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About Zachary B.

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About Zachary
Dear Students and Parents:

My passion for performing and teaching brought me to TakeLessons as a way to enrich my immediate community (and beyond through Skype lessons!) and help individual students perform at their best. As an operatic performer, I thoroughly understand the importance of building a strong technical background for any level of singing or professional speaking. My other skills, like instrumental instruction, studying skills, accent reduction, and academic preparation are all offered through TakeLessons as well. As a teacher, I love having fun in lessons and building strong connections with my students at absolutely any level. My personal musical performing experiences span opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, and R&B. I am so excited to share my knowledge and passion for singing with you, as well as any other subject
we find to explore! As of February 2013, I am also available through TakeLessons' online instruction program! Please find more information below and I hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks!

Zachary B.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Zachary began his musical career as a tuba player and jazz bass guitarist. While attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Zachary began singing in various vocal groups on campus and developed his love for the singing voice. With encouragement from the music faculty, Zachary began training as an operatic baritone while at UNC. While attending UNC, Zachary was awarded both the Fischer Scholarship in Voice and the Tony McDowell Voice Scholarship. His singing brought him to Boston in the summer of 2010 to begin study at The Boston Conservatory. While performing various opera roles and attending summer programs, Zachary also opened his private studio and taught at a local music academy.

Baritone Zachary B. is quickly establishing himself as an active operatic performer. Equally at home on the recital stage, his versatile lyric baritone voice fits a wide range of repertoire and styles. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Zachary has performed roles like the titular role in Don Giovanni, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole, L'horloge comtoise in L'Enfant et les sortileges, Pooh-Bah in The Mikado, and Bob in The Old Maid and the Thief.

Starting in February 2013, Zachary will also be available through TakeLessons for online instruction. Lessons will still focus on energy, breath, and solid technique, so please contact him if you think this venue of instruction will be a good fit!

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Regardless of your background, I believe in making lessons fun, encouraging, and accessible. This means that my work with you will, by nature, be incredibly personal and always formulated for your specific musical goals. I will constantly strive to make sure you are comfortable in our work together as we explore singing, speaking, and music theory.

I believe every singing or speaking voice can benefit from a foundation in classical vocal technique. Whether you prefer to learn through singing songs or through various exercises, I can customize our lesson plan to fit your needs. Therefore, I provide a fun and engaging lesson atmosphere, but you need to bring your best as well! We will both be happier with the process if we are equally invested in your growth. We will start with something you already know (an aria, vocal exercise, or excerpt from a song) and work toward singing in your preferred vocal style. For example, classical singers will build their knowledge of English, German, Italian, and French diction and song styles. Additionally, I will always respect and include my student's musical interests.

Along the way, I am happy to address basic music theory ideas. If you prefer, we can also spend additional time reviewing and learning those principles to enrich your musical experience. I will always provide different exercises and ideas to keep your brain active in the singing process.

I believe in whole body, whole spirit singing. As a performer, I employ a variety of holistic exercises and theories to develop my own voice, such as basic Alexander Technique principles, voice therapy techniques, a variety of pedagogical palates, and energy work. If these sorts of things interest you, I am more than happy to incorporate them into our lessons. My personal results with those practices have been incredible, so I am always eager to share.

My personality is outgoing and energetic, so I bring that sort of atmosphere to a lesson. I expect preparedness and readiness on your part to maximize our work together. My greatest desire in teaching is to see you grow! So, if a challenging, yet comforting, work environment sounds like something you would like to try, consider scheduling a trial lesson with me. I am always happy to hear from new students!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open area between the living room and the dining room, seating available, piano to accompany the voice lesson, garage/driveway/street parking.

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I prefer for my students to have a keyboard or piano, and if possible, a music stand. We can always make a situation work if the student does not have access to these tools. I provide music, pencils, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I am an opera singer, and specialize in classical singing. However, I apply similar vocal technique to all genres of music, and focus on breathing technique, body and energy awareness, and discuss a holistic approach to singing with all students.
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Susan Y. September 14, 2015
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Zachary is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient and really understands what he student want and need. Highly recommend him for a teacher
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wynoka J. August 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Knowledgeable patient encouraging and kind! I learned some new things that help! Looking forward to next lesson!
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Draaco A. May 19, 2015
· Singing · In home
Great instructor, natural gifted at communicating the body mechanics, breathing, and finer points of singing.
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Zachary B.

Zachary B.

Brooklyn, NY 11205
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About Rod K.

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Ridgewood, NY

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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 social 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.

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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.)

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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Rod K.

Rod K.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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About Elena D.

