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About Ilona M.

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Pompano Beach, FL

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Writing has many components, the most important are vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar. I will teach you how to write in academic format and how to create well design topic sentence.

About Ilona
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 the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland 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.

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teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 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 Master Theory.

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 Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach 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: 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 or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. 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.

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

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & 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 bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to 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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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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Sebastian October 27, 2015
· Fiddle · In home
She is very professional, helpful, thorough and efficient. Knows her stuff!
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About Don S.

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Help and tutoring with academic and creative writing.

About Don
Upbeat, fun and patient. Professional performer/teacher with a BA in music (with honors) and English from Wesleyan University, graduate study in music education from University of St. Thomas and film production/screenwriting with honors from Minneapolis College (MCTC). Don
specializes in helping you to unleash your creativity and self-expression. Guitar, songwriting, composition/music production (Garageband, etc), computer-based "beat-making", ensembles, and pop vocal coaching. Tutoring and computer help also offered.

Many years experience in K-12 music and digital media technology (audio and video) working with gifted/talented and special needs students as well as in-school artist residencies. Adult students are a specialty and are most welcome!

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In individual lessons, instruction will be tailored to the indiv
idual desires and needs of each student. Fun "family-style" lessons with parent(s) and young children are also a new option.

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Guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars, strum-sticks, various percussion instruments, ProTools Digi002, Garageband, Kurzweil 2500, Mac Pro Desktop computers, various keyboards, synthesizers and music composition/production software and amps.

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Teacher brings instruments/supplies/books as needed, and can arrange to provide instruments for students as well.

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Individual or group instruction in folk, jazz, blues, rock, guitar/vocal performance coaching, songwriting, lyric writing, instrumental improvisation, digital media production/composition, iMovie, Garageband, "beat-making" and therapeutic music for youth, adult and special needs students. Tutoring/homework help in English, mac computers and basic academic subjects for K-12 and adult students. Technology (geek) help/support with computers, digital gadgets (especially Apple) for "non-techies".
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Barbara K. June 26, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Don does an outstanding job! He is able to connect authentically my son and customized the lessons to fit his learning style and needs. Don has drawn so much out of him musically and has also built a community of students that play together. He makes the lessons fun and engaging. He has opened up my 7-year old to the joy of playing and performing and has helped create a love of music. I highly recommend Don as a music teacher.
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Benjamin L. June 25, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Don was very patient with my son. He not only taught my son to play the Ukulele but also answered his numerous questions about video production.
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Harry September 26, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Don is prompt, knowledgeable and fun to take lessons from.
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About Rachel M.

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I tutor students on a consistent basis to help improve their writing skills. I have helped students achieve high grades on important papers and final projects by working at the student's speed to explain sentence improvements and organize the overall structure of the essay.

About Rachel
I am a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. I hold a B.A. in French. I have an extensive background teaching and tutoring others, especially in ESL, English, French and special education. I also have additional experience tutoring many other subjects, such as Spanish, elementary education, biology, pre-calculus, essay writing and history.

I have a true love of tutoring and helping others. I work well with children and adults of all ages. Thank you for sharing your interest in learning!
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· Microsoft Office · Online
Excellent instructor--answered all my questions. Topic of lesson
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Linda November 29, 2016
· Microsoft Word · In home
She is so easy to talk to and made me feel at ease learning about word skills . Im looking forward to my next lesson.
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Evelyn November 1, 2016
· Microsoft Word · Online
My teacher and I spoke by phone for my first lesson, but her phone had poor reception so I was not able to get the benefit of a full lesson. The second and third lessons were unsuccessful as well I need an alternative so that I can work with another teacher locally. I am not familiar enough with this on line process to be successful with my lessons. I have paid for lessons that i have not received. Please advise.
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About Kelly M.

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Zionsville, IN

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Writing is one of my favorite areas of teaching! Throughout college and graduate school, I excelled in writing and developed a true passion for it. For a number of years, I have supported students to improve their writing skills in a wide variety of areas, including: business, academic and creative.

About Kelly
Kelly is a licensed bilingual ESL teacher who is excited to work with students that are motivated to improve their language and academic skills by participating in interactive lessons and maintaining consistent schedules. With over 8 years of experience teaching children and adults around the world, Kelly's passion for education is evident throughout her lessons and interactions with students. Her teaching philosophy centers around the ideals of: student-centered learning environments, student-teacher partnerships, active engagement and authentic learning.

After teaching in the Chicago and Indianapolis school systems, Kelly decided to open a private bilingual education company where she works as a remotely-based tutor and bilingual education consultant (www.bilingualbridges.com). Kelly is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and Englis
h and holds a master's degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from DePaul University. Additionally, she holds two bachelor's degrees from Oregon State University and a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) from the University of Cambridge.

