Find Tutors in Downers Grove

Looking for private in-home or online tutoring? Our Downers Grove tutors are ready to get you started. Search today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Downers Grove?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Academic Tutoring Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Academic Tutoring instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 3 0 4 , 7 9 1

lessons and counting!

Popular Academic Tutoring Tutors near Downers Grove

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Downers Grove including Glen Ellyn, Oak Brook, Lisle, Westmont and Clarendon Hills.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Elizabeth B.

Close
Profile_98569_pi_Elizabeth%20Brown%20Photo
Evanston, IL

View Full Profile
About Elizabeth
Elizabeth has taught violin and viola for twenty years. She has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University School of Music. Her teachers have been among the best in the world. She has been a member of orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and has performed solos throughout the United States and abroad. Teaching is one of her greatest passions, and she welcomes the opportunity to work with all ages and levels of musical background.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both Suzuki and traditional violin and viola methods. I am patient and encouraging. My students' success is my success! After 3-6 months of lessons, students will have a solid foundation on the instrument and will play some beginning level songs with the proper position and tuning. They will be having a rewarding experience as they learn all the funda
mentals. They will discover the joy of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- small house with music stand, well lit, piano, seating for parents  

*** Specialties ***
Violin
Viola
Traditional
Suzuki
Classical
Fiddling
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ella February 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
From my daughter: Elizabeth is very caring and helpful. She is making me a better violinist.
Silhouette-80
Al December 10, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Elizabeth is an outstanding violin pedagogue. She is also patient and sympathetic to my musical needs. She has a great sense of humor and makes lessons fun. I can recommend her without reservation.
Thumb_102784_pi_tlnow_58e78a94d504d
Lauri W. October 5, 2017
· Violin · Online
View Details
View Profile
Elizabeth B.

Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL 60201
(10)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

About Sarah P.

Close
215469_313926_31704
Plainfield, IL

View Full Profile
About Sarah
Classically trained pianist and singer. When it comes to piano, I have over 20 years of training under my belt. Majority of my experience deals with classical and accompaniment but have also studied jazz and contemporary.
In the way of singing, I am a classically trained singer who majored in Opera Performance in college. I have plenty of performance experience from being on the stage in operas and musical to performing with choirs and solo recitals. In voice lessons a student can choose to specialize in opera or if they were to take standard voice lessons, they could expect a wide variety of music focusing on multiple languages and genres including musical theater.

With every musician, Music Theory is crucial. All students will learn the basics of reading music and those who choose, can go beyond to learn the structure of music a
nd why music is the way it is with Music Theory lessons.

I am qualified to teach all levels of piano, opera, and voice.I take a real hands on, active approach to teaching, going beyond just the lesson books.

I am also able to offer tutoring services. I have been tutoring since high school. In high school as part of the National Honors Society, we were asked to tutor once a week and it continued into college when I decided to double major in Psychology taking an interest in adolescence psychology. My strong suits and reading and math but I am more than happy to help in any subject.

I do have dogs in the house so please be advised if you have allergies.

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and easy going. I expect the students to do their work and practice and as long as they are showing progress, we can continue with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I am patient with my students, and do my best to develop teaching methods unique to each student to give the best experience and set them up for the highest level of success. I don't push students to perfection but rather assist them in reaching their personal best. As long as they are having fun and learning, I know I am doing my job. Music is to be enjoyed and that is my goal with each student.

For voice and piano, students will learn a wide variety of music. I also believe strongly in the power of sight reading. Students will also learn music theory in their lessons. Piano students will follow a lesson book curriculum along with learning scales and sight reading. Voice students will sing from all major languages (English, French, Italian, and German) and practice sight reading skills.

Students should bring a notebook to lessons where notes will be taken on what we accomplished in our lessons and what needs to be worked on for the next lesson. This will usually include a theory sheet, technique work, and songs.

Twice a year I hold a recital where students get to show off to other students and family what they have accomplished in their lessons. With piano students, you will prepare and memorize usually one song. For voice students, you will prepare and memorize two songs, at least one will be in a foreign language.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lower level for studio, piano, seating for parents, on site computer for easy reference and music samples.

