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Seeing students progress gives me a deep sense of satisfaction. After studying multiple foreign languages (Japanese, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish), completing a BA in Japanese and subsequently a JD, I believe that I have a duty to share my knowledge and help others progress in their learning paths.

I believe in meeting the student at his or her level of understanding. We then progress through the prepared materials in a logical manner from that point. Working at the student's pace is key, as well as taking the time to fill any gaps in his or her foundational knowledge. It is imperative that the student creates understanding through his or her own reasoning. I do not lecture, or allow students to be passive listeners.

My teaching philosophy empowers students to take ownership of their education. I want to help them realize that they are responsible for their learning outcomes!

In my opinion, course materials should be presented in an interesting and interactive environment, which is why I like to use multimedia when teaching. I believe that the teachers primary role is to expand the students frame of reference. This means encouraging students to reach beyond what they believe is possible, beyond their current level. I look forward to speaking about how I am the right fit for your needs.

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Shelby’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wellesley College - Bachelors, Japanese Language and Literature

Graduate Degree: Stanford University - Masters, Law-JD


Foreign languages, songwriting, singing, fashion, art

Tutoring Subjects

African-American History

AP Japanese Language and Culture


Art History

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American History

Creative Writing



Expository Writing

Foreign Language

Graduate Test Prep

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing



Homework Support


IB Extended Essay

IB Language A: Language and Literature

IB Language A: Language and Literature HL

IB Language B

IB Language B HL

IB Theory of Knowledge

IB Visual Arts

IB Visual Arts HL

IB Visual Arts SL

Introduction to Poetry



LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning



Persuasive Writing


SAT Subject Test in Japanese with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Social Sciences

Social studies

Spelling Bee

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

US Constitutional History


World History

World Literature


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy empowers students to take ownership of their education. I want to help them realize that they are responsible for their learning outcomes. When students realize this, they make incredible progress and achieve success in their desired fields.

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

Introduce myself, and then I would like to discuss the student's motivations, goals, and interests. I also would like to know the purpose of their studies and discuss if they are covering the subject in school. I then would like to talk to them regarding their tutoring subject to assess their level. We will then discuss from where it would be best to begin. I will give my overview/assessment and recommendations. If there are any foundational gaps we will begin by correcting those in a fun and informative manner. If the student is at a good level, we will jump into the curriculum.

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