Erol Gokcedag

Erol G.

Panorama City, CA
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Writing

Levels Taught:
College

I have studied English, directly, through my degree in the field and through continued training at the graduate and doctorate levels. I've taught several sections of first-year composition at a university. I have written short stories and poetry in formal environments and for presentation. I have tutored both adolescents and adults and stand out, by reviews, as a smart, caring, helpful teacher.

Possibly the only dedicated PhD for E-Learning on the TakeLessons server, I am member of the Association for Language Learning, located in Leicester, UK.

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Erol passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Erol delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1998

***ADDRESSES WITHIN REMOTE AREAS (no public transit or bicycle access) DIFFICULT TO SERVICE PHYSICALLY. Lesson cancellations and schedule changes need to be submitted through Takelessons.com student website, relieve busy teacher from multiple informal requests***

My style and attitude toward teaching is a balance between subject delivery and reflective, supportive interaction. I seek to enable current research on education for busy, yet goal-driven student interests. This is done through customized online lessons coordinating the experience with optimal resources and tools: ESL and Speech students learn to monitor their own phonological issues with dedicated software/feedback, guiding German students through conversational dialogues, and ensuring relevant resources for Excel and related productivity lessons.

Due to my limited funds, I do not have direct experience with the Adobe suite, but I have extensive knowledge of related, free distributions that are transferable. Possibly the only PhD on Takelessons server from a regionally accredited university, I am a member of the American Council on Foreign Language Learning and the Association for Language Learning.
My most popular subjects are as follows:

North American English Pronunciation Practice for ESL (NAEPP-ESL) or Accent-Reduction:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 recordings, and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Carefully following Burkkowsky's (1969) multi-media method, I have taught this subject for over five years for public and private causes, such as library, individuals, and language schools. German Language and Culture:
*****Each Online Lesson with Free Video & MP3 Recordings and about 50 GB onedrive folder for lesson files*****

Microsoft Excel:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

Typing:
***It is recommended students own or have regular access to a personal computer after 2002 in order to get the best benefit***

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Experience

Teacher/Trainer/Coach
Aug 2015 - Present
Take Lessons/Service Scout, San Diego, American Classes Online, LA/China, MVES Diversified Learning Services, Los Angeles

• English
• German
• Microsoft Office

English Teacher & Tutor
Jan 2015 - Aug 2015
Reading Town, South Bay Mega Study, Math Clinic, Los Angeles area

• Facilitated the composition of college preparatory essays
• Tutored and mentored the comprehension and retention of middle to high school vocabulary
• Administered and graded exams, quizzes, and in-class essay-writing assignments
• Led and coached debates and social science topics, such as geography and interpersonal skills
• Prepared and implemented original and open-source learning materials related to language arts

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Literacy Volunteer
Dec 2012 - Aug 2015
Los Angeles Public Library

• Teaching English pronunciation and related classes to diverse students with group exercises
• Tutoring literacy development to students, individualized and in groups
• Conferencing and guiding students about their improvement and literacy level
• Offering motivational, and self-realization strategies for confidence and independence

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Tutor/Support Provider
Jan 2013 - Jan 2014
Creative Support, Culver City, CA

• Assisted an autistic individual with his graduate-level coursework in the field of German literature
• Developed original study guides, translations, and consultation strategies related to the subject
• Facilitated the comprehension of German language through conversation, personal experience, and
discipline knowledge
• Taught German-English relations with an emphasis on emotional intelligence, empathy, and cultural
sensitivity

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Assistant English Instructor
Jan 2002 - Jan 2003
Florida State University

• Provided a learning experience in the field of first-year student writing
• Facilitated small group work, as well as whole class discussion
• Offered prompt, equitable grades, along with individualized conferences and formative feedback
• Introduced the field of college writing from a critical, creative, and expository perspective

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Education

PhD - Educational Leadership (Education Technology & Language E-Learning emphasis)
Jan 2012 - May 2018
Trident University International
MA - Innovative Leadership
Jan 2009 - Feb 2011
Western International University
BA - English & Communication
May 1999 - Dec 2000
North Florida University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Doctor of Philosophy
Jul 2018
Trident University International

Affiliations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Mar 2019

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.

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Association for Language Learning
Aug 2017

The Association for Language Learning (ALL) is the UK’s major subject association for teachers of foreign languages. We support and represent teachers of all languages in all sectors. Whether you’re a languages co-ordinator in a primary school, specialist languages teacher, or working outside mainstream education, we can offer you the support you need.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Erol G.

