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Amadou C.

Chicago, IL

About Amadou C.

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Amadou teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2008
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I am a distinguished graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from Ivy Tech College. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math and science that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, and I have taught several middle-school and high-school students math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades under my instruction. And because I have worked with such a vast diversity of people over the span of 16 countries throughout the world, I have developed the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students. Age has never been a problem with me, as I've helped several post-graduate students straighten out their grievances in math and science.

As an engineering major at IIT, I naturally maintain an exemplary study ethic that inspires my students to achieve more. I bring results. I relate to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, music, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to develop a passion for the courses I tutor. Additionally, I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose enigmatic topics into components that can be more easily internalized by my students, effectively increasing their grades and giving them the self-confidence and enthusiasm they need to fuel their future academic endeavors. I guarantee quality, commitment, and a passion for training my students to be the best.

I have lived in over 20 countries, which allowed me to speak several languages, and which permitted me to maintain my patience, élan and spirit of enthusiasm when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I have solid background in both math and the natural sciences, as I have consistently maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since high school. I am now studying mechanical engineering at IIT, and I have gotten 5s in all of my AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology exams. I have also been the winner of many STEM-related competitions, through my demonstrating of exemplary leadership qualities and through my brainstorming of blue-sky ideas. I am also a "Mental-Math" practitioner, reflexologist and guitarist. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me value ourselves in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.

Photos and Videos

Beginning French


Assistant Engineer

Jun 2014 - Jul 2014

Participated in and achieved a certificate of achievement from the NYLF summer program hosted at Loyola University.

Project Syncere participant

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
After school matters

Here, I led my team members to victory in all of the competitions.

Senior ACT math prep tutor

May 2013 - Jun 2013

During my junior year in high-school, I assisted my fellow seniors in their pursuit to score higher on the upcoming ACT math.


Mechanical Engineering

Jul 2015 - Present
Illinois institute of Technology

Bachelors in Science

Jul 2015 - Present
Illinois Institute of Technology

Associates in Science

Aug 2014 - May 2015
American Honors at Ivy Tech

Diploma in Natural Science

May 2014 - Jun 2014
Wolaitta Liqa Secondary and Preparatory school

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Distinguished Graduate Award

May 2015
American Honors at Ivy Tech Northwest

For Academic Achievement, Integrity and Leadership

Certificate of Recognition for the History Award

Apr 2015
American Honors at Ivy Tech

For stellar performance and participation in class.

Dean's List

Jan 2015
American Honors at Ivy Tech

Maintained a 4.0 GPA through Freshman year of first semester and made the Dean's List; taking 6 classes and 18 credit hours.

Certificate of Achievement

Jul 2014
National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) - Engineering

For demonstrating exceptional leadership, critical things and creativity skills.

Highest Honors G.P.A

Jun 2013

My award for having the highest grade point average of the entire junior class(4.00).

Excellence in English

Jun 2013

My awards for displaying miraculous grammar and mechanics skill and compelling writing and oral ability.

Excellence in science

Jun 2013

My awards for exhibiting exemplary prowess in the field of science.


Most Complex Engineering Design

Aug 2013
Project Syncere

Most Valuable Engineer

Aug 2013
Project Syncere


National Tutoring Association

Jan 2014

The NTA was formed in 1992 for the purpose of establishing a membership organization for tutoring professionals. The NTA is dedicated exclusively to tutoring, and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and thirteen other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration, and supplemental student services.

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20 Reviews on Amadou C.

Navila Feb 24, 2016
Algebra 2 · Online
Amadou has been a great help for our daughter. She was struggling in her class and wasn't exactly seeing eye-to-eye with the teacher. Amadou was able to identify her strength/weaknesses and encouraged her to not doubt her initial instincts. While it took sometime for her to realize it, he influenced her to change her study habit. He followed up with us by providing addition work/practice problems that strategically enabled her to work in a "harder" problem. I do believe that he is worth every penny.
Jessica Feb 14, 2016
Algebra 2 · Online
Amador is a really great tutor! He's a very chill, funny guy that allows students to connect better. Be able to communicate is the most important part between teacher and student. It makes it easier to learn if i am able to share my problems without embarrassment knowing that he will help me in whatever way he can. Thanks Amadou!
Marco D. Feb 7, 2016
French · Online
Verified Student
Great instructor! He will definitely help you increase your hearing and speaking ability in French. There were excellent exercises in class too.
Marco D. Jan 11, 2016
French · Online
Verified Student
Amadou is a great instructor. He guided me patiently through the online platform and was very helpful with answering my questions. Highly recommended!
Marco Dec 30, 2015
French · Online
Amadou is a great instructor. She guided me patiently through the online platform and was very helpful with answering my questions. Highly recommended!
Megan Soderberg Dec 23, 2015
French · Online
Verified Student
We had a great first lesson. He made me feel very comfortable.
Patricia B. Oct 26, 2015
French · In studio
Verified Student
Amdadou this great. We were able to interact and we both learned something from each other. The time went by so fast! Enjoying this very much. I will be referring Take Lessons to other friends.
aisha S. Oct 3, 2015
French · Online
Verified Student
Learned at lot in just one session...
Cheryl Jul 18, 2015
Pre Algebra · In studio
The most wonderful thing about Amadou is his innate capacity to connect with young people, and in doing so, he make the tutoring sessions and the learning that takes place seemingly fluid and effortless. I hired him to tutor my 10 year old son in math. We met at his office in Hyde Park and we stayed with him for about 2 months, but then we had scheduling conflicts. My son has an innate ability with math (inherited from my husband). He's very intuitive with it, but he also had a problem with focusing and taking time to work through each and every step (also inherited from my husband). He would get frustrated working with me, so I thought having someone else who would make math fun and challenging would ensure that he was advancing appropriately in math. Amadou's sessions were structured, he factored in breaks (incl. snacks!) and he provided workbooks and homework that he would go over the next lesson. He was always looking for ways to engage my son's mind, but make it interesting. He went step by step through a sample problem,, and then would work through additional problems and point out errors and talk them through with my son. He was also open to listening to me when I made suggestions about content and approach. He was very good. As my son told me, "an hour just flies by with Amadou, it doesn't feel like work at all!" I recommend him highly.
Keesha Jul 18, 2015
Elementary Math · In home
Amadou has a great way of relating with children and providing them with techniques for math. He had my son learning for hours and increased his math and French grade to an A. Even my son teacher saw the growth in his math skills.
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