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Sharon K.

Wayland, MA

$80/hr

Math, Music, Language, and Dance Tutor

Background check passed as of 12/27/13
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Math, Music, Language, and Dance Tutor

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I found my knack for tutoring when I was in grade school assisting fellow students with their assignments, as I was always the first one done, and the teacher asked me to use the rest of the time to help my classmates. I was best at math and science, and I particularly enjoyed tutoring math. I attended the Mass Academy of Math and Science, a high school for gifted students.

I have been tutoring math, science, and English since 2008 and my students have all vastly improved their grades and understanding of the material in the subjects I have worked with them on. I vary my teaching style to the student's learning style and help them to grasp a solid foundation in understanding the subject, not just learn to pass a test. I focus on building life learning skills, and good study habits so that the student can carry those values to their other school subjects and activities.

I have subbed in schools - both public and private schools - and my knowledge and experience have given me great insight into the current teaching curricula used today (including understanding Common Core teaching principles). I ask my students leading questions to help them arrive at the answer. I don't just give out the answers, I help guide the student to find it on their own. My philosophy on teaching is to give the students the tools they need to learn. I would love to see all my students be life-long learners, always seeking to enrich their minds. I am more than just a tutor, I am an Academic Coach to my students and an Education Consultant to the parents. The value I provide as a mentor to my students is far greater than the price of the lesson that parents pay for.

Violin Teaching:
After years of being a star violin student, my violin teacher asked me to be her assistant at the children's group classes. As she grew older and wanted to spend more time with her family, she sent some of her beginner students to me. I managed a very successful violin teaching business for myself, teaching up to 15 students each week after school during my highschool years. I also taught my own set of group lessons of young students to play for Nursing Homes. I started a chamber group of my best students for special performances at local town fairs. I was concertmaster of my school orchestra, and a soloist in my college orchestra, and I played with the regional professional orchestra.

Now I teach a number of violin students, helping them reach their goals - whether it be to prepare for Districts or All-State auditions, youth orchestra auditions, help with school orchestra pieces, further their study to improve their technique and sound, or just learn some fun songs to gain a fun skill and have a greater appreciation for music. I don't stick to one particular method book, but rather, I see how the student learns, where their interests are, and go from there. My students love studying the violin with me because I show them how they can succeed at it in their own way, whether a gifted virtuoso or a tone deaf beginner - I focus on a "constant improvement model" which allows every student to get something out of the experience and feel good about what they have learned and accomplished. My most ambitious violin students place top in their respective districts, pass auditions for various prestigious youth orchestras, and are concertmasters of their school orchestras. My "learn for enjoyment" students love learning how to play songs for their family and friends, and get a kick out of learning all the awesome capabilities of the violin and its diverse sound. I help the student to determine what music means to them, and cater the lesson plan accordingly.

Ballroom Dancing:
In college I took up ballroom dancing, and quickly rose to the top levels. I was captain of my ballroom dance team and taught my teammates between our coaching lessons. After college I taught a few ballroom classes here and there at different studios, YMCAs/Rec centers, and worked with two other collegiate ballroom dance teams. I have taught social dancers, wedding couples, and competitive dancesport athletes. I am great at choreographing wedding dances to any song of your choice. I have worked with many people as they prepared for their wedding day.

I have taught dance lessons for over 10 years. My ballroom students place high at competitions. My social dance students report greater ease of social lead/follow ability, and my wedding choreography students are immensely happy with their beautiful unforgettable first dance on their special day where they get to dazzle their guests with their super sweet new moves.

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I guess you can say, that I just really have a knack for teaching and explaining difficult concepts in an easy to understand way.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor and planner."

- Susan, Waban, MA on 2/26/13

"Great tutor for teenagers!"

- Nadia, Needham Heights, MA on 9/29/14

"Perfect fit."

- Steve, Hopedale, MA on 1/5/14

"Great Teacher with flexible hours"

- Jenny, Lexington, MA on 4/9/12

"Great tutor with ALOT of patience!!"

- Lisa, West Newton, MA on 12/19/11

"Patient and "multi-skilled"

- Melanie, Wellesley, MA on 11/6/11

"The best!!"

- Kim, Newton Upper Falls, MA on 10/13/11

"Exceptional Tutor - most highly recommended"

- Sandra, Weston, MA on 12/4/08
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
English, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing,
Salsa Dancing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Ballroom Dancing

I am a gold level ballroom dance competitor. I started dancing on a collegiate ballroom team in 2002, and since then, I have continued my training with top coaches. I attend workshops and seminars to stay up to date with the latest styles and techniques.