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Pronouncing E+ L as Tell Intonation, pitch, and air-pressure in word "Blur" reducing/regulating glottal stop in front of voiced consonants
Photo by Erol G.

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voiced/unvoiced sounds
vowel and semi-vowel sounds
schwa sound
L + s/z sound
The elements of North-American Accent-Reduction training for easy, confident, efficient traveling across cultures, for your tablet or other.

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PhD commencement ceremony 2018 @ Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, CA

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Listen to Fairytale
Translate passage/Listen skills
Reading Practice 
Learn Time on clock 
Geography
essential and technical features of powerpoint:
formatting slides, layouts, texts 
animations/transitions 
headers/footers
Dr. Erol G., PhD with Mandarin-Chinese accent-reduction student.
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103 Reviews

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Jorge P. Oct 12, 2019
Accent Reduction · In studio

Dr. G has been able to identify and target very specific problems in my speech. His method is very effective. He is an excellent teacher!

Kathy Oct 5, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Among the accent reduction teachers that I had before, Erol is the only one who actually could find the problems in my accent! The program he uses is very useful. The way he explains things or exaggerates the mistakes will help me to correct my accent. Overall, an awesome experience and I would totally recommend him to anyone.

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Celso Edgar S. Sep 21, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Very good

Camille Sep 9, 2019
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol was extremely accommodating in conducting a lesson at the last minute. Also very knowledgeable of the skill set that I needed an overview of.

June Sep 1, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Excellent teacher!

lola Aug 19, 2019
Microsoft Excel · Online

He was pretty good and very detailed orientated.

Viwemi M. Aug 17, 2019
Typing · Online

excellent

Viwemi M. Aug 16, 2019
Typing · Online

Excellent

JOLAN Aug 15, 2019
Microsoft Access · In home

He is listening to his student, whatever you ask he will answer in that minutes.

T Aug 10, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

He seems to have a lot of experience in helping students reduce their accent. Unlike some instructors I've had in the past, he will ensure that the student's pronunciation is truly accurate before moving on to the next word. Moreover, his schedule is pretty flexible and he will provide a full length lesson even if the lesson starts late.

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Lola Aug 8, 2019
Microsoft Excel · Online

He was very patient and knew exactly what to do.

Wei V. Aug 3, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Pretty though as we go through each syllabus.

Adaobi Jul 13, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Good teacher

Johnathan Jun 23, 2019
Typing · Online

Patient and thorough sums it up!

Michael M. Jun 14, 2019
Microsoft Excel · Online

Had another great lesson learning a lot!

Michael Jun 6, 2019
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol is very patient and a good teacher. I knew very little about excel but I feel the lessons are going well and it's not as hard as I thought it would be.

Yasemin May 1, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Anshul S. Apr 21, 2019
Microsoft Excel · Online

My training at a technical school in India was mostly about the skills nobody else has with the idea that this is competitive. Then I couldn't even create dashboards or present my data impressively. This teacher gives you all the in-demand features with examples to clarify your data in practical settings. Erol also puts in effort to send recordings and related files. May also consider accent training with him. Thanks!

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Ravisher Apr 10, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

I have pretty good experience with Erol so far. In first session we have some issue with the zoom and microphone, so we were not able to complete the whole 1 hour session, But Erol gave me extra makeover session.

Jack Apr 8, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol was one of my best instructors by far! He is very knowledgeable and approachable, and he wakes up at 530 every morning to teach me. This shows his determination to teach and his attitude to teaching well enough.

Morgan S. Mar 27, 2019
German · In home

Erol is a fantastic German teacher! He has worked with my 13 year old daughter for a few months now and I am always impressed by the lessons. He has a system that can playback speech so my daughter can hear her pronunciation and work on her accent. Erol is well organized and does a excellent job changing the curriculum to fit any age.

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Jane Feb 20, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Knowledgable and very patient coach! The recordings and the anatomy pictures are a wonderful tool to make and see improvement. Didn’t know that I have so much glottalization;)

Jane Feb 4, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

Luis B. Jan 25, 2019
German · Online

Erol not only focus on the Language and pronunciation but also on the cultural learning. Looking forward for the next classes with him.

Mayah Jan 19, 2019
German · Online

Excited for my next lesson!

Tu Jan 8, 2019
Accent Reduction · Online

After 5 hours working on accent reduction with Erol, I decided to purchase another 15-hour package and planning to study with him in the long run. Erol develops his own syllabus, analyzing my pronunciation with software, which helps a lot in visualizing what needs to improve. All lessons are recorded and can be downloaded for later review. He is quite flexible when I requested late night sessions. He is punctual and caring.

