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Shara S.

Overland Park, KS

$40/hour

The "spark plug" coach who awakens student interest!

50+ Hours
4.5 average from 20 ratings
The definition of evidence base practice!
— Monica, Houston, TX on 3/23/17

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University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Nursing
University of MO-Kansas City
Master's

Education

University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (Nursing)

University of MO-Kansas City (Master's)

About Shara

I'm a life-long learner. Check out my profile picture; I'm having lunch in a traditional family hutong home in Beijing, China! Take hold of every opportunity you're given to learn; the more you learn, the more you'll want to know! The world keeps changing; life long learners are always building upon their natural talents & abilities and learning new ones!

I've been an educator for years. I've taught AD and BSN nursing students (campus, clinical, online), MBA students (online), Bible college students (writing, computer usage, & science mostly), pre-school through high school home school students in courses as diverse as writing, geography, drama, public speaking, and character, plus non-academic subjects such as cooking, piano lessons, and gardening.

Surprisingly, my goal is to work myself out of a job! I see myself as your coach, not just a dispenser of information. When we're finished working together, our goal is that you've become a successful, independent learner, capable of mastering the subject on your own, and transferring your skills to future learning opportunities. After assessing where you are and where you need to be in terms of mastering your subject content, we'll explore what learning strategies work best for you so we can reinforce your strengths. You'll help construct our sessions. To equip students, I practice the 5 I's: Instruct (tell you), illustrate (show you), involve (do it with you), improve (you do it with me watching), and inspire you, which is self-explanatory! I also include critical thinking in every session plus build your skills in studying, organization, reading, and writing because it is important to nail down those basics.

Beginning nursing students: I'd welcome the opportunity to help you get a strong start. Ideally, we'll meet at least one month before you start your program and do some strategic planning. This 2-3 hour session will give you a strong start, get your time management plan nailed down, give you a variety of resources that can speed along your understanding and application of lecture content and help you prepare both for clinical and exams, help you build your library of "essentials" to speed along your study time, and keep you healthy! Nursing school is stressful, but being proactive will go a long way toward helping you succeed! After this session, you will probably only need a tutor to help you with material you find more challenging.

Thanks for taking time to read my introduction; you can read more about me on the Subjects tab. One final thought: It is not what we 'pour' into our students that is important; it is what we 'plant' that counts. Spark plugs may be small, but they can make all the difference in your world!
I'm a life-long learner. Check out my profile picture; I'm having lunch in a traditional family hutong home in Beijing, China! Take hold of every opportunity you're given to learn; the more you learn, the more you'll want to know! The world keeps changing; life long learners are always building upon their natural talents & abilities and learning Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: $20 per scheduled hour with 2-24 hour notice, full price with 0-2 hour notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 1 miles of Overland Park, KS 66204
Background Check: Passed

"The definition of evidence base practice!"

- Monica, Houston, TX on 3/23/17

"Best Tutor"

- Josephine, Leawood, KS on 3/8/16
Science:
Anatomy, Nursing,
Nutrition,
Physiology
English:
English, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Macintosh,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Study Skills
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, 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.

Macintosh

As a Mac user myself for the past seven years, I have a general working knowledge of both MacAir and MacBook Pro, as well as the following specific applications: Keynote, Pages, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, iTunes, Maps, iPhoto, iPad, iPhone, and the Mac App Store plus some limited experience using iMovie, iBooks, and GarageBand. I use the MicroSoft Office Suite on my Mac and have a working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I use Keynote & PowerPoint regularly to give presentations. I can help new users get started, answer general questions, or help learn the basics of using these specific applications.

Nursing

I have earned both a BSN and MSN (in nursing). I have 7-8 years in nursing education in ADN, BSN programs in the classroom, clinical, and online. I've spent a combined 17 years in nurse case management, pediatrics and geriatrics and have taught online since 1999 in a wide variety of topics. I'm something of a "super-generalist" in that I've worked the entire age span, from childbirth education to geriatrics and end-of-life. I help new nursing students to get a strong start in terms of resources, study skills, time management, and some life balance to help counteract the stress typical of nursing school. I do my best to individualize a plan depending on each student's needs and learning strengths. My background and experience in teaching writing, in particular the writing of research papers, helps me to help BSN and MSN students with developing research papers (PICOTs).

Nutrition

My interest in nutrition began in college with my nursing classes. Over the years my own health necessitated that I take additional classes as well as undertake significant self-study in nutrition (not a class often taught in medical school, by the way). I've taught both basic and advanced nutrition college courses using textbooks written for nursing students for the past ten years. I also read voraciously and usually take a variety of nutrition classes myself every year. My special interests are gluten & dairy free, plant-based diets, Feingold, dehydrating foods, and raw foods. I am not a certified nutritionist, or a registered dietitian, but I am a registered nurse. If you need some help in any of these areas, I’d be glad to help.

Public Speaking

This is one of people’s most prevalent fears. If it’s yours, it is time to battle this ‘beast’ to the ground! I've taught public speaking skills as part of drama and speech classes for K-12 and practiced them regularly myself as a college lecturer and regular public speaker for the past 30 years. Being an effective communicator increases our self-confidence, makes us more comfortable with our verbal and non-verbal communication skills with people, and helps us boost our creativity and critical thinking skills, a plus in college, careers, and life. We’ll use any upcoming speech you may have to start honing your skills in audience, preparation, content, organization, delivery, and analysis at the same time as we study & practice a variety of speech types (informative, persuasive, demonstrative, special occasion, etc), and become aware of your personal speech habits & characteristics, improve posture, poise, voice, diction, pacing, and more. We can include Keynote or PowerPoint presentations if you'll be using an audiovisual for your speech.

Study Skills

Study skills are foundational! I’ve enjoyed teaching two online high school English courses in a college prep environment for over ten years. The first semester course focuses on developing study skills: organizational tools for home & school, goal-setting, a conducive study environment, comprehension (how to read specific types of materials such as instructions, textbooks, charts/diagrams; discerning the main idea; understanding vocabulary/technical words), taking notes, summarizing, writing outlines, time & task management, developing study schedules, tackling specific types of projects (homework, writing assignments, long-term projects), and test-taking strategies. The second semester course reinforces these skills as well as giving added attention to outlines and writing research papers.

Writing

I hold both a BSN and MSN which required language arts, writing, research papers, and courses applying these skills. Elementary - I have training in child development, developmental concerns, and learning disabilities. Younger students learn simple techniques to dramatically improve their writing by incorporating parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and more.
High school/college - I tutored online upper high school-early college classes in English grammar and research writing from 1999-2012. I’ve also held various university faculty positions for over 10 years in which I helped assist and guide students with their research papers as well as grade their papers.
Master’s, Business professionals - I’ve tutored MBA and Master’s level nursing students with their research papers. We review topic brainstorming, paper organization (outline), research, support of the thesis or pico(t), and adherence to APA guidelines.

University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Nursing
University of MO-Kansas City
Master's

Education

University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (Nursing)

University of MO-Kansas City (Master's)

The definition of evidence base practice!

I do not have any words to express how grateful I am to come across Shara. I been having a difficult time understanding nursing school in general. She found a way to combine all my classes in one to give a better understanding of nursing school and gave me many resources to use to get through nursing school. Let me not forget, she also gave me awesome testing tips! I will keep on having online se

— Monica, Houston, TX on 3/23/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: $20 per scheduled hour with 2-24 hour notice, full price with 0-2 hour notice.

Travel policy

Shara will travel within 1 miles of Overland Park, KS 66204.