Kelly specializes in: bilingual education, authentic assessment, individualized curriculum design, language and literacy development, academic remediation and writing. She is an enthusiastic, engaging teacher who is eager to work with you to design the perfect course that will help you reach your goals!
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Beverly B. August 17, 2017
· Spanish · Online
She's excellent at teaching and has lots of great resources.
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Ryan August 16, 2017
· Reading · Online
My seven year old boy just finished online summer reading instruction with Kelly. And wow...what a difference those 3 months made. This was our first experience with online tutoring and Kelly made it an extremely positive one. Aidan went from reading at a level D to a level H in just a few short months. Not only that, he is now reading independently and enthusiastically! No longer does reading seem a chore. I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone looking for reading instruction. She was wonderful and it was certainly money well spent.
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Matt S. August 4, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Kelly has been an absolute blast to work with. I have had 4 different tutors through take lessons and none of them compare. By meeting once a week, my Spanish speaking skills have increased tremendously. She designs classes around my desired goals and always provides extra study material to complete throughout the week. Kelly's positive attitude and love for teaching has been an enormous factor in my decision to continue working with her. Because of her background in education she has proven to be one of the best. I highly recommend Kelly for anyone who wishes to learn Spanish.
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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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I'm an Emmy Award-winning writer with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, having taught all levels with more than 30 years experience.

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Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Alex October 26, 2015
· ESL · In home
The best ESL teacher EVER
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Daniel October 18, 2015
· TOEFL · In home
I highly recommend, the best teacher I’ve had. Responsible! Caring!

I took TOEFL perpetration classes with Henry. He is very knowledgeable and a great teacher. Because of his experience in journalism he has amazing knowledge in writing, reading, speaking, He worked on my general English skills first because I thought I had enough proficiency in English while I didn't, and after some classes he started TOEFL, he definitely knows what area of English I was weak in so, step by step, he lead me in the right direction. He's very responsible and carrying. I got a higher score than I was expecting.
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serra K. May 9, 2015
· ESL · In home
I hired Henry to teach English for my little daughter. The reason i have chose him was he was the only one on the list who accept half hour lessons. I wanted to see şf he is good. I was gonna rşse to one hour if i like. And his hourly rate was reasonable too. We met and he was perfect. After my daughter we have studied with him. He has provided fastest improvement on my special purpose of need. It is really not common to see this passionate teachers around. His academic approach to your need and support with newest material in the maket was excellent. I think he is ahead of others because of his major. A senior jounalist, a TV person... he helped me a lot for my journalism career too... So i definitely can call him An excellent career coach. While i was trying to be on time with my project in Los Angeles, i was the lucky one to meet him through takelessons.com. He gave me what i need only at three weeks. We together focused on my certain project's needs and after i was ready to move alone almost. He is great to teach on bussiness emails, phone conversations, expressing your basic work situation etc.
He is great on accent reduction too. While i wrote this review my concerns is he will see and will find anything to correct... But he also has taught me to be courage enough too... Thank you Henry for everything you have done. I am a freelance foreign journalist in LA. He did his best for me both as a teacher and colleague. And such a good heart... Even if you don't share same opinions on any affair he respect you and try to give his best and more than what you have paid. He is patient too.
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About Tom C.

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There are many aspects and areas of writing. What is Yours? Whether it be essay writing, speech writing or technical writing, I am here to help.

About Tom
Greetings and welcome!

Whatever your learning goals, dreams and aspirations, I am here to explore and partner with you to accomplish, achieve, enjoy and celebrate your learning objectives with you.

I have experience working in the social services and public sector much of my career as a social worker and advocate, and I've assisted adults with special needs and people seeking to improve their lives to get the help and support they needed to empower themselves to leading more fulfilling and contributing lives.

I've worked as a team member in a variety of medical and mental health settings, as a social work professional.

I also have experience volunteering with children in a variety of way, including tutoring, mentoring and encouraging youth.

I look forward to getting acquainted with you, and exploring together a possibl
e excellent match for your learning needs, goals and interests!

-Tom

Quick note on my passion for learning as a way of life ~

As a passionate lifelong learner, researcher, educator, tutor and coach, I embrace an unbounded curiosity of wonder and never ending exploration of an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific methods of learning, and acquiring knowledge that extend far beyond my university studies, into living my life highly engaged in as much experiential (first person) learning as possible. I love asking fresh, invigorating, boldly curious, audaciously barrier-busting, status-qua daring questions, as I feel passionately that, as Dr. Albert Einstein shared, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."
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About Janis Y.

