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About Lars R.

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About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught seven- to 60-year-old students in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now, I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco for university studies, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week-long summer jazz camp called Jazz Camp West, where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as
an MA in Music, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

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I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now a play seven-string guitar that differs from the standard six-string guitar in that it has one string lower than the low E of a six-string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

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Guitar
My guitar roots are mainly Jazz, but I am always happy to employ a very wide range of styles. I work with both modal and tonal musical styles.
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Emma December 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Very patient with me.
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· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Jackson July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars came to the session on time, and was very patient with my son. He took the time to listen and gave helpful tips on becoming a better player. I would recommend him!
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Petaluma, CA 94952
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About Karin N.

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Miami, FL

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Guten Tag,
My name is Karin. I was born and raised in Switzerland. However, Miami is my home now. I love the unique melting pot of Miami. No wonder so many German speaking tourists, investors and patrons are visiting here.

Over more than ten years I have taught numerous people the German language. Some of them only need a little guidance to have a more pleasant traveling experience to Germany. Others keep on coming back to master fluent conversation and writing skills. I'm passionate about tutoring. My goal is to provide an atmosphere that will facilitate an ongoing level of improvement in my students' speaking, writing proficiency. You'll see this by the way I teach. I am flexible with my time and adapt easily to my students' needs. As a first step I get familiar with your expectations. Secondly I recommend an approach that fits you
. Thirdly I want you to have fun and learn in an interactive way.

Bis bald!
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Renee F. March 23, 2018
· German · Online
very easy to work with!
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Josef W. February 12, 2018
· German · Online
Karin and I clicked immediately. For an older student like me, she understood my needs for learning.
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Aldo November 13, 2017
· German · Online
I studied German in college and have spoken a little in the years since. I decided that I wanted to improve my skills and work with a native German speaker. I’ve been working with Karin for the past few weeks. She’s a fantastic instructor. She understands and can explain clearly the finer points of German grammar and usage. And she has provided great follow-up to any questions I had, and has given useful exercise and other resources to help me improve my German. She has been very encouraging. I feel very comfortable working with her and recommend her highly.
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About Erika M.

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San Diego, CA

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About Erika
Minasan konnichiwa! My name is Erika. I was born and grew up in Saitama Pref., Japan. For those of you who don’t know where it is, Saitama is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. The movie “Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro)” directed by Hayao Miyazaki is actually based on hills in my hometown!

I moved to San Diego, CA in 2013 after I received my first MA in Literature. I went to San Diego State University and earned my second MA in Applied Linguistics in 2015. I also earned Advanced Certificate in TESL/TEFL from SDSU, which helped me reassess my perspectives on teaching and learning. I have been teaching Japanese both in Japan and the US for almost 10 years, and have teaching experience at San Diego State University, Grossmont College, and University of California San Diego Extension besides private lessons as well as business/medical tr
anslating. I always enjoy teaching and love helping my students learn new culture!

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All levels are welcome, though many of my students are intermediate-advanced levels and usually students are already able to read and write hiragana and katakana before they start taking lessons. I assess your proficiency level based on my experience as a teacher and a linguist. According to your learning goals, I tailor a teaching plan so it meets your needs and objectives of studying Japanese. What would you like to learn, the language itself or the culture as well? Here are the main lessons I offer to students:

- Conversational Japanese (business, academic)
- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) preparation
- Writing support (business, academic, or personal)

Conversational Japanese lessons are aimed at improving your listening and speaking skills while working on increasing your vocabulary. We also review grammar points if necessary. This will help you pick up cultural and social cues in everyday conversation. The JLPT preparation and writing support courses are mainly for advanced students, who wish to achieve higher goals. The test is taken not only by students who want to study in Japan but also by people who want to measure their progress in Japanese. It’s very useful for you to set a learning goal, so you have direction in your studies, motivation to continue, and measurable results that you can check to review your progress.

For all lessons, I choose teaching materials that students would be interested such as Japanese News websites or short videos depending on their learning goals. If you've been working on and are going to learn with me regularly using the book you have and if I don't have it, textbook fee will be charged.

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- 48 hours notice for cancellations and reschedule.
- If you would like to have a lesson outside of the listed hours, please let me know. I will try to accommodate your schedule.
- If you would like to use a textbook that I don't have, additional fee will be charged.
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Kathleen Corcoran August 31, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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David July 4, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Erika is an amazing teacher who always gives 100% to the lesson. She prepares for each individual lesson, makes it interesting and fun. You can tell she has an extensive experience in teaching, enjoys helping you and wants you to improve. I like how patient she is as well.
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Perry June 8, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Erika is a great teacher, very personable and easy to talk with.
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Erika M.

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About Jon H.

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Beaumont, CA

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I have taught professionally for 18 years, nine as a tutor. What began as undergraduate work-study bloomed into part time private tutoring independently, with great success. From elementary arithmetic to trigonometry, I've helped many an overwhelmed student raise their GPA!

I hold a BA with honors from CSUSB, with an English concentration. I was personally requested by my linguistics teacher for peer tutoring. My one-on-one experience has been predominantly in math and English, though I am open to other subjects because...