*** Specialties ***
I have an Opera performance degree. I am a classically trained singer and pianist.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Delila D. December 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Granddaughter liked her first lesson
Silhouette-80
Brian P. October 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good teacher.
Silhouette-80
Emese September 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I find my lessons to go by very quickly, she is a great instructor and makes learning very enjoyable. I find her enthusiasm for piano to make me want to learn more and more each lesson!
View Details
View Profile
Sarah P.

Sarah P.

Plainfield, IL 60586
(14)
starting at
$27 / 30-min

About Steve S.

Close
Profile_78594_pi_Silver_Steve-headshot-0578-web
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile
About Steve
I have over 13 years of teaching experience at both the secondary and post-secondary level, and I have lived and taught for nearly 10 years in Japan. I have a graduate degree in education with a specialization in TESL/TEFL.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Sara P. February 10, 2018
· English · In home
He is very nice and very good teacher!!
Silhouette-80
Julie December 7, 2017
· Essay Writing · Online
Silhouette-80
Vaishnavi B. November 10, 2017
· Reading · Online
View Details
View Profile
Steve S.

Steve S.

Chicago, IL 60660
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Corliss P.

Close
Profile_66053_pi_Photo%20275
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile
About Corliss
I am an actress that has performed and taught the classics for over 35 years. I love it! I can help you with auditions, study structure, develop skills or simply reach a deeper understanding of your favorite texts.

I believe that the theatre is an arena where we learn about who we are. Acting is being present in the moment and we learn how to live our lives more fully through this study. Each actor has his own unique voice and relationship to the material. It is my job to help each student find their own path.

Corliss
...
Reviews
Thumb_5a4e3abadf413_review_REO
Jenny January 4, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Corliss is a master at her craft! She makes you feel comfortable from the moment you meet her and has a genuine interest in your goals. Corliss tailored lessons to my learning style which was very encouraging for someone with my level of experience. She has a lovely personality and her enthusiasm is infectious. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Corliss!
Silhouette-80
Steve May 22, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
I took a five-session Beginning Voice Acting class with Corliss in a professional recording studio. The critiques she gave me after every recording I made helped me to speak more clearly, and to increase the energy I was able to put into my recorded presentations. Without the critiques of my recordings, I would not have been able to improve my speaking ability. During the class, she made sure everyone in the class was made to feel welcome, and important. When I take the next level of the Voice Acting class series, I will be looking forward her critiques of my recorded presentations.
Thumb_592114dea6fe7_review_Janet%20headshot
Janet B. May 20, 2017
· Voice Acting · In studio
I recently took lessons with Corliss and couldn’t have been happier! From the minute I walked in the door for the first lesson, Corliss was energetic and enthusiastic. I found her instruction relative to breathing techniques, warm up exercises and copy interpretation extremely valuable in helping me to relax and “think outside of the box,” which enabled me to think more creatively while also helping to identify my own areas of strength and those requiring further development. Corliss provided honest and supportive feedback, all within a fun environment that had me looking forward to the next lesson. I am truly looking forward to taking additional lessons with Corliss!
View Details
View Profile
Corliss P.

Corliss P.

Chicago, IL 60657
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Celeste C.

Close
Profile_70965_pi_profile%20pic
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile
About Celeste
I am a graduate student in Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. Still, I have a wealth of experience in the classroom and in after-school programs. I have been a tutor for over ten years and have taught a wide variety of subjects to an array of different students.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ashley July 25, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Celeste was awesome during our first session!! Can't wait for the next one, she was super helpful & I definitely recommend her!
Silhouette-80
Miles M. July 11, 2016
· Basic Math · In home
Highly recommend Celeste. My son said that he had fun learning which he hasn't really said before. He is excited about his next lesson.
Silhouette-80
John B. August 25, 2015
· French · In studio
Celeste is very easy to work with and we got a lot done. I really enjoyed having lessons with her.
View Details
View Profile
Celeste C.

Celeste C.

Chicago, IL 60605
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Lydia H.

Close
Profile_107052_pi_Mrs%20Hamilton
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile
About Lydia
I am a professional singer specializing in Gospel, Jazz, Blues, R & B with a classical training background. I am also a pianist, recording artist, songwriter, speech professor & etiquette teacher. I utilize all these skills to help my students become stellar singers. I have a B.A in Arts & Science, M.A in Communication & Training and another M.A in Education & Curriculum.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression. Additionally, I provide my students with training on song selection, soundscapes, stage presence and career building tools.