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I have loved writing stories from a young age and have since fine-tuned my skills through USC's Thematic Option Honors Writing program. From creative writing to analytical research papers, I have been published and even presented my writing at a conference. I have ample practice editing others' papers, and I will make sure your personal voice shines in your writing!

About Janis
Hi there! I'm Janis, a recent graduate from the University of Southern California. While at USC, I studied neuroscience, but beyond my science curriculum, I took many literature and music classes.
I love learning about all types of topics and people, and I want to bring this energy to my students. From a very young age, I have loved creating lesson plans for my younger siblings. This developed into more formal tutoring and mentoring roles through middle school, high school, and college.
I have experience teaching everything from beginner piano to young children, to science presentation skills to international teaching assistants.
Using passion, compassion, and a positive energy, I would love to help you achieve your learning goals! :)
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Briana D. August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our 5 y.o. daughter just took her first lesson with Janis and she much enjoyed the lesson. Our daughter is excited to learn to play the piano and Janis made the lesson fun and enjoyable. Our daughter is off to an excellent start with Janis. Janis left homework for our daughter until she returns for the next lesson. We are very pleased with Janis. She is very pleasant and patient and our daughter much enjoys her company.
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Alisha August 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
We moved recently to LA from London and Janis is a fantastic teacher. My two boys are very much enjoying their lessons now and even practice without me having to ask. She discovered how best to motivate each child and customized her approach. Janis is much better than the previous two teachers in London.
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Lulu July 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have a 4years old boy. He loves taking piano lessons with Janis. You know how hard to let them listen to you, but she did it!
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My lifelong love of reading and writing has manifested in my authoring two books and being the founder and executive director of a writing organization for children for the past five years. As executive director, I oversee curriculums and facilitate a variety of workshops. My greatest joy is seeing the light in a child's eyes when they have mastered something new. I have taught ages 4-6 in London England as a college intern, I have been the director of an educational program in New York City and I have worked with high school students through a national dropout prevention organization to improve their writing and ability to craft successful college essays. Combined, I have over twenty years working with children and inspiring their greater selves. I have several methods that I use to help you reach your goal and discover your perspective on the subject successfully. Now let's get started!

About Jonita
As a mother of four, my first duty was to be the best and first teacher my children ever had. I have incorporated that love of teaching to other young people.

I believe in setting great expectations and celebrating small accomplishments, they, in turn, lead to bigger ones. I love working with children and have made this my business for over twenty years.

I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, a minor in marketing and am currently working on my master's of fine art's degree in writing. I have self-published two books and am currently working on two more. I have founded the Royal Writers Organization, a nonprofit writing program for children and have brought workshops to children, schools and their community institutions for the last five years.

I was that child who wrote and read under my covers with a flashlight, way af
ter the time my parents told me to go to sleep. I wrote until my pencil forged its resting place on the side of my finger. This passion for writing is what I want for my students, and of which I have succeeded in bringing forth in varying degrees. I enjoy traveling to the worlds that lie within books and look forward to taking my students along with me.
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Greer June 27, 2017
· Writing · Online
My daughter needed help with her writing portfolio for an audition. I knew that the competition was going to be fierce and while I believe that my daughter has real talent I also knew that she needed help organizing here ideas. Needless to say, she was selected to participate in the writing program. We both know that Jonita’s guidance and collaboration helped her achieve that goal. Jonita’s teaching style is exceptional and refreshing. My daughter hopes to work with her again as she transitions to the next stage of her journey as a young writer.
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Schandell June 18, 2017
· Writing · In studio
A great resource for teaching young writers to elaborate and cite evidence. Both are key components to being a successful writer for the state writing Assessment.
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Akindeji June 18, 2017
· Writing · In studio
My kids' school teachers and classmates were very impressed with their writing skills after attending writing workshops with Jonita. She has a gift for inspiring children and they always have a great time.
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Growing up with a writing professor as a parent has helped instill in me valuable skills to have for writing. Because of her, along with the great English teachers I have I am able to write an in class essay in 45 minutes in a breeze and write a take home essay without a struggle. Now, let me help you. Let me teach you the tricks that my mother and teachers taught me so that writing is no longer a challenge for you!

About Noah
Hi there! In the past, I have acted as a tutor/teacher in all sorts of situations. Whether it be tutoring students that needed help at my high school to helping out my friends on their homework or even teaching my own Sunday School class in high school. I don't just tutor to make money, I tutor because I love the things I am teaching and I love to see the breakthrough in a student when they understand the thing they are studying. I have plenty of experience tutoring students and am 100% confident that I will be able to help my students improve their grades and more importantly, learn something new!
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