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I am a graduate of Queens College. I've earned a Bachelor of Art in English and business. I am extremely passionate about helping students achieve success through learning. As a child, I struggled with reading and comprehension. My mother decided to hire a tutor to improve my reading skills. My tutor was patient, helpful yet encouraging, which allowed me to flourish academically. Although my mother hired a tutor to improve my reading skills, there was one factor she did not predict, my confidence to learn improved. With the assistance of my tutor, I became eager to learn because I realized that learning was enjoyable and that I am more capable than I realized. After my experience with a tutor, I spent the summer reading over 50 books and English quickly became my favorite subject. My positive experience with a tutor is what fuels my passion for helping students succeed. I am a firm believer that anyone can learn and be guided once that person feels as though he or she in a safe place to learn. My teaching philosophy is, each one teaches many. I received exceptional mentoring and would like to do the same for many students.

I am excited to tutor in the subject of English and Literature. During my experience as a tutor, I have helped students with standard essays, creative writing, reading comprehension and test taking skills. Outside of Varsity Tutors, I am currently writing a book and also paint, draw and bake.

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Shanee’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Bachelors, English


I am currently writing a book and also paint, draw and bake.

Tutoring Subjects


British Literature

College Application Essays

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing


High School English

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Medieval Literature





Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

World Literature

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Each one teaches many.

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

In the first session, the student and I will discuss academic goals. We will also discuss academic struggles and special interests such as hobbies.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help students become independent learners by teaching self-help tips that I've been taught. I have seen successful by improving their organization, note taking, and studying skills. I will reinforce these skills during each session with students.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will help the student remain focused by relating the subject matter to hobbies or interests he or she has.

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

A great way to comprehend any information is to break the text into sections. After the information is dissected, I will reiterate reading skills such as annotation, theme building, and word comprehension.

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

I have found that relating a student's hobby or interest to the text is a great way for the student to connect to the material and have fun while doing so.

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

I will relate the subject matter to life in general to show the overall importance of the subject. I will also relate the material to an interest or hobby the student may have.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I would evaluate the student's needs by asking the following questions: Which subjects are more or less interesting and why? How often does the student study? What are the student's academic goals in regards to working with a tutor?

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

I would remind the student that he or she is far more intelligent than realized. I would also relate certain concepts from his or her favorite subject to the one being studied.

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