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About James B.

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Alameda, CA

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About James
I have 20 years of experience as a tutor. I have had my own private tutoring business. My area of expertise is math (basic arithmetic to“ pre-calculus); however, I have tutored in English (grammar and writing), Computer science (Word, Works, Windows OS, and other general computer problems), as well as other subjects. In addition, I also have 15 years of experience working with after school programs both as a tutor and as a recreational instructor. My recreational activities consisted of cheer leading, dance, computer science, graphic design, music (singing), and board games. I have worked with children of all ages.

NOTE: I'm trying to do more online sessions for my students. If you need in-home tutoring please ask before booking and give a the days & hours that work for you. ALSO, I DO NOT DRIVE!!! Please ask about my availabil
ity and tell me where you live prior to booking me!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
Tutoring sessions are 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum (depending on subject).

Basic sessions may consist of the following:
Review of current or past trouble spots
Homework help
Test prep and/or review
Extra practice exercises

Single and multiple subject sessions are possible depending on tutor assessment and availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary to High School)
Writing (Creative and Essay)
Music (Voice - Basics)
Computers (Basic Literacy & Various Programs)
Other
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Pia November 10, 2015
· Arithmetic · In studio
James and I worked together for 4 months at an elementary school tutoring 3-5 graders in math and english. James is professional, intelligent, and creative. It was a pleasure working with him. He cares very much for the youth in our community.
We've stayed in touch via email and are developing a friendship I hope lasts a life time. He is good people.
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gregory N. October 30, 2015
· Singing · In home
james is a good voice instructor with many years of experience to share with you to get you to be the best singer you can be.
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Sherita N July 1, 2015
· Study Skills · In studio
James is an excellent instructor that has tremendous amount of patience with the most difficult students. He is also very skillful in academics especially English and language arts. He has the unquie ability to break the assignment or steps down for the student to learn on his/her individual level! A great pleasure to work beside him !
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James B.

James B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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$25 / 60-min

About Sandy Q.

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Vista, CA
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About Sandy
Having taught Chinese Language Skills in the private sector, primary, secondary and college institutions for a number of years in China, has not only given me great confidence to teach in a classroom setting, but has inherently brought an instructor comfort that feels natural to me.
In addition, finding an opportunity where I can assist the kids, middle school and high school students and adults who love to learn Chinese college staff while maintaining my teaching proficiency in traditional or simplified Chinese characters is both welcome and rewarding to me.

I'm certain that my rich knowledge and years of experience in classroom practical application of Chinese Curriculum / Culture coupled with my love to teach make me a professional, responsible and patient teacher.

In addition, I can teach you Chinese in your location which
is no more than 10 miles away from Vista where I live. I can also teach you how to play badminton and cook delicious authentic Chinese food.
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Walker September 23, 2018
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
My kids are enjoying leaning Chinese!
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Jackie G. January 30, 2018
· Origami · Online
My daughter had a great experience and is looking forward to the next lesson.
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Nolan M. October 13, 2015
· Mandarin · In studio
Ms. Qi is a very accessible and diligent teacher. My son can be difficult, but she found ways to quickly connect with him and get him to open up. She accommodated his need for assistance with his regular work, but encouraged us to "start again" with Chinese which is probably a good idea. Very much appreciate her experience and enthusiasm.
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Sandy Q.

Sandy Q.

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About Sarah L.

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San Bruno, CA
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About Sarah
Hello, and thank you for visiting my page! I have been an artist for my whole life and I am passionate about sharing my love of creativity with others. I earned an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA in 2007 and have been a freelance costume designer, college professor, photographer, illustrator, and jewelry designer.

As much as I love to create, what I really love is to help somebody learn to do something they love and create something they can be proud of! I am happy teaching all ages, and I specialize in helping each student find his or her unique vision.

I can teach sewing by hand and on a machine, including how to read and understand the instructions in commercial patterns. Bring your project and I'll help you make it happen! I am highly skilled at teaching life drawing, as well as marker rendering and watercolor fashion illustr
ation. Photography is my other passion, and I look forward to helping you understand how to use a camera's many features, and your eye, to create art.
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Krista October 15, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Sarah was great! She was very patient & helped me with specific alterations I’ve been struggling with forever!
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Nasreen Z. September 8, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
The teacher was very good and so patient with my pace. The only problem I had was the distance with traffic it was almost 2 hours to go and return.
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Anjali June 1, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Sarah is sweet, patient, incredibly knowledgeable and takes extreme pride in her craft - all things I appreciate. I HIGHLY recommend working with her.
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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$50 / 60-min

About Kathy S.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Kathy
I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist in San Francisco! I received my Masters of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute and my Bachelors degree at Skidmore College. I make painting and textile-based 3D installations and have shown widely in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. I was a 2016 Artist-In-Residence at Recology and a 2017 Artist-In-Residence at the Lucid Art Foundation. I also have some exciting opportunities on the horizon! I’m passionate about arts education, interdisciplinary thinking, art history, ecological stewardship, and color theory. I love teaching art!

I’ve taught a variety of ages and skill levels and care about each student as an individual artist and human being. I design individualized lesson plans for each student with creative, engaging assignments that focus on both technical skill and personal exp
ression. I love helping my students learn and grow as artists.