I used to teach my ballroom dance team at college. Since college, I have worked with two other college teams. I've taught various group classes at small studios. I have also worked with wedding couples in preparation for their First Dance.

I enjoy choreographing. I love to teach dance because it's fun for me and I like spreading that joy. If you think you have two left feet, come take a class with me. I will show you just how easy it can be, and get you dancing in no time.

I have taught a number of students and I understand the different learning types. I can alter my teaching methods to suit the learning style of the student.

I am highly skilled at all the four styles of ballroom dancing: Standard, Smooth, Rhythm, and Latin. I have also studied Salsa, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, and a little bit of Lindy Hop. I am best at: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha-cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Mambo, Bolero, Jive, Paso Doble, Samba, and Viennese Waltz.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with a number of students in the K-6 age group, both as a substitute at private and public schools, and in-home tutoring. I have worked with students in the Montessori Method, as well as, traditional schooling. I work to reinforce good work habits and build strong foundations for learning with this age group. I help students understand the concepts they are learning by connecting it with things around them or in their lives that they can relate to.

Salsa Dancing

I have been salsa dancing since 2003 and I have been teaching salsa since 2006. I enjoy going out salsa dancing at various venues and I have performed at a few places. When teaching beginner students, I focus on the simplicity of movement and feeling the music. I break it down in a way that is very easy to understand. I work on solid lead and follow concepts so that you will feel very comfortable going out social dancing with anyone.

For my intermediate/advanced students, I help them to add style to their dancing. I teach the finer details of the more complicated step patterns, always breaking them down to their basic elements. Students that start with me progress faster because they have a solid foundation of understanding the movement when they dance. I get great reviews on my lessons from all my students.

Violin

I have been playing violin for almost 20 years. I am trained in Suzuki Method, Classical music, and Fiddle. I started playing violin when I was 10 years old. I excelled very quickly and was soon put into the advanced orchestra at my school. In middle school I became concert mistress of the orchestra, and in high school I played with a college orchestra. I always got into the Districts orchestra every year, and I attended summer music camps every summer of my childhood.

In high school, I taught violin lessons to 15 students each week after school. I also taught a group class each weekend and I arranged music for the group to play at local nursing homes (to satisfy my community service requirement for graduation). I also prepared my students to play for recitals and auditions of their own.

Though I didn't go to college for music, I did play in the regional professional symphony orchestra in the town I went to college. The strings program at my college was poor, so I auditioned for the professional orchestra and was the only student from my college to get in for 3 years. I started a string quartet group and was the student group leader for our rehearsals. I brought the group up to a level where we were asked to play for the President's Reception Speech on Parent's Weekend at the college.

I still enjoy playing now, and I have been branching out to the local fiddle and Irish Seisun music scene. I started teaching again in 2008 and have been steadily growing my own studio of students.

Sharon’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Sharon. View all of Sharon’s resources

A student asked me this week, "How should I study for vocab tests?" The words were moderately difficult, common SAT words - words that any well-read adult would know, but words that a typical 10th grade student might not have come across yet in their lifetime. Words like morose or mellifluous. The teacher gave the class a vocab list with definitions. Many words had similar ideas,... read more

Hartwick College
Politcal Science

Education

Hartwick College (Politcal Science)

Excellent tutor and planner. — I was VERY impressed with her. She was punctual and got right down to business. She was very clear in her explanations to my daughter. She also established an action plan for studying for the SAT that my daughter could pursue between one lesson and the next. She made the studying seem manageable for my daughter. ...

— Susan, Waban, MA on 2/26/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

$80/hour for tutoring (+$40 per additional student) $65/hour for violin lessons $85/hour for private dance lesson, $100-$250/hour for group lesson depending on group # and event location

Travel policy

Sharon will travel within 5 miles of Wayland, MA 01778.


About Sharon

I found my knack for tutoring when I was in grade school assisting fellow students with their assignments, as I was always the first one done, and the teacher asked me to use the rest of the time to help my classmates. I was best at math and science, and I particularly enjoyed tutoring math. I attended the Mass Academy of Math and Science, a high school for gifted students.

I have been tutoring math, science, and English since 2008 and my students have all vastly improved their grades and understanding of the material in the subjects I have worked with them on. I vary my teaching style to the student's learning style and help them to grasp a solid foundation in understanding the subject, not just learn to pass a test. I focus on building life learning skills, and good study habits so that the student can carry those values to their other school subjects and activities.

