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Popular Online Chess Teachers

Nicholas J.

San Francisco, CA
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Ben B.

Wenham, MA
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Sergey V.

Brooklyn, NY
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Nicholas J. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

ACT, ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ACT Test Prep, Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American Government, American History, American Literature, Anatomy and Physiology, Anthropology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP Exam Prep, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Arithmetic, Art History, Basic Math, Bible Studies, Biology, Botany, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Chess, College Admissions, Creative Writing, Discrete Math, Earth Science, Economics, Elementary Math, English, English Literature, Environmental Chemistry, Essay Writing, European History, Film Studies, Finance, GED Test Prep, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Geometry, Golf, GRE, Health Coaching, History, Humanities, Language, Life Coaching, Life Science, Linear Algebra, Linguistics, Literature, Math, Microbiology, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Molecular Biology, Organic Chemistry, Philosophy, Phonics, Physical and Earth Sciences, Physical Science, Poker, Pre Algebra, Pre Calculus, PSAT, Psychology, Public Speaking, QuickBooks, Reading, Religious Studies, SAT, Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, Spelling, Study Skills, Tennis, Test Prep, Typing, Vocabulary, World History, Writing

About Me

I take great pride in ensuring my student's are successful not only in the short term, but the long term as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have never used a set curriculum. I base my lessons off of the specific needs of each particular student. By speaking, and most importantly listening, to my students, their families, and their teachers, I am able to determine how to best be of service.

I have never been a strict teacher. I work hard to develop a lasting relationship with students; ensuring they feel comfortable enough to be themselves. I strive to create an open, non-judgmental environment in which students can express their concerns and work through academic issues together. I have had tremendous success with this method. After a few months, all of my students have significantly improved not only their grades, but their personal and familial relationships as well. I feel understanding each student's needs and wants is the best way to meet their particular goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel to my student's home for all lessons. I generally bring both an iPad and laptop as learning tools.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary through Pre-Calculus), English, History, Sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy, Astronomy, Plant Biology/Physiology), Language Fluency: Through Level I (Spanish, Quechua, Latin), Paper writing/editing, Research Techniques, Proper Study Habits.

Ben B. Wenham, MA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Cello, Choir, Clarinet, Classical Piano, College Admissions, Composition, Conducting, Ear Training, English, French Horn, Guitar, Hand Drums, Logic Pro Software, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, PSAT, Racquetball, SAT, Saxophone, Singing, Social Studies, Synthesizer, Table Tennis, Trombone, Trumpet, Video Production, Viola, Violin, Vocal Training, Web Design, World History, Xylophone

About Me

**CURRENTLY ACCEPTING STUDENTS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS**

I hope to encourage and build you up in whatever challenge we decide to tackle. Whether you are starting out for the first time or you have been playing for a while, I'm here to push you, to see you grow and to learn things as well. I love working with both children and young adults. My students say that I'm fun, I run lessons in an exciting manner, and I love making music.

I'm a senior music education major at Gordon College (Wenham, MA) and have been teaching privately for the past 2-2.5 years. I will be obtaining my Bachelor of Music in Music Education in May 2015.

*** Lesson Details ***
My priorities are to be meaningful, fun and hard-work. I want to foster a desire to play the instrument and enjoy playing it well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
No studio available

*** Travel Equipment ***
(12-string Fender Acoustic Guitar, Bach Stradivarius B-flat Trumpet, Yamaha student model Trumpet, Bach semi-pro B-Flat Cornet)

**Location Requirements**
If you are interested in studying racquetball, you are required to come to Gordon College for your lesson. All other lessons are to be in the students' home or online, unless an arrangement is worked out between myself and the individual student.

Students must provide their own instruments.

If necessary, method books must also be purchased upon discussion with the instructor within the first two weeks of lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Strong in classical trumpet, jazz and contemporary piano, music technology, basic recording.

Sergey V. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Accordion, Baseball, Basketball, Bodybuilding, Breakdancing, Chess, Dance Choreography, English, Fitness, Flexibility Training, Football, Gaming, GED Test Prep, Guitar, Gymnastics, Handball, Italian Cooking, Microsoft Word, Mixed Martial Arts, Nutrition, Piano, Racquetball, Russian, Singing, Strength and Conditioning, Stretching, Synthesizer, Yoga

About Me

My name is Sergey, I am from Brooklyn with over 6 years of teaching experience in breakdance/calisthenics/gymnastics and cross fit. I will help you achieve everything you want to learn

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner exercise routines (total body work out)
advanced exercise routines (full body work out)
extreme exercise routines (full body work out)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lebert Equalizer. Pull up bar. Perfect Push ups. Core wheel, adjustable forearm grips, and over 100 different body exercises. your body is your equipment. lets put it to great use. bowflex dumbells, weighted 40 lbs vest

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lebert Equalizer, perfect push ups, push up mini equalizers, core wheel. adjustable up to 90 lbs forearm grip

*** Specialties ***
Calisthenics, Yoga, Gymnastics, breakdance, personal training, cross fit, Barstarz

Matthew S.

