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Shelley S.

Vienna, VA


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— Karen, Hendersonville, NC on 10/21/15

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Virginia Commonwealth University
George Mason University


Virginia Commonwealth University

George Mason University (Master's)

About Shelley

I hold a Master of Science in Telecommunications from George Mason University. My undergraduate work was in both Computer Science and Education.

Overall, I have four years of experience in college teaching of Information Technology and three years experience tutoring busy student-athletes in history, math, statistics, English, and computer science a one-on-one setting. I have worked with students with a variety of disabilities - including ADHD, autism, and hearing impairments. In addition, I have worked with a variety of skill levels and learning styles and I have the ability to adapt my teaching to techniques that work best for you!

I also have an art background. I have several years of formal education in art and I've taught photography, stop-motion animation animation, and color theory to junior high school students. This, combined with my Information Technology/Computer Science background, creates an ideal combination for teaching multimedia web development. Although I certainly also enjoy working with general computer problems as well.

I have a physical disability and, as a result, I use a wheelchair for mobility. I think it's important that you be aware of this because it may affect our potential meeting locations for tutoring. For in-person tutoring, my preferred meeting location is within my own home although I generally hold initial sessions in a public place (such as a library or cafe) for the comfort of both parties. I also am available for online tutoring. I have computers running both Mac OS and Windows as well as all of the software corresponding to my approved topics.


I am primarily a tutor for computer-related topics and give priority to requests in those areas. I have obtained approval in other subject areas because I have tutored a variety of fields and students with difficulty in one subject area often have problems in related areas. For example, a student that is learning to draw vector objects might also need to refresh basic math skills or a student with computer programming difficulties might need to review logic or spelling. I am, however, open to inquiries in all of my approved subject areas and my past college teaching and tutoring experience has given me a unique ability to identify patterns in a student's thought process that result in repeated mistakes.

My hourly rate assumes little to no travel. I try to keep my fees as low as possible so that students who want to learn are not hindered with a financial barrier. If you require travel outside of the Town of Vienna, Merrifield, Tysons, City of Fairfax, or Oakton, we will need to discuss a higher rate to cover my transportation costs.
I hold a Master of Science in Telecommunications from George Mason University. My undergraduate work was in both Computer Science and Education.

Overall, I have four years of experience in college
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24 hours notice required

Minimum Charge: 1 hour. Cancellations: One half hour is charged with less than 24 hours notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Vienna, VA 22180

"Amazing and Comprehensive"

- Karen, Hendersonville, NC on 10/21/15

"Perfect tutor"

- Asma, Fairfax, VA on 9/12/15

"Professional, intelligent, and patient tutor"

- Amy, Mechanicsville, VA on 8/12/15

"Wonderful tutor and always made herself available!!!"

- Malissa, Opa Locka, FL on 4/26/15

"Fantastic One-On-One Tutor for Corporate Training"

- Shannon, Fairfax, VA on 11/13/14

"Great Tutor!"

- Diane, Ashburn, VA on 10/2/14

"Great tutor!"

- Nhat, Annandale, VA on 3/13/14
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Elementary Math, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Philosophy, Psychology
Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, DOS, Dreamweaver,
General Computer, Graphic Design, HTML, Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Photography,
QuickBooks, UNIX, Web Design
Religion, Social Studies
Adobe Photoshop, Art History, Art Theory , Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics, Special Needs
Accounting, Business, Career Development, Economics, Finance, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking, QuickBooks
Accounting, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Economics, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Handwriting, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, Career Development, College Counseling,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Cooking, Sewing
Corporate Training:
Accounting, Adobe Flash, Business, Career Development, College Counseling,
Economics, ESL/ESOL, Finance, General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Networking (Computer), Proofreading, Public Speaking, Statistics, Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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College Counseling

As a college professor, I have experience advising students across the curriculum and can advise students that are currently enrolled in college or applying for college admission.

I can help high school seniors with their college major/program selection, application proofreading, and test preparation.

For students currently enrolled in college, I consider academic difficulties and/or challenging life circumstances and recommend approaches to collegial decisions that facilitate successful course completion. I also advise students in course selection based on trends in higher education and, when necessary, help students navigate options for additional support within their institution.


I have taught multimedia web development using Dreamweaver and Microsoft Expression Web for the past 3 years with CS5, CS6 and the Creative Cloud. I have advanced skills hand-coding in HTML 5, XHTML 1.0, and CSS 3, which compliments use of web authoring software.

Microsoft Access

I have four years of experience teaching Microsoft Access 2010 and 2013 at the college level. I can explain ideal methods for grouping data into tables, determining field types and restrictions, creating relationships, building queries, generating reports, and developing forms.


I have a formal educational background in photography at both the high school and college levels and I was an instructor's assistant for a photography course within the DC Public School system. I generally focus on black and white and I utilize either a traditional 35 mm camera, a handmade pinhole camera, or a digital camera.

I find it's essential to have a good foundation of technical skills such as depth of field. After helping to establish these basics, I can assist you in developing an eye for composition either through use of my personal examples or a review of your existing work.


As the owner of an online shop, for the past two years I have sewn pet beds and other cage accessories. My main area of expertise is fabric selection. Although, I can also help aspiring seamstresses get started by demonstrating fundamentals of machine operation and maintenance, hems, mending, button application, precise stitching, basic garment construction using patterns and pattern modification.

Study Skills

i have formal education in androgogy and pedagogy (how children and adults learn) as well as assessment. Combined with my experience tutoring and teaching, I will help you develop a lifelong skill of good study habits by providing hands-on tips to organize course material and determine ways to read and study that work with your individual learning style.

Web Design

I have been teaching web design at the college level for the past three years. I am proficient with writing both XHTML 1.0, HTML 5, and CSS 3 manually as well as using MS Expression Web or Adobe Dreamweaver. I have an art background and a solid understanding of design concepts and current issues with regards to web design.

Virginia Commonwealth University
George Mason University


Virginia Commonwealth University

George Mason University (Master's)

Amazing and Comprehensive — My first session with Shelley went beyond my expectations for what could be accomplished with a tutor. I had expected spending time to calibrate our communication styles and coordinate my needs with how Shelley might be able to help. I was super happy to find that took no time at all! We were able to get straight to work on the aspects of DreamWeaver that I urgently needed to get a handle on. I ca ...

— Karen, Hendersonville, NC on 10/21/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Minimum Charge: 1 hour. Cancellations: One half hour is charged with less than 24 hours notice.

Travel policy

Shelley will travel within 4 miles of Vienna, VA 22180.

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