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Shannon B.

Decatur, GA


Expert TOEFL, SAT, ACT, LSAT, TEAS and Writing Tutor

4.9 average from 160 ratings
Knowledgable and Patient
— Teana, Atlanta, GA on 7/10/16

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Univ of Miami SCHOOL OF LAW



Univ of Miami SCHOOL OF LAW (J.D.)

About Shannon

Anyone who tries to convince you that stellar test results are a result of natural genius is full of baloney.

I know because I was once a crappy test-taker. I paid attention in class, did all my homework, and studied hard. But on the day of the test, I would bomb. My friends, parents, and teachers couldn’t understand why. It took years to figure out that test-taking is very much like a sport, where preparation, timing, focus and good health are essential to success.

Since 2008, I have coached students on how to pass TEAS, IELTS, TOEFL, SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and the LSAT. I also tutor students in English as a Second Language, strategies for learning Chinese and other foreign languages, and how to write A+ academic and professional papers.

That’s right! Although, I specialize in test prep, reading, writing, and English Grammar, I am fluent in Mandarin and coach language learners on how to successfully master any foreign language.

I graduated with a B.A., Honors, in Political-Science and a Minor in Anthropology-Chinese Studies from UCLA; spent three years abroad teaching English and studying Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong; obtained a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law; and, upon passing the Bar Exam, was awarded membership in and licensed by the Georgia State Bar to practice law in 2010.

Finally, I love helping students pass tests and courses! There is nothing more exciting to me than watching a student’s confidence soar when he or she knows what to do on a test and is able to do it well. My style is to diagnose your strengths and weaknesses and tell you how long you’ll likely need to prepare to do your best on your test. I’ll even teach you how to teach yourself so you won’t need me (or any other tutor) forever.

Give yourself the help you need and contact me today. I look forward to your success!

*Please note there is a 1.5 hour minimum requirement for all sessions.
Anyone who tries to convince you that stellar test results are a result of natural genius is full of baloney.

I know because I was once a crappy test-taker. I paid attention in class, did all my homework, and studied hard. But on the day of the test, I would bomb. My friends, parents, and teachers couldn’t understand why. It took years
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24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Decatur, GA 30030

"Knowledgable and Patient"

- Teana, Atlanta, GA on 7/10/16

"Proactive and Prepared"

- Scott, Alpharetta, GA on 4/27/16

"Patient Tutor and Good Coach"

- Brian, Atlanta, GA on 3/3/14

"Relates well to her students"

- Eric, Snellville, GA on 7/1/13

"Excellent LSAT Tutor!"

- Sue, Atlanta, GA on 6/27/13
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, ACT Science,
Bar Exam,
Career Development,
College Counseling,
LSAT, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS,
American History, Anthropology,
Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Career Development,
GMAT, GRE, Law, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

The ACT English Test assesses your knowledge of English grammar and writing.

My classes are designed to give test candidates exactly what they need to do well on the grammar section and to teach a writing format and style that will get top marks on the "optional" (check college requirements) essay section.

ACT Science

The ACT Science section requires strong critical reading skills more than actual science knowledge (although there's some of that on the test too.)

I work with my students on reading and scanning for details, sketching quick charts and graphs to keep track of information read and using deductive reasoning to answer the questions accurately and quickly for the best score possible.


I took many of the courses required of the anthropology major at UCLA before I changed my major to Political-Science with a Minor in Anthropology. I still retain much of that knowledge and enjoy the subject immensely. I studied mainly cultural and linguistic anthropology. I took a forensic course, but would not feel confident in my abilities enough to tutor.


One of my favorite subjects of all time! I studied Archaeology as part of my Anthropology Minor at UCLA. I averaged A's in my minor courses and still retain much of the information learned.

Bar Exam

Are you worried about the essay section of the bar exam? I passed the Georgia state bar exam a few years ago. The essay section is not super difficult (in relation to the MBE) but does require the ability to 1) see the issues presented 2) state them and 3) deal with them in organized and efficient way REALLY FAST. :)

I offer students plenty of help and practice with the items 1-3 above so that on test-day they'll be armed with the tools they need to pass the essay section of the exam.

Career Development

I study this field voraciously and have a wealth of resources in materials upon which I draw. I help my students polish or build their resumes and create a networking plan that increases their visibility to others in their chosen field. I can also help students define their interests and personal goals, and match them with various career options to explore.


I am a non-native speaker of Chinese with over 10 years of formal and informal studies in Chinese. I took many university courses in Mandarin and Cantonese and lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, where those languages are spoken, for several years.

I am an excellent teacher for Beginners because I know firsthand the challenges they face as they try to learn Chinese sounds, syntax, and vocabulary for the first time.
I teach mainly spoken Chinese and can get students to a conversational level very quickly in an easy and fun way. If you need more advanced help or want to learn to write, you should probably choose a tutor for whom Chinese is a native language.

College Counseling

I've been helping local and foreign students with their college and grad school applications for several years now. I work with students on choosing colleges based on their interests and financial needs, managing deadlines, and writing and editing admissions and scholarship essays. If applicable, I can help "undecideds" make the most of a "gap" year, to save money while trying to determine career interests.


I’ve been teaching Jr. High and High School aged-students how to take their private school admissions exams since 2008. I teach all sections of the ISEE test (Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comp, and Essay) EXCEPT Quantitative Reasoning.

For many kids, taking the ISEE is their first encounter with a really 'big' standardized test; and they are quite nervous . With this in mind, I begin test preparation by explaining what the test is all about and how to approach it in order to do one's best.

After that, I'll give a practice exam, and from that I develop a study plan to address the weakest spots first in order to boost confidence. Once that's accomplished, we move on to the candidate's strengths, the stuff they feel really great about. I find this approach works great with young students and I always see vast improvement by the time we've finished preparing for the exams.

Public Speaking

As an attorney, I practice public speaking skills frequently, whether in court, at administrative hearings, or before audiences of potential clients. My experience as a debate team teacher to summer day-camp students also comes in handy.

In my sessions, students learn simple methods designed to enable them to, with a little practice, speak comfortably to an audience, whether small and intimate, like co-workers at a business meeting, or larger gatherings, such as participants at a trade seminar or conference.

Because public speaking is more than just reading one's notes aloud, I teach the ability to think critically, identify goals, and communicate a specific message in an organized, coherent way without succumbing to nervousness. Speaking in front of others is not so difficult once these skills have been developed. Good luck!


The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)for nursing students is a bit of a surprise, in terms of difficulty, for the uninitiated. This is a quick multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage.

I tutor students in English and Critical Thinking/Reading TEAS content using test-prep materials to improve student's ability in paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension and inferences/conclusions. I can also help TEAS candidates with the essentials of science reasoning, and technical aspects of the English language, like punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words and spelling.


Students in my class learn quick and easy methods for 1) brainstorming and developing a solid thesis, 2) organizing and outlining a draft and 3) adding one's personal flare to the final product. I simplify the writing process so that many of my students are able to dramatically improve their abilities in just a few lessons. Writing is fun when you know how!

Univ of Miami SCHOOL OF LAW



Univ of Miami SCHOOL OF LAW (J.D.)

Knowledgable and Patient — She takes her time and explains everything in a clear and direct way. Also, she is very passionate about truly helping students and it shows. ...

— Teana, Atlanta, GA on 7/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $79.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Shannon will travel within 15 miles of Decatur, GA 30030.