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Sammy Dec 20, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

I have been taking accent reduction training with Erol since Feb. this year. Although I'm not exactly a fast learner, he has been very patient with me the whole time. Recently, because of my interest in voice acting, he's started to use a PC game (Tomb Raider) to help me to improve my accent. I believe he has taken our training to the next level, and I always look forward to attend his lessons.

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Doina Dec 18, 2018
Microsoft Excel · Online

I learned a lot

Jon Dec 11, 2018
Microsoft Excel · In home

Erol is a total flake, unreliable and a liar. We made an appointment for a Saturday afternoon. I built my day off around the appointment. I received a email from Erol a half an hour before his arrival time and he blew me off. He gave some muddled excuse about a conflict. Stay away!!!!

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Csaba Dec 2, 2018
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It was a great class

Lidia C. Nov 12, 2018
German · In home

I need help with German grammar and pronunciation and he is helping me with the subject.

Giulia Nov 1, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol is really nice and a great teacher. He understood what we needed to work on right away. I also like the software that he uses during his lessons, it makes it easier to understand where I'm mistaking pronunciation.

Awaleh Oct 30, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Even one day its not enough to say something , but anyway I have met the right person who at the first point showed me where I needed to improve and I loved how he was prepared and organized with the right materials. I would recommande at anybody to join Erol. Great Teacher. Best Instructor.

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M Oct 25, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

very patient, would recommend Erol!

Adel Oct 15, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Although I just took the first lesson with Erol, but I liked his systematic approach and curriculum. The way he explained that accent reduction is not only about training but also about understanding the new culture and creating a new personality, I just can say that I am excited:)

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Jonathan Sep 25, 2018
Microsoft Excel · Online

If you need the basics of Excel, Erol is the professor for you!

Samer Sep 9, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

I can not say he is the best instructor cause I didn't try another one. But certainly he is great. He is knowledgeable, articulate, his instruction is clear and have a very nice personality make his course interesting.

Art Aug 29, 2018
German · In home

Erol is a good German teacher and will work with you to accomplish your goals.

SAMMY Aug 21, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

He is very patient and I really like he uses recording software (Goldwave) while he's teaching.

Cosmo Jul 28, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol is great and I’m making real progress week after week. Definitely recommend. Using the audio recording software makes all the difference.

Queen A. Jul 1, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Excellent

Sunny G. Jun 23, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Mudit S. Jun 19, 2018
German · Online

Fairly good instructor. Used so many tools to track progress using voice software to improve pronunciation

Karen May 23, 2018
Microsoft Excel · Online

Learned a lot.
Now to practice.
Very easy to understand, patient.

emilie May 17, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Very good lesson.

Rita S. May 5, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Very good

Alvaro Apr 29, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Great analytical approach to accent reduction. I’ve taken 4 classes and I already feel a difference. Thanks!

Zhengyagn Apr 14, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Very systematic and detailed teaching method.

Alexandre Z. Mar 23, 2018
Accent Reduction · In home

Erol is a great teacher,
Since we started together my progress has been huge, I am more confident, it's easier for me to talk and being understood with my french accent. Erol targets your weaknesses and make them disappear like nothing happened. My friends, my family, my coworkers and clients all noticed my accent; thank you Erol!

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Nimo J. Mar 21, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

English is my second language. It’s not easy finding the right teacher. But I’m glad i’v Founded it. He’s a great teacher!

Nadia Mar 5, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

I enjoy workig with Erol, he is helping me to get rid of my russian accent. Every lesson is informative, i learn and grow every week. He is very organized and attantive, he really listens to what has to be corrected and works with it.
I highly recommend Erol!

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Rex Mar 2, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Fantastic class. Erol knows exactly what needs correcting, to improve my accent. His program is well organized. Erol methodically goes through the lessons, making it easier for me to understand and improve my accent.
I recommend him.

Miriam R. Mar 1, 2018
Microsoft PowerPoint · Online

Very professional and extremely thorough in his explanations of the hard skill.
I highly recommend him.

Nadia Feb 26, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol is great! Very informative 1st lesson!
Thank you so much!

Cindy B. Feb 16, 2018
German · Online

Great lesson on the Dative case and how it can look in different sentences or and ways of being phrased, and the underlying theory of how it works. Learned new words and went over some dialogues. Erol is very professional, and his method is descriptive and calming. I appreciate he speaks in German and switches only when I need help understanding, because it helps train my listening skills. Looking forward the the next lesson.

