Arizona State University, AZ (English)
University of MN, Minneapolis (Graduate Coursework)
St Thomas University (Graduate Coursework)
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.
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
Sheila is a wonderful tutor. My daughter thinks she is very encouraging, patient and really likes working with her. Our daughter's ACT scores were lower than what she needed for a preferred field of study. She has a good GPA but could not obtain an ACT score to reflect this. We only had a couple of weeks before she re-took the ACT. Sheila quickly identified the areas of concern and developed a plan to help my daughter and give her the confidence she needs for the ACT. Since each session is well planned out ahead of time, she does an excellent job of keeping my daughter on track. Sheila also provides a detailed overview after each lesson of what was covered and what was received for homework for the next lesson. She is very flexible when scheduling the sessions and responds quickly to e-mails.
Very thorough, very strict, but it all pays off, my sons score increased 8 points. She was just what the doctor ordered! :)
I continue to be impressed by Sheila's thoroughness and her strategies in working with my daughter! She is very patient and has a clear vision of how my daughter will be able to achieve her desired ACT score. I feel really lucky that we found her!!
The first few words that our son shared after his first lesson with Sheila were: “This teacher knows what she is talking about.” Ever since then he is very excited to learn from a truly experienced teacher.
Sheila has her methodology of teaching and makes the ACT parts easy to overcome. She gave us very prompt feedback with every detail on where our son performs well and where he needs to improve. Most of all, Sheila has the right approach to every student and is passionate about teaching.
Sheila is so patient. She diagnosis the problems and then comes up with a way for your child to overcome that problem. Sheila is great.
Sheila is a gifted teacher who truly invests in each individual. With short notice before an upcoming ACT, she was willing to fit our son in and went out of her way to get to know his strengths. She followed up after his ACT (which improved) and was proactive in giving suggestions for future testing. Sheila is extremely professional and focused on a student's personal best. Our first experience with a tutor and our expectations were exceeded!
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 challenged him in focused areas. He responded very, very positively to Sheila. He enjoyed working with her and was very responsive to her teaching style.
He retook the ACT and improved his score to 32. Sheila was key to this improvement. I would recommend her without hesitation and use her again with our other children.
Sheila was a great tutor. She worked my daughter hard but was very approachable. My daughter felt very comfortable asking questions and really enjoyed her sessions. Sheila was very organized so it was easy to schedule sessions that worked with our crazy schedule. I was very happy we selected Sheila and would highly recommend her to others.
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Sheila worked well with our son on their first lesson. He came away very excited with news of how Sheila will be able to help him to do his best in his ACT test. For a teenage boy to be ecstatic about giving up a Sunday afternoon to work on curriculum to advance his learning, says it all regarding Sheila and her teaching capabilities. Thank you so much.
Shelia continues to work hard with our son to increase his scores. He is dedicated to attending the weekly classes. We highly recommend Shelia if you have a student wanting to increase their ACT scores!
Shelia continues to encourage our son to do his best and enables him to use strategies that will help him to be successful not just on his ACT test but as he embarks on his college career. He choose to go to class with Shelia even though he wasn't feeling well. Shelia is encouraging and inspiring. Thank you!
Sheila has been wonderful. We have watched our son grow in confidence after each session. Can't wait for his score to come in. I am sure it will be great.
Sheila helped my daughter prepare for the SAT math test. She was professional, serious, encouraging, and thorough. We are very pleased with our daughter's growth in confidence!
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.
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Sheila has done such a wonderful job helping my daughter prepare for the ACT exam. She makes her feel so comfortable and has boosted her confidence tremendously. Her knowledge of the exam process, her patience, and her tutoring techniques are very impressive. My daughter and I would highly recommend Sheila.
I love working with Sheila - she has given me the tools and confidence to tackle my fear of public speaking. Six months ago I'd practically pass out at the sight of a podium. Now she is helping me hone my skills as I seek opportunities for public speaking.
My daughter is really encouraged by her first tutoring lesson with Sheila. She is confident that Sheila will help her ACT scores improve greatly. She enjoyed Sheila and liked the tutoring session. Thanks Sheila.
Sheila worked with my son in 5 different sessions, totaling 9 hours. He had received a 29 on his ACT twice, and wanted to up that to 31 or 32. She covered all areas with him, explaining it wasn't just knowledge, but strategy on how he took the test. He took several practice tests, he had some homework after each session, and he felt he was getting a lot out of each session with Sheila. He took the ACT his third time, feeling very confident. Scores came back today, and he had a composite score of 34! Sheila brought his score up 5 points, which is ridiculously huge!! Granted, my son is bright, but he had gotten a 29 twice. So the strategy lessons, review of grammar errors, reading for details, etc. helped tremendously. I would recommend Sheila to anyone!
Sheila has helped me not only regain my confidence, but she has also helped me pin-point my weaknesses and helped me work through them. I am very pleased with her help in guiding me through the frustrating Verbal Reasoning portion of the MCAT. Indeed it has been money well spent.
My 7th grade daughter was very anxious about working with a tutor. Sheila made her feel right at home. She read the book my daughter was studying, so she could help her. Sheila works with her on reading comprehension, study skills, writing and grammar. I am very pleased with her assistance.
Sheila has been excellent! She has identified my son's areas that need improvement and focused in on that. Each session she and my son cover a subject area until it is completely understood and my son is confident with it. This has been the BEST investment ever!
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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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/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.
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.
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.
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.
I am certified to teach Sociology in grades 7-12. I received my BA degree from Arizona State University with a 3.8 GPA.
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.
'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 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.