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I teach every level and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests. I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun.

All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.

About Ilona
I am experienced (3 years) in home school tutoring. I mostly work with Florida Virtual School students. I overlook their tests and assignments, and help them with preparations for Discussion Based Assessmemts (DBA). I also help parents with required annual evaluations and how to sign up with home education department.
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make them interested in learning and have fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I show how to use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as learning opportunities.

I have Masters in Education (2018) with specialization in English, Curricul
um and Education; and Masters in Arts (2012) in Teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a degree in violin performance from Chicago.
I studied piano in Chicago for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.
I have taught music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am fan of the Essential Elements method and I Can Read Music book for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Fundamentals of Piano Theory (9 levels) combined with Master Theory (6 levels) books.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach Piano competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include technique and reading music. I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
Music theory: I use Master Theory and Fundamentals of Piano Theory books for younger ages, Alfred's music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements for strings I also use String Tunes and I Can Read Music to add more fun to the lessons as well as support reading music during the lesson. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students need to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books, flashcards & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I always bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

*** Specialties ***
I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Robin June 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ilona is a wonderful teacher. She really tunes in to your level and has a vast knowledge of musical repertoire making lessons very exciting. Anyone lucky enough to get Ilona is going to be star!!she is patient and responsive to questions and a very interesting and fun gal
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Howard G. May 9, 2018
· Public Speaking · In home
extremely competent.
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Radha September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Experienced, knowledgable and persistent in teaching. I did not think I will be able to learn fast, but Ilona helps in every step. From holding the bow rightly, to using fingers, learning the language of music, she is patient and persistent. I recommend her without reservation..
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About Patricia M.

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The ACT English Test consists of 75 questions to be answered in 45 minutes. The questions are multiple choice, and they measure an individual's knowledge of English grammar, usage, sentence construction, punctuation, organization, and style. I like to use the most recent guidelines available when tutoring my students for test preparation, so I will be using the Princeton Review's Crash Course for the ACT, 3rd Edition, as a main source for studies and question and answer sessions with my students. I supplement this with AP English exercises to ensure that my students have a solid base from which to answer test questions. I alternate between verbal and written exercises to keep the process interesting and relevant.

About Patricia
As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than
to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

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I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

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Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
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Megan D. June 30, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Patricia is the best instructor ever! Her love for and knowledge about piano is so inspiring! I learned so much and got so much out of each lesson. She is a joy to be with and I'm truely lucky to have had her as my instructor!
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Cj R. February 12, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
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Narumi N. November 24, 2014
· Vocal Training · In studio
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D
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About Janai H.

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Augusta, GA

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I have been tutoring the ACT since 2013. I have all of the most recent books and software. I tend to use Kaplan more because they have online components. All of my students have an increase in scores after tutoring with me.

About Janai
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to buy the books that I need them to buy and to have either a keyboard or piano. I also expect that the Spanish students will obtain the proper materials that I ask of them.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, jazz, blues, R&B, soundtracks (Disney)
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Shelby February 21, 2018
· · In home
Ms. Janai was the best tutor I have ever had. No matter the day, or time she was always there to help me out. Either it was math, science, writing, etc. she'd help me with every subject no matter how long it took for me to get it right, every subject was like her first nature. She was amazing teaching in person and just as good online. I've never met another tutor like Janai, she understands what you're going wrong and what your difficulties are, but she always manages to turn those difficulties around and make you better at understanding what you need to do better in order to succeed. If you're looking for an outstanding tutor Janai is the way to go!
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Shellie S January 26, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Janai is great with older adults. She's so patient and makes me feel relaxed even when I'm saying the wrong words. She has passion! and that's exciting to see.
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About Fiona K.

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I will help you strengthen your knowledge foundation and teach you techniques to improve your test-taking performance.

About Fiona
I view teaching/education as my calling, by that I mean it is a profession that deserves life-time effort and dedication. I ascribe who I am and what I have accomplished to my parents and all my teachers. They instilled knowledge, the skill to learn, and the moral compass in me, which transformed me into an independent and contributing citizen who knows how to and when to make the right decision. I feel that to do the same as my teachers did to me is my responsibility to younger generations.

I hold a Ph.D. in chemistry. With a strong academic background in science and math, I have successfully helped many students improve their academic performance in math and science through tutoring.

In recent years, I have also tutored students in standardized exams. My expertise is MCAT chemistry and physics, SAT, GRE, and GMAT.

I can hel
p you achieve the score you need to enter your dream school.

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I can provide one-to-one private tutoring according to your study needs or small group classes.
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Angela C. December 1, 2018
· Chemistry · Online
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Lisa November 17, 2018
· Science · Online
She has been working with my son in biology, and she is a great teacher.
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Roshan V. November 13, 2018
· GRE · Online
She is awesome. My kid loving to meet her more online with her. She takes time to understand her students.

