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About Patricia M.

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San Pedro, CA
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About Patricia
As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musical Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than
to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

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I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

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Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

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Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

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I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
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Megan D. June 30, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Patricia is the best instructor ever! Her love for and knowledge about piano is so inspiring! I learned so much and got so much out of each lesson. She is a joy to be with and I'm truely lucky to have had her as my instructor!
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Cj R. February 12, 2015
· Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
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Narumi N. November 24, 2014
· Vocal Training · In studio
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D
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Patricia M.

Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA 90732
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About Gilbert M.

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I have worked for many Colleges and Kids Sports organizations. I have been background checked many times. I also teach kids of many ages at The Arbor Learning Center home schooling group.

Mr. M. is a CG artist. Like many, his love for art started in grade school and evolved in high school. While running his own T-Shirt Design company, "Extreme Limitations", he was able to quickly see the power of design, layout, color, and typography.

With over twenty years of experience in Graphic Design, Illustration, Prototype Design, Game Art, and Motion Graphics, Mr. M. now spends his time teaching students in many different graphic disciplines. He has been at Norco College since 2006 teaching 3D Modeling, Animation, Beginning and Advanced Photoshop, Illustrator, Digital Sculpting and Character Design. He has also taught 3D Modeling, Anim
ation, Drawing, Motion Graphics, and Video Editing at Coastline Community College, and Cypress College, Santa Ana and is now teaching 3D Modeling at Mt. SAC.

In his free time, Mr. M. freelances for companies helping production schedules that are running behind. In 2009, Gilbert won an Emmy.
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Rashad S. January 14, 2017
· Drawing · Online
i learn alot from where i need to improve on. taught me its alway best to practice everyday so i can become better and improve and to not just trace or copy go by what i see. he is a good teacher and i will come back
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Jade April 22, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · In home
This experience really helped me grasp important concepts that I otherwise would have never known. I feel like I learned A LOT in only 3 classes and I can't wait to learn more. Gil was very productive; he based the lessons on what I use Photoshop for and actually allowed us to work on projects that I had to do for work, instead of just teaching what he wanted to teach. He was SUPER patient and never made me feel bad for stopping to take notes. I would definitely recommend him to anyone trying to learn a computer program he is knowledgeable in. This is totally irrelevant, but he has cool hair too! Thanks Gilbert!
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Jessica April 15, 2016
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Great, helpful experience
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Gilbert M.

Gilbert M.

Anaheim, CA 92804
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About Drea C.

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Glendale, CA

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About Drea
I have been in the creative industry since I was a child. I have been singing since I came out of the womb! And doing photography since high school. I am now in front and behind the camera as an actress/on camera host, and I am a professional photographer/videographer. I have behind the camera for companies such as VH1, MTV, Fuse TV, and the New York Post. In front of the camera, you have probably seen me in films such as Relativity Media's, "Act of Valor," "Baby Mama" (Opp Tina Fey/Sigourney Weaver), and Chris Rock's "I Think I Love my Wife." My experience both in front and behind the camera compliments each other as I understand what is needed for both positions. I try to keep my lessons informative and fun! -- Anything can be achieved if you take your time and you really want it.

I teach both in front and behind the camera :
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Twilla Loewen December 21, 2015
· Photography · Online
My instructor Drea was a very was a very Patient and was prepared for our lessons. She sends an email and get a basic understanding of what your goals are what type of equipment you're planning on using and if she is unfamiliar with you for particular camera she does her research and is prepared to answer you any of your questions. I would recommend taking photography classes from her, I intend to continue taking lessons from Drea she is a treasure trove of knowledge.
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John F. June 26, 2015
· Photography · In studio
good teacher,
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Drea C.

Drea C.

Glendale, CA 91201
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$55 / 30-min

About Megan R.

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Topanga, CA
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Thanks for considering me as your art teacher! I look forward to talking with you about your goals and creating a custom lesson to fit your needs. Wether you are a beginner, looking to gain a new skill, a student, wanting more creativity in your life or coming back to art after a break, I have the education and experience to help you!

My methods combine classical and modern art techniques in a fun, interesting and friendly way. Take a look at my portfolio images to see examples of my work in acrylic, oil, charcoal, graphite pencil and watercolor!

