Sharon H.

Irvine, CA


Knowledgeable, Creative, Credentialed English/ESL Tutor

In-person lessons
400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/19/13
5.0 average from 164 ratings
Sharon is very smart and creative!
— Rachael, Newport Beach, CA on 9/28/16


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Chapman University, Orange, California
Social Science
National University, Costa Mesa Ca


Chapman University, Orange, California (Social Science)

National University, Costa Mesa Ca (Other)

About Sharon

As a Professional and Credentialed Teacher offering Tutoring services. I am dedicated to helping students achieve their highest potential. I believe that a successful tutoring experience includes using a variety of teaching techniques and being creative in preparing lesson plans to meet the unique needs of each student.

I have taught English (including Speaking, Phonics, Vocabulary development, Grammar, Writing and Public Speaking), Social Studies and related History classes to students of all ages, from 1st graders to adults. I have also taught ESL to both children and adults from countries around the world. My undergraduate degree in Social Science from Chapman University and a CLAD Teaching Credential that emphasized Cross-Cultural Studies, have enabled me to better understand the students I am teaching.

In addition, I have many years of experience in the business world, both as an employee and a teacher. I have served as a mentor to new employees, teaching them "the ropes" and helping them to adapt to the cultural climate of the company. I have taught Microsoft Word and Excel in the local adult school, teaching ESL students and the general public.

Over the past year I have been teaching Business Writing & Oral Communication to both individuals and groups of employees. Orange County is comprised of a very culturally diverse population. I love helping professionals improve their English Language skills for the business environment. I have experience teaching visiting scientists and doctors at UCI, business professionals working in the IT and High Technology fields, and those working in Administrative, Marketing and Sales positions.

For me, teaching is a Passion--I love the process and the end result of seeing the happy faces of success! I believe that teaching is most worthwhile when experienced in a creative, challenging, yet fun environment. I look forward to working with you!
As a Professional and Credentialed Teacher offering Tutoring services. I am dedicated to helping students achieve their highest potential. I believe that a successful tutoring experience includes using a variety of teaching techniques and being creative in preparing lesson plans to meet the unique needs of each student.

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Irvine, CA 92620
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Sharon is very smart and creative!"

- Rachael, Newport Beach, CA on 9/28/16
Sharon replied on 10/11/2016

Thank you Rachael for your review of our recent writing lessons. I have really enjoyed assisting you with writing for your marketing internship! It was fun working with you to create and edit various types of marketing materials. Creative writing has always been a passion of mine.

"Her teaching ability is really good."

- Youngri, Irvine, CA on 1/14/17
Sharon replied on 1/24/2017

Thanks Youngri! I really appreciate your kind words. Yes, your speaking & writing is improving and with your strong perseverance improvement will continue. My goal is for your success!

"Excellent tutor"

- Howard, Mission Viejo, CA on 9/8/16
Sharon replied on 9/11/2016

Thank you so much for your great review! I am so happy that your sons enjoyed our writing lessons and that they now have a more positive attitude towards writing. I work hard to demystify the process of writing and encourage students to find their own voices of expression. I believe in making the experience fun and helping students to gain confidence. Your sons were a pleasure to work with and I would be happy to assist them again in the future!

"Great lessons!"

- Haruka, Irvine, CA on 12/10/15
Sharon replied on 12/12/2015

Dear Haruka,
Thanks for your kind comments! I'm so happy that I have helped you with your English skills, both in daily life and the business world. Conversing in English can be a challenging prospect when first arriving in the US and improving listening skills is a key part of the process. I see such an improvement in your conversational skills over the past few months and also love hearing about all your new adventures!

"Sharon, thanks for your enthusiastic effort."

- Daejin, Irvine, CA on 7/28/15
Sharon replied on 8/6/2015

Thanks Daejin! I really appreciate your review and enjoy our tutoring lessons each week. I really love teaching English and instilling confidence in one's ability to learn the language!

"Great tutor"

- Reiko, Irvine, CA on 1/17/15
Sharon replied on 1/23/2015

Thanks so much for your great review! I really love teaching and it is very rewarding when I can help business professionals improve their communication skills in English. I always try to make my lessons, not only informative and educational, but fun too! I am very happy that you are enjoying the lessons and look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

"Enjoyable Learning Experience"

- Betty, Irvine, CA on 11/11/14
Sharon replied on 11/13/2014

Dear Betty,

Thank you so much for your terrific review! I strive always to provide my students with a positive and relaxed teaching experience. I have found that people learn best when they feel at ease and comfortable. Teaching is my passion and I love helping students to improve their English language skills!

"Wonderful teacher!"

- Cara, Irvine, CA on 1/16/14
Sharon replied on 1/21/2014


Thank you so much for your great feedback! I really love tutoring him. He is such a bright, responsive boy who is always enthusiastic about learning! He makes teaching such a pleasant experience and I look forward every week to challenging him and taking him to the next level of writing and learning. For me, the reward of teaching is knowing I have helped a student on the road to life long learning.

"Very patient and an excellent tutor!"

- Mariana, Irvine, CA on 6/26/13

"Great tutor!"

- Jeannie, Irvine, CA on 6/13/12
Anthropology, Elementary Science, Psychology, Sociology
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading,
Public Speaking,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Career Development,
Microsoft Word
TOEFL, Writing
American History, Anthropology, Government & Politics, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Phonics,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing

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.


