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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)
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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 Elizabeth H.

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Charlotte, NC

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Hi, there! My name is Elizabeth and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2013 and have loved helping my students learn a new skill and gain confidence in their abilities. I went to UNCGreensboror and earned a degree in fashion design in 2003. I'm a patient and fun person and my teaching style is something I try to tailor to each student's goals and needs on an individual basis. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Marsha February 24, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Elizabeth was AMAZING! She made sure I was comfortable with the skills we went over before she left and she was so full of information! She gave me confidence in my project and made me aware of more tools that will really help me in the future. If you want to learn amything at all about sewing you need Elizabeth!
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Misti September 22, 2016
· Sewing · In home
Elizabeth was amazing! Exactly what I needed and so easy to understand in her instruction and guidance. Very knowledgeable in all things sewing and sewing machines, she was a definite life saver in my struggles! On time and took time in explaining things to me to make sure I completely understood!
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Margo P. February 4, 2016
· Sewing · In studio
Elizabeth was wonderful! Very patient, knowledgeable & an excellent teacher!!
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Elizabeth H.

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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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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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Marla November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.
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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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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Matthew C.

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Boston, MA
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About Matthew
Hello, there! My name is Matthew! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learn the knitting/crocheting basics, expand their understanding of their abilities, and find a proactive way to relieve stress and bad moods. I teach knitting English or Continental style, multiple cast on methods and when to use them, different increase and decrease methods achieving different looks depending on the pattern and desired outcome, and finally different bind off methods.

I knit and crochet for a high fashion handcrafted company (The Third Piece), I have an Etsy shop, and am commissioned to crochet for international competitions. I'm a kind and outgoing person and my teaching style is relaxed yet focused, goal oriented, and fun! Knitting and crocheting are wonderful ways to express yourself, relieve stress,
and to make gifts for multiple occasions. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Peter R. October 5, 2017
· Knitting · Online
Matthew is an amazing teacher. I am a beginning knitter and really needed help. Because of his patience and expertise, I am back on track. I will definitely take another lesson from him.
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Anne-Marie January 8, 2017
· Knitting · In home
He's totally delightful -- and know his stuff. I plan to continue with him. Highly recommend him --
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Alexandra October 26, 2016
· Knitting · In studio
Matthew was wonderful! He showed me the basics of knitting in one lesson and I am now on my way to knitting a scarf for my Mother. I'm very excited to continue working with him!
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Matthew C.

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About maria J.

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Oakland, CA

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About maria
Hello! My name is Maria and I love fashion! I have been in the clothing and fashion industry for 20 years. My knowledge of sewing and construction is vast. I have taught since 2010 and love sharing my skills with students who have an interest in sewing and/or fashion.

A little bit about my education:

I graduated from NYU with an undergrad degree in History, received an associates degree from Sotheby's in London for 19th and 20th century decorative arts, received an associates degree from the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion in San Francisco in pattern making and design.

Presently, I am an owner/designer of a company called Calliope. We have been making fashion accessories which are all produced in Oakland for the last eight years.

I would love the opportunity to share and teach what I have learned over the years. I am
a good listener and have clear communication in an easy and relaxed setting.

I care deeply about the environment, especially the animals and my business and life reflect that passion. All of the products I create are vegan and our fabrics are thoughtfully sourced so as to leave as little "footprint" as possible. I care about putting beautiful and thoughtful products into the marketplace.
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Julia February 13, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Maria was a very thoughtful and thorough instructor. I would definitely take another class with her!
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Amy September 13, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Maria is a talented designer whose products show quality craftsmanship and thoughtful attention to detail. She is a calm and patient presence when teaching, even amidst a group of chaotic pre-teen girls as my daughters can attest! Maria makes quality choices with her fabrics and materials, making sure they are both beautiful and non-harmful to nature. You will love working with her!
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maria J.

maria J.

Oakland, CA 94602
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About Olivia G.

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Bainbridge Island, WA
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I began studying astrology in 2010 after moving to a remote area for a change of scenery and received my certification from The School of Evolutionary Astrology in 2013.

On a personal level, I started looking into astrology because I felt my sign didn’t hit every angle of my being. When I read about other signs growing up, I always felt a part of me identified with each of them. I began my studies with the intention of discovering for myself if astrology was “for real” and it lead me to a treasure trove of self-discovery.