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Bayside, NY
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About Elena
BIO: Elena started her musical studies at age 4, singing with the "New York City Opera Children Chorus". She studied at Manhattan School of Music. She studied in Hunter College and Queens College of the City University of New York and the Bejar Conservatory in Salamanca, Spain. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and throughout Europe as a soloist. She had sung Mimi in La Boheme, High Priestess in Aida, Ines in Il Trovatore, in addition to singing other operas including Othello, Carmen, Mephistopheles, The Magic Flute, L'Italiana in Algeri, Le Nozze di Figaro. She has participated in the Master Classes of Alfredo Kraus and Monserrat Caballé and David Jones. She is currently under the vocal direction of David Jones who is the foremost voice teacher pedagogue. Ms. Diaz- Acosta has also directed summer performing arts pro
grams and high school and college preparation workshops throughout the New York and New Jersey areas.
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Emily November 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter is very shy but felt very comfortable.
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Bradley R. October 6, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Wow! She was so in synch with my son’s style & helping him pick a song & her exercises really helped him get a nice strong sound.
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Mason June 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My son enjoyed very much the singing lesson! He is already looking forward for the next lesson.
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Elena D.

Elena D.

Bayside, NY 11360
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About Gali N.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Gali
I'm Israeli born and raised and a native Hebrew speaker. As a trilingual, speaking Hebrew, French and English, I enjoy sharing my love for languages and help people learn and improve their language skills. My students range from absolute beginners to advanced.

I'm a former lieutenant in an infantry brigade of the Israeli Army. I have a BA in psychology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an MS in Management from Boston University.

Languages are my passion and I would be happy to help you turn your language learning from a struggle into a fun and enjoyable experience.

If you have a child under the age of 14, I'd be happy to teach him or her Hebrew using their own Hebrew material from school. The material I have is mainly for adults. Also please note I don't currently prepare children for Bat/Bar Mitzva.

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Carey November 16, 2017
· Hebrew · Online
Being a bit of a language geek, I was looking for someone who would give me a structured approach and make sure I was getting the grammar and more formal information that helps me learn a language. I am not good with learning languages in a more conversational way.

Gali was a great choice for my needs, though she has experience teaching people with other learning styles, and my sense is that she's very good at adapting her teaching to the needs of the student. She is very responsive to my preferences and individual needs, and is also just a lovely person to talk to. I'm very happy so far, and looking forward to my next lesson!
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Tania October 31, 2017
· Hebrew · Online
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Sherry "Cyranna" Flippo October 15, 2017
· Hebrew · Online
The teacher was wonderful and patient. This is my first time learning another language and she made it fun!
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Gali N.

Gali N.

Brooklyn, NY 11211
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$49 / 60-min

About carol H.

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New York, NY
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About carol
My name is Carol H, spending most of my life in the Middle East I was amazed but the beauty of the Middle Eastern Culture. I decided to to shed to a positive impact on the Middle Eastern Culture through teaching the language, music, art, and cooking.

I graduated from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and worked as a TV reporter and a documentary filmmaker. I am the founder of Nasma Of New York.

I always enjoyed cooking, sewing, and teaching the Arabic language. I am very proud of my Lebanese heritage and want to shine a positive light on the Arab culture. I currently teache Levantine dialect as well as Modern Standard Arabic to New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds.

I offer online classes and one to one sessions.
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carol H.

carol H.

New York, NY 10029
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About Andrea V.

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New York, NY
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Bassist and composer Andrea Veneziani performs extensively within the improvised music scene, across a broad spectrum of genres. His instrumental tone, sensitivity and imagination, and melodic approach to a supposedly clumsy instrument brought him to perform and record with many established musicians. Based in New York City, his work as an instrumentalist and composer can be regularly heard at the top jazz clubs in the city and around the globe.

As a current faculty member of the New York Jazz Workshop, Andrea Veneziani is a dedicated educator. He has taught master classes at the National Institute of Music and the National University of Costa Rica, at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey and at the Olav Duun Videregående Skole in Namsos, Norway. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York University, where he graduated i
n 2011 with a Master of Music Degree in Performance with a Concentration in Jazz as a Fulbright scholarship recipient.
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Catherine June 22, 2017
· Italian · In studio
Andrea is very personable and easy going. He is unintimidating and yet knowledgeable. A pleasure to learn from.
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Andrea V.

Andrea V.

New York, NY 10039
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About Romulo V.

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Astoria, NY
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I've been teaching for the last ten years in the SIS(Swiss International School) in Brazil. Most of my students were kid and teenagers. Each class is planned and adjusted to help the student finding his/her own way to find happiness through music. Despite the fact that I am a Master in Guitar Perfomance, I can teach all types of music, in a fun and effective way!
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Romulo V.

Romulo V.

Astoria, NY 11106
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$50 / 45-min

About Angely D.

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New York, NY
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My name is Angely, I am a Fashion Designer & Dancer. I was born in Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is a Spanish-speaking caribbean island. My family and I moved to New York when I was 5 years old.

