"Experienced and knowledgeable English language professional. Great tutor!"
- Irina, Reston, VA on 8/25/11
Shelley is a great tutor! She's very supportive and knows how to bring out the best in her students. She cares equally about your target learning objectives and the small details that make it up. She encourages, nurtures, and champions creative thinking and guides you to the next level of language mastership. I highly recommend her as a very experienced and knowledgeable English language professional.
"Highly Professional, Knowledgeable, Helpful and Efficient Coach!"
- Yan, Bethesda, MD on 10/24/14
Shelley is a unique coach and tutor. I am working on interview skills training with her and she is very experienced and can easily sense what the client wants in coaching. The first session was an evaluation; by the second one, we worked together to find the exact way I wanted to work. She never wastes any minute of her client’s time; her only focus is on coaching. After the session, she communicates with you via email to help you do your best. And I can tell she does a lot of homework to prepare the sessions. She deals with all my questions and gives me very useful suggestions. She is highly professional, knowledgeable, helpful, efficient, and I will be continuing to work with her.
- Mehmet, Bethesda, MD on 8/20/14
We had the pleasure of working with Shelley for further improving our son's (11) oral communication skills, for the month of August (4 lessons). She immediately established rapport with our son building his confidence from the get go. Her material was very age appropriate yet challenging, and they enjoyed their time together. They worked on the correct production of some sounds, and oral story telling using various methods. I believe Shelley brought out the best in our son. We plan to continue with her lessons. Thank you, Shelley!
"Highly professional, experienced, and encouraging coach"
- Jay, Rockville, MD on 8/10/14
I have been looking for a public speaking coach to improve my public speaking for a while and feel fortunate to finally meet a great coach like Ms. Shelley. Practice sessions with Ms. Shelley are very helpful and effective. She is highly professional, experienced, knowledgeable, encouraging, and positive. Thanks to her supportive and thoughtful coaching style, the lessons are also very pleasant and enjoyable. I wish I had met her earlier in my career and feel lucky to get coaching from her even now. I am very grateful for her dedication and efforts, and truly value the techniques that are from her extensive experience. It is my honor to recommend Ms. Shelley to anyone who is looking for a wonderful coach to improve his or her public speaking. I look forward to our continuing sessions very much.
"Energetic, Engaging & Effective!"
- M C, Bethesda, MD on 7/17/14
I was looking initially for a public speaking coach for my teenage son to better prepare him for college. My son has residual speech awkwardness from an early childhood speech delay (for which he received years of traditional speech therapy from pre-school through middle school). He continued to improve a bit on his own in the years since his therapy ended, but I felt he needed much greater fluency or it could be an impediment in his career. It occurred to me that his speech issues were similar to some nearly-fluent foreigners, so perhaps someone who works with accent elimination would be useful for him.
Shelley was indeed great at identifying the components of his speech that were off and devising exercises to target the vocal inflections and phrasing that needed to improve. I was very impressed with her array of solutions, and my son found it engaging. His speech has improved noticeably in the couple of months we've had Shelley coming for 2 or 3 one hour sessions per week. He still has more work to do (including pushing himself to practice the changes) but she has given him some excellent tools and insight. We hope to fit in more sessions during his vacations in the next couple of years.
"Great Tutor For English Writing And Speaking Skills!!"
- Nikolas, College Park, MD on 6/5/14
If somebody asked me six months ago which academic subjects I hated the most in my university life, I would definitely have said it’s writing. But having worked with Ms. Shelley for the past six months, I learned that writing is a subject that could be just as interesting and exciting as science, where we always learn new things. Being a very curious person, many teachers have considered me as an annoyance for asking questions that are hard to answered or ambiguous. But Ms. Shelley being a very supportive tutor has always been patient with me and answered all my questions with excellent explanations and strong details. Additionally, her teaching method can only be described as excellent, with a strong focus on details and perfection. Conclusively, I believe that Ms. Shelley is an excellent tutor; she is very supportive, knowledgeable, and helpful. It is an honor for me, to recommend her to anybody who’s searching for a tutor to improve his or her English writing and speaking skills.
- Jason, Alexandria, VA on 5/26/14
I want to commend Shelley on a job well done. Although our meeting times were minimal, she was very impactful. The most impressive thing about Shelley was her knowledge and integrity. I would recommend her to all who would need this level of tutoring and coaching.
"Positive, encouraging and compassionate coach helps you to achieve your goal"
- Keita, Washington, DC on 2/15/14
I've had a weekly session of English communications (ESL) with Shelley for more than six months, and it’s been very productive experience.
Typically, I present material she sent me in a short speech, and she gives me feedback on contents, grammar and pronunciation. Her feedback is always precise and helpful to improve my fluency.
She is very flexible to meet my demand and always well-prepared for the session. She made a series of pronunciation drills which helped me stabilize the pronunciation of sounds I had a trouble pronouncing. Also, she chooses reading materials which are highly relevant to my profession as well as useful in deepening my knowledge of American society and culture.
When I was preparing for TOEFL exam, she prepared several mock questions and advised me on how to deliver responses more efficiently. My score of the speaking section improved greatly, thanks to her.
Most of all, her encouraging teaching style helped me to be confident in communicating in English. Now, I feel more comfortable and relaxed speaking in English, which accelerated my learning speed.
I would highly recommend Shelley for the learner of all levels but especially for those who have some basics and is aiming for higher level of proficiency since her passion for teaching and deep knowledge will surely accommodate your needs for honing your English skills in a professional environment.