Group Art Classes*:
I also offer group art classes as a way for family and friends to bond through the creative process !

*Group Lessons have special pricing - Please contact me about Group prices*
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Nancy October 12, 2018
· Oil Painting · In home
Megan is very patient, easy going and super talented. The perfect instructor. I am an amateur and learned so much in just one lesson. Definitely booking more appointments.
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Leanne H. June 5, 2018
· Drawing · In studio
Megan certainly tailored the lesson to my personal goals. She is very gentle and patient as well as skilled as an artist and as a teacher.
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Biju April 14, 2018
· Drawing · Online
Megan was both professional and kind - clearly knows the subject well. I thought the approach to discuss the pillars of the content was a great idea and I am looking forward to the next lesson.
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Megan R.

Megan R.

Topanga, CA 90290
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About Katherine V.

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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I look forward to tutoring you. I teach Graphic Design, Adobe Creative Suite, Drawing, PowerPoint and more.

I graduated from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA. and later took some additional classes at UCLA. I taught graphic design and illustration at Woodbury University. I've worked for advertising agencies and large corporations.

I now have my own business and also enjoy teaching young students through adults.

Businesses and academic institutions around the world use PowerPoint. It is important at all levels to be an effective communicator and presenter.

I will use my academic knowledge joined with my new world digital technology skills, to make you able to express yourself.
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james P. February 16, 2018
· Adobe InDesign · Online
WOW! I'm learning a lot and can't wait until the next lesson.
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James P. February 9, 2018
· Adobe InDesign · Online
So helpful, I can't wait for my next lesson!
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Marianne September 7, 2017
· Graphic Design · Online
I hired Katherine to work on my logo design / branding of my company. I enjoyed her guidance in the development phase tremendously, as well as her ability to hear my needs. Her execution skills, time line and delivery of the product are assertive, direct and on time. I recommend her highly.
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Katherine V.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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About AHMED E.

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In a digital age, learning software, software programming, and mathematics have become as vital as learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. Learning IT is essential in pre-college education, college education, workplace, acquiring advancements in current job; searching for a better job; managing businesses; and managing one’s personal life. Thinking computationally is something that every well-educated person needs to know and should know. There is a great digital divider between the Knows and Know Nots. Crossing this digital divider requires solid understanding of digital concepts. One should not only live with these concepts, but could hardly live without. Many find a lot of IT poten
tial opportunities but not enough knowledge to benefit from these opportunities.

I have helped people of all walks of life how to cross this digital divider. This includes professionals, business owners, college graduate students, college undergraduate students, high school students, and job applicants.

I am exceedingly-educated and I manage to close the digital gab by simplifying mathematical and computer science concepts. I do not simply repeat what has been already detailed in trillions of pages of books and lectures. Everyone’s mind is different and thus everyone has a unique perception to understanding one issue or another.

I have taught programming algorithms, pseudo programming codes, programming codes in Python and other computer languages, Databases, Microsoft Office Applications (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Publisher, MS Access, MS Outlook), and other IT areas for different levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

I am a programmer analyst. I have an IT sole proprietary business that deals with the design of computer software including programming analysis, databases, and data analysis. My sole proprietary business applies mathematical modeling that relates to computer software. This includes One-Dimensional Databases; Multi-Dimensional Databases; Data Science; Data Structuring; Data Management; Data Compression; Data Arranging; Data Search; Extracting Data; Big Data; Spatial Data, Data Integrity; Data Anomaly; Utilizing SQL in Data Science; Data Correction; Applications of the Theory of Probability to Data; Application of Monty Hall Paradox to Raw Data; Data Storage; Data Control; Blocking Bad Data; Importing & Exporting Data; Creating Live Data; Complex Data Problems; Mutually Inclusive & Mutually Exclusive Data; Data Wrangling; Data Pattern Identification; Descriptive & Predictive Data; Data Security; Data Visualization; Structured & Unstructured & Semi-Structured Data; Data-Driven Products & Services; Data Theory & Application; Machine Learning in Data.

