Educator Biography

Harmony Shrewsbury graduated with honors from UCLA's competitive Teacher Education Program with a Masters in Urban Education, and has since moved to the Bay Area to further her career. She has 6 years of experience in secondary classrooms, and is credentialed in both Mathematics and English Language Arts. Harmony specializes in teaching Foundational Mathematics, and has extensive experience with college-bound students as well as clients with special learning needs. 

Harmony enjoys teaching adults and teens, and tailors sessions to each individual's learning style. She emphasizes strong conceptual understandings (why things work) as well as procedural fluency (accurately solving problems). For clients who struggle with abstract thinking, she employs a number of alternative methods (algebra tiles, area models) that enables them to excel in "traditional," lecture-based classrooms. 

Harmony has spent the last 2 years working as a reading and math interventionist in an elementary school. She's able to teach letters, reading and phonics to K-3, and K-6 math as well. 

Subjects

Harmony provides tutoring for the following subjects: 

- Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus 

- Writing, Reading Comprehension

- SAT tutoring

 

- CSET, CBEST, GED test prep

 

- College admission essay writing

- Elementary reading, math, phonics, reading comprehension, etc. 

Study Skills Instruction

Often, students are instructed to "study" in school - but are never taught how to study, or which methods of studying are most effective. In addition, some study methods may be better suited to certain subjects. Harmony teaches clients to utilize research-backed strategies for retaining and sorting information, and tailors the methods to each individual's learning style. 

Stress Management Instruction

Greater competition for access to college means that students feel increasingly stressed, and so instruction in stress-management techniques can help students reach their full potential. Harmony teaches students to utilize positive-thinking, mantras, breathing exercises, and "brain-breaks" to ensure their success. 

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The Future of College Entrance Exams

Best Colleges.com

 

"Although UC decision-makers point to the unfairness of the SAT and ACT for poor, black, and Latino/a students, it's unclear whether future applicants will benefit from not reporting SAT/ACT scores.

Instead, applicants might just have more tests to take. At present, the UC system plans to replace one standardized test with another and will use the next few years to explore creating an original admissions test."

May 29, 2020

California State University to keep classes online next term
 

The Associated Press

 

"SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California State University, the country’s largest four-year public university system, said Thursday that classes at its 23 campuses will stay primarily online when the next term begins in January due to expected increases in coronavirus cases later this year.

'This decision is the only responsible one available to us at this time,' Chancellor Timothy White said in a message to faculty, staff and 480,000 undergraduate students."

 

Sept. 10, 2020

How The Coronavirus Has Upended College Admissions
 

National Public Radio (NPR)

 

"As stressful as it always is for students applying to college, this year it's all that — and then some — for the admissions officials trying to decide whether to admit them. Because of the pandemic, many students will be applying without standardized test scores and several other metrics admissions officers at selective schools have long relied on, leaving colleges scrambling to figure out what else they might consider instead."

Aug. 12, 2020

Testimonials 

     Ms. Harmony was able to connect with my daughter, taught her study skills and other techniques that could help her succeed in addition to the geometry lesson. It was a highly productive session and she is really professional .

— Raji from San Ramon

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       Harmony taught my daughter basic rules of Algebra II. She explained the concepts in a way that was easy to understand. Harmony is an excellent tutor! 

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     Ms. Harmony really helps me understand the concepts and teaches me in a way that I understand. I have always struggled with math, and she's been a life saver!

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— Tricia from San Leandro

— Bryan from Hayward

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     My son wanted to get ahead this summer, and Harmony helped keep him accountable for the deadlines for the online course. She supplemented the material provided by BYU so that he had a strong foundation for next year. 

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— Alan in Castro Valley

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Contact  (510) 675-7606 / HarmonyRS@gmail.com

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