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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I have experience teaching young students, including children and can create fun and inventive ways of teach beginners the basics of chess.

I've been playing chess since I was about 10 years old and I've taught several other people the basics of playing chess, including small children.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Sam C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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My students can expect a lesson that's full of fun, engaging and accompanied by a high level of passion and energy.
I'm result oriented and very dedicated to my students and provide students with a lot of constructive feedback during the lessons.

The lessons are supplemented by several materials: work book problems, live game play, student's game analysis, online resources, classic game review and much more. My custom lesson plans are based on the student's background and experience

About Sam
I'm a certified teacher and a national ranked chess player, with over a decade of teaching experience. I have taught 100's of kids from grades K-8. Furthermore, I also have extensive experience teaching adults.

I graduated from the # 2 ranked university in the country on a scholarship. I also served as the president of my university's successful chess club.
For many years now, I have been teaching chess full-time here in Miami to grades K-8. I really enjoy teaching and my school's team has won many prestigious titles and trophies.

This past year my students' team placed in the top ranks, at the "Florida States Chess Championship," in section K-8. Additionally, my students have also won several 1st place trophies in many local tournaments.

My passion for chess is really manifested though my teaching style and it's never a dull moment wh
en I teach. As a professional teacher, I know how important it is to keep students engaged, therefore I bring a high level of energy, dedication and fun to the lessons.

I have the credentials, experience and knowledge to maximize my student's potential.

Please inquire today.
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Patrick February 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well as educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!
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Declan January 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
I am Declan's Grandmother and I have to say this was an incredible lesson. Declan said it was awesome and I concur. We will definitely be in touch for more learning.
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Nick January 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great First Lesson
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Sam C.

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About Tyler P.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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I achieved a chess rating in the 98th percentile of scholastic players. I have had the opportunity to teach chess to many beginners by starting the chess club at my elementary school, and teaching students in junior high and high school chess clubs. I would like to teach beginning chess players (

About Tyler
I received my Bachelors of Science in Cellular Molecular Biology, graduated Summa Cum Laude (GPA > 3.9) and Phi Kappa Phi (Top 10% of class). I scored in the 99th percentile of the MCAT, 100th percentile of the ACS National Organic Chemistry Exam, and 98th percentile in the science section of the ACT. This fall, I will be attending a Top 15 medical school.

I grew up with the learning disabilities dyslexia, dysgraphia, and auditory processing disorder. I believe the challenges of having learning disabilities has given me the experience to help others succeed and enjoy academics.

I began teaching by tutoring at-risk students in chemistry at my high school. I mentored students in problem solving and aimed to excite them towards the assignments.

I continued teaching as a teaching assistant for the upper division cell biology class
by instructing students in immunological laboratory techniques (including flow cytometry and ELISA).

My research on rheumatoid arthritis conducted at my college and Harvard Medical School has resulted in seven presentations, three at national medical conferences.

As a chess player I achieved a rating in the 98th percentile of scholastic players and have taught students from 8 to 27 years old.
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Devon V. August 16, 2017
· Chess · Online
Fantastic Instructor and very positive experience. The lessons are catered to my personal style, and are always fun and informative. Tyler really knows his stuff. In 5 lessons, I went from consistently playing ~1050 on Chess.com to ~1350 and still climbing!
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David Z. May 4, 2017
· Chess · Online
Lessons were always interesting and informative, but most importantly they were all personally catered towards my personal play style, strengths, and weaknesses . Helped move my chess gameplay to new heights.
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Ronald P. March 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great mentor! Knowledgeable and can help you with fundamentals in a fun way!
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Tyler P.

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About Manasi B.

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Austin, TX

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Taking one step at a time is the key to teaching this game. The more you practice, the better you get at it!

Trivia time: Chess originated in India and is called Chaduranga in Sanskrit

About Manasi
I teach Chess to anyone interested. I am currently accepting new students! The classes are once a week. I give individual attention and the class size is small. I feel they learn better this way. I have 30 min 45 min 60 min sessions available.

I have an Engineering degree from a prestigious institution in India. I am a Software Professional. I am currently residing in Austin,TX. My passion is to create stuff from scratch be it a website or a piece of art. I also enjoy teaching Chess/ Carnatic Light Classical(Indian Devotional songs)/ Computer stuff and help others excel.
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joseph September 29, 2017
· Chess · Online
Manasi works with my 6 year old daughter. She is very patient and does a good job teaching my daughter. She started out with fundamentals and is now moving more into the strategy of the game of chess. I highly recommend Manasi.
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Jayagowri September 8, 2017
· Chess · In home
Manasi is very professional and she is excellent in handling kids.She has a clear lesson plan.My kid is so excited every time when he goes to chess class.
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Ram August 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Manasi was very good in getting across the right concepts for the kids. She was well prepared and interacted well with the kids. She repeated a few complex concepts till the kids got it well. The kids loved it and were excited to learn more. Thanks!
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Manasi B.

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About Jean-Marc J.