In New York I studied Fashion Design (11+yrs) , Dance (7+ yrs) , Spanish, Japanese and French. My current Hobbies are Dance, Capoeira, Designing my own apparel, Yoga, Taking care of my plants and Travel.

I love to travel. I've been to Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Canada and of course Dominican Republic.
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Angely D.

Angely D.

New York, NY 10040
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$34 / 30-min

About Ayman B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a drummer, composer, educator and multi (performance/composition) award winner in more than 7 countries. Love of education has taken me across the world where I gained a Masters degree in Musicology from Tunisia, a Bachelors degree in Jazz from New York and another degree in Indian classical music from Chennai India. Beside performing, teaching is one of my main passions. I love sharing my experiences with others and inspire them to be the best they can be.
Beside English, I am a native Arabic and French speaker and I do teach language as well. My language and music teaching experience has included, for the past 10 years, privet lessons, online lessons and classroom lessons in elementary, middle and high school as well as universities.

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Known for his musicality, innovative drumming and Educational methods, Ayman has fo
und a unique musical voice as a result of his passion for jazz and his natural Tunisian folk music. During his second decade, the New York based drummer has played in European, African and Asian festivals with countless stellar jazz artists and Grammy winners from allover the globe. His reputation has steadily grown with every performance and he is rapidly becoming one of the most brilliant drummer composer of his generation.

"Ayman, you have a very mature and musical way of approaching odd meters, I haven't heard any better"! -Jimmy Cobb-

Ayman's love for music has taking him across the world including India where he studied at Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music and toured across the country with the prestigious Splendor of Masters playing with some of the most well known living legends of Indian music including Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Shubankar Banerjee and Prasanna. Few years later, Ayman has moved to New York City where he is currently based after he graduated from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a strong merit scholarship.

A very unique player, a wonderful composer ! D.r -Ghatam Karthick-

Ayman has been leading his band in several prestigious Jazz Festivals around the world as well as winning several awards including the AFAC 2016 composers award. He has appeared playing as a drummer, pianist, konnakol vocalist and a multi hand percussionist in stages such as Reykjavic Jazz festival, Carthage international festival and Dubai Jazz festival.
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Carmen October 25, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Ayman is an amazing drum teacher! He not only touches on how to read music notation but also gives you the freedom to incorporate your own sense of style in your drumming. He knows the mechanics when it comes to being technical but also on how to feel the music. He has a great passion for this art form, and if you are also passionate as a student, only good will come from taking his lessons!!
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Baha October 25, 2017
· Drum · In home
I had totally a great experience, Ayman has very good skills as a player and a teacher. He knows exactly what a student need and how to keep you motivated. Highly recommended.
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Tobias October 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
This was a great class for musicians, I am an advanced musician and I learned a lot from Mr Ayman, also for my 10 years old daughter loved loved it. You're gonna love it, definitely 5 stars!!!
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Ayman B.

Ayman B.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Zheng Z.

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I graduated from New York University with 3.9 GPA and degrees in both Economics and Computer Science. I'm currently working on Wall Street in the investment banking industry. I have been tutoring students in math and science subjects ever since I was in high school.

"Simplicity" is my core teaching philosophy. None of my students would get confused no matter how complicated the problem is because I would break it down to small, easy to understand pieces and even a three-year-old can learn it :)

I graduated from New York University with a Computer Science degree as well. I have learned different Programming languages including Python, Java, C++, R, Javascript during college and I'm specialized in Python web development. I like Python the most because it is the simplest and most popular programming language in the world. I have built
different web development apps with python and Django over the years. And I have been tutoring students on Python at New York University for a year.

I had scored 800 in SAT Math and 36 in ACT Math. During my college, I have taken calculus 1, 2, 3; math for econ 1, 2, 3; linear algebra 1, 2, 3; statistics; game theory; R and various math courses with a 3.9 (out of 4.0) GPA. I have been an NYU math tutor during sophomore year to senior year.

Mandarin Chinese is my mother tongue. I grew up in China and have been living in the U.S for over 10 years. I fully understand the cultural and language differences between Chinese and English. With more than 5 years teaching experience in Chinese for all age groups, I can help you improve all aspects of Chinese, including reading, writing, listening and speaking, etc.

I'm very flexible with my schedule and I'm here to solve all of your problems regarding math, computer programming and Chinese. I like seeing my students achieve success in school and work. Teaching has been my passion for years and will continue to be. Do not hesitate to contact me. I'm always here to help you!
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Dan November 14, 2017
· Python · Online
Zheng is the best tutor I have ever met. I just started with python in school this year and The professor at my school didn’t do a good job at explain the fundamental concepts which left me very confused. After taking Zheng’s class, everything became clear and I got a A in my final exam!
Highly recommend!
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Zheng Z.

Jersey City, NJ 07310
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