A common misconception about astrology is that it will tell you your future and it’s set in stone. In medieval times, when astronomers and astrologers were one in the same, astrology was only practiced with royalty to discern the potential of an heir. Those times were fragile for humanity day to day, and had a ten
dency to view cause and effect on a fatalistic scale.
Centuries later, the understanding of Astrology and its concepts have evolved. Particularly in Evolutionary Astrology, each soul has free will, there is no sealed fate. What it does show us is the potential of each soul. The planets provide the energy to produce the opportunities for the potential, the soul gets to choose to take it and if so, how it takes it.

It is my belief that astrology provides an empowering method of self-discovery. It is a central focus in my teaching to create an encouraging and safe atmosphere that allows students to look at dynamics in their lives and not only understand the root of it, but provide practical tools that help heal and lead to solutions. With this, I maintain a comfortable pace when working with more sensitive topics and areas of experience to prevent overwhelm.

Although astrology is a metaphysical and occult subject, my approach in teaching does not stray from “the real world”, so to speak. My students aren’t left in the fog deciphering whimsical metaphors that they can’t apply to their everyday life. They gain through each lesson a more comprehensive understanding to what they can utilize as a universal language. My rule of thumb is that if you can label opposing themes, hot vs. cold or wet vs. dry, then you can l learn astrology. If you find yourself connecting symbols throughout your day, you can learn astrology.
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Chloe December 24, 2017
· Astrology · Online
I never knew how deep astrology was! All I knew was that I was a Gemini but idk I guess I never felt like one until you explained it to me lol. So much to think about until next week, you’re awesome!
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Olivia G.

Olivia G.

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About Tonya Tarr S.

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Redwood City, CA
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About Tonya Tarr
I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a focus in Metals and Jewelry, and a minor in Art History. After college I managed the jewelry section of the school's bookstore before being asked to become the metals and jewelry department chair's assistant. I wore many hats while working over a decade in the department, from teacher to lab technician, and taught students a variety of skills from hand rendering, metals and plastics fabrication and casting to programming in CAD. I love making accessories and have been making beads, brooches and barrettes in polymer clay and felt since I was in junior high. I started metalsmithing in high school, after having dabbled in numerous 2D and performance arts since I can remember. 

I have taught classes of all ages. Starting with K-5, my experience ranges from small private groups to
20+ kids, the same holds true when speaking of my experience with teens and adults/trained professionals. Having a passion to spread art to the community is important to me. I’m currently the 'Art in Action' volunteer to my Kindergarteners class where I teach 25 kids a bit of art history while doing an art lesson. When living in Savannah Georgia, I created a group of volunteers, created lesson plans, trained volunteers and taught art classes to different elementary schools in the area, visiting different classes and age groups. I also taught mixed ages summer camp at various locations. While at the college I helped teach ‘Art Educators Forum’- classes for renewing art teacher's accreditation- the ages ranged from mid 20's-mid 60's for that group. Aound the same time I taught ‘Rising Star’- a program for incoming college freshman, to give them a taste of the major once they arrived to the college.

I grew up outside of Chicago Illinois, moved to Savannah Georgia to follow my love of metalsmithing. Found another love while in GA, and after spending a little over a decade there, we moved to Chicago. Less then a year later we moved again- out to sunny California, where we raise 2 kids and enjoy the year round great weather and family events this area has to offer.
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Tonya Tarr S.

Tonya Tarr S.

Redwood City, CA 94061
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$50 / 30-min

About Kodjo A.

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Riverside, CA

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About Kodjo
Most people simply call me Joe. I have a bachelors in Fine Art, an MBA and been making clothes for my clients for over 25 years. I taught many people sewing and they've gone ahead to tackle various projects on their own to their own disbelief. Creativity comes to me naturally and with a background in figure drawing and painting, my knowledge of anatomy of the human figure helps a lot in translating it into designs for all figure types and sizes. I have handled many interior design projects also, so all these experiences equip me with immense knowledge to transfer to those who want to learn all about sewing, whether as a beginner, an intermediary or advanced student.
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Petrina February 6, 2018
· Sewing · In home
I can sincerely attest to Kojo's examplary work and professionalism. He has been my clothes designer for years and great teacher in his field. I can't think of any better tutor and creative arts person who is an eventor in his field.
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About Jade A.

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As an avid knitter myself, I feel that knitting is such a rewarding hobby. I have been knitting for the last three years, and it has helped me relax after school or work, given me an activity for road trips and plane rides, and has made me a very popular gift-giver! It really is one of my favorite things to do, and is something I'm really passionate about. I can't wait to teach you how to knit!
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Jade A.

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Livermore, CA
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Passionate about CHESS and sharing knowledge learnt from various games on tournaments, online games, friends etc. I will teach with simple examples and understandable way
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Mahesvar A.

Mahesvar A.

Livermore, CA 94550
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