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SAMMY Feb 12, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Very scientific and easy to follow....

Cindy B. Feb 8, 2018
German · Online

Another great lesson. I really appreciate the files and vocabulary sent before the lessons. I can review the material at my own time beforehand which is so helpful. He is organized and the atmosphere is relaxed and informative. I never feel pressured or silly for not knowing something. His method of teaching and explaining concepts is exceptional.

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Mona Feb 6, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Awesome instructor.
Patient, well informed, structured program. It has helped me a lot.

Rex Feb 6, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Excellent instructor. Understand what people with Indian as their primary language need, to reduce their accent. He is very patient, astute, uses wave form to explain how I spoke and ways to correct it. It is a well structured program.
I strongly recommend Erol.

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Cindy B. Feb 1, 2018
German · Online

Really impressed. I can already do the High German R much better after only one lesson. He explains difficult concepts in a way that I can understand. Class pacing is very good - not too rushed (I have time to absorb the material), and not too slow which keeps it interesting. There is a variety of interesting materials to review and he is very prepared. I am very happy so far.

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ibrahim A. Jan 8, 2018
Accent Reduction · Online

Very nice instructor and he will give you the full support since he has a Good experience with different accents based on the region

Sanmay Jan 2, 2018
German · Online

Erol takes great care to listen and go through the basics. His systematic and logical approach to teach a foreign language to a non-native speaker is really great. I feel that I am making progress, and Erol is making sure that I don't feel intimidated. I highly recommend him if someone is looking for German language classes.

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Rex Dec 21, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Good instructor.
Very astute. Goal directed teacher. He is patient, well versed with subject matter, good teaching skills.

Alex Dec 6, 2017
Accent Reduction · In home

Erol is a great teacher
He understood my weakness, the points to ameliorate very quick: his technical of learning is very efficient (I'm only at my 3rd session). Since he has an European background as well he knows exactly the difference of pronunciation between French (that I am) and US pronunciation.
He is also very devoted and patient, I recommend him no matter your background !

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Mona Nov 21, 2017
Accent Reduction · In home

He is caring , on time and he knows his stuff

Amada C. Nov 20, 2017
English · Online

Great teacher! Listens and patiently instructs you to get better at English.

rui Nov 11, 2017
English · Online

Erol is good teacher. He is patient and professional.

Amada Nov 4, 2017
English · Online

Eorl is a great teacher. I had a great experience. He took his time to explain with different examples by writting and verbally to make me understand the difference between articles. I am happy and I can't wait for my next lesson. Thanks Eorl!

Eugenia Oct 27, 2017
ESL · Online

Erol is helping me to get rid of my RRRRRussian accent! :)
Great professor. Very patient, very knowledgeable, tons of tools, emails you the recording of every session so you can practice on your own. And very affordable as compared to other Accent Reduction teachers.

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Agustin L. Oct 23, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Great instructor. I've been taking classes with Erol for a month, and I am very happy so far. He is genuinely interested in my progress. Erol uses some interesting audio apps in his classes that led me to understand the mistakes in my pronunciation. He was also flexible when I had to change a class schedule. Thanks Erol for your help!

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Rui Oct 16, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol is a patient,nice and professional teacher. I look forward to the second class.

Hayden G. Sep 26, 2017
German · Online

Clearly experienced.

Milt Aug 9, 2017
Typing · In home

Erol is so patient and kind - teaching my 88 year-old father how to use the computer. My dad is boasting he already can type 90 words per minute thanks to Erol!

Akshansh K. Jul 20, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Great first session. Erol is an excellent teacher. He is very patient, positive and encouraging. Erol was quickly able to identify the areas I need improvement. Super excited for my next sessions.

Danny May 20, 2017
Accent Reduction · Online

Erol is a dedicating teacher. He uses many different tools and technology to effectively conduct his lessons. I'm happy to work with him. Highly recommended!

Mitchell May 17, 2017
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol was helpful and knowledgable on the concepts I needed to learn. I wanted to start classes earlier than he had for availability but he made it work and did 3 consecutive days like I wanted. There wasn't a rush on time and he was very flexible in order to make sure I understood the base concepts I needed, which were a few skills related to marketing reporting. Thanks Erol!

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deborah Apr 4, 2017
German · Online

Erol is patient, supportive, and has a lot of tools for me to practice between lessons. I would recommend him for teaching German.

Catherine Mar 22, 2017
Microsoft Excel · Online

Really informative. Very patient and helpful.

