Shannon C.


Shannon C.

Tutor

Worcester, MA 01610

Will travel 40 miles

$65 per hour.

4.83 185 ratings

English, Math, and Science - Grade School, High School, and College

I'm a biotech professional currently working for a Fortune 50 company; I have eight years' experience in the industry, mostly at some of the largest pharma companies in the world. I hold a B.Sc. in Biology from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. My career requires use of advanced math, statistics, chemistry, biology, and mechanical skills on a daily basis, honing my knowledge through constant use. I have many years working as a private tutor for grade school, ... [more]


Algebra 1

I tutor algebra I and II for high school and college students. My personal work requires extensive use of algebra and other formulaic math. My personal weakness in algebra is matrices - I'm proficient with them, but I'm not very found of them, as most problems you would solve with matrices can be solved with other, much easier algebra operations. All of my students have thus far received A's and B's in their algebra classes, so I know I can help you or your student as well!


Algebra 2

I tutor algebra I and II for high school and college students. My personal work requires extensive use of algebra and other formulaic math. My personal weakness in algebra is matrices - I'm proficient with them, but I'm not very found of them, as most problems you would solve with matrices can be solved with other, much easier algebra operations. All of my students have thus far received A's and B's in their algebra classes, so I know I can help you or your student as well!


American History


Biology

I have a B.Sc in Biology from Penn State. My degree is specifically focused in vertebrate physiology. The core of biology, in my opinion, is instruction in the theory of evolution and basic biochemistry. With mastery of these two topics, the rest of biology and related bio-classes comes much easier.


Chemistry

Since starting with WyzAnt, I've tutored a number of students in chemistry, at both the high school and college levels. My personal experience with chemistry covers inorganic and organic chemistry, as well as laboratories in both of these topics. I also work in biotechnology, so my job requires daily usage of acid-base chemistry and biochemistry.


Vocabulary

Whether it's in preparation for a college exam such as the ACT or the SAT, or simply grade school, middle school, and high school vocabulary lists, I have the skills to get those words embedded deep into a student's mind, mixing up learning and retention methods to enhance recall and usage.


Grammar


Microsoft Excel


European History


Geometry


Microsoft Word


Physics


Prealgebra


Precalculus


Reading


Music Theory

Since age 5, I've played a variety of instruments - piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, and vocals. I've played individually and in groups, but because of this, I have a solid grounding in musical theory. I personally believe that while music theory is not a requirement to be a musician, understanding musical theory opens a whole new palette for musicians, even if they have significant raw talent.


Writing


Statistics


Geography


English


Government & Politics


Psychology

I have significant coursework in a variety of psychology topics - engineering/organizational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, personality theory, and abnormal psychology. Along with the more "arts" side of psychology above, I also have several semesters in biological and neuro-psychology topics.


Biochemistry


Anatomy

My B.Sc in Biology from Penn State is focused in vertebrate physiology, and I've taken anatomy lecture and laboratory as part of my degree. I also have additional coursework in neurology and endocrinology, so neuro-anatomy and endocrine systems are a specialty.


Physiology


SAT Math

I tutor both the SAT and ACT math sections. Personally, I think the ACT math section better covers real world expectations for most students - obviously math and physics students need more skills than the ACT covers, but not everyone in the world plans on being one of those two professionals. For the rest of us (even many scientists), aptitude on the ACT Math section correlates to success in college math and math-affiliated fields. The ACT is meatier, but the SAT is denser; there are fewer questions on the SAT Math, but they cover some higher level material you won't see on the ACT. Regardless, I can teach the skills necessary to move through these sections of the test confidently and prepare you with the foreknowledge you'll need to score consistently well on this portion of either test.


World History


Finance


GRE


Proofreading


Law


GED


SAT Reading

I'm also very proficient in instructing the reading sections of the SAT and the ACT; I have a solid background in literature and technical writing, from my years in college, the fiction I've written, my years as a technical writer in the sciences, and my current work on my MBA.


SAT Writing

I feel that English for the standardized tests is one of my specialties. My personal scores these sections of the the SAT and the ACT were very high, and my experience with students thus far has been very positive; most of my students have seen a 3-4 point increase on the ACT, or around 100 point increase on the SAT, both on the top end of the tests (so high 20s to low 30s, and mid-500s to high 600/low 700s).