My sole proprietary business also covers software programming in computer languages that span from earlier languages such as BASIC, FORTRAN PASCAL, DBASE, COBOL to languages that continued and expanded such as C. And newer languages such as PYTHON with its extended libraries that managed to combine other tools and programming languages and became in its 3.x version an object-oriented language that runs linearly. Computer languages that include Weakly-Typed language, Strongly-Typed Language, High-Level Language, Low-Level Language, Interpreted Language, Compiled Language, General-Use Language, and Target-Use Language. My sole proprietary covers software design that combine code quality with efficient use of mathematics, logic, syntax, time, memory, and processing power. I have designed algorithms in various fields including Business; E-Commerce; Office Management; Real Estate; Legal; Demography; Technology; Architecture; Structural Engineering; Solid Mechanics; Analysis of Internal Forces (Normal; Shear; Bending Moment); Beams (Simple; Extended; Cantilevered); Frames; Trusses; Statically-Determinate & Statically- Indeterminate Structures; Virtual work; Deflection; Properties of Materials; Reinforced Concrete; Traffic & Transportation Engineering; Fluid Mechanics; Irrigation Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing; Matrices & Determinants; Thermodynamics.

My computer skills include the following:

Operating Systems & Microsoft Applications & Corel Applications including: Android; Linux; Microsoft Disk Operating System; Microsoft Windows (MS Windows 10, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 8, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, MS Windows Mobile); Bash Shell Command-Line Tools; DDL; CPU Testing; Maximizing CPU Performance; Files Integrity; Stochastic Optimization; Microsoft Office; Microsoft Utilities; Excel; Access; Word; Publisher; Powerpoint; OneNote; Outlook; Dashboards; Microsoft Works; Works Spreadsheets; Works Database; Works Word; Corel Office; Word Perfect; Corel Spreadsheets; Corel Presentation; Windows File Explorer; Disk Partition; Disk Formatting (NTFS, exFAT, FAT32); Disk Defragmenting; Digital Cleanup; System Restore; System Information; Registry; Macros; Merging Documents; Master Documents; Templates; VBA Programming; Pivot Tables; Error Trapping; Logical Functions; Financial Formulas; Mathematical Functions; Statistical Functions; Navigation Systems; Crosstab Queries; Advanced Reports; Smart Tables; Record Sheets; Web-Based Presentations; Web-Based Applications; Interactions Between Different Applications; Smart Art Diagrams; Virtual Memory; Data Macros in Web Applications; Python Tools For Visual Studio; Multi-Booting; Virtualization Software; Utilizing Python in MS Window Automation; Utilizing Python in Power Point Data Visualization; Python Scripting in Excel.

Graphic Design & Multimedia including: Layering; Projection (Isometric, Oblique, Prospective); In-Depth Framings; Analytical Databases that query some 16,777,216 colors that are defined by Hex Triplet, RGB, Hue, Saturation, Tint, Shade, Depth; Color Calibration; Patterns; Sizing; Cropping; Utilizing Permutations & Combinations in Colors Integrations; Typography Effects (Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Bevel, 3-D Rotation); Design & Layout; Print and Digital Publishing; Illustration; Digital Processing & Editing; BMP; BNG; FPX; GIF; JPEG; PCX; RGB; TIFF; Compressed TIFF; File TIFF; EPS; Pixel-Based Imaging; Vector-Based Imaging; Integrating Graphics with Trigonometry and Geometry (Plane, Solid, Analytical, Descriptive, Fractal, Differential); Applications of Chaos Theory to Graphics; Incorporating Graphics with Computer-Aided Design (AutoCad, ViaCad, Turbo Cad); Graphic Calibration; Soft Proofing; Enhancing Pixel Quality; Motion Graphics & Animations; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Polygon Graphics (Simple, Complex, Concave, Convex, Regular, Irregular, N-Gon); Polyhedra & Non-Polyhedra Graphics; Applications of the Theory of Numbers to Graphic Design; Clip Art; Smart Art; Image Compressing; Resolution Reduction; Hierarchy Graphic Structure; Raster Graphics; Graphic Representations of Irrational Numbers; Edge Detection; Audio and Video Software; Window Media Player; Real Player; UM Player; VLC Media Player; QuickTime; Roxio; Nero; Corel; Paint; Panorama Maker; Wavepad; Mort Player; EXPStudio; Dragon; MP3; WAV; GSM; 3GP; M4A; WMV; AVI; FLV; MPEG-1; MPEG-2; MIDI; MOV; WEBM; MKV; Audio Fading; Audio Delaying.