"Shelley is real professional!"
- Marta, Silver Spring, MD on 2/6/14
I have been meeting Shelley for a year, for speaking and writing lessons. I am European, a non-native speaker, and a scientist. The reason why I was looking for a speaking coach was to improve my English conversation skills: vocabulary, common colloquial expressions, and fluency. I am really grateful now that I found Shelley, because meetings with her are beneficial for me from many points of view. Since Shelley is a professional speaking coach, she recognized my problem words within the very first lesson, thus further lessons were focused on decreasing my foreign accent and learning the right pronunciation. For this reason, I very much appreciate that all of the special speaking exercises, articles and conversation topics are prepared by Shelley exclusively for me. The other huge benefit of collaboration with Shelley is her intelligence and broad scope of knowledge. Our sessions are not just talking about general topics, but we can easily discuss the history, politics, economics and other serious global issues. Simply said, lessons with Shelley are not just conversational, but educative as well. Next to speaking, we also work on mastering my scientific writing and the oral presentation of my results in my field. Finally, I would like to emphasize that Shelley is not only a real professional in her field. She is a flexible, kind, witty and open-minded lady, who has helped me to improve my English fluency, which is very recognizable after one year. Worthy of notice, lessons with her always put me in a good mood! If anybody needs a speaking or writing coach, Shelley deserves my warm recommendation!
"Shelley is awesome!"
- Linda, Chevy Chase, MD on 12/15/13
Shelley is remarkably talented, patient, creative, and kind. Truly the real deal. It's incredible the quality of people who are tutoring on WyzAnt. Shelley has motivated our son to pursue debate and theater. She has helped him form his thoughts more concisely, precisely, and effectively in both speaking and writing. We're really impressed and happy.
As I update this review, looking toward 2014, and in light of our son's positive feedback, Shelley remains awesome.
- Betty, Mc Lean, VA on 3/6/13
Shelley G. is my tutor for writing. She is just simply a wonderful tutor; she makes learning fun and interesting.
"Highly Talented Coach"
- Anne, Chevy Chase, MD on 3/2/13
Shelley is a woman of broad and diverse talents - characteristics we needed to address the coaching needs of the group. She quickly grasped the nuances of the task before her and developed creative techniques to address our unique circumstances. I am happy with her efforts and look forward to our ongoing relationship.
- Maria Tereza, Bethesda, MD on 9/11/12
Shelley is a wonderful tutor. I'm so grateful to have her as my guide to help me in my journey to improve my English. I'm certain that her guidance and expertise my English will become fantastic.
- Barbara, Silver Spring, MD on 6/17/12
I'm so glad to have found Shelley to tutor me. She's awesome, professional and is an expert in her field. She is very astute in her analysis of my diction, can detect the slightest flaw or mispronunciation. Besides that, she is very considerate and sensitive in her critique and analysis. She's a pleasure to work with.
- Evva, Rockville, MD on 1/20/12
My son has been working with Shelley for about a year, and I have seen tremendous improvement in his grades, attitude, and study habits. His writing has never been better, and he is more focused and confident. Shelley is excellent at what she does, and has all of the qualities one would want in a tutor. She is knowledgeable, flexible, encouraging, responsive, and has a wealth of resources to share. I recommend her highly.
"pleasant and educated english tutor"
- Guido, Chevy Chase, MD on 1/3/12
Shelley is an elegant teacher and a wonderful person. She has helped me to overcome my reservations about my conversational English. I had hesitated to join in discussions because I am a linguist with a doctorate in my native language and I did not trust that my English was sufficient. If you are looking for a coach or tutor who is academically sound, patient and a great listener with a sense of humor, Shelley is a great choice.
- Nevine, Bethesda, MD on 1/2/12
My review is coming from my perspective as a teacher, legal researcher and writer in my country of origin for 18 years and, more recently, in the U.S Shelley is a uniquely talented, resourceful and patient teacher -- a language expert who is amazingly articulate and thorough in identifying specific language challenges. She always looks for ways to inspire my confidence and to support me. Before I began my classes with Shelley, I thought that it would be extremely hard to improve my language skills. Now I realize that it is a matter of practice and time. If it weren’t for Shelley’s help, I might have given up on improving my English.
"Highly dedicated tutor"
- Ajaikumar, Rockville, MD on 12/6/11
It is my great pleasure to write this review about Mrs. Shelley, my English teacher. I had been searching for an English teacher to improve my accent, grammar and writing skills for a year and at last I got in touch with Shelley. In the first meeting, I realized that she is the one I have been searching for because I was looking for a teacher who actually realizes my weaknesses in English. During my lessons she carefully notices each and every word that I speak and puts in enough time to correct it. I am happy to say that she is a perfectionist. She devotes the time, patience and attention necessary to make my English as perfect as a native English scholar. Her teaching method is excellent. At the beginning of each lesson, she asks me what I have been doing for the previous days, she listens carefully, noting pronunciation and grammar areas for correction. Additionally, she is a good editor. During the last 6 months I have given her many scientific papers that I wrote to edit and I am extremely happy to say that she edited everything that I gave her, not only to my satisfaction, but also taught me how to improve my writing skills. She realizes that I have many work responsibilities and gives me flexible times for classes. Finally, the only thing I have to say to you is that if you are fortunate you will get this excellent teacher.