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About James B.

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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)
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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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About Sam C.

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Miami, FL
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About Sam
If you are looking for a top national chess teacher, with over a decade of professional full-time teaching experience, result driven, proven record and highly educated, look no further.
I HAVE RAISED STUDENTS RATINGS OVER 1000+ points in approximately 1year!! Please find another teacher online that can make that claim and also prove it! I have not found one yet. In this world you get what you pay for, so if you are looking for value, you have found the right chess teacher- welcome!

I'm a certified teacher and a national ranked chess player, with a 2100+ rating on ICC. During my 10 years + as a professional full-time chess teacher, I have taught OVER 1000 kids from grades K-8 and won many prestigious awards/trophies. 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 in south Florida to grades K-8. I really enjoy teaching and my school's team has won many prestigious national and local titles/trophies, under my leadership.
Furthermore, in the past few years, my students have 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 when I teach. As a professional teacher, I’m very patient and focus mainly of each of my students’ individual strengths and weaknesses.
Moreover, I then customize a personalized curriculums for each of my students, once I have assessed them. Additionally, having a degree in psychology, from a #2 university allows me to implement many effective learning/teaching strategies for my students’ lessons.

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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Alejandro October 18, 2018
· Chess · Online
Steller chess teacher!
Sam, is just such a great instructor. He's highly educated and professional and brings a wealth of knowledge to each chess lessons. He really went out of his way to connect with my 10 year old son-He's fantastic with children. Sam, convinced my son to play in tournaments and in the past 6 months, his rating has gone up by 700 USCF points! I could not be happier- Thank you Sam!
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Dr. Cedeno September 7, 2018
· Chess · In home
I normally don’t leave reviews, but after gone trough a few mediocre chess teachers, we are so happy we found Sam and I wanted to take a minute to say that Sam is an phenomenal chess teacher, our children( girl and boy, 6 & 9 ) Love his lessons and have grown so much in terms of chess skill level. Sam is very professional, super patient and uses exceptional effective teaching methods. He’s the best chess teacher we have found in south Florida, after years of changing teachers! Thank you Sam!
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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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Sam C.

Sam C.

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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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Kristi F. November 29, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
The two hour lesson was perfect for me. I needed a refresher course and Sarah reviewed all the areas of concern. At this time I do not have a follow up appointment set. I want to take what was discussed today and apply it to my sewing projects. I would definitely recommend Sarah for any of your sewing needs.
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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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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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About LILY Q.

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New York, NY
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I am a fashion designer/instructor and former social worker. I am very patient with students and passionate about sewing. I get excited watching students build skills gradually from basic through advanced level techniques.
Also, I am one of the few teachers in the country who teaches the exclusive "Freehand" sewing, which is sewing without ready-made (commercial) pattern, like our grandparents did.
As a social worker, I taught participants in a homeless shelter, how to make various items geared towards independent living. For six years now, I've been teaching at a fabric store in East Harlem where patrons sign up for group sewing lessons as well as private lessons. I teach garment construction, alterations, home decor, and various sewing projects.
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Zulima September 24, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I had my first lesson with Ms. lily love her she is so thorough with her explanations, patient, and kind. She knows her stuff and she makes me even kite excited to learn how to sew. Anywhere Ms.lily goes I'm going..lol
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Sarah June 19, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Lily is amazing!
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Juice R. May 30, 2018
· Sewing · In home
An absolutely good teacher. She knows her stuff.
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

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About Tyra F.

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Washington, DC

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I graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor in Music Education and am getting my graduate degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland.
My primary instrument is clarinet and euphonium but am familiar with most instruments at a beginner to intermediate level.
As a woodwind specialist, I have taught clarinet, flute and saxophone during summer camps and programs for multiple years.
I'm currently the clarinet technique teacher at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.

I have been knitting and crocheting for 12 years and have made a wide range of products from hair bows to sweaters.

I am patient and willing to teach all levels of students in a variety of subjects and am willing to cater the lessons to your needs.
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Amari June 24, 2018
· Clarinet · Online
Great 1st lesson! Tyra was very professional and had a good first interaction with my son. It’s also very clear she enjoys what she does.
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Sarah C. May 5, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
We really like Tyra. She is great with our daughter!
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Rhode December 28, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
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Tyra F.

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About Kathy S.

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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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Cora November 28, 2018
· Drawing · In home
Cora was very happy with her first lesson!
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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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Kathy S.

Kathy S.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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$80 / 60-min

About Ajay A.

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I am professional chess player with rating as 2000. My main strengths are combinations ,streategy and positional play.
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Ajay A.

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About Stephanie M.

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I'm Stephanie and I love knitting. I taught myself to knit while recuperating from a back injury in 2002 and I have been knitting ever since. Its relaxing and therapeutic while at the same time giving you a chance to create something functional and beautiful for family and friends.
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Stephanie M.

Stephanie M.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

About Atousa P.

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Encino, CA
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About Atousa
Becoming the world youth champion at 12 and chess Grand Master at 20, would have never been possible without receiving the best chess lessons from my trainers and coaches. And I believe everyone needs guidance in chess. So I’m here to share my knowledge with you.

Despite being a professional chess player since I was 9, I’ve been teaching chess since 2006 and started my own chess school in 2008.

Private Lesson is an excellent way to learn, implement and achieve desired results for ambitious players or children who want to start chess methodically. Also it helps any chess player to improve his or her chess. My students range are from beginner to master lever.
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Atousa P.

Atousa P.

Online
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$42 / 30-min

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