PDF software and Adobe Applications: PDFILL; PDFREDIRECT; Adobe; Turbo PDF; Power PDF; Handling PDF files (Merging, Splitting, Reordering, Rotating, Reformatting, Text Watermarks, Picture Watermarks, Converting PDF to Images, Converting Images to PDF, Bookmarks, Hypertexts); InDesign; Illustrator; Adobe Acrobat DC; Premiere Elements; Premiere Pro; Acrobat; Stock; Lightroom; Muse; Acrobat Pro; After Effects; Project Felix; Dreamweaver; Animate; Audition; Bridge; Media Encoder; Flash Builder; InCopy; Prelude; Spark; Scout; StoryPlus; PhoneGap Build; Creative Cloud; Gaming SDK; Extension Manager; ExtendScript Toolkit; Photoshop; Creative Suite; Digital Editions.

Mapping & Navigation & GPS software including: Programming Longitudes & Latitudes; Spherical Trigonometry; Topography; Delmorme; Navaman; Pharos; Google Earth; Street & Trips; Google-Based Navigation; Map Matching; Green Wave Algorithms.

File Compressing & Backup & Digital security including: Winzip; Cloud Backup; Cloud Architecture Patterns; Carbonite; Google Drive; Drop Box; Firewalls; Anti malicious software (Viruses, Warms, Trojans, Rootkits, Spyware); Digital Security Against Phishing & Spamming & Hacking; Mcfee; Norton; ZoneAlarm; AVG; MS Defender; Kasparsky; VPN; SSL; SSH; Port Forwarding; Dynamic Port Forwarding.

Solid knowledge of computer hardware including: Computers; Monitors; Microprocessors; Motherboards; Wifi Cards; RAM; SDRAM; DDR SDRAM; ROM; CD/DVD/Disk Drives; Hard Drives; Flash Drives; Memory Cards (Secure Digital, Micro Secure Digital, Compact Flash, SmartMedia); Scanners; Faxes; Copiers; Printers (Inkjet; Laser, Multi-Purpose, Cloud-Based; 3-D); Printer’s Cartridges & Toners; Printing Media; Keyboard (Wired & Wireless); Mice (Wired & Wireless) & Touchpads; Projectors; Wired and Bluetooth Head Phones & Headsets; Digital Cameras; PC Cameras; Smart Phones; Modems; Routers; Lightscribe; Specifications Comparison; BIOS; Wireless LAN; IEEE 1394 Devices; Graphics Cards.
Integrating E-Commerce with Social Media & Online Communications & Internet Browsers & Search Engines. Business Planning; Business Venturing; Business Modeling; Market Research; Worldwide Market Analysis; U.S. Market Analysis; Variance Analysis; B2B; SIC-Based Databases.

Very strong communication skills including solid oral and written communications and technical writings in both English and Arabic.

My mathematical skills include the following:

