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I attended Queens College. My major is English and my goal is to assist students in the English Language. Ever since I was a young child, I've always enjoyed writing, reading and listening to my peers. It gives me great excitement to interact with one and other. I believe that this is the best way that we can learn. We can grow, prosper and gain extensive knowledge when peers interact with each other. Now, I want to put my skills to use by using my computer and literary skills to enhance students by teaching them English. The English Language is important. We should all learn and excel from the beautiful words, sounds, meaning, speech and interpretations from wonderful works of literature.
I enjoy solitude and privacy. I also like to read, write and do extensive research online. I am also interested in computer games, graphic design, drawing, and relaxing. I like to sit and think about life and its meaning. I enjoy peace and calm environment. I have excel in English and Microsoft Office courses. These courses taught me how to manage school, office, clerical, and law workplaces. Majoring in English taught me how to read, write, listen and interpreted texts from different perspectives. I enjoy taking these courses.

Shabana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Bachelors, English


Reading, writing, Photoshop, drawing and games.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

Basic Computer Literacy


Business Ethics

Business Writing

College English

College Level American Literature


Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


PC Basic Computer Skills


Technology and Computer Science


Q & A

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

In a typical first session, I would introduce myself to the student. I will tell them about myself, what I like to do and the purpose of my presence. Then, I would ask the student questions such as: how are you, where are you from, or what are your hobbies to get a small conversation going. We will play either a small game, make a small joke or sing a song to get the student interested in class. My goal is to get the student talking, and a great way to do this is to ask question. The student will be the happiest when he or she is the one doing the most talking.

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is for students to LEARN. L stands for Lead into discussions, E for expressing one self, A to attend sessions, R for read and reviewing and N, for notes. I believe in the method where students and teachers sit down and discuss with one another about the topics which we will be expanding upon. Using the discussion methodology, students will be able to learn. When we give students the chance to speak, we get to hear their opinions and view. Therefore, we have to listen to students' expressions. Attendance is very important. It means that you are willing to come to class to learn. Attendance shows that you are ambitious, which equals to success. In order to shape up a brilliant student, he or she must be willing to read/review materials. By doing this, the student will become knowledgeable and expand his or her skills in learning techniques. Finally, note taking is necessary because it allows us to retain information and to refer to it if we forgot something important. These techniques are the key for a fruitful outcome from students and teachers.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student to become an independent learner by providing encouragement. I will tell them that "They can do it! Do not give up! Keep trying! Good Job!". These motivational words should be used to help the student succeed. I will definitely provide positive feedback on papers and assignments as well as to how the assignments can improve itself. Finally, I will ask the students about their opinions on materials and how we can improve it for the better. Students and teachers are responsible for learning, so we have to make sure that we all like and prefer the methodology we use to becoming independent learners.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would teach it differently, meaning in a simpler manner so that the student will understand with ease, because nothing is more frustrating than not understanding a skill or concept. I would also offer extra assistance at another time if the student needs it. Finally, I would try to pinpoint the particular area in which the student is struggling, and take it much slower and clearer in order for the student to grasp the concept. Repetition of the concept until the student understands is necessary, because the student will eventually comprehend the concept/skill in the end.

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

I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by taking each word in the text slowly. By reading each word slowly, the student will be able to comprehend what they are reading. I find reading comprehension very tricky. Therefore, we must read slowly and understand each word carefully. If the word is difficult, we will break it apart, find smaller words within the big word and eventually, come up with the definition. By understanding the basic words in the sentences, we can ultimately understand the meaning of the entire passage. Reading comprehension takes time and patience. We need to keep practicing until the struggle is over.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by encouraging them. I will tell them that it may look hard now, but it will get easier in the future. I will allow the student to express his or her concern to me, and then I will tell them that I went through the same struggle in order to be successful.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

The strategies I've found to be most successful when I start to work with a student is asking questions. By asking questions, I can understand how well the student comprehends the materials along with figuring out what level he or she is on and how can we improve. Asking questions is the most significant strategy in teaching. Without questions, how can we understand the student's level of comprehension? Students should also ask questions as well. When they ask, we can give clarifications to ease the student's frustration on the materials being taught.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would get a student excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in by motivating them. When the students are struggling, they may be discouraged. So, I will convince them that they can do it. I will allow students to work together to compare/ contrast answers, give students access to run the class when needed, understand students' needs and praise them for their hard work, which will not be forgotten.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I usually ask students to tell me what they have learned in each lesson. By using this technique, I am able to know whether or not the student understands the day's lesson. I will use his or her reflection statements as a way of knowing how well the student understands the materials that were taught in class. I may give a quiz to see if the student is on target. I will also ask students to teach each other what they have learned for the day.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I can build a student's confidence in a subject by allowing him or her to talk about it. I want the student to elaborate on the content which they don't understand. If the student does not speak, I wouldn't know where the issue is. I believe in visual learning. I will make materials creative so that the student will become motivated and interested in the subject. If the student understands what he or she sees, the student will learn.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs based upon what he or she is struggling with. For example, if I see a student struggling with reading, I will slow down the pace to go easy the student's mind. We can do this by practicing reading the text/homework/assignment and by highlighting, making notes, and by having small discussions with the student about their shortcomings. This can result in student prosperity.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Some materials I utilize are the use questions, a pen and paper for note-taking, reference books, and an educational platform. I utilize all of these materials in order to give my best to all students.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I am flexible when it comes to students' needs. I take into consideration that every student learns differently, and I am responsible for changing my teaching method in order to fulfill the desires of the students. For example, if a student is a visual learner, I will pull up graphs, maps, and other types of pictures to teach the student. I want to cater to the individual's needs.