Maria Grazia R. Jan 24, 2017
English · In home

Erol is a wonderful teacher: kind, professional and friendly. Learning with him was very enjoyable, and significantly helped improve my English pronunciation. I would happily recommend him to others.

Maryam S. Jan 7, 2017
Typing · Online

Had a great experience.

Marcia K. Dec 19, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol, provided one-on-one project training in Excel. He explained and demonstrated how to use the tools and commands most often used, which is what I needed. He was very clear in his explanations and professional. Erol was also easy to schedule a class with. As there is so much information about the Excel program, it is helpful to know what topic you want to cover. Thank you!

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John A. Nov 10, 2016
Microsoft Office · Online

Erol is the best

Vannia L. Oct 1, 2016
German · Online

I definitely recommend taking classes with Erol; He is very clear, knowledgeable and flexible with the time, he also like to make the class interesting and makes it easier to learn grammar and pronunciation
BONUS: You will learn about Germany's history and geography at the same time you are learning the language.

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Albert E. Jun 23, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online

Erol was very patient and very professional. He went out of his way to make sure that I understood. Thank you Erol

David N. Jun 16, 2016
German · In studio

Erol was the best teacher I've ever had. He does everything possible for you to understand, learn, and retain. Amazing.

Salman Jun 15, 2016
ESL · Online

He is incredible and very knowlegdable

Salman Jun 15, 2016
ESL · Online

He is incredible and very knowlegdable

Xi Apr 29, 2016
ESL · In home

nice and patient

Lorraine V. Apr 12, 2016
Accent Reduction · Online

I really like that he uses technology to help me with my accent reduction! Highly recommended

Marisol H. Feb 12, 2016
Microsoft Excel · Online

Can't wait until my next session!

Elena B. Feb 11, 2016
Microsoft Office · In home

Earl helped me achieve outstanding score on my Microsoft Office test for my employer in a surprisingly short time. He was proficient with the subject. I am extremely happy I hired him.

Gina J. Dec 1, 2015
Microsoft Excel · Online

I had a fun lesson with Erol today. He is a GREAT teacher. I am looking forward to my next class :0)

Darious Nov 6, 2015
English · In studio

Erol did work for me on my term paper, assisting with the development of a persuasive, unique topic. He provided valuable ideas that lent depth and substance to my writing. He is also proficient with discussion and debate coaching. One way or the other, you will get your money's worth for any of his subjects.

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Jesse Nov 6, 2015
Microsoft Windows · In studio

Erol is an excellent teacher. He helped me learn new programs with ease.

Toyia Oct 24, 2015
Microsoft Windows · In home

Erol helped me fix my laptop and taught me how to use my operating system. He is also very skilled with young kids, having babysat my 3 year-old daughter. He knows a lot about his subjects and is great at figuring things out.

Leticia R. Oct 9, 2015
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Thank you Erol very much..I Really enjoyed
Your lessons..it was helpful

Marija S. Oct 5, 2015
German · Online

Hello all.I am beginner in German.So glad that I found Erol.It's very easy to communicate with him.I had some books that he would go over with me,explaining every thing I didn't know.I would recommend Erol to anybody who needs help with grammar,pronunciation,vocabulary...It really helps that he is native German.Good luck!

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Maria Duru Sep 21, 2015
Microsoft Excel · Online

Very patient and understanding. I learnt a lot

Rebecca Koppenhaver Aug 28, 2015
Microsoft Office · In home

Erol is prompt, knowledgable and very patient!

Chandler B. Aug 27, 2015
German · Online

Great first time experience for my son. He's already using his new words after one lesson!

Tapio V. Mar 17, 2015
· Online

I've experienced Erol's teaching in both group setting and one on one, and I like his unique way of teaching, combining his knowledge of IPA, and both English and German languages. His skills in software technology makes him also ideal for teaching "e-learning".

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Daniel R. Mar 11, 2015
German ·

Patient, thorough and punctual. I highly recommend Erol!

James R. Mar 11, 2015
German · In studio

I studied German with Erol for a little over a year while I was living in LA. It was a great experience. At the time I could barely speak a word of German, but our weekly meetings very quickly started to give me confidence. In our sessions, we tried numerous methods: we read children's books, made small talk, and eventually discussed German literature. During our time together, Errol was uncommonly patient, generous with his time, and flexible about scheduling. My experience having been so positive, I'd recommend him as a tutor to anyone hoping to improve their knowledge of spoken and/or written German.

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