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About Ilona M.

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I teach test taking skills with any subject

About Ilona
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.

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teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Master Theory.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

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All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include: technique: I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
music theory: I use Master Theory or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

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I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

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The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

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I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Radha September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Experienced, knowledgable and persistent in teaching. I did not think I will be able to learn fast, but Ilona helps in every step. From holding the bow rightly, to using fingers, learning the language of music, she is patient and persistent. I recommend her without reservation..
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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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About Christopher J.

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Scored a 90/99 AQFT Score on the ASVAB (Military Intelligence Test), which qualifies me for any job I prefer in the military.

About Christopher
Chris has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Chris has helped students make premier bands, excel in school, win state competitions, and win auditions to highly competitive youth symphonies.

Chris received his education and training at San Jose State University, and the Naval School of Music. Chris currently plays professionally for the United States Marine Corps Band, and is finish his Bachelors in Music Education and Jazz Studies. As an expert in his field, Chris ensures new students achieve their personal and musical goals. Chris's lessons are personalized, flexible, and ensure standards are met with knowledge from some of the worlds greatest musicians. Chris also has experience teaching students with special needs.

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Michele June 3, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Incredibly patient, supportive, and knowledgeable.
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Michael H. June 13, 2014
· Trumpet · Online
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
· Violin · Online
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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About Katie C.

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Staten Island, NY

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I've been helping with Test Prep for 7 years and my students have improved greatly with my help. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Katie
Hi, there! My name is Katie and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since September 2010 and have loved helping my students with test preparation, daily assignments, and projects. I generate exercises to enhance the understanding of the curriculum and work with students to overcome various learning disabilities. I went to Curtis High School and earned an Advanced Regents High School Diploma in 2010. In 2015, I earned my union status in SAG-AFTRA. I'm an outgoing and friendly person and my teaching style is easygoing, understandable, and successful. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Rebecca November 11, 2017
· Algebra 1 · Online
She’s great! Really helped me pass my test!
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Katie C.

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Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Laura R.

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About Laura
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and a Master's Degree in Secondary Science Education-Biology. I am certified in the state of Florida. The first lesson will consist of diagnostics so that I can better tailor my teaching to your child. For my reading students I assist with phonics and comprehension. I use high interest text selections to ensure that the child will actually enjoy what they are reading, in addition to improving their skills. Students who require math instruction, I like to revisit prerequisites. I find that mistakes are made in the lower levels of math, which makes learning math at the higher levels more difficult. If children need science instruction, I can help with re-teaching the material and clarifying any confusing or complicated concepts to ensure the material is clear and easily understood. My met
hods for language arts and history are similar to science.

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K-8 General Science
9-12 Biology
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Language Arts/English
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K-8 Math
Algebra I
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Mark December 7, 2016
· Biology · Online
Laura is fantastic with children and has great knowledge of the subject material. She is always prompt and friendly. The convenience of online lessons worked great and the hour long lessons are a great value
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About Luis F.

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Watchung, NJ
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Time Management, Topic Strategy

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I train individuals in meeting their academic and career goals by providing a teaching environment through the highest quality of elementary, theoretical, practical, and professional instruction. Supporting academic organizations in maintaining a successful, efficient, and ethical operation within the community.

I am a Rutgers University graduate who provides individualized instruction to university or professional communities. I am a proficient academic writer who enjoys giving feedback to other writers, especially on wide issues such as formulating an argument and organizing ideas. I contribute to student's academic experience in substantial and meaningful ways. I can guide students in refining reasoning skills and writing skills.
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Luis F.

Luis F.

Watchung, NJ 07069
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About Akib A.

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Experienced teacher of Test Prep available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of skills. I typically use books, and also have the tools available to use during lessons.

About Akib
I am eager and equally interested in applying to offer my skill. With the academic and leadership qualities that you are looking for, I believe I would be able to contribute to the objectives.

I am presently enrolled in New York Institute of Technology as a junior in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and complete my bachelors by December 2015. I am thrilled to know that you are looking for a tutor and I feel that this is the perfect platform for me.
As a result of my previous work experience in the Learning Center in my college for the last couple of years, I believe I am well equipped with not only academic qualifications but also experienced in working in an energetic and dynamic environment. I have been also serving for a tutoring Center, Math Matters and very much familiar with the new Common Core Curriculum. I am also
familiar with Regions Curriculum I have also served as a Supplemental Instructor for Physics that adds to my leadership abilities.

An opportunity to be able to work will prove to be mutually beneficial. While I will be able to gain further experience about the real-world applications of teaching, I believe that will also be a great addition to the working terms and contribute to your goals and objectives.
I am very enthusiastic about this opportunity and believe will be worthwhile for us to meet. I have enclosed my resume and would gladly answer any further. Please feel free to contact TakeLessons using the details mentioned.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
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Shagufta H. July 13, 2017
· SAT · Online
i left text and voice message to this tutor to rescheduel my lesson but he never reply and communicate. I even sent rescheduel request but never got any answer
I am planning to complain and write reviews until i get my money back!!!!
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Eliezer K. June 15, 2017
· Microsoft Word · In studio
He did a great job.
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Ashley B. May 2, 2017
· SAT · In home
Akib is very patient and connected well with my daughter Ashley! The first lesson went very well.
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About Rod K.