My teaching has taken me from museum galleries to working farms, and mountain trails to public schools. Whether I hold feldspar by a stream, a paint brush in a school room, or a salamander in an animal gallery, I see people learning best when they smile as they go. I make it a point to see that both occur. My sess
ions are always a safe, supportive environment in which mistakes are an essential, acceptable part of learning.

I learn because I love to, I teach because I'm good at it, and I tutor because it creates the greatest opportunity for success. The true payoff for me is helping my students realize they can achieve what they didn't think they could. I love that!
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Shannon B. November 30, 2017
· Math · Online
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· Math · Online
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Margaret July 3, 2016
· Geometry · In home
My daughter always had a great deal of trouble with math at all levels - arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry. Jon tutored my daughter for several years, in our home, in Arithmetic, Algebra I and II, and Geometry. He definitely shares responsibility for her graduation from Beaumont High School with a class rank of 7th out of about 575 fellow students. Jon is very flexible in his teaching, and excels at figuring out what aspect of math is causing confusion for the student. He is very patient, and is able to rephrase and express concepts in different ways to get the point across. Fantastic tutor!
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Jon H.

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About Carolina V.

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Astoria, NY

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Hola Soy de Colombia/Native Spanish speaker, with 2 degrees and a Master's degree with more than 15 years of experience teaching all levels. I can help you if you are just a beginner or want to improve your vocabulary and conversational skills.
My lessons are fun and I have a lot of material you will enjoy while you learn. My students get results pretty quickly. All ages and nationalities
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Theressa October 8, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
I had a great time learning Spanish with Carolina. She was encouraging and made learning easy and fun. I wanted to use my Spanish in real life situations and it really came in handy when I was travelling in Barcelona. I’m still taking lessons from her because there’s always more to learn :) .
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Ellie October 6, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
I loved having classes with Carolina, I looked forward to them every week! Carolina is very patient and explains things very clearly. I took classes with Carolina when I needed to start using Spanish in my job. Carolina helped me to find a way to express myself in business interactions very specific to my role. I am forever grateful.
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Flor g solos October 5, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is a good teacher very knowledgeable Patient ..... helpful end funny 😄
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About Gina G.

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Charleston, SC
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Gina has been teaching and tutoring foreign languages since 1990. She has a BA and MA in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French language and literature.
She has taught both adults and children, in private lessons and in schools.
Gina is a violinist and pianist, performs around the southeast US and teaches violin and piano- in all musical genres.
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Gina G.

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About Fulvia M.

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Roswell, GA
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Hi, my name is Fulvia, I am a native Italian and I am a fun teacher with long experience, great sense of humor and you won't get bored with my lessons. You don't believe me? Well, I can prove it to you because you can easily get referral from previous students who have studied with me for years! Just try!
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Sam M. March 8, 2018
· Italian · In home
Fulvia is patient and believes in teaching the structure and fundamentals of the language as to learn more fluently. Grazie.
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Dora è Stefano February 28, 2018
· Italian · In home
Fulvia has been our teacher now for 3 years. We wanted to learn Italian because we travel to Italy often.
Each lesson is well prepared and thought through by the teacher. Fulvia uses many different ways to make lessons fun and the language more approachable.
They include books, videos and interactive games etc. There is always a bit of homework to do to help follow up with the weekly lesson. She always finds ways to help us understand subjects that are challenging.
That Fulvia is a native speaker of the Italian language is a big bonus.
Fulvia is a great teacher and we highly recommend her.
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Samuele February 15, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Early into lessons and have 3 remaining but, so far, so good. Fulvia is well prepared with learning materials and hand-outs. She is patient and thorough with each lesson and has followed up with emails in Italian to force me to translate. I have enjoyed and would highly recommend Fulvia.
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Fulvia M.

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About Megan F.

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Sioux City, IA

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Hello Students!

My name is Megan and I am a full stack web developer. My avid love for the English subject, writing, and reading has helped me pursue my hobbies of tutoring students who need a little one on one help in Pre-school, Elementary, Middle and High school English language classes for the past 6 years while also writing online for different entertainment outlets.

My personal writing has been sent to a state level to be judged with other students from the time I was in the 3rd grade until I graduated high school.

I have taken a number of college-level writing classes and performed highly in those as well.

Helping a number of my (at the time) classmates and tutoring younger students has given me a well-rounded view of how to help students write, read, and speak at the fullest of their potential while speaking to them and n
ot at them as I have experienced some teachers to do.

If you are not enjoying the learning process, you are not going to really learn and understand it at the fullest potential.

Please feel free to message me with any questions. I sincerely hope that we can work together.
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Michael April 1, 2018
· Writing · Online
Ahhhh this girl is awesome. Writing papers are not near as scary anymore!!
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Daniel March 30, 2018
· Reading · In home
Megan helped my daughter back when she was struggling with her reading comprehension. After 2 months of working together, her reading scores improved greatly!
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Rachel March 29, 2018
· Reading · Online
Megan Helped both of my girls develop a strong reading skill. We thought we were going to have to hold them back a year because they just weren't keeping up with their class.

I signed them up with Megan over the summer and by when school started the next year the twins were testing at a fourth-grade level. They were entering the Second!!!
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Megan F.

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