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Sheila E.

Medford, OR

$36/hour

Math, Elementary Reading, & Basic Drawing Tutor

In-person lessons
20+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/17/12
5.0 average from 5 ratings
Great experience!
— Amanda, Rogue River, OR on 10/4/12

$36/Hour


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About Sheila

My name is Sheila. As a child, I always loved school and was often asked by my teachers and classmates to assist my peers in class. Then at home, I played "school" with my friends and younger brother. Of course, I was the teacher! I was nine years old when I received my first paid tutoring assignment, helping a neighbor girl learn to read.

Math is my favorite school subject. As an adult, my college (Elements of Calculus, but don't ask me to remember all that without some review first...it's been a few years ago!) instructor urged me to major in math.

Instead, the Lord led me to focus on raising my own children. Since then, I have successfully home-schooled two children all the way through high school and worked with three others in part of their journey. Additionally, my husband and teen daughter enjoyed taking advantage of the opportunity to use me as their personal algebra tutor.

I also enjoy teaching basic, realistic drawing skills. I graduated Art Instruction Schools in 1998 and currently use my skills to author and illustrate Vacation Bible School curricula and other Christian materials for children.

In a tutoring situation, I strongly encourage my student to attempt the current assignment beforehand so that I can give specific advice where it is truly needed, thus making the best use of our time together. My three main "tools" are questions--lots of them--a smile and a silent prayer.
My name is Sheila. As a child, I always loved school and was often asked by my teachers and classmates to assist my peers in class. Then at home, I played "school" with my friends and younger brother. Of course, I was the teacher! I was nine years old when I received my first paid tutoring assignment, helping a neighbor girl learn to read. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I may consider tutoring outside of my usual travel radius for a higher hourly rate. Just ask!

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Medford, OR 97501
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great experience!"

- Amanda, Rogue River, OR on 10/4/12
Math:
Algebra 1,
Elementary Math,
Prealgebra
Art:
Drawing
English:
Bible Studies,
Proofreading,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

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.

Algebra 1

Algebra is one of my most-enjoyed subjects. In teaching, I use lots of questions--I'm not the kind of tutor who will be giving any "free" answers.

It has been many years since I actually studied Algebra myself, so I will be honest and say that I may encounter topics that I need brushing-up on. However, you can be confident that when these do come up, I have no problem doing the review on my own time and coming prepared to our next tutoring session.

I recently tutored my husband in his college Algebra course, and he enjoyed great success in this subject he previously struggled with.

Bible Studies

I am a baptized Seventh-day Adventist Christian. I am willing to teach basic Bible doctrine and explore various Bible stories with willing learners of any denomination. Additionally, if you would just like to learn how to study the Bible for yourself, I can give instruction on that, too.

Teaching children Bible is actually my specialty. I have also led interactive studies with groups of adults -- successful, I believe, because of the Holy Spirit's hand in the matter.

My approach is to always start and end with prayer, then to compare scripture with scripture to gain a fuller understanding of a particular passage or topic. As is my method in any area of teaching, I like to ask questions more than give answers. The Word of God really speaks for itself.

My preferred Bible version is the King James (and I highly recommend it, if you are trying to decide on a version), but I have no problem with you comparing from whatever Bible version you are comfortable with.

Just in case you were wondering, I do not read Greek or Hebrew. I do, however, believe in the value of comparing various interpretations and making use of dictionaries and concordances when seeking to understand a particular passage more fully.

Drawing

Drawing is a passion I have had as far back as I can remember. In 1998, I graduated Art Instruction Schools. Today, I do quite a bit of drawing, both for pleasure and for work, and I continue to build my skill both through practice and study.

I enjoy teaching basic drawing tips for creating simple, but realistic artwork. Young children can use simple shapes to make a believable piece, and older children (or adults who would like to learn a new skill) can use the same principles, expanded, to bring even more detail into their work.

My specialties are pencil and pen and ink (including calligraphy).

Elementary Math

Besides math being my favorite subject in school, I often spent much of my math class-time tutoring my classmates where they were having trouble.

You may choose whether you prefer to use fun games as drill or simple "paperwork"--or I can arrange a combination of the two as I see most fit. (I have used the combination method with all of my homeschooled children, and I highly recommend it. Sometimes when things just are not making sense on paper, adding a little physical activity can give the brain the boost it needs!)

Proofreading

I have one of those pairs of eyes that tend to get "snagged" whenever they see a mistake in a finished literary work. I can help you proofread your own work in order to get a better grade on a particular paper or to simply have a professional finished product.

You tell me just how picky you need me to be. I have learned to be more lenient with a young or inexperienced writer and more strict with a more skilled writer. I don't mind varying my approach depending on whether you are after a fairly casual piece (like this one) or a more strictly professional piece, either.

Optionally, although I am not formally educated on the art of proofreading, I am also willing to teach you what I do know about the basic technical parts of the skill for yourself.

Expect to put effort into your skills, for the more you write and speak properly, the more the wrong way just looks...well, wrong.

Rogue Community College
Family Support Services

Education

Rogue Community College (Family Support Services)

Great experience!

Sheila is a great help to us! As a stay at home Mom with other children it is hard for me to make enough time to follow up on the lessons my kindergartner learns at school. Sheila was able to help my child catch up on some missed school work, practice reading and even introduce addition and subtraction which are new concepts to him. It really makes me feel good to have her extra help. She is v

— Amanda, Rogue River, OR on 10/4/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $36.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I may consider tutoring outside of my usual travel radius for a higher hourly rate. Just ask!

Travel policy

Sheila will travel within 5 miles of Medford, OR 97501.