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Ridgewood, NY

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I can help you with NYC Gifted and Talented Test, SHSAT, HSPT, ISEE, SSAT, SAT/ACT, College/Graduate Admission tests (e.g. GRE/GMAT, etc) and other certification tests when requested. When the rapport with student and teacher is good, a world of possibilities open!

We will together build a test strategy that is specially adapted to your needs and score targets.

120mins/lesson with 30min increments.

(IMPORTANT: Please do NOT book any lessons without confirming with me if we have a match in schedule. I have other obligations besides tutoring so if you do not have a flexible schedule, I recommend other tutors that will match your budget and schedule.)

About Rod
(NOTE: Use the "Ask a Question" feature to confirm if we have a match in schedules and targets/expectations. In other words, DO NOT book any lessons with me unless we have a mutual understanding. Please read my profile below, the subject(s) you are interested in, my tutoring rates and minimum times very carefully. Thank you.)

I specialize in Test Prep (NYC Gifted & Talented Test, SHSAT, TACHS/HSPT/COOP, SSAT/ISEE, Common Core, Regents, college/graduate admissions tests [i.e. SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT]) and tutor a number of academic subjects in Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Combinatorics), Statistics and Science (especially Physics) and K-12 English. I am particularly interested in Number Theory, Systems Engineering (Feedback Theory), Electronics (Analog Circuit Design) and Cosmology. In the soci
al sciences and in my work experience, I was practically exposed to Marketing and HR/Corporate Strategy. I have bachelor's and master's degrees in electronics engineering and business respectively and I enjoy tutoring both children and adults.

My interests also include gifted learning and STEM education. For example, I was successful in helping a 5-year old pass the NYC Gifted & Talented Test so he could enroll in any New York City school participating in the program.

I have several years experience working with various people from different backgrounds as an engineer (hardware+software) and as business developer in multinational companies and startups and this exposure has given me deeper and practical insights into personality and intelligence enabling me to adapt my teaching style to different needs and situations. Furthermore, I have learned from experience that there are three best tools for learning: practice, practice and more practice!

Tutoring for yourself or for your son/daughter is both an investment in time and money for a future return so please also plan accordingly. Now, I make sure that I do not totally depend on tutoring for income so I can maintain a certain level of quality. In other words, when there is a match in objective, budget and schedule, I am quite happy to be part of someone's educational journey. I consider it indeed a very special privelege to be able to help a student because it is my experience that effective education can be life-changing. Finally, I am aware that other tutors may be in a better position to meet your existing situation so we have to accept that and move on.

Tutoring Rate (IMPORTANT): I only do in-person tutoring because I believe effective learning is multi-dimensional and personal not flat and distant. My minimum lesson length is 1.5 hours for Academic subjects and 2.0 hours for Test Prep. My rates for children and teens will in principle be at least the same as adults because I actually invest more time and effort since I have to consider the feedback of at least 2 individuals (student+guardian) compared with an adult student. Different arrangements possible on a case-by-case basis. Please see each subject rate for more details.

When I am not tutoring, I am involved in projects related to technology, hospitality and service industries. I also enjoy cooking especially when I can make an ordinary dish into something extra-ordinary by adding that little "extra."
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Natalia November 19, 2017
· GRE · In studio
I️ was connected to Rod through a tutoring agency. I️ contacted the agency because I️ recently graduated college and wanted to get into grad school but had not taken a math class since the 10th grade. The school I️ was applying to needed a minimum math score for the GRE, which I️ knew would be a enormous stretch for me. Additionally, I️ always had trouble with math and knew I️ would need a tutor to re-teach me everything I️ needed to know to get the score I️ wanted. Initially, the agency connected me to 3 different tutors who were all absolutely terrible! Sometimes they didn’t even know how to answer sample questions in the workbooks! Finally, I was connected to Rod. After our first meeting I️ knew he would be the one who would help me improve. After a month of intense work with him my GRE math scores actually improved a full 12 points! Beyond that, he literally taught me math in a way in which I️ actually understood it. Before I️ just thought I couldn’t learn, but now I’m confident that I️ actually retained everything and it even made sense! I’m so grateful to have met Rod because before him I️ truly felt hopeless. I️ would definitely recommend Rod to anyone who is looking to drastically improve their math skills. If you’re like me and hate math, can’t grasp it, and even feel like you just can’t learn it, then definitely contact Rod now! You won’t be sorry!
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Jennifer K. September 5, 2017
· Algebra 1 · In home
I initially reached out to Rod for Algebra 1 review because I felt that my daughter lacked a solid foundation in algebra. However, after a couple of sessions, we have decided to switch gears toward geometry with Rod’s recommendation. Throughout the geometry lessons, algebra practice was incorporated. I am happy that not only did Rod tailor his lessons to my daughter’s goals but also he gave her a lot of encouragement. My daughter found it extremely helpful that she got to explain and discuss with Rod, which made lessons interactive and real learning. Now going back to school, my daughter feels confident, thanks to Rod!
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Renée August 29, 2017
· Math · In home
Rod worked with my daughter weekly for a couple of months leading up to the NYC state tests. With Rod's careful, concerted planning and diligence, my daughter's score went from 2.4 on the 7th grade Math state test, to a 2.8 in 8th grade, which equates to a move from below the 50th percentile, to between the 50th and 75th percentile. My daughter's in-school math instruction was chaotic and disjointed, and I attribute her improvement to Rod's intervention.
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MY MAT in Secondary English Education and my undergraduate education focused heavily on learning theory, practice and study skill strategies, which enables me to create tailored profiles for each of my students to increase their success rate on a variety of tests and evaluations. Having scored highly and taught students who also scored highly on the AP, SAT, ASVAB, GRE, CSET, CBEST and other academic tests, I have a personal experience with the testing process as well as with the study skills and content knowledge required to pass these tests.