I have subbed in schools - both public and private schools - and my knowledge and experience have given me great insight into the current teaching curricula used today (including understanding Common Core teaching principles). I ask my students leading questions to help them arrive at the answer. I don't just give out the answers, I help guide the student to find it on their own. My philosophy on teaching is to give the students the tools they need to learn. I would love to see all my students be life-long learners, always seeking to enrich their minds. I am more than just a tutor, I am an Academic Coach to my students and an Education Consultant to the parents. The value I provide as a mentor to my students is far greater than the price of the lesson that parents pay for.

Violin Teaching:
After years of being a star violin student, my violin teacher asked me to be her assistant at the children's group classes. As she grew older and wanted to spend more time with her family, she sent some of her beginner students to me. I managed a very successful violin teaching business for myself, teaching up to 15 students each week after school during my highschool years. I also taught my own set of group lessons of young students to play for Nursing Homes. I started a chamber group of my best students for special performances at local town fairs. I was concertmaster of my school orchestra, and a soloist in my college orchestra, and I played with the regional professional orchestra.

Now I teach a number of violin students, helping them reach their goals - whether it be to prepare for Districts or All-State auditions, youth orchestra auditions, help with school orchestra pieces, further their study to improve their technique and sound, or just learn some fun songs to gain a fun skill and have a greater appreciation for music. I don't stick to one particular method book, but rather, I see how the student learns, where their interests are, and go from there. My students love studying the violin with me because I show them how they can succeed at it in their own way, whether a gifted virtuoso or a tone deaf beginner - I focus on a "constant improvement model" which allows every student to get something out of the experience and feel good about what they have learned and accomplished. My most ambitious violin students place top in their respective districts, pass auditions for various prestigious youth orchestras, and are concertmasters of their school orchestras. My "learn for enjoyment" students love learning how to play songs for their family and friends, and get a kick out of learning all the awesome capabilities of the violin and its diverse sound. I help the student to determine what music means to them, and cater the lesson plan accordingly.

Ballroom Dancing:
In college I took up ballroom dancing, and quickly rose to the top levels. I was captain of my ballroom dance team and taught my teammates between our coaching lessons. After college I taught a few ballroom classes here and there at different studios, YMCAs/Rec centers, and worked with two other collegiate ballroom dance teams. I have taught social dancers, wedding couples, and competitive dancesport athletes. I am great at choreographing wedding dances to any song of your choice. I have worked with many people as they prepared for their wedding day.

I have taught dance lessons for over 10 years. My ballroom students place high at competitions. My social dance students report greater ease of social lead/follow ability, and my wedding choreography students are immensely happy with their beautiful unforgettable first dance on their special day where they get to dazzle their guests with their super sweet new moves.

-----
I guess you can say, that I just really have a knack for teaching and explaining difficult concepts in an easy to understand way.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor and planner."

- Susan, Waban, MA on 2/26/13

"Great tutor for teenagers!"

- Nadia, Needham Heights, MA on 9/29/14

"Perfect fit."

- Steve, Hopedale, MA on 1/5/14

"Great Teacher with flexible hours"

- Jenny, Lexington, MA on 4/9/12

"Great tutor with ALOT of patience!!"

- Lisa, West Newton, MA on 12/19/11

"Patient and "multi-skilled"

- Melanie, Wellesley, MA on 11/6/11

"The best!!"

- Kim, Newton Upper Falls, MA on 10/13/11

"Exceptional Tutor - most highly recommended"

- Sandra, Weston, MA on 12/4/08
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Education

Hartwick College
Politcal Science

Education

Hartwick College (Politcal Science)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
6 hours notice required

$80/hour for tutoring (+$40 per additional student) $65/hour for violin lessons $85/hour for private dance lesson, $100-$250/hour for group lesson depending on group # and event location

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Wayland, MA 01778

Sharon’s Subjects

Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
English, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary (K-6th),
English, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing,
Salsa Dancing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Sharon’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Sharon. View all of Sharon’s resources

A student asked me this week, "How should I study for vocab tests?" The words were moderately difficult, common SAT words - words that any well-read adult would know, but words that a typical 10th grade student might not have come across yet in their lifetime. Words like morose or mellifluous. The teacher gave the class a vocab list with definitions. Many words had similar ideas,... read more


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