale, I had a lot of exposure to and practice with sight-singing. On a basic level, I can teach solfege and recognizing basic intervals, rhythms, and dynamics. On a deeper level, I can help musicians quickly recognize and perform musical patterns necessary for rehearsals and impromptu performances.
¡Hola! ¿Qué pasa? I have been tutoring Spanish for several people since early 2012. I've taken 5 years of Spanish (up to level II in college). While I am not a native speaker, I excelled in my classes and can help you to become proficient in pronunciation, grammar, sentence construction, as well as connecting vocabulary with English terms and concepts.
I studied psychology at Westmont and have had a lot of personal interactions with people who are considered special needs ever since I was a child. Over the years, I have worked with people who have learning disabilities, mental disorders, and physical limitations.
I consider it a privilege to work with people who have special needs and I admire their tenacity and ability to persist when faced with challenges. It takes a lot of courage to fight back and I will be one of the first ones to encourage you and to cheer you on! I love coming up with creative ways of learning that will help people succeed and maintaining a sense of humor while learning.
Along with practical experience in organization and active reading, I have taken several workshops and read many books on study skills. Regardless of the subject I am teaching, I always incorporate effective study strategies into the curriculum. I cover topics like organizational techniques, scheduling, designing a study space, note-taking and effective reading, alternative study strategies based on learning style, starting study groups, and getting the most out of independent learning (in a homeschool setting).
Do you have hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia? Maybe for good reason, these words, while superficially impressive, do not convey your command of the English language. I can help you become friends with your thesaurus, avoid ostentatious fluff, and even identify the meanings behind curious words. I strongly suggest studying Latin, Greek, and/or the romantic languages concurrently, but no previous experience is required!
Since 2010, I have been teaching voice in both private and professional settings. I minored in music in college and took classes in theory, history, and teaching music. When I was in college, I sang with the choir for 4 years, along with being involved in a capella and other performance groups. I have studied classical voice since 2006, I sing semi-professionally, and I have led a small choir. I can teach anything from to basics to theory, while helping improve artistic expression and technical skills.
I have taken several courses in grammar, writing, and style on both a high school honors and a college level. English has always been a passion of mine and I really enjoy helping others gain a love of and proficiency for writing well. I am a very experienced proof-reader and I was sought-after in college to edit and help re-work papers in both MLA and APA formatting. Topics I typically cover include syntax and grammar, generating and following a thesis, style and structure, and readability. I can help with research projects in a variety of disciplines as well.
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