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I focus on the student. My approach and materials will vary depending on the progress, past experience and interests of the student. I want her or him to want to learn.My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, travel, reading, and language learning.

I am working on my Masters in Secondary English and currently hold an Associates in ECE, this combined with my extensive experience with the AP system and the time that I lived in and attended université in France make me qualified to tutor in these subjects and the satellite subject areas such as diction, study skills, reading and writing. I have experience learning four foreign languages in addition to English. It is my love of the learning process, patience and passion for these subjects, however, that are most efficacious in the tutoring process. Best of luck with your studies!
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Tom & Mary August 30, 2017
· French · In studio
Clarissa was very flexible with her lesson and accommodating with my particular needs.
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Marcia June 7, 2017
· French · In studio
Clarissa knows her subject well and how to assess a student's level of proficiency so that she can appropriately tailor the lessons to the need and goals. She also has a wonderful sense of humor which keeps the learning environment light and less stressful!
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Michele P. March 30, 2017
· French · Online
Patient, professional and persistent!
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I teach test-prep techniques and strategies for the ACT/SAT related tests. The content covers reading comprehension, grammar, and math.

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I am a Mathemusician - a math and test prep tutor and performing musician. :D I have tutored and taught students for the past 9 years, and have extensive experience with online lessons over the past year.

Musical skills offered: Songwriting, Voice, Guitar, Baritone Ukulele, Tenor Ukulele, Music theory, Logic Recording, Live Looping

Academic skills offered: Algebra I/II, Geometry, PreCalculus, ACT/SAT test prep, GRE test prep, GED test prep, essay writing, and more.
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JH June 28, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Annie is a wonderful instructor bringing humor, creativity and patience to her tutoring. Our discussions are engaging and have introduced me to thinking differently about music. Annie's knowledge and passion are a must have in any instructor!
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I am certified by the National Tutoring Association. I am an Academic Coach and cover the range of issues required for success in school. Test prep is a skill that will last a lifetime and can be considered a general life skill. As an academic coach, test prep can cover a range of topics from anxiety to sleep and nutrition. With the proper guidance and support, students can learn the habits and range of abilities necessary to tackle any test, especially tests that take place in a public place such as a noisy classroom. Preparation is the key to successful test taking!

About Kristine
Greetings future student! I come from a long line of educators, from elementary school all the way up to college professors. My background check is on file with Wyzant.

I have been in the field of education in one way or another for as long as I can remember! I am certified by the National Tutoring Association and am certified in TESOL/ESL. I was a teacher's assistant in college and also worked in many of the resource labs on campus to help struggling students. I am a certified Substitute teacher, K-12, and also teach English to Chinese students online. I have degrees in Math and French, and graduated with honors. I have traveled abroad extensively and lived in a variety of cities here in the US. I am an Academic Coach and cover the range of skills needed to help support students in school. This includes both school , in-house, resou
rces for support and outside support, if needed. I will tailor our lessons based upon your individual learning style and goals. Confidence is the key to success in school, and often a great relationship with a tutor and academic coach is the foundation required for skilled navigation of our educational system. Both parents and students alike benefit from a great tutor / coach relationship. I look forward to learning more about you!
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FL November 11, 2017
· Common Core Math · In studio
Kristine has a gentle touch and puts my daughter at ease with her math struggles. We have tried several other tutors before settling on Kristine. As parents, we have a lot of anxiety about our daughter's school performance as well. Not only has Kristine helped bring up my daughter's grades and confidence, she has helped guide us on how to best use free resources at school to help our daughter. She has been instrumental in turning a negative experience with our daughter's school into a positive one. I do view her as an Academic Coach with a variety of skill sets. We have recommended her to others and have received similar excellent reviews.
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