Algebra; Geometry; Trigonometry; Analysis (Calculus); Statistics; Permutations & Combinations; Theory of Probabilities; Engineering (Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Surveying, Traffic, Transportation); Architecture; Solid mechanics; Fluid Mechanics; Soil Mechanics; Hydraulics; Theory Of Structures; Trusses, Frames, and Beams (Simple, Extended, Cantilevered); Properties of Materials; Thermodynamics; Concepts of Forces, Work, Momentum, Energy, and Work; Numbers Theory (Natural, Real, Imaginary, Rational, Irrational, Special, Large, Whole, Fraction, Simple, Complex, One-Dimensional, Multi-Dimensional (Matrices & Determinates)); Modulus; Decimal/ Hexadecimal/ Binary/ Octal Systems; Modulus Functions; Equations; Sequences (Finite, Infinite, Fibonacci, Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic, Cauchy, Power, and Triangular); Algorithms; Plane Geometry; Solid Geometry; Analytical Geometry; Descriptive Geometry; Fractal Geometry, Differential Geometry; Projection; Differential Equations; Databased Unit Conversions; Discrete Mathematics including Computer Science; Algorithms including: Constant Algorithms; Logarithmic Algorithms; Linear Algorithms; Quadratic Algorithms; Exponential Algorithms, Searching Algorithms (Linear/Brute Force; Bi-Sectional; etc.); Sorting Algorithms (Comparison Sorts; Non-Comparison Sorts; Slow Sorts; Comparison Sorts (Quick Sort; Merge Sort; Heap Sort; Insertion Sort; Intro Sort; Selection Sort; Tim Sort; Cube Sort; Shell Sort; Bubble Sort; Binary Tree Sort; Cycle Sort; Library Sort; Patience Sort; Smooth Sort; Strand Sort; Tournament Sort; Cocktail Sort; Comb Sort; Gnome Sort; Block Sort; Odd-Even Sort); Non-Comparison Sorts (Pigeonhole Sort; Bucket Sort; Bucket Sort; Counting Sort; LSD Radix Sort; MSD Radix Sort; MSD Radix Sort (in-place); Spread Sort; Burst Sort; Flash Sort; Postman Sort; Slow Sorts (Bead Sort; Simple Pancake Sort; Spaghetti (Poll) Sort; Sorting Network; Bitonic Sort; Bogo Sort; Stooge Sort).
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Bruce September 28, 2018
· Python · Online
My name is Bruce. I am a mechanical and manufacturing engineer at a large company in Silicon Valley, California. I have acquired a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters in Engineering Management. I was interested in learning the programming language Python and signed up for tutoring lessons with Ahmed. After the first initial lessons, I then signed up for another thirty five lessons. I plan to continue lessons with Ahmed until I have gained significant proficiency in programming.
I am very pleased that I have met Ahmed and that I am taking lessons with him. He has helped me with computational skills and learning what programming is and why and how it works. Ahmed has patiently helped me with the debugging of my programs. I have been able to design programs that are mathematically eloquent, logically sound, and that are free of syntax errors. Without hesitation, I would recommend Ahmed for anyone that requires help in IT.
Ahmed has been helping me design efficient programs that include understanding of variables, lists, conditional statements, loops, functions, and theory of probability. I like the fact that Ahmed merges the curricular of universities that include Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Stanford. Ahmed’s presentations use videos, audio, graphics, and PowerPoint, all of which have been very helpful.
Ahmed has a strong command of the English language as well as the computer languages. Ahmed combines an impressive knowledge of mathematics, history, politics, and sociology. Learning Python opens numerous opportunities in one’s academics, professional and personal life. Python can be incorporated into Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and other software. I am looking forward to future training in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Thanks.
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AHMED E.

Anaheim, CA 92801
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About Jonathan Y.

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I am a professional photographer specializing in photojournalism, portrait, food, and wedding photography. I graduated from UCLA and have worked professionally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their photography skills. Every photographer has a unique vision; I teach students the technical and real-world approaches to bring that vision to life. I can help any student to photograph with confidence and success.

I teach photography students of all different ages and experience levels. I have 15 years of professional experience. I can teach students to select the right camera settings for any situation and compose their photos for the highest visual interest.

As a professional photographer, I frequently travel to New York and San Francisco for photo shoots. I have photographed eve
nts with Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan. I've worked with high-end restaurants such as Blue Hill at Stone Barns for their food photography. I've photographed alongside firefighters battling wildfires in Southern California. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, creative photographers.

My personal passion is photographing people, but I firmly believe that a great foundation is essential to any and every photographic field. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better photographer!
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Bryson S. July 8, 2018
· Photography · In studio
Very knowledgeable
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Charlotte May 30, 2018
· Photography · Online
Jonathan is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. I felt like I was in the driver's seat and could ask anything; I never felt rushed or intimidated. Looking forward to working with him again!
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Jonathan Y.

Jonathan Y.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
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Hello! I'm Jen and I've been a professional, photojournalistic-style wedding photographer for the past 11 years. I bring a lot of passion to my work, and I love teaching and mentoring photographers one-one-one at all different experience levels. Before I was a photographer, I taught undergraduate Sociology and have always loved teaching. I'm excited at the opportunity to teach something I'm so passionate about again!
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Jen G. September 7, 2018
· Photography · In studio
I liked Jennifer a lot. She is patient, friendly and a good instructor. While she was not familiar with my camera she was able to learn it quickly. I just wish she had brought visual references to illustrate what she was teaching me. I believe she will for our second class.
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Aaron July 1, 2018
· Photography · In home
Jen is simply fantastic. A few months ago, I hired her for private lessons to help break through some technical and artistic barriers in my photography. Essentially, I was getting inconsistent results and wasn't able to translate the observations about the good shots into techniques for learning from them and leveraging them in the future.