Lucky to have her.
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About Erin W.

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As a student preparing for college, I scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT.

I have over 5 years tutoring for ACT preparation. I have a vast amount of materials that aid in lessons and regularly review the exam, in order to stay current with any changes in the test format.

I will help your son or daughter achieve their score through a variety of techniques, tailored to their needs, that I have fine-tuned during my years of experience with this exam.

About Erin
I carry an enthusiasm for knowledge and "nerdy" subjects like mathematics and science! I believe in the power of positive reinforcement and aim to foster not only knowledge, but also confidence. Lessons are individualized for the student and their goal grade/test score. I am passionate about education and the development of growing minds, and it shows in my sessions.

My assistance doesn't stop just because the lesson is over. I make myself available to students (via email) for as-needed homework and study-related questions.

I have nearly 10 years experience working as an educator.
I am honored to work with students throughout the year, for long-term results, but am also happy to assist with short-term needs such as midterm/final exam preparation.

Also available for:
College admissions consulting -- Let me help your family nav
igate this complex process. I can assist with choosing programs and schools, tailoring applications to each recipient school, and generally putting together the strongest possible application packet.
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Carmen reedscott November 1, 2018
· Pre Calculus · Online
Erin was very caring, articulate, thorough and responsive. She tested my daughter's knowledge by assigning her problems to do prior to their sessions. As a result, she was able to get 100% on all of her home/class work.
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Dana October 5, 2018
· Math · Online
Erin is a great instructor and took the time to understand our requirements.
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Olesia January 25, 2017
· Algebra 2 · Online
Great instructor!!! Looking forward to take more classes for my daughter. I will definitely recommend her to anyone.
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About Craig W.

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I would love to strengthen the math and science skills of your high schooler for the ACT! I am currently tutoring a number of high schoolers and have seen a huge boost in their confidence and abilities and would love to work with yours.  In addition to reinforcing the fundamentals, and dissecting advanced material so it is more easily understood, I plan to initially is to examine their thought process, and then deconstruct their approach so it becomes more systematic and methodical.  

 I had a near perfect SAT math score (780 when it was scored out of 800) and also attended UPenn. But most importantly I can get him/her to raise her math and science score! I have been tutoring numerous students achieving remarkable results such as raising my students ACT Scores from the 20's to break the low 30's. Some ofmy students have achieved a 35 ACT!

I am UPenn Educated and have been a Teaching assistant at the Univ of Pennsylvania for many of their bright undergrads in science (molecular ...

About Craig
Welcome students and parents: You may not know it yet, but stumbling upon my page may change your life for the better. With me, your immersion into the world of science and education may open up opportunities that may alter your children's future path.

I have tutored students at the junior/high school, and college levels. As a teaching assistance for undergraduates at the Ivy league, the Univ of Pennsylvania, I teach pupils to dissect problems and challenges into manageable components. This was my stepping stone into a professorial role. I am originally from NYC, and attended Stuyvesant, so I also help tutor students with the SSAT and SHSAT. Knowledge and understanding alone does not make a good educator, it is the ability to transmit such skills which is remarkable.

I have a Master's of Science of Biochemical Engineering from the
University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor's of Science in biomedical sciences from King's College, University of London.
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Ayham November 8, 2018
· AP Biology · Online
We enjoyed Craig wealth of knowledge in Biology and simple, easy way in explaining the contents of the subject, my son score has improve tremendously with Craig help
I do highly recommend Craig for anybody who needs help in AP Biology
THANK YOU CRAIG
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Malky S. September 15, 2018
· Chemistry · In home
Craig was knowledgeable and extremely patient!
He is really invested in seeing his student excel!
Would highly recommend him for all your subjects!
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Saama P. April 8, 2018
· Biology · In studio
Saama is very very happy with his way of teaching and delivery of curriculum. He is a true and amazing teacher.
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About Julia C.

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I am a certified High School Math teacher, tutoring for ACT for more than 15 years.

About Julia
I taught Algebra I and Geometry at Clemente High School in Chicago and AP Statistics, Geometry and Trigonometry at Libertyville High School Summer Program. I am currently teaching 7th and 8th grade Math at a private school in Buffalo Grove, IL. I love tutoring students of any age, from elementary to high school. It makes me happy when I see the progress they are making. My Master's Degree is in Curriculum and Instructions from Loyola University, Chicago.
At one point in my life I wanted to be a pharmacist, but when I became a teacher, I realized that that is what I was meant to be. I love helping people. I see how much difference it makes in a student's life when he or she starts to feel confident in Math class, starts to get high scores, starts to dream big. Math opens the doors to a better future, to a better career, to a higher s
elf-esteem. I am grateful for the opportunity to help to make it happen.
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Jesse C. August 2, 2018
· Algebra · In home
My son, who has had a terrible time with math in the classroom, enjoyed the session and looks forward to the next one. This is a low pressure, pleasant, and enjoyable way for him to do his math. I look forward to the next time.
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Christine M. February 6, 2018
· Algebra 1 · Online
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Skylar January 30, 2018
· Algebra 1 · Online
Very helpful! Julia was very hands on and wrote problems on a white board. She helped me better understand what I'm struggling with. Looking forward to my next session!
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About Mike S.

