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Sheila K.

Saint Paul, MN

$70/hr

Experienced ACT-SAT Tutor; Writing and Reading Instructor

Background check passed as of 8/18/14
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Experienced ACT-SAT Tutor; Writing and Reading Instructor

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As a teacher for over 25 years, I specialize in helping students reach their personal best score on the ACT and SAT college admissions test. A strong score can open up broader options for colleges/universities and can often provide significant merit scholarship money. Over the years, I have had great success with a proven strategy that focuses on the fact that not all students learn the same way. I have taught students with Aspergers, ADD, dyslexia, test-taking issues, and other challenges. Knowing how to make the information 'click' for each student is the most rewarding part of teaching for me. Teaching should fit each student's needs and can also be fun - SHOULD be fun. When learning is meaningful, and when the student can see real progress in their scores, then students WANT to learn. I love to teach, and I can help your student reach their personal best score on the ACT, SAT, and other areas related to academic improvement. My fees reflect my experience, success rate, strong references and referrals.

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor"

- Doug, Saint Paul, MN on 7/1/14

"Great Tutor"

- Rossitza, Saint Paul, MN on 8/10/14

"Great ACT Tutor"

- Annette, Minneapolis, MN on 8/9/14

"Great tutor, extremely accommodating!"

- Joan, Saint Paul, MN on 7/14/14

"Great mentor, would highly recommend"

- Michelle, Minneapolis, MN on 6/12/14
Sheila replied on 6/13/2014

Thank you so much. Your feedback is important to me.

"Wonderful "

- Karl, Saint Paul, MN on 5/11/14

"Fabulous Tutor"

- Jean, Stillwater, MN on 4/27/14

"Thorough and thoughtful."

- Mary, Saint Paul, MN on 1/26/14
Sheila replied on 1/28/2014

Mary,

Thank you so much for your endorsement. It is important to me that my students do well on these tests, and your feedback will let other students know where to find the help they need.
And of course, testimonials are good for business! Thank you.

"Very impressive!"

- Lisa, Farmington, MN on 12/12/13

"Knowledgeable and and encouraging!"

- Linda, Minnetonka, MN on 9/4/13

"Great tutor!"

- Celine, Saint Paul, MN on 7/31/13

"Huge score increase, easy to work with!"

- Karen, Stillwater, MN on 4/29/13

"Very encouraging!"

- Sally, Saint Paul, MN on 4/4/13

"Sheila is excellent"

- Alyse, Lakeville, MN on 3/26/13

"Excellent experience."

- Mary, Saint Paul, MN on 3/23/13

"Excellent tutoring sessions!"

- Susie, Circle Pines, MN on 11/15/12
Sheila replied on 11/15/2012

How kind of you provide that feedback. Not only is it valuable to me in helping future students, but it is also important to growing my business. Thank you so much!

Science:
ACT Science,
Genetics, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Geography, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, GRE,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
Career Development, College Counseling,
GED,
GRE,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Needlework, Sewing, Tennis
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I majored in English and have been an English teacher for over 25 years. The ACT English test always asks the same types of questions (i.e., Subj/Verb Agreement, Redundancy, Sentence/Paragraph Reorganization, etc.). Because the test is so predictable, it makes it easy to give a diagnostic test, score, and provide the student with exactly the missed points they will need to review. After reviewing, there is a follow-up test to confirm that the student has a full understanding of the subject matter.

ACT Math

ACT Math, as with the other subject tests, is very predictable. For example, there are only four Trigonometry questions on any Math test. With a diagnostic Math test, I can zero in on specific areas to review and provide valuable resource materials. There is no need to cover 'everything' since we only focus on the points the student missed, not the ones he/she got correct.

ACT Reading

There is a VERY specific strategy to follow for the ACT Reading test. It is not what most students think. This is an extremely time-challenging test, and every second counts. With a review of how to take the test, and some practice exercises, I can help students increase their score.

ACT Science

The ACT Science test is one of the most time-challenging for students. Most are not aware of the strategy of HOW to take this test, and as a result, become frustrated and anxious during the test as they feel time slipping away. With careful review and practice, I have helped students raise their scores on this test.

American History

I taught grades 7-12 American History for 11 years at Simley Jr. High School and have tutored American History through a college-sponsored education program.

College Counseling

I have had over eight years of experience counseling students and parents as an independent contractor. I work with college counselors at public and private schools and teach college admissions courses at South Washington schools, West St Paul, So St Paul, Inver Grove, and other districts in the Twin Cities. I stay current with requirements, resources, testing dates, etc. I teach ACT/SAT test preparation and help students with personal statement papers.