From the beginning, Jen was focused on my objectives and concerns, and was able to tailor a curriculum to focus on those aspects. She reviewed my existing work with a great mix of enthusiasm and constructive analysis, and the small amount of apprehension I had about having a professional critique my shots evaporated pretty quickly. Jen is very personable and clearly on your side, which makes the feedback cycle easy and light. With her help, we were able to break down some of the things I liked about my own photography, but wasn't making full or considered use of. We also identified a number of ways in which I could improve bringing my own style into more of the process, both behind the camera and in editing choices.

In the field, there's a lot of good dialogue about how to approach a given scene, how to efficiently explore it for non-obvious opportunities, and how to convey a sense of story (one of my particular weaknesses). As one would expect, she has solid technical skills and is able to quickly troubleshoot tricky lighting situations and make suggestions about how to approach exposure/DoF/focal length to align with the intended mood. The feedback is always friendly and typically very pragmatic. I've already found the number of shots making it past the initial cull increasing, at a time when I'm also becoming more critical about what makes for a good shot.

Overall, Jen's guidance has had a sizable impact to my photography in a relatively short time. One of the best parts about making it past some of those persistent stumbling blocks is how much more enjoyable my time behind the camera has become. Would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking to improve their own photography, or move into the world of professional photography.
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Brenda June 30, 2018
· Photography · In studio
I’ve had multiple opportunities to learn about wedding photography from Jen and every experience has been so positive and helpful. Not only does she help me with technical aspects of shooting but also provides me with any random tip or trick that might make shooting easier. Jen has so much knowledge when it comes to photography and she’s really an amazing teacher. It’s clear that she loves what she does and that she really enjoys teaching! I also want to add that she’s just a great person to be around as well. She’s awesome to just chat and hangout with. It’s always felt so relaxed and comfortable. I highly recommend learning from Jen at any opportunity. She truly is awesome!
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Jennifer W.

Jennifer W.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Nerris N.

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About Nerris
I'm a professional film director, cinematographer, and photographer and have been teaching creatives full-time on a popular channel with over 3 million views. I graduated from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with a BA in digital narrative production. I have taught at all levels from absolute novice to MFA-level classes.

My work has screened at several Oscar-qualifying film festivals and has screened at some of LA's most popular venues, such as the TCL Chinese Theatre, LA Live, the James Bridges Theater, and more. I have helped many people start their careers in entertainment and have helped many creatives make films that have screened at some of the world's best known film festivals.

I have a huge passion for teaching and mentoring creatives. Whether you want to learn how to operate a camera, write your
first script, learn the fundamentals of acting, or some combination of those three, I will tailor a focused, customized, hands-on curriculum for you so that you can grow as a creative! In addition to covering creative techniques, I also provide career coaching, resume-building, helping provide the tools needed to go onto sets, and other practical lessons.
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Donna August 1, 2018
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Nerris has the background to help a beginning filmmaker learn the ropes and make connections.
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Nerris N.

Nerris N.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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$60 / 60-min

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La Puente, CA
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About Justin
I am a freelance photographer and a student at CSULB; when I'm not studying mechanical engineering I'm out doing shoots or working on editing photos. I primarily shoot portraits and headshots and I work with brands to create lifestyle images that show off their products. Although I've worked with many different types of companies and individuals, my passion is in street photography, particularly with my medium format film camera. I love documenting things, whether it's taking photos of a clothing brand's new swimsuit or just documenting everyday life around my neighborhood.

I fell in love with photography about 7 years ago and I've been working hard to get great shots ever since. When I first got into photography I was taught the history of photography, the fundamentals of composition, and the basics of how to use a camera. I think it's
essential that beginner photographers learn and really internalize these things because it will really make a huge difference in the quality of an image. And for photographers who already understand these concepts, there are more advanced concepts that can really elevate photography into a truly creative art form.
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Justin J.

Justin J.

La Puente, CA 91744
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$25 / 30-min

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