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I can effectively teach the ACT, targeting a student's weak areas just like I do for the SAT. However, I encourage students to think about why they prefer the ACT over the SAT. I've been teaching both for over a decade, and I consistently find that the SAT is easier to learn and improve on. I'd love to share my thoughts on this, so don't hesitate to ask if you have questions!

About Mike
I'm a Johns Hopkins University graduate who has earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT. In the decade I spent working for a test prep company, I taught students of various abilities, ran prep courses, wrote class materials for all three subjects, advised families about every aspect of the standardized testing process, and gave SAT and ACT presentations at local high schools. I doubt you'll find anyone with more experience!

I often work with students whose SAT scores don't match up with their grades, so if that sounds like you, don't worry! The SAT is a unique test that asks questions about familiar topics that you've learned in school, but it does so in a way that disguises those topics. For example, you might be staring at a Math question that makes you feel totally lost - like you don't even know where to start. In fact, you probabl
y have all the knowledge you need to solve it. My job is to help you get better at searching your brain for the right strategy.

I use real practice tests so that you can see more questions and get more comfortable with the format of the exam. But I've also written my own study materials that break the SAT and ACT down into manageable "packets". Each packet is meant to narrow your focus to a certain question type. I think you'll see pretty quickly that the SAT doesn't change all that much from test to test, so once you know how to recognize each question type, you won't be surprised when you see it on the next exam. That's why they call it a standardized test - the questions don't vary all that much!

By breaking the test down into manageable chunks, I can make it easier to learn the material because you won't have to memorize hundreds of formulas, grammar rules, and vocabulary words at once. Small goals are easier to achieve. And accomplishing those little goals will boost your confidence, making you more willing to try the hardest problems that you used to give up on. As you take practice tests, you'll see those scores go up, and you'll actually be excited for test day!
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Los Angeles, CA 90005
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About Jessica B.

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I've trained to master the ACT Reading, ACT Writing, and ACT English sections. I earned perfect and almost perfect scores in all of the aforementioned parts of the test and have created techniques to help students do the same.

About Jessica
I've always been an avid learner and a self-proclaimed bookworm; The Giver has been my favorite book since childhood. However, I am no stranger to struggling or just needing a bit of extra help in the classroom, and I believe this experience helps me excel as a tutor. I am involved in Biology Olympiad, Writing Fellows, Peer Mentors, Mock Trial, and I even helped found a non-profit community service organization. My main passion is research - right now I'm studying adolescent mental health. I am majoring in Psychology and Political Science at UCLA, and in my free time, I love to hike, travel, and make key lime pie!
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David N. October 14, 2018
· English · In studio
Excellent lesson. I had all my questions and concerns answered. I'll continue with her, for sure.
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About Shanna D.

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I have years of experience teaching all of the subject areas of the ACT exam! I have a perfect method that allows the student to use their existing knowledge and be able to recall it in stressful situations, like the ACT or SAT exams!

About Shanna
Hello! My name is Shanna (pronounced Shawna), and I am a licensed teacher in both Oregon and Washington States in the USA. I have been teaching for over 25 years. I have taught children as young as 3 years old, to adults who were in their 90's! I love teaching! As a requirement for being given a teaching license in both Oregon and Washington, I have had extensive background checks by the various departments of the licensing process, along with yearly background checks for the schools I currently work for.
I currently live about a block from the Pacific Ocean and I love where I live! My husband has retired from the Coast Guard and we are enjoying our time together. Our little dog Mac, is our little baby! He is a mess, but we love him!
I really look forward to meeting you and helping you perfect all of your English language skill
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Do not hesitate to contact me to set up a time and get started working on your English language skills!
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Ahmed September 23, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Shanna is one of the most professional teachers I've came across through my online one-to-one learning process, She carefully created a coherent syllabus to help me achieving my language learning goals, She customized the studying material to be informative yet interesting, homework assignments were absolute fun to do.

Shanna is really a friendly teacher as well, Session times went by without even noticing it, I totally recommend Shanna!
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Tomas September 21, 2018
· ESL · Online
Shanna is a very patient teacher and we were talking about many topics.
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Camille Hinds September 21, 2018
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My son usually doesn't warm up to any teacher very easily but Shanna had him at hello. Her approach is exemplary of what teachers should be doing when they tutor or teach students, tailor lessons to the individual. Only two sessions in and he is prepping for the 3rd
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