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Shannon C.

English, Math, and Science - Grade School, High School, and College

Worcester, MA (01610)

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I'm a biotech professional currently working for a Fortune 50 company; I have eight years' experience in the industry, mostly at some of the largest pharma companies in the world. I hold a B.Sc. in Biology from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. My career requires use of advanced math, statistics, chemistry, biology, and mechanical skills on a daily basis, honing my knowledge through constant use. I have many years working as a private tutor for grade school, high school, and college, and also as a trainer and subject-matter expert in the biotech and hospitality industries, so I'm experienced in teaching adult learners as well as children.

I also have three young children in school - all with As and Bs in their subjects. I work well with grade school and middle-school aged children, and find I can often break down topics to be readily accessible to even young learners and keep learning interesting. I was hyperactive as a child (some might say I still am), so I know what it's like to crave learning but to be easily distracted. Also, two of my three children are in speech therapy, so I am familiar with speech difficulties and delays, but these two children are also part of an accelerated learning program in our district due to their aptitude and drive.

Additionally, I have experience in most of the other hard sciences (physics, earth sciences, and so on) as well as a number of psychology subsections (developmental, cognitive, organizational/engineering, and biological). I am well-versed in English topics, spanning literature, sentence mechanics, vocabulary, rhetoric skills, persuasive writing, technical writing, and fiction. I also possess excellent mathematics skills covering algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and business math.

Since I began tutoring at WyzAnt, my students have run the gamut of English topics (mechanics, rhetoric, literary criticism, vocabulary), most of the science topics (with a particular focus on chemistry, biology, and physics), and most of the math topics (specifically algebra, geometry, and trigonometry). I've provided assistance with both SAT and ACT prep, ASVAB prep, and straight college counseling, helping with applications, essay writing, and tips/prep for interviews.

I also have experience working with private organizations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including a private boarding school for young men and an elite youth women's hockey league. I provide rates for group instruction or individualized time for these operations as needed. Please inquire if your organization needs tutoring!

I tutor from my home, through online avenues (WyzAnt, Skype, Google+), and very limited in-person sessions - I have availability weekday evenings and some weekends. My base rate is as shown, but I do offer a discount to students who choose to commute to meet me in-person or who can meet online. Please inquire!

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Shannon’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, World History
Music:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
Business, Career Development, Economics, Finance, GMAT, GRE, Law, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Corporate Training:
Business, Career Development, College Counseling, Economics, ESL/ESOL, Finance, GMAT, Grammar, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Statistics

ACT English

I feel that English for the standardized tests is one of my specialties. My personal scores these sections of the the SAT and the ACT were very high, and my experience with students thus far has been very positive; most of my students have seen a 3-4 point increase on the ACT, or around 100 point increase on the SAT, both on the top end of the tests (so high 20s to low 30s, and mid-500s to high 600/low 700s).

ACT Math

I tutor both the SAT and ACT math sections. Personally, I think the ACT math section better covers real world expectations for most students - obviously math and physics students need more skills than the ACT covers, but not everyone in the world plans on being one of those two professionals. For the rest of us (even many scientists), aptitude on the ACT Math section correlates to success in college math and math-affiliated fields. The ACT is meatier, but the SAT is denser; there are fewer questions on the SAT Math, but they cover some higher level material you won't see on the ACT.

Regardless, I can teach the skills necessary to move through these sections of the test confidently and prepare you with the foreknowledge you'll need to score consistently well on this portion of either test.

ACT Reading

I'm also very proficient in instructing the reading sections of the SAT and the ACT; I have a solid background in literature and technical writing, from my years in college, the fiction I've written, my years as a technical writer in the sciences, and my current work on my MBA.

ACT Science

Having worked in biopharmaceuticals for a number of years since college, and given my background in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, and psychology, instructing the science section of the ACT comes naturally. This portion of the test states that it can test the gamut of sciences, but this is deceptive - the ACT Science subsection really tests a student's ability to read and utilize data, which is the core of scientific skill. I've been very successful with previous students in pulling back the curtain on this section, so to speak; my previous students have seen a 3-4 point increase on this subsection in the past.

Algebra 1

I tutor algebra I and II for high school and college students. My personal work requires extensive use of algebra and other formulaic math. My personal weakness in algebra is matrices - I'm proficient with them, but I'm not very found of them, as most problems you would solve with matrices can be solved with other, much easier algebra operations. All of my students have thus far received A's and B's in their algebra classes, so I know I can help you or your student as well!

Algebra 2

I tutor algebra I and II for high school and college students. My personal work requires extensive use of algebra and other formulaic math. My personal weakness in algebra is matrices - I'm proficient with them, but I'm not very found of them, as most problems you would solve with matrices can be solved with other, much easier algebra operations. All of my students have thus far received A's and B's in their algebra classes, so I know I can help you or your student as well!

Anatomy

My B.Sc in Biology from Penn State is focused in vertebrate physiology, and I've taken anatomy lecture and laboratory as part of my degree. I also have additional coursework in neurology and endocrinology, so neuro-anatomy and endocrine systems are a specialty.

Biology

I have a B.Sc in Biology from Penn State. My degree is specifically focused in vertebrate physiology. The core of biology, in my opinion, is instruction in the theory of evolution and basic biochemistry. With mastery of these two topics, the rest of biology and related bio-classes comes much easier.

Biostatistics

I have completed biostatistics as an undergraduate, I work as a process engineer for an international biopharma company, and have also taken graduate-level statistics as part of my MBA.

Business

I tutor a variety of business classes (economics, operations, business math, leadership, statistics, and so on), I've worked as a supervisor in several different industries, I have my MBA, and I also run my own business.