I’m passionate about art history and color theory. In our lessons, not only will you learn how to draw and paint, you will also learn the cultural history around the subject. I will show you historical and contemporary examples of artwork that fit thematically with our lessons. We will have engaging conversations about art while we draw and paint. I can also point you towards art openings happening around the Bay Area.

My personal teaching style is patient, constructive, and encouraging. With practice and hard work, I can help you achieve your goals.

Other things I love include: Spending time in the Great Outdoors, listening to Billie Holiday, and cooking elaborate meals!
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Melanie June 28, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Kathy was wonderful working with my son and really took the time to get to know him and his personal intetests. She then patiently guided him through some if the essentials of drawing while incorporating subject matter that would inspire and motivate him. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for personalized and knowledgeable instruction.
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giulia May 14, 2018
· Painting · In home
Absolutely great teacher :)
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Lauren April 4, 2018
· Watercolor Painting · In home
Lesson was really fun and we got farther than I expected to in the first session! Kathy was prompt, polite, and professional. Thanks so much!
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Kathy S.

Kathy S.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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$76 / 60-min

About Cheryl V.

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Imperial Beach, CA

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About Cheryl
Are you excited about learning how to crochet? Are you ready to create great gifts, crafts, projects, and more, to keep, or give away to someone special? If yes, than come learn with me! I have been crocheting for over 10years. I am very passionate, skillful, and successful in this art of work. I will teach you the basic, beginner to intermediate level concepts and techniques of learning how to crochet. I can also teach you how to finger crochet. No crochet hooks needed! How cool is that! Save money, Super fun as well!
Each session, we will focus on a skill, following a small craft, for more practice on the skill. We will move at your pace, so, no need to worry!
Remember, crocheting is a relaxing, fun, skill/technique. If you stick with me, have fun, and continue to practice over a period of time, I can guarantee, that you will eventua
lly master the skill, and off to making beautiful crafty projects fast!
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Orna November 16, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Cheryl gave me my first "official" crochet lesson and it was time very well spent. Cheryl explained why every step is important to the whole process and how to ensure I don't make the common mistakes (which I was making) so that my project would come out well. I WILL be back for more lessons!!!
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Becky October 28, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Just had my first lesson with Cheryl. She is so nice to work with, and she was so patient with me!! I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn to crochet. I have signed up for more lessons with her, and I can't wait! Thanks, Cheryl, for an enjoyable lesson!
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Kassie October 3, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Very nice and helpful!
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Cheryl V.

Cheryl V.

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About Maria D.

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Downey, CA
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I am passionate about what I do! I am American but I have lived in Argentina most of my life. I have recently moved back to US. I worked as a Spanish Teacher at Buenos Aires University and as a Spanish and Literature Teacher at Saint Ciaran School located in Buenos Aires too. As a Spanish teacher for foreigners and natives I have developed strong teaching skills related to adults, teenagers and young students.

I have prepared creative lesson plans meant to reach them on various learning levels and used a variety of instructional strategies to provide equity and excellence to students (games, images, audio files). I also have more than 10 years of experience as a private teacher!
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· Spanish · Online
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Florence November 7, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Maria was a very good Spanish teacher in that she would pay attention to your weak points and make sure you understood your mistakes. She was also a very nice person.
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Natalia November 4, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
She is an excellent teacher and a great person!

She is patient with her students and very clear in her explanations. She also created a very nice environment in the classroom.

I learnt a lot in her classes and had a lot of fun as well!
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Maria D.

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$20 / 30-min

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para V.

Fremont, CA 94539
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$34 / 30-min

About Jesse T.

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Clovis, CA
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I have a passion for chess. Teaching for almost 15 years. Students ranging from 7 to 60 and from just learning how the pieces move to 1900 rating. Graduate of the remote chess academy (No certificate, but having gone through all modules released except for the last one that was released a few months ago.) Several city level championships from the Fresno area which is local to me. Material is not scripted but can supply related reading materials on request. I focus on thinking process, which helps with finding the right moves in any position. This includes Openings, Tactics, Positional themes, Endgames.
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Jesse T.

Jesse T.

Online
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$42 / 60-min

About Celeste F.

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Oakland, CA
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Hello, fellow creatives!
I got into sewing when I was 17 years old after getting my first sewing machine (as requested) for Christmas. I really wanted to make my own raver wear and the first thing I made was butterfly printed pants. I loved being able to express myself thru the costumes I made and have been ever since!
I have made everything from traditional Halloween costumes (cheerleader, poison ivy, ringmaster, genie etc) to costumes for burning man for myself and all my friends including my boyfriends, to costumes for performers like professional hula hoopers, fire spinners, stilt walkers, dancers, and DJs. Basically, I help anyone who wants to have fun while they look fabulous in their own one of a kind costume.
Some of my more notable creations have been- Steampunk couple including steampunk toy gun, Mad hater that won a
costume contest, Derek from Zoolander, Sun goddess with headpiece, rainbow bright, His and hers Space cadet costumes and so many more!
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Celeste F.

Celeste F.

Oakland, CA 94606
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$34 / 30-min

About Sarah M.

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South San Francisco, CA
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I can help with many projects to get you to the finish line wit patience and positive motivation.
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Sarah M.

Sarah M.

South San Francisco, CA 94080
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$25 / 30-min

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