Physical Science


TOEFL


GMAT


ASVAB


Microbiology


PSAT

As I tutor the SAT, ACT, and the GMAT, tutoring the PSAT is a breeze. This test is important for young high school students, as it provides the opportunity to be a National Merit Scholar, and at the same time can highlight potential issues that could be problematic on the SAT. It is easier than the SAT, obviously - it does not test to the same level of math, nor does it have a full writing section - but it is still an important indicator test.


SSAT


Spelling

I have three daughters, and I've been working with them through their spelling assignments for years now. I'm also a very adept speller myself - I have the patience to help students improve their spelling and improve their retention long-term.


Elementary Math


Elementary Science


Macroeconomics

While completing my MBA, I took graduate courses in economics, and did very well. I've also had many years experience in real-world economics and business, working in a number of industries and running my business. I look forward to helping students understand some of the more complex concepts, especially as they relate to the marketplace today.


Microeconomics

While completing my MBA, I took graduate courses in economics, and did very well. I've also had many years experience in real-world economics and business, working in a number of industries and running my business. I look forward to helping students understand some of the more complex concepts, especially as they relate to the marketplace today.


Elementary (K-6th)

I have a B.Sc from Penn State, have several hundred hours as a private tutor over the course of about ten years, and I have three children of my own, all currently in grade school. I have worked with other grade school age children in a variety of topics, either in home-school environments or as part of additional lessons and support for public school children.


Study Skills

For some people, studying comes naturally. For the rest of us, it can take some effort. Just finding the rhythm and getting into the habit can be difficult. I help students understand how to organize their time, how to make better use of their review time and readings, and help build the habits that make learning easier.


ESL/ESOL

I've lived abroad and have taught English at a variety of grade levels. I have worked with students for whom English is not their first language. I've also taken a foreign language (German), so I'm familiar with how other languages differ in structure from English.


Business

I tutor a variety of business classes (economics, operations, business math, leadership, statistics, and so on), I've worked as a supervisor in several different industries, I have my MBA, and I also run my own business.


College Counseling

From preparing for the SAT and the ACT exams, to writing your entrance exams, and finally completing and submitting the applications themselves, I have the research tools and the experience to help you find and apply to the colleges that will help you reach the next level.


Biostatistics

I have completed biostatistics as an undergraduate, I work as a process engineer for an international biopharma company, and have also taken graduate-level statistics as part of my MBA.


Marketing

I have completed graduate courses in marketing as part of my MBA, receiving As in those courses. I also have experience working in several disparate industries (pharmaceuticals, hotel/restaurant, and education), and therefore I'm familiar with many of the differences in marketing different types of products and services.


Organic Chemistry

I'm a Penn State graduate with a B.Sc. in Biology. I have taken two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and a semester of organic laboratory, which is what Chemistry majors are required to take a Penn State for their degrees. I also work in biotechnology - parts of my job are exercises in applied organic chemistry. From functional groups to reaction pathways, I have the texts and the experience to assist students in this topic.


ACT Reading

I'm also very proficient in instructing the reading sections of the SAT and the ACT; I have a solid background in literature and technical writing, from my years in college, the fiction I've written, my years as a technical writer in the sciences, and my current work on my MBA.


ACT English

I feel that English for the standardized tests is one of my specialties. My personal scores these sections of the the SAT and the ACT were very high, and my experience with students thus far has been very positive; most of my students have seen a 3-4 point increase on the ACT, or around 100 point increase on the SAT, both on the top end of the tests (so high 20s to low 30s, and mid-500s to high 600/low 700s).


ACT Math

I tutor both the SAT and ACT math sections. Personally, I think the ACT math section better covers real world expectations for most students - obviously math and physics students need more skills than the ACT covers, but not everyone in the world plans on being one of those two professionals. For the rest of us (even many scientists), aptitude on the ACT Math section correlates to success in college math and math-affiliated fields. The ACT is meatier, but the SAT is denser; there are fewer questions on the SAT Math, but they cover some higher level material you won't see on the ACT. Regardless, I can teach the skills necessary to move through these sections of the test confidently and prepare you with the foreknowledge you'll need to score consistently well on this portion of either test.


ACT Science

Having worked in biopharmaceuticals for a number of years since college, and given my background in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, genetics, and psychology, instructing the science section of the ACT comes naturally. This portion of the test states that it can test the gamut of sciences, but this is deceptive - the ACT Science subsection really tests a student's ability to read and utilize data, which is the core of scientific skill. I've been very successful with previous students in pulling back the curtain on this section, so to speak; my previous students have seen a 3-4 point increase on this subsection in the past.