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About Daniel M.

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San Antonio, TX

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I am an avid chess player. I am a 3rd category chess player. I am part of the Chess Federation in Peru and USA. I can teach little kids as well as to people who want to improve their openings, middle game, and endgame. My Rating is 1500+.

About Daniel
I love teaching, I can teach you at where you at and take you where you need to be. I only need a student with the desire to learn and to practice.
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Jason June 22, 2017
· GMAT · Online
I needed to get 690+ and I had bad experiences with other academies and tutor in the past. He gave me the foundations and the confidence to achieve my goal.
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Jacob April 13, 2017
· Spanish · Online
Daniel is a great teacher!
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Clayce March 5, 2017
· Pre Calculus · Online
This was the first lesson for my son. He was actually surprised and thought that it was a great first lesson. He said that Daniel reviewed the concepts with him which allowed him to solve the problems. He is motivated and is looking forward to his next lesson.
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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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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Judith F. November 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Melissa is a knowledgeable, direct and friendly instructor. I appreciated her foundational growth method. Teaching from the basics and building from there. I am looking forward to future lessons. Thank you Melissa!
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Diana August 27, 2016
· Watercolor Painting · In home
Melissa was a great teacher. She was clear, patient, and provided the right amount of instruction. She provided very interesting information about the subject. I really enjoyed the lesson and will continue.
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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Hiro H.

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Schaumburg, IL
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Class A (USCF rating of 1800-1999), ready to improve your game!
My objective is to help you get better at the game of chess. Playing chess can improve your ability to focus deeper.

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Class A Player
Led my High School chess team to a 3rd place finish at our conference
Personal achievements:
2 time state medalist at first board, while finishing top 15 all 4 years of my High School at state.
2 time 1st place finisher at the Glenbard South Raider's tournament, the second largest High School tournament in IL
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Sandeep February 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Great experiance teaching to my son
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Naren January 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
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Denise December 5, 2016
· Chess · In studio
It was a bit hard to schedule a lesson with him because of our work schedule and his school schedule. He did mention it was finals week for him so i understand. We actually lost track of time and spend an extra 30 mins playing! It was fun! And i will schedule another lesson soon!
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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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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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Aarti June 1, 2017
· Chess · Online
Clear, thorough and easy to follow directions with effective communication skills. Interesting and fun learning experience.
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Agamya May 28, 2017
· Chess · Online
Good communication, knowledgeable. My daughter was comfortable learning.
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About Stuart P.

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Attleboro, MA

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I'm a former England junior national and regional chess champion with 25 years’ experience coaching all ages of chess player from children to adults. I've set up and coached chess clubs in 5 schools in England and the USA. In 2014, I was the Rhode Island Elementary School Chess League Coach of the Year. In addition to chess coaching experience, I have 7 years’ elementary teaching experience in England and Rhode Island.

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I'm a former England junior national and regional chess champion with 25 years’ experience coaching all ages of chess player from children to adults. I've set up and coached chess clubs in 5 schools in England and the USA. In 2014, I was the Rhode Island Elementary School Chess League Coach of the Year. In addition to chess coaching experience, I have 7 years’ elementary teaching experience in England and Rhode Island including teaching chess lessons at school.
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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!

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Microsoft Access
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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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Piaget July 24, 2017
· JavaScript · Online
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About Jacob O.

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Syracuse, NY

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9 years of teaching experience, 5 grade level state championships, and one co-win at the US Junior Open!

I specialize in the beginner/intermediate chess student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Whether a student is just starting out and wants to know how to beat their dad, or a student is playing towards scholastic championships, I can raise your rating and the quality of your play after just two weeks of lessons!

Learn to play creatively, intelligently, and soulfully. Chess is not just a brain game. Chess is a game about life - about making decisions, coming up with creative solutions to problems, planning ahead while being flexible to change, and constantly putting yourself in your opponent's shoes.

In addition to being a scholastic chess champion, I am a published and awarded poet, a musician, an artist, a meditator, and an accomplished student. By cultivating the important skills of problem-solving, determination, ...

About Jacob
Five-time Ohio scholastic chess champion, and a US Junior Open co-champion. Poet at Syracuse University's prestigious MFA program, where I also teach undergraduate composition.

My seventh poetry chapbook, With Porcupine, won the 2015 Ruby Irene Prize from Arcadia Press. My work appears in The Poetry Review, The Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, and over 60 other publications. You can read my work at jacoboet.com.

I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016, with a major in Poetry and Translation and a minor in Russian (GPA 3.83). I am currently a teaching fellow in the Poetry MFA at Syracuse University. My SAT is 2320 (CR800, W800, M720), and my GRE 330 (VR170, QR160).

I have been practicing Zen and other forms of meditation on a daily basis for 5 years. I have lived and practiced at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Zen monastery in the C
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I bring a sense of playfulness and humor to all of my teaching. I also always show up at 100% with my whole heart and mind. I set high goals and inspire the passion my students need to reach them.
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Mark July 12, 2017
· Creative Writing · In studio
I loved learning creative writing from Jacob! He was a really fun teacher, but was also serious about helping me learn. He was always prepared, and really seemed to care about my thoughts.

What I loved most was how it never felt like he was talking AT me, but instead, he was talking with me.

I can't recommend Jacob enough!
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Rebecca July 12, 2017
· Poetry · Online
Jacob is an adept teacher. In poetry where everything is up to the reader's interpretation, Jacob remained unbiased and gave me great advice, drawing from his vast personal experience. He never tells me what to write, just gives suggestions on what he thinks could be changed.
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Michelle July 12, 2017
· Creative Writing · Online
I've been sending my poetry to Jacob for a long time. He's a very deep and generous reader and always asks a lot of questions before offering suggestions, to make sure that he understands completely what I am trying to accomplish. When he gives me critiques, he has an amazing knack at separating the meat from the bone, tightening my lines, and modifying my structure to best suit my vision for the work.
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