Elementary (K-6th)

Although my licensure is English/Social Studies 7-12th grade, I have been teaching elementary students as part of my tutoring business for over 10 years. I can provide excellent recommendations from the family of a 3rd grader I am working with currently. I have the methodology, experience, and resource materials to work at all grade levels.

English

I majored in English Education, graduating with both a BA and a BS. I completed graduate courses at the U of MN. I taught 7-12th grade English for eleven years, focusing on Grammar, Literature, Vocabulary, Speech and Writing. I am passionate about the English language and have developed many methods of making my favorite subject fun and relevant for students.

ESL/ESOL

I majored in English Education, graduating with both a BA and a BS. I completed graduate courses at the U of MN. I have taught for over 25 years in the classroom, privately, and with adult education programs throughout the Twin Cities. In working with ESL students, I focus on the direct approach and also include Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Speech and Writing. I am passionate about the English language and have developed many methods of making my favorite subject fun and relevant for students.

GED

The GED is the equivalent of a high-school diploma and the test is comprehensive. Review of English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing, etc. are important to doing well on the GED. As a teacher for 25 years, and as a tutor for ACT/SAT college admissions tests, I have the experience to help you with this important review.

Grammar

I LOVE grammar and vocabulary! That's what happens when you have been an English teacher for over 25 years. The power of words is amazing, and I am passionate about ensuring all my students become more excited about using words effectively. I can make it fun! Really!

GRE

I am an experienced GRE tutor who will create an individualized study plan with you, provide review and practice tests, assist with personal statements, and prepare you for the GRE test: Verbal skills; Quantitative Section-Math; Analytical Writing Section. My goal is to help you become totally familiar with the GRE and, through review, practice and testing, give you the confidence to achieve your personal best score on the test.

Literature

The nuances of literature analysis can be daunting: metaphors, alliteration, personification, similes, etc. etc. I have been an English teacher for 25 years because, I LOVE digging into a piece of writing, or a poem, and extracting the hidden meanings. For me, it is a treasure hunt, and I enjoy sharing the finds and 'aha' moments with my students. When learning is enjoyable, it leads to enriched understanding and enjoyment of the wondrous experiences that great literature can provide.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a fun and useful application that is not only valuable in creating business presentations, but also for your personal use. There are many 'horns and whistles' available in PowerPoint, and it can be confusing trying to sort out what to include and and how to apply it. In a few short lessons, I can help you create interesting and effective presentations.

Proofreading

When I took this site's proofreading test, I got 100%. When you've been an English teacher for over 25 years, there's just something fun about looking for the correct usage and mechanics of the written word... kind of like being Sherlock Holmes. I feel confident that I can help you with your proofreading needs.

Public Speaking

I have studied and taught Public Speaking for over 20 years and have had engagements as a paid public speaker. I have also gained valuable experience as a member of Toastmasters Club.

Reading

Reading/Comprehension is a subject I have taught for over 25 years. There is nothing I consider more important than helping students improve reading skills. All college courses require reading, and being a critical reader can enhance or detract from a successful college experience. I can help you identify main points, understand the structure of a piece of writing, recognize themes, author bias, symbolism, anticipate questions, and so much more.

SAT Math

I have helped students review for SAT subjects for over ten years - working with public and private school students throughout the Twin Cities. SAT Math is very predictable. On each SAT, the same 100 basic rules and concepts are tested. My initial diagnostic test determines very quickly which rules/concepts are clear and which are 'rusty'. We then review what the student doesn't know; we don't waste time reviewing what he or she DOES know.

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading score is based on critical reading skills such as identification of main idea, author tone/style/point of view, support and organizational details, strategies for time management, etc. Since much of what a student learns in college is related to reading, knowing how to extract pertinent information from a reading passage is key to college success.

SAT Writing

There are two things you can count on doing over and over in college - reading, and writing papers. Good writing is clear, concise, powerful, and polished. As a former English teacher and professional writer, I can help you with your writing needs.

Sociology

I am certified to teach Sociology in grades 7-12. I received my BA degree from Arizona State University with a 3.8 GPA.

Study Skills

As a teacher for over 25 years, I can assist students with fundamental study skills such as prioritizing time, staying organized, scanning, reading critically, taking notes, and more.

