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My name is Shannon and I've been taking and excelling on standardized tests for over two decades. Students in my sessions study not only test-content, but many strategies and good habits necessary for successful test-taking, language learning, and/or writing. My students are always surprised at how quickly they improve by making only minor adjustments.
A little bit about me: I graduated with honors from UCLA where I obtained a B.A. in Political-Science (International Affairs with a Minor in Anthropology-Chinese Studies.) After spending three years traveling, teaching English, and studying in East Asia, I returned to school to obtain a J.D. from the University of Miami. In 2010, I took and passed the Georgia state bar exam and have been practicing law ever since.
Since 2008, I have taught TOEFL, SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, ESL, English grammar, beginning Chinese, and academic and professional writing to students at test-prep and language schools throughout Metro-Atlanta. That’s right! Although, I specialize in test prep, English grammar, reading, and writing, I am fluent in Mandarin. If that’s your interest, I can help you learn to speak Chinese coherently super-fast!
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile. I look forward to hearing from you!
The ACT English Test assesses your knowledge of English grammar and writing.
My classes are designed to give test candidates exactly what they need to do well on the grammar section and to teach a writing format and style that will get top marks on the "optional" (check college requirements) essay section.
The ACT Science section requires strong critical reading skills more than actual science knowledge (although there's some of that on the test too.)
I work with my students on reading and scanning for details, sketching quick charts and graphs to keep track of information read and using deductive reasoning to answer the questions accurately and quickly for the best score possible.
I took many of the courses required of the anthropology major at UCLA before I changed my major to Political-Science with a Minor in Anthropology. I still retain much of that knowledge and enjoy the subject immensely. I studied mainly cultural and linguistic anthropology. I took a forensic course, but would not feel confident in my abilities enough to tutor.
Are you worried about the essay section of the bar exam? I passed the Georgia state bar exam a few years ago. The essay section is not super difficult (in relation to the MBE) but does require the ability to 1) see the issues presented 2) state them and 3) deal with them in organized and efficient way REALLY FAST. :)
I offer students plenty of help and practice with the items 1-3 above so that on test-day they'll be armed with the tools they need to pass the essay section of the exam.
I study this field voraciously and have a wealth of resources in materials upon which I draw. I help my students polish or build their resumes and create a networking plan that increases their visibility to others in their chosen field. I can also help students define their interests and personal goals, and match them with various career options to explore.
I am a non-native speaker of Chinese with over 10 years of formal and informal studies in Chinese. I took many university courses in Mandarin and Cantonese and lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where those languages are spoken, for several years.
I am an excellent teacher for Beginners because I know firsthand the challenges they face as they try to learn Chinese sounds, syntax, and vocabulary for the first time.
I teach mainly spoken Chinese and can get students to a conversational level very quickly in an easy and fun way. If you need more advanced help or want to learn to write, you should probably choose a tutor for whom Chinese is a native language.
I've been helping local and foreign students with their college and grad school applications for several years now. I work with students on choosing colleges based on their interests and financial needs, managing deadlines, and writing and editing admissions and scholarship essays. If applicable, I can help "undecideds" make the most of a "gap" year, to save money while trying to determine career interests.
I’ve been teaching Jr. High and High School aged-students how to take their private school admissions exams since 2008. I teach all sections of the ISEE test (Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comp, and Essay) EXCEPT Quantitative Reasoning.
For many kids, taking the ISEE is their first encounter with a really 'big' standardized test; and they are quite nervous . With this in mind, I begin test preparation by explaining what the test is all about and how to approach it in order to do one's best.
After that, I'll give a practice exam, and from that I develop a study plan to address the weakest spots first in order to boost confidence. Once that's accomplished, we move on to the candidate's strengths, the stuff they feel really great about. I find this approach works great with young students and I always see vast improvement by the time we've finished preparing for the exams.
As an attorney, I practice public speaking skills frequently, whether in court, at administrative hearings, or before audiences of potential clients. My experience as a debate team teacher to summer day-camp students also comes in handy.
In my sessions, students learn simple methods designed to enable them to, with a little practice, speak comfortably to an audience, whether small and intimate, like co-workers at a business meeting, or larger gatherings, such as participants at a trade seminar or conference.
Because public speaking is more than just reading one's notes aloud, I teach the ability to think critically, identify goals, and communicate a specific message in an organized, coherent way without succumbing to nervousness. Speaking in front of others is not so difficult once these skills have been developed. Good luck!
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)for nursing students is a bit of a surprise, in terms of difficulty, for the uninitiated. This is a quick multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.
I tutor students in English and Critical Thinking/Reading TEAS content using test-prep materials to improve student's ability in paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension and inferences/conclusions. I can also help TEAS candidates with the essentials of science reasoning, and technical aspects of the English language, like punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words and spelling.
Students in my class learn quick and easy methods for 1) brainstorming and developing a solid thesis, 2) organizing and outlining a draft and 3) adding one's personal flare to the final product. I simplify the writing process so that many of my students are able to dramatically improve their abilities in just a few lessons. Writing is fun when you know how!
Patient Tutor and Good Coach — Shannon spent several sessions helping a high school senior prepare for SAT reading and writing multiple choice sections. Only a few weeks were available but the sessions helped raise each score by 40 points. In addition, she provided several weekend sessions to help coach and prepare for college interview questions and general college career advice. This helped with actual question/answer develop ...
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