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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 am currently a Teaching Associate with Citizen Schools during the week, So I will have very little time for lessons Monday-Friday. ALSO, I DO NOT DRIVE!!! Please ask about my availability and tell me where you
live prior to hiring 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 Sergey V.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Sergey
Hey guys and gals!
My name is Sergio, i'm 29 years young. I live in Brooklyn, New York. I have 15 years of experience in fitness industry and 10 years in dancing (breakdancing). I specialize in calisthenics (bodyweight training), bodybuilding and powerlifting, TRX, Group Classes and more.
I teach breakdancing from beginner to intermediate levels.
I also teach basic gymnastics such as handstands, bridges, cartwheels, walkovers, splits. I do not teach flips!
You can check out my Instagram: Fitnesslife1129

Tell me your goals and ask any questions you may have, i will do my best to help you!
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Heather C. September 24, 2017
· Gymnastics · Online
Wow Sergey is really great at this! My daughter just turned 5 and is still practicing her headstands against the wall hours later. Sergey's advice to have her 'help' me practice MY stretching is a double win and making her more willing to do her pushups and splits too. We are really looking forward to the next class already. Thank you so much for all the advice and feeback post class too, Sergey!
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kaylee September 9, 2015
· Gymnastics · In home
my dad said that i could only do gymnastics if there was one in stamford and i guess that there is you sound likea really good teacher and itlooks likeother people like you so im going to tell my dad about you and see if i can do it
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Sarah Newton July 14, 2015
· Flexibility Training · Online
It was a great lesson and Sergey speant way more time with me than what he needed to. He is very knowledgable about exercise and very flexible.
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Sergey V.

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About Marie B.

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Glendale, CA
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About Marie
I have worked in Animation for over 20 years, from traditional 2D animation to computer, initially in Canada, in Montreal, more precisely. In '97, I was hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studio to train their animators on the computer. I taught computer animation software, mainly Maya, and Photoshop to hundreds of talented artists here in Burbank. I was also creating and writing teaching materials, so I am well versed in Word, and Illustrator.

My other passion is Fashion Design. I am a Fashion Design graduate from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). I studied Fashion so I could make my own patterns. I have been sewing for over 30 years and just love creating clothing or costumes for my children and I, with commercial patterns or my own patterns. I am pretty crafty, really good at modifying patterns, and I have a grea
t knowledge of fabrics. I love fashion illustration and the whole process of creating a line.

I really enjoy teaching, and after years of teaching animation software, I craved teaching something more hands-on, and I have been enjoying teaching sewing and fashion design. It is rewarding to pass on a skill that used to be taught from generation to generation, but that less and less people are learning nowadays.

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.
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Carling S. September 11, 2017
· Fashion Design · In home
very good
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Ashlyn July 8, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Marie did a great job of working with my 12 year old daughter. She was quickly able to adjust to the skill level necessary to help my daughter continue to grow her sewing skills!
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Anthony June 14, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Marie really took the time to understand what i wanted to do, and worked with me to develop a custom lesson plan to help achieve my goals. I really enjoy working with her!
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Marie B.

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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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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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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Kari B.

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Fairfax, VA
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About Kari
Hi, there! My name is Kari and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2006 and have loved helping my students learn to sew, crochet, dye, and craft. I have worked in costume design and craft at the Barter Theatre (State Theatre of Virginia) and am looking to spread my talents with students that are eager to learn. I love working with children and adults alike. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Mike April 19, 2016
· Sewing · In home
I went to Kari to get help with hidden stitches to make upholstery Seam repairs. She really helped me fix a lot of bad habits. I'll continue to work with her on leather seams as well. She is very professional as a teacher. She has a very good eye and can catch mistakes quickly. I was quite impressed with her artistic abilities. Kari has a really unique set of skills.
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Eve November 24, 2015
· Paper Crafts · In studio
Took lesson with Kari on homemade papermaking.creative methods using flowers, yarn to make paper. very happy with my experience
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Kathy November 24, 2015
· Sewing · In home
Kari taught my 12 year-old autistic son how to sew a pillow. It was a 6-week process but she was very calm and excited to share her skills. She did such a good job that I asked her to babysit him after the lessons were over. She taught classes after school at his Elementary school and the children always had a wonderful experience with beautiful projects to show.
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About Sarah L.

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San Bruno, CA
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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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Ken May 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Sarah was on time and she did her homework! She uses a Cannon and have have a Nikon, she read the owners manuel prior to the first lesson, very impressive. She answered all my questions and looking forward to the next lesson.
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Brandon February 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Sarah is amazing, I truly enjoyed learning from her. She opened my eyes to the sewing world in general, and specifically to what I was interested in. I am grateful for the experience and am better because of it.
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Clifford December 17, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Working with Sarah has been great! She has shared her knowledge freely, has a keen, artistic eye, and provides lots of creative solutions. I hope to enlist her services again in the future.
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Bruno, CA 94066
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$100 / 120-min

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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 including teaching chess lessons at school.
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Stuart P.

Stuart P.

Online
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About Celestine B.

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Decatur, GA
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About Celestine
I'm a professional fashion designer and seamstress. I enjoy teaching the skill to anyone who has ever desired to learn. I have over 11 years experience in sewing. It is my passion!
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Emily August 23, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Very patient and knowledgeable.
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Celestine B.

Celestine B.

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