Vocabulary

'Fastidious, obsequious, taciturn, defunct'

There is something satisfying about knowing, and being able to use, exactly the right word to get across your meaning. Words have power, precision, the ability to bring ideas to life, to communicate effectively in all situations, and to move us to action. As a writer, an English teacher, a voracious reader, and a lover of words, I can teach you how to use roots, prefixes, suffixes, and context to decipher vocabulary words.

Writing

Writing well may seem to be a lost art, but nothing is as important to future success as being able to communicate in a clear, concise, powerful, and polished manner. There are two things you can count on doing over and over in school - reading and writing papers. Most careers depend on the ability to express thoughts well (both verbally and in writing). As an English teacher and professional writer, I can help you with your writing needs.

Arizona State University, AZ
English
University of MN, Minneapolis
Graduate Coursework
St Thomas University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Arizona State University, AZ (English)

University of MN, Minneapolis (Graduate Coursework)

St Thomas University (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent Tutor — Our son wanted to improve his ACT scores. He previously had scored a 29 and 28. He is interested in a university that requires higher scores and asked for help. Sheila was excellent. She clearly has a mastery of the ACT material and was able to tailor her training to our son that met his needs. She was flexible to schedule hours with him in the weeks previous to the test and engaged our son and c ...

— Doug, Saint Paul, MN on 7/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sheila will travel within 15 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55118.


About Sheila

As a teacher for over 25 years, I specialize in helping students reach their personal best score on the ACT and SAT college admissions test. A strong score can open up broader options for colleges/universities and can often provide significant merit scholarship money. Over the years, I have had great success with a proven strategy that focuses on the fact that not all students learn the same way. I have taught students with Aspergers, ADD, dyslexia, test-taking issues, and other challenges. Knowing how to make the information 'click' for each student is the most rewarding part of teaching for me. Teaching should fit each student's needs and can also be fun - SHOULD be fun. When learning is meaningful, and when the student can see real progress in their scores, then students WANT to learn. I love to teach, and I can help your student reach their personal best score on the ACT, SAT, and other areas related to academic improvement. My fees reflect my experience, success rate, strong references and referrals.

Testimonials

"Excellent Tutor"

- Doug, Saint Paul, MN on 7/1/14

"Great Tutor"

- Rossitza, Saint Paul, MN on 8/10/14

"Great ACT Tutor"

- Annette, Minneapolis, MN on 8/9/14

"Great tutor, extremely accommodating!"

- Joan, Saint Paul, MN on 7/14/14

"Great mentor, would highly recommend"

- Michelle, Minneapolis, MN on 6/12/14
Sheila replied on 6/13/2014

Thank you so much. Your feedback is important to me.

"Wonderful "

- Karl, Saint Paul, MN on 5/11/14

"Fabulous Tutor"

- Jean, Stillwater, MN on 4/27/14

"Thorough and thoughtful."

- Mary, Saint Paul, MN on 1/26/14
Sheila replied on 1/28/2014

Mary,

Thank you so much for your endorsement. It is important to me that my students do well on these tests, and your feedback will let other students know where to find the help they need.
And of course, testimonials are good for business! Thank you.

"Very impressive!"

- Lisa, Farmington, MN on 12/12/13

"Knowledgeable and and encouraging!"

- Linda, Minnetonka, MN on 9/4/13

"Great tutor!"

- Celine, Saint Paul, MN on 7/31/13

"Huge score increase, easy to work with!"

- Karen, Stillwater, MN on 4/29/13

"Very encouraging!"

- Sally, Saint Paul, MN on 4/4/13

"Sheila is excellent"

- Alyse, Lakeville, MN on 3/26/13

"Excellent experience."

- Mary, Saint Paul, MN on 3/23/13

"Excellent tutoring sessions!"

- Susie, Circle Pines, MN on 11/15/12
Sheila replied on 11/15/2012

How kind of you provide that feedback. Not only is it valuable to me in helping future students, but it is also important to growing my business. Thank you so much!

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Education

Arizona State University, AZ
English
University of MN, Minneapolis
Graduate Coursework
St Thomas University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Arizona State University, AZ (English)

University of MN, Minneapolis (Graduate Coursework)

St Thomas University (Graduate Coursework)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Saint Paul, MN 55118

Sheila’s Subjects

Science:
ACT Science,
Genetics, Sociology
Language:
ESL/ESOL
History:
American History,
Geography, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Grammar,
Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development, GRE,
Microsoft PowerPoint,
Public Speaking
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
Career Development, College Counseling,
GED,
GRE,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Needlework, Sewing, Tennis
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking

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.


Background Check Status for Sheila K.

Sheila K. passed a background check on 8/18/14. The check was ordered by Sheila through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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