Whether you dream is to sing in publi
c or to make singing your lifelong career; I am the person who will help you elevate yourself.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Tanya D. July 7, 2017
· Singing · Online
Thank you so much for your expert training. I liked the conveniency of online training. Greatly appreciated!
Silhouette-80
Jazmine July 3, 2017
· Singing · In home
I have never sung in public but it was always a dream of mine to be able to sing a solo in front of my family and friends for the holidays. I heard about Ms. Lydia through friends and asked her to teach me to sing. She gave me a free consultation to determine what my needs were and then set up a plan to help me reach my goals through the lessons that she gave me. Fast forward to last Christmas, I surprised my family by singing a ton of Christmas favorites and I am preparing to do the same this year. Thank you Ms. Lydia
Silhouette-80
Cindi July 3, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I am a quasi professional performer but wanted to enhance my skill set so I reached out to one of my favorite performers/instructors: Lydia Hamilton. Lydia is an exceptional teacher and she designed my curriculum to fit my needs and it the results were outstanding!
View Details
View Profile
Lydia H.

Lydia H.

Chicago, IL 60649
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Bill L.

Close
Profile_109490_pi_selfie
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile
About Bill
I have always been a self-studier in my entire life. Being able to learn with just books and your brain is a crucial skill to have! However, I know not everyone (and sometimes even myself) have the discipline and motivation to keep going during hard times. This is where a tutor would come in handy.

I enjoy tutoring and helping other overcome problems that I have encountered myself because it enhances my own understanding and makes me happy that my self-studying is helping others. Sometimes, my students even bring up alternative ways of thinking that I have never thought of before!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Patrick December 21, 2017
· Algebra 2 · In studio
Bill's tutoring made a big difference in my child's math grades. He simplifies math concepts and reinforces good study techniques
Silhouette-80
Meg December 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
I thought piano was going to be impossible to learn for me because I have bad hand-eye coordination. Somehow Bill is able to motivate me to work with me despite my slowness until I am able to start advancing on my own.
Silhouette-80
Margaret November 25, 2017
· Violin · In home
Used to play a little violin when I was young and want to get back into it. Although I forgot almost everything, Bill made the transition really smooth and easy to understand. We also created a daily practice routine together and discussed how to practice without becoming frustrated.
View Details
View Profile
Bill L.

Bill L.

Chicago, IL 60661
(12)
starting at
$15.99 / 15-min

About Rush F.

Close
Profile_113197_pi_whiteness
Chicago, IL

View Full Profile
About Rush
I'm hoping to get to work with students who want to dive right into mastering their camera and all it has to offer, whether we're shooting on film or digital, both of which I can offer instruction in. Learning to be in absolute control of your camera and how your settings will affect your photos is key to creating your images & making sure they come out exactly the way you envision them. Our time together will be a full immersion into light-writing. Over the years, I have had approximately 4 years of cumulative formal instruction on the subject, and have been freelancing since 2011, for events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby/bridal showers, graduation and engagement photos, live concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Previously a Photography student of Daytona State College in Florida, I made the move up to Chicago
in 2015, and am currently studying at Harold Washington College. In the spring I will graduate with my Art Studio AFA. I genuinely look forward to any time spent with someone with a desire to hone their craft, and hope to bring more inspiration to those wanting to bring forth their vision. Aside from photography, I also teach a handful of other subjects that you or someone else may be interested in!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Charlotte C. January 24, 2018
· Photography · Online
Rush is really nice and answered all my questions, he gave me tips and tricks, and different kind of photographs I could take. So if you're looking for a photography teacher then you have to give Rush a shot!
Silhouette-80
Marcela Z. January 12, 2018
· Photography · Online
Really helpful.
Silhouette-80
Miguel D. December 3, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Rush is awesome! He broke down the camera into easy-to-understand steps and focused on areas I was struggling with. I learned a lot in a very short amount time.
View Details
View Profile
Rush F.

Rush F.

Chicago, IL 60608
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Joseph K.

Close
Profile_120554_pi_IMG_0409
Chicago, IL

View Full Profile
About Joseph
Helping students discover their own love of learning is one of my greatest joys!

I have been tutoring and teaching for more than 10 years in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from psychology and writing to music. I have experience teaching students of all ages from elementary students to graduate students.

