Howdy! My name is Shaneze (pronounced Shanese). I received my Bachelor's from Rutgers with a double major in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. After undergrad, I attended Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. As a result of the emphasis on pharmacology, I didn't feel that the field was the best for me. I believe in a more holistic approach to treating patients. I withdrew from the program and I'm currently in a PhD program at Seton Hall University.
I've been tutoring for over 12 years (since my junior year in high school) for students ranging in ages 8-25, in math, science, language arts and standardized tests. I have also aided students in the college admissions process, particularly helping students write their college essays. I have served on student admissions committees for undergrad and grad programs, so I have a thorough understanding for what admissions committees are looking for.
In undergrad, I tutored science/pre-med majors and as a result of my students excelling, I was offered a position to be a part-time Biology professor at Rutgers. My favorite subjects to teach are math and science, specifically chemistry. Over the years, I've tutored hundreds of students in ELA, math and science. Recently, I have started tutoring SAT-both sections but a greater emphasis on math and I have helped dozens of students increase their scores by at least 100 points.
I love bonding and connecting with my students. Of all my years of tutoring, I have yet to meet anyone who was incapable of growing and learning. Often times, students don't believe in themselves or their capabilities. My tutoring style takes into account the importance of building up a student's confidence.
My students have seen increases of over 300 points for both math and reading sections. For students that I have only tutored the math section, my students have seen increases in over 150 points. I created my own SAT program that I use during my sessions. I also teach test-taking strategies with a focus on teaching the students how the SAT writes/words their questions. The SAT isn't difficult but it is tricky-knowing how they can trick you is integral to improving your score.
Shaneze tutored my daughter for the SAT's during the winter of 2018. From the start we were impressed with Shaneze's knowledge of the material, strategies for test taking and her professional manner. She connected with my daughter and enhanced her strengths, helping to build her confidence. In very subtle ways, she pushed and challenged our daughter and cheered her on with every success, regardless of how small. During a very stormy winter, Shaneze did not accept a "snow day" excuse and would instead work over facetime to keep the momentum. After 3 1/2 months, my daughter took the SAT, and for the first time left the exam feeling good and confident. Our daughter jumped up over 200 points on that SAT!! We truly believe the success she had was due to the support and guidance she received from Shaneze!!
Words can't express how grateful we are for Shaneze. We hired her because our 11 year old son JJ has ADHD and was struggling in his classes. When Shaneze met him, he had D's in multiple classes and was feeling very badly about himself. We were receiving complaints from his teachers because of behavioral issues and missed assignments. Shaneze explained to us that commonly with ADHD, people struggle with executive functioning skills. My husband and I have extremely busy work schedules. Shaneze went above and beyond for our son. She instructed us to purchase a whiteboard and color coded sticky notes and folders. She helped him organize his work and each week would use the whiteboard to outline assignments and even his chores! She taught him how to set up alarms on his phone to remind himself to complete tasks. She had frequent contact with his teachers as well. JJ really benefited from those time management and organization skills that she taught him. By the end of the school year, he was on Honor Roll with all A's. It was truly amazing. Shaneze has been such a blessing.
Shaneze helped my son, Ryan in the SAT math section. She was great, she gave him test tips and strategies that made it easier for him to understand the material. She would even give him weekly homework assignments to help reinforce topics they went over during the sessions. Ryan hit his target score and got into his top choice for college!
We highly recommend Shaneze for tutoring lessons. My daughter used Shaneze to prepare for the SAT's. Shaneze is extremely organized and patient. She knows when to put a little pressure on and knows when a break is needed. She helped my daughter gain confidence in the subject matter and my daughter was able to use many of her strategies during the test. My daughter left the SAT's feeling very positive about the experience
When working with a student on the SAT, I've found that the most effective approach is to do one 1.5-2 hr session each week for a minimum of 12 weeks leading up to the test date. First, I have my student complete a diagnostic test to see what their weaknesses are. I have created my own SAT test prep guide which I personalize for each of my students to strengthen those weaknesses. Each week they will receive a study schedule incorporating videos, practice questions and strategies pertaining to each topic. I also have them complete a practice test each week to build endurance and practice implementing strategies.
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