Chemistry

Since starting with WyzAnt, I've tutored a number of students in chemistry, at both the high school and college levels. My personal experience with chemistry covers inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as laboratories in both of these topics. I also work in biotechnology, so my job requires daily usage of acid-base chemistry and biochemistry.

College Counseling

From preparing for the SAT and the ACT exams, to writing your entrance exams, and finally completing and submitting the applications themselves, I have the research tools and the experience to help you find and apply to the colleges that will help you reach the next level.

Economics

While completing my MBA, I took graduate courses in economics, and did very well. I've also had many years experience in real-world economics and business, working in a number of industries and running my business. I look forward to helping students understand some of the more complex concepts, especially as they relate to the marketplace today.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.Sc from Penn State, have several hundred hours as a private tutor over the course of about ten years, and I have three children of my own, all currently in grade school. I have worked with other grade school age children in a variety of topics, either in home-school environments or as part of additional lessons and support for public school children.

ESL/ESOL

I've lived abroad and have taught English at a variety of grade levels. I have worked with students for whom English is not their first language. I've also taken a foreign language (German), so I'm familiar with how other languages differ in structure from English.

Football

I played football in High School, playing offensive line as a Center and a Guard. Block assignments, pass blocking versus rush blocking, pulling, and fundamental rules to avoid penalties and amateur mistakes are what I have to offer budding young players.

Marketing

I have completed graduate courses in marketing as part of my MBA, receiving As in those courses. I also have experience working in several disparate industries (pharmaceuticals, hotel/restaurant, and education), and therefore I'm familiar with many of the differences in marketing different types of products and services.

Music Theory

Since age 5, I've played a variety of instruments - piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, and vocals. I've played individually and in groups, but because of this, I have a solid grounding in musical theory. I personally believe that while music theory is not a requirement to be a musician, understanding musical theory opens a whole new palette for musicians, even if they have significant raw talent.

Organic Chemistry

I'm a Penn State graduate with a B.Sc. in Biology. I have taken two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and a semester of organic laboratory, which is what Chemistry majors are required to take a Penn State for their degrees. I also work in biotechnology - parts of my job are exercises in applied organic chemistry. From functional groups to reaction pathways, I have the texts and the experience to assist students in this topic.

PSAT

As I tutor the SAT, ACT, and the GMAT, tutoring the PSAT is a breeze. This test is important for young high school students, as it provides the opportunity to be a National Merit Scholar, and at the same time can highlight potential issues that could be problematic on the SAT. It is easier than the SAT, obviously - it does not test to the same level of math, nor does it have a full writing section - but it is still an important indicator test.

Psychology

I have significant coursework in a variety of psychology topics - engineering/organizational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, personality theory, and abnormal psychology. Along with the more "arts" side of psychology above, I also have several semesters in biological and neuro-psychology topics.

Public Speaking

As a process engineer in a scientific field, I'm regularly required to prepare presentations for upper management. I've also served as the spokesperson in other industries when serving as general manager of a private hotel, working with our local business bureau. I know the tips to help you prepare your material, manage your presentation, and work through anxiety.

SAT Math

I tutor both the SAT and ACT math sections. Personally, I think the ACT math section better covers real world expectations for most students - obviously math and physics students need more skills than the ACT covers, but not everyone in the world plans on being one of those two professionals. For the rest of us (even many scientists), aptitude on the ACT Math section correlates to success in college math and math-affiliated fields. The ACT is meatier, but the SAT is denser; there are fewer questions on the SAT Math, but they cover some higher level material you won't see on the ACT.

Regardless, I can teach the skills necessary to move through these sections of the test confidently and prepare you with the foreknowledge you'll need to score consistently well on this portion of either test.

SAT Reading

I'm also very proficient in instructing the reading sections of the SAT and the ACT; I have a solid background in literature and technical writing, from my years in college, the fiction I've written, my years as a technical writer in the sciences, and my current work on my MBA.

SAT Writing

I feel that English for the standardized tests is one of my specialties. My personal scores these sections of the the SAT and the ACT were very high, and my experience with students thus far has been very positive; most of my students have seen a 3-4 point increase on the ACT, or around 100 point increase on the SAT, both on the top end of the tests (so high 20s to low 30s, and mid-500s to high 600/low 700s).

Spelling

I have three daughters, and I've been working with them through their spelling assignments for years now. I'm also a very adept speller myself - I have the patience to help students improve their spelling and improve their retention long-term.

Study Skills

For some people, studying comes naturally. For the rest of us, it can take some effort. Just finding the rhythm and getting into the habit can be difficult. I help students understand how to organize their time, how to make better use of their review time and readings, and help build the habits that make learning easier.

Vocabulary

Whether it's in preparation for a college exam such as the ACT or the SAT, or simply grade school, middle school, and high school vocabulary lists, I have the skills to get those words embedded deep into a student's mind, mixing up learning and retention methods to enhance recall and usage.

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Education

Pennsylvania State University (Biology)

University of Phoenix (MBA)

A wealth of knowledge!! — Shannon started tutoring my daughter, a high school junior, this past spring, in English and Chemistry. He rapidly assessed the course work, areas she struggled with, and was very effective In moving her work forward, such that she improved more than a full letter grade in English, and a full grade in Chemistry and went into final exams with confidence. Shannon is excellent at literature analysis, ...

— Suellen from Norfolk, MA on 7/25/11

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Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I offer group rates. Please note that rates for test preparation services are higher than my base rate. Please contact me to discuss your needs and we'll see what arrangements can be made.

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Shannon will travel within 40 miles of Worcester, MA 01610.

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