La Mesa, CA
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Aaron C.

Portland, OR
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Harlan H.

Florissant, MO
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Matthew S. La Mesa, CA

Subjects Taught

Alternative Medicine, Chess, Drum, English, ESL, Essay Writing, Grammar, Language, Life Coaching, Meditation, Nutrition, Percussion, Piano, Poetry, Speech, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing

About Me

Hey, I'm Matthew! I'm happy to have the opportunity to work with you toward your goal of choice.

I list a number of areas that I can help you with because there are a lot of things I've worked with in my life!

MUSIC: I've been playing the drums and piano for over 15 years. I played for years as a drummer in concert bands, jazz bands, small ensembles, rock bands, and church praise bands, and have taught it for 8 years. I've played piano in a lot of settings, too, and have a great fluency with different styles and the ability to both read music and play classically as well as improvise and have fun with pop music. I'm also a singer and a guitar player. Needless to say, I bring a lot of passion, love, and dedication to teaching music because it is one of the things I love most in life.

WELLNESS/NUTRITION/LIFE COACHING/ENERGY WORK: I have had an incredible amount of experience with alternative medicine (and Western medicine as well) from a very personal perspective. I suffered from chronic illness for years and had to figure out how to heal myself. I gained experiences with almost every healing modality you can imagine, and so I feel confident in saying that I can offer insight and help you with whatever problems you're dealing with physically, emotionally, or spiritually. I have received training in Reiki, Matrix Energetics, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), among others. (I am also a psychology student and a deep thinker, so I'm not scared of emotional or spiritual issues, either!)

CHESS: I've been playing chess for over 15 years. For a number of years, I also played in tournaments and achieved a moderate level of success locally. I have taught classes in chess in the past and have a great knowledge of all aspects of the game. I would to engage you with this exciting mind game!

ACADEMICS: My strongest suits in academics are in language and civics. I have worked as a part-time proofreader and editor for several years now, and have always gotten 1st Percentile (best of the best) marks on all tests relating to English. I write a lot, and have experience with essays, research papers, fiction, and more. I am a published poet. I also have a great knowledge of the American government system -- if you name a state, I can name one or both of its U.S. Senators. History is another area I do very well in. So if you have any need for tutoring in these areas, I would be happy to help! I also participated in competitive speech in high school, so I can be very helpful when it comes to writing and giving speeches with confidence.

OTHER STUFF: I have a certification as an TEOFL instructor (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I lived in Chile for a summer, so I speak passable Spanish, too. I love language and am very good with all aspects of it.

Aaron C. Portland, OR

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Alternative Medicine, Bridge, Business, Chess, Creative Writing, ESL, Essay Writing, Golf, Health Coaching, Healthy Cooking, International Business, Life Coaching, Microsoft Excel, Nutrition, Public Speaking, Singing, Songwriting, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

About Me

Over the years, I have learned many skills, primarily because of my willingness to try anything once. I have taught children as young as two years old in China how to speak English, I help people every day with their nutrition, I mentor business leaders all over the world who run businesses that are designed to heal the Earth, and I even taught my 6-month old kitten how to play fetch.

I love to teach because it creates something even more powerful than Education - it creates connections. Connections to the world around us, to life, to happiness, to fun. I care deeply for others and the most beautiful thing to see are the smiles on peoples faces when they succeed. Let us succeed together!

Harlan H. Florissant, MO

Subjects Taught

Chess

About Me

Congratulations! You are headed in the right direction. Learning how to play Chess will improve your life in more ways than you could ever imagine. My students call me Coach Hodge. I am a Chess, Character, Leadership and Life Coach.

I help my students develop strategies for winning in Chess, but more importantly, I help them learn how to win in the game of Life. Life is Chess. Learning the rules; having a plan; losing gracefully; winning gracefully; and learning from every experience are just a few of the life lessons that come from the game of Chess.

As an international Chess Coach and published author of Character Chess, I teach the basics of Chess to beginners. All of my lessons are designed to get students started playing and winning right away. Enough with the talk. Let's get started.

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