I spent many years working in the business sector, employed by both small to medium sized companies and large billion dollar corporations. My experience has included positions in Finance, Accounting, Administration, Sales, and Management. I understand the need for running a "tight ship" and the importance of keeping accurate and current accounting records. I have experience with various accounting software programs and most recently with QuickBooks.

Career Development

I have experience with Career Development in both classroom settings and individual lessons. This experience has included assisting students in career choices, creating resumes & cover letters, researching job opportunities, and preparing for job interviews. My motto is "Put your best foot forward." This is especially important when writing a resume. The resume is often the first introduction to a prospective employer. It should be professionally written, with focus on specialized skills, personal strengths, and specific qualifications. I am adept at editing and offering suggestions to create an "eye catching" resume and cover letter. I also am skilled with job interview preparation, helping students with practice interviews that help to build confidence. In addition, I have taught both Business Writing & Presentation Skills to groups of employees (5-30) in various corporate settings, often with customized Power Point Presentations.

Elementary (K-6th)

I possess a Multiple Subject CLAD Clear Teaching Credential and have taught all grade levels of elementary school. I have taught in both the regular school setting and in after school programs. My expertise is in English language development, Social Science, History & Science. I have taught many ESL classes for students recently arrived in the U.S. and for those requiring extra attention. Most recently I have been teaching in a tutoring center working within a multi-cultural setting.


I have over 10 years experience teaching all levels of ESL/ESOL in both classroom and private settings, to students from countries around the world. I have taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Levels with focus on reading comprehension, vocabulary development (including idiomatic expressions), pronunciation & phonics, listening skills, grammar & writing. I have a Clear Teaching Credential with emphasis on Cross-Cultural Language & Academic Development.


Learning English sounds is critical to the development of speaking clearly. Teaching phonics (sounding out of words) includes a variety of topics from understanding how to divide words into syllables, to focusing on consonant digraphs (two consonant sounds together form one sound), to dipthongs (same sounds, different spellings), to many other aspects important to learning the English language. Non-native speakers often have problems with the "r" controlled sounds, with distinguishing between "v" and "b" sounds, and with digraphs. This is usually the result of not understanding how to use the tongue and mouth to create sounds. As a credentialed teacher, I have had great success with helping students to improve their speaking skills.


I am excellent at proofreading and editing papers. I have an eye for spotting errors in spelling, punctuation and wording. I am also very good at making sure your writing is well organized. Over the years I have helped both students and business people achieve success with their written work. Let me help you too!

Public Speaking

I have helped many students overcome their fears of speaking in front of a group. My motto is "Be very well prepared." I teach students to research their subjects thoroughly, to write notes on note cards to use on the day of the speech, and to practice as much as possible before that important day. Students don't want to memorize verbatim when giving a speech, but need to know the subject well that they will be talking about. Ad-libbing might work well for actors or comedians, but it can prove disastrous for the ordinary individual.


I have loved to read since I was very young. My friends used to call me a "bookworm." It didn't bother me, because I always found such joy and escape in reading! I love reading just about anything: magazines, newspapers, junk mail (don't laugh!) and novels of a variety of genres, from the classics to mysteries, to any thought-provoking subject! Find the right subject and you'll learn to love reading too!


I received my BA degree in Social Science, which included an extensive emphasis on Sociology. The scope of Sociology is extremely wide and ranges from looking at individual exchanges to group and global processes. My studies included a variety of topics which included the following: Social Theory & Change, Conflict Resolution, People & Environments, Family Dynamics, Drugs & Society, Social Psychology, and White Color Crime. I received Department Honors for maintaining a 4.0 average in all Social Science courses.

Study Skills

Developing solid study skills is critical for success in school and in life. I have found that three of the most important tools are: goal setting, organization, and time management. Students often approach studying in a haphazard manner, overlooking the importance of planning or organization. I have many years experience helping students develop their study skills. My students have improved their grades and their ability to concentrate and remember important facts. I guide my students through the process and assist them in establishing a system most effective for their purposes. I stress the importance of taking good care of themselves by getting enough sleep and eating a nutritional diet. No one can absorb new thoughts and subject matter when hungry or exhausted. Students also need to learn to curb any procrastination--this is the bane of good study habits.


Writing has been a life-long passion of mine. Whether I am writing for personal pleasure (journals, poems, or short articles),or helping others with essays, theses, manuscripts, or job related materials, I am meticulous about the entire process. Everything from word choice, to sentence structure, to punctuation is essential to create a polished piece of writing. I have helped many people improve their writing skills. Currently I teach writing at an after school educational center. In addition, I privately tutor both high school and college students and adults, those active in various professions and those simply wishing to improve their personal correspondence.

Chapman University, Orange, California
Social Science
National University, Costa Mesa Ca


Chapman University, Orange, California (Social Science)

National University, Costa Mesa Ca (Other)

Sharon is very smart and creative!

Sharon is a really nice tutor to work with. She's personable and knowledgeable . She helps me with my communication and marketing internship. I highly recommend her!

— Rachael, Newport Beach, CA on 9/28/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $53.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sharon will travel within 10 miles of Irvine, CA 92620.