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I am an award-winning educator who has taught at the college level for 10 years. Before that, I worked in a high school library and helped out youth arts organizations.

I excel at creating a hands-on environment that presses students to immediately use their skills and knowledge. Through a teaching grant, I was able to research and successfully implement game design into my classrooms. I also have had training in developing course assignments grounded in Blooms taxonomy and the Addie system.

Outside of the university setting, I have assisted with youth education and family programming through Penn Museums Mobile Guide program and with Enchantment Theatre Company. For two years, I served as the assistant librarian at an urban high school in New Zealand, where much of my time was devoted to helping high school students understand the basics of conducting keyword searches and navigating the full extent of the librarys resources.

I see myself as a guide to your education. Together, we will develop practical learning techniques that you can use throughout your life. I have a talent for helping students understand complex ideas. I am adept at problem solving and working in a dynamic, multi-faceted environment. Finally, and I think most importantly, I am committed to creating an atmosphere of community within the context of education.

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Shari’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Knox College - Bachelors, Sociology/Anthropology

Graduate Degree: Temple University - PHD, Anthropology

Test Scores

ACT English: 31

ACT Reading: 30

ACT Science: 30


Ballet, modern dance, yoga, hiking, sewing, and knitting.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT with Writing Prep

ACT Writing


Adult Literacy

African-American History


AP Biology

AP English Language and Composition

AP US History


Art History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing




Evolutionary Biology

French 1



Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing


Homework Support


Human Development

Human Geography

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language


Social Sciences

Social studies


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

US History


World Civilization

World History

World Literature

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I strive to create a dynamic learning environment that ignites students' curiosity and helps them develop immediately transferable skills for critical thinking and research.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to get a sense of the kind of help you want and also of your interests. I think it's important to find ways to make difficult material easier for you to relate to right away. My aim is to have you teach me something about the topic by the end of the first session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Learning how to learn is one of the most important gifts we can give to ourselves. There's not a single learning technique that works all the time for everyone, but we can explore different strategies that work for you. Then, we can practice breaking big learning tasks into smaller steps.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

In order to learn, we have to be excited about it. We have to find how this knowledge relates to you or answers questions you have about the world. It's not always easy to find it on your own, but that's where I can help.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

We all have different learning strengths - and let's face it, different weaknesses. The first thing we have to determine is whether you need to develop and practice basic skills and knowledge OR if you need to see the problem from a different perspective. Once we know what the obstacle is, we can solve it!

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Like all skills, reading takes practice. Let's start with reading a topic or subject you like. I often start by reading out loud with you. We'll examine the passage for words and concepts that are unfamiliar to you, and discuss those within the context of the reading. We'll read it again, and then I'll have you explain what you think is happening. If there are still points that are confusing to you, we will talk about that. After a third reading, I'll ask you to write a summary of the passage in your own words.

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