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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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Matthew S.

La Mesa, CA
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Nicholas J. San Francisco, CA

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

About Me


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.

Matthew S. La Mesa, CA

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
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William B.

Midlothian, VA
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Schekeeb S.

Alexandria, VA
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Aaron C. Portland, OR

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!

William B. Midlothian, VA

About Me

From September 2005 to June 2007, I was a high school math tutor as a requirement for Mu Alpha Theta for other high school students in their math courses (Algebra I-II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus.). From August 2007 to May 2011, I attended VCU as an undergraduate major in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Mathematics. Math courses that I took were Calculus II, Differential Equations, Multivariate Calculus, Statistics, and Probability Theory (GPA = 3.8). I graduated Cum Laude in May 2011. From August 2012 to December 2013, I attended Pennsylvania State University as a graduate student in the Master in Applied Statistics program. In December 2013, I completed the Master in Applied Statistics program with a GPA of 3.41. I tied for 2nd in the 2013 Virginia State Chess Championship (OPEN) where I was the only person to not lose (rather win) to the State Champion for that year. I currently hold USCF Candidate Master Title with a USCF Rating of about 2100.

Schekeeb S. Alexandria, VA

About Me

Having lived and been around the world in 5 continents and 25 countries in young years, I have learnt a lot and taught a lot. Already as a child I used to be like a spongebob, teaching even myself maths and languages as an autodidact. Languages became my favourite, but I also learnt to play chess (and play even against the former world champion Karpov), to fly hanggliders, to learn Scuba Diving, to drive motorcycles and much more. The more I learnt, the more I taught other people. In my last job I taught tourists a lot about new cultures, languages and gave them a lot of practical tips. I didn't mention it, but I do motivate people to do better in life, like having a psychologist as a friend. My sisters still mention (after more than 10 years), that they still remember what I taught them...this is a big thank you and I am happy to share my knowledge. I might not be perfect, but the methods I use, are amazing.

I am looking forward to teach you anything you want. You can do it!

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