Tutoring is a collaborative process and I relish the opportunity to learn about individual students as learners. Doing schoolwork and learning can be a really hard process, but there are so many strategies that we can develop to fit our learning styles to make completing work easier and faster. I look forward to sharing these strategies with you and helping to build your knowledge and confidence level!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Adrian February 13, 2018
· Psychology · Online
Amazing! I'm so grateful to find such a great tutor!
Silhouette-80
Corey February 5, 2018
· Psychology · Online
Gives clear instructions, knowledgeable about the subject, and incredibly patient. Highly recommend!
Silhouette-80
Jack February 1, 2018
· Psychology · In home
He's a great teacher! Best tutor ever!
View Details
View Profile
Joseph K.

Joseph K.

Chicago, IL 60607
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Stacey W.

Close
Profile_121401_pi_20171214_225851
Chicago, IL
View Full Profile
About Stacey
Hi! My name is Stacey and I've been teaching for 5 years! Before that I was a teachers side and a nanny! I learned pretty early on that teaching younger students was my calling. I'm goofy, love cartoons, and love playing board games! I believe learning should be FUN and enjoyable! I always try to incorporate games into learning as well as my student's interests!

I believe that ALL students have a right to a quality education and deserve to have a tea her that will help grow a child into their best self. I love motivating students to reach their fullest potential and thrive on growth from my students. I love teaching primary students because they are like sponges that soak up information and the amount of progress they make each year is truly incredible.
...
View Details
View Profile
Stacey W.

Stacey W.

Chicago, IL 60625
starting at
$45 / 30-min

Recent Academic Tutoring Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Academic Tutoring articles on our blog.

How to Write a Good Thesis: What You Need to Know

How to Write a Good Thesis: What You Need to Know

Remember learning about writing your thesis statement? It can be difficult to get just right, even for the best writers! Here, online tutor Lourdes C. cuts through the confusion with her simple guide to how to write a good thesis: A thesis - your worst nightmare, and the second highest cause of college breakdowns, next to heartbreak. You get this every class. You think you know how to think, you think you know how to write, then your instructor gives you a handout that requires a "research- … Read More

How to Write a Good Thesis: What You Need to Know
Remember learning about writing your thesis statement? It can be difficult to get just right, even for the best writers! Here, online tutor Lourdes C. cuts through the confusion with her simple guide to how to write a good thesis: A thesis - your worst nightmare, and the second highest cause of college breakdowns, next to heartbreak. You get this every class. You think you know how to think, you think you know how to write, then your instructor gives you a handout that requires a "research-
5 of the Best GRE Prep Books to Help You Ace the Test
Applying for grad school? Here are five of the best GRE prep books to check out, as recommended by online tutor Marcus S...   As someone headed to grad school, you've likely been focusing on your major for the last couple of years or working in the real world for even longer. In either case, you probably need to freshen up your skills in one or more areas covered on the GRE. Finding a quality tutor is the best way to prepare for the test, but you should also spend time studying on y
10 Genius Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Learn a Language
Can your phone help you learn a language? Absolutely! Check out these tips and ideas from Spanish tutor Joan B. and start exploring...   You’re addicted to your phone (join the club) and love everything it offers you -- access to friends, amazing deals through apps, and up-to-the-minute news. But did you know you can also use it to help you learn a language? It's true: your smartphone is one of the best tools you can use to strengthen your language skills -- especially when you
Basic Email Writing Skills for Professionals
Most of us are pretty comfortable with using email as a primary tool for written communication in our personal and professional lives. But while some shorthand and a couple of typos don’t do too much harm in a friendly email, the same speaks volumes in the workplace (and not in the fun, casual way you may think). Whether you’re communicating internally with colleagues and executives, or externally with your client base, polished email writing skills will come handy in your professional arsenal.
How to Measure the Success of Your Child’s Tutoring Program
How do you know if you've chosen the right tutor for your child? Check in with these helpful guidelines from San Diego tutor Natalie S... If you’ve arranged for your child to receive academic tutoring, you’re already well on your way to ensuring your child’s success in school. But how can you tell if your child’s tutoring session is on track, or if you are wasting your time and money? Whether your child is working with a tutor in one specific subject, for a particular test, or just for gene

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More