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Skokie, IL

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Learn the basics of chess or how to improve your game if you already know how to play

About Jean-Marc
Hi, there! My name is Jean-Marc and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a software
engineer. I have been teaching computer technology lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students excel in programming, web development, and productivity programs. I went to The University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in Computer Science in 2017. My teaching style is patient, thorough and detail oriented. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Skills:
PHP
JAVA
SQL
Mysql
HTML
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JAVASCRIPT
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Powerpoint
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KW September 12, 2017
· Microsoft Excel · Online
Jean definitely has the heart of a teacher as he explained everything in the simplest form to make it easier to understand. He answered every question with a thorough answer and made sure that I knew what I was doing before he got off the phone. I would definitely recommend him!
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John August 7, 2017
· Computer Programming · Online
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Ravi Raghavan July 27, 2017
· Chess · Online
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About Iara C.

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I can combine a fun time for kids combined with a lifetime learning experience. Bring together students who share the same interests in the art of the chess game. Improve their logical thinking and problem solving thru lessons and puzzles. Enhance student knowledge, way of thinking and planning within this area of interest, helping them to apply that to other academic activities. Entertain the students thru a very interesting game, where they can learn, play and have fun at the same time.

About Iara
Hi, there! My name is Iara C. and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2000 and have loved helping my students to learn and have fun. As a professional chess player, there is a lot I've learned about this amazing game, how beneficial it can be and what an amazing tool to help thru the academics world!
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Iara C.

Iara C.

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About Lee L.

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I have taught chess at all levels for over 30 years. I have played competitive chess for over 45 years and achieved the national master title. Several of my students have achieved national ranking. Many others have improved their play and learned to love the game.

My approach to teaching chess is to help you think and solve problems over the board. Becoming familiar with tactical and positional themes will help you play better and also give you an appreciation for the beauty of chess and understand why it has endured.

About Lee
I am a semi-retired IT Professional working in the computer storage field. After spending 32 years at IBM I now work for a small software company as a consultant. My wife and I love to travel and we take several long trips every year. I stay active by working out, playing pickle ball and table tennis.

I am on the board of two chess related non-profit organizations. I am a certified chess tournament director and have organized and directed numerous local and national tournaments.

I achieved the National Master title with the US Chess Federation in 1991. These days I only compete infrequently and mostly play chess casually online.
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Lee L.

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About Stephen M.

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West Covina, CA

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Strong analytical skills.
I've been playing chess for 20 years
I've reached a 2020 elo on lichess
I estimate my elo rating in otb (over the board) to be somewhere between 2100-2300 and close to master level or even Grandmaster level for slower games.
I know a lot of cool ways to improve at chess and how to teach to get better at analysis and improving your chess/understanding/reviewing your games.
I would love to work with you and help boost your elo by hundreds of points (especially those under 1800 elo) or beginners/intermediate players.
I'm willing to teach all levels.

About Stephen
Currently looking for new students.
I teach piano, japanese, chess, go(weiqi/baduk), and meditation/self-improvement.
I am very proficient in all of the above subjects and have helped dozens of students reach their long-term goals over the years. I am also very patient and have taught children piano lessons for more than 10 years. As a learner I know how overwhelming new subject-matter could be and I tend to understand the pace that the student needs/wants to go at.
I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I see my students improving. I also am constantly improving myself as a teacher so the lessons will only get better and the material should be easier to understand with time.
Let's master anything you want to work on, and have a lot of fun too :)
Thanks for reading!
-Stephen
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Ja'Quan September 7, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Awesome teacher man
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John Edward September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Patient instructor. I'm super rusty and he was able to keep at my pace. He also made it interesting by using practical scenarios and alternating with cartoons or games. He watches anime as well so I was able to learn while talking about things I like. It helped practicing much easier.
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真修 September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
日本語の理解が深い。四字熟語とかことわざとかもいっぱい知っているし、漢字も教えられるし、上級者でも授業を受けてもいいと思う。初心者を教えるところも見たことあって、わかりやすく説明してくれた。
I think that both advanced learners and beginners could benefit from taking one of his lessons.
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About Xiao C.

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I want to introduce the game of chess to students who have heard of chess.

And I want to help students who are on the fence about chess to gain more interest in the great game.

About Xiao
Hello, I'm Xiao and thanks for checking out my takelessons profile.

I have played chess for over 20 years, and have been teaching chess for 3 years. I teach chess locally in Atlanta and online.

FIDE (International Chess Association) Master (FM)
U.S. Chess Life Master
2006 Georgia State Chess Champion
2015 K-12 Super Nationals Chess Champion

I have taught chess for 3 years now, and helped many new players start and improve in their chess journey. Many of my students started as a new chess player and have improved their chess rating (US Chess Federation) from 0 to 1000 and 1500. Other than chess improvements, I also help students to gain more self-confidence, build patience, and improve critical thinking through chess.
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Jason October 10, 2017
· Chess · Online
Very patient, his class has nice structure, my child has improved.
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Xiao C.

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