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Valeria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
September 2011

Availability:
I tutor seven days a week, so whenever you're ready to get started, feel free to contact me through TakeLessons.

Dear Students and Parents,
I’m sure you can recall what it feels like to be disconnected in class, whether it was during Calculus, French, or Art History. This feeling is not life threatening, but education is of the utmost importance in this technical era. For this reason, I've developed over time an effective approach to teach students how to tackle their academic challenges. I create fun and entertaining lessons, while subtly explaining the subject matter in a way that enhances understanding and learning capability. I strive to enlighten students, not merely to regurgitate information. Lessons would consist of concepts of homework assignments, upcoming quizzes, and final examinations. In addition, I tend to spontaneously ask questions and assign problems to verify comprehension level and critical-thinking ability. If you’d like to learn more about my lessons, feel free to message me through this website and I will respond to your inquiry as soon as time permits.
Best Wishes,
Valeria

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Experience

Academic Tutor
Sep 2011 - Present
Self-Employed

- Math (High School & College)
- Physics (High School & College)
- Chemistry (High School & College)
- Biology (High School & College)
- SAT
- ACT
- GRE

Instructor
Aug 2014 - Mar 2015
Harvard Square Academy (HS2)

HS2 is a private college preparatory academy that helps students gain admission to elite universities. They focus on SAT and ACT test preparation, college counseling, and college admissions. I worked as an instructor teaching the following classes:

SAT
PSAT
ACT
AP Biology
Chemistry

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Education

Re-Applicant Program
Jun 2016 - Present
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
University of California- Davis

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Research Publication
Jan 2014
The Scientific World Journal

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100 Reviews

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Scott Jun 12, 2017
Physics · Online

Really great experience

Rachael Jun 10, 2017
Physics · Online

She did not show, and has not answered calls texts or emails since then. She had already been paid. Total scam. I will update my review if this gets resolved.

Robin E. May 29, 2017
Test Prep · Online

My last review had a SAT prep listed ,but I want it to be clear that Valeria is an excellent instructor for all test prep.

Robin E. May 29, 2017
SAT · Online

Valeria is a fine instructor .She is a superb class act. She instructs my teen in Act and Sat prep.She has instructed him for some time now .I found out about Valeria in his HS year when he was taking the SAT & ACT .He was more so taking the exams at the end of HS in May & June. I knew he would have a challenge , so we weren't in a rush & we knew that he would have opportunities to take the tests again. My son did just that with Valeria's help.I have seen the progress he maintained with his test scores while he attended PG Prep with her tutoring him. He tells me now that he likes Math. Believe me hearing that is a positive . She has the patience and knowledge, to instruct children with learning disabilities. I Thank You Valeria for being there for my son. She is as crucial to the development of a child's extra help in school as a lawyer or doctor would be to a family structure. Once again Thank You ,Valeria.

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Loren B. May 20, 2017
Pre Calculus · Online

Valeria is great! We wish we would of found her sooner to help with math...

Alexis Mar 21, 2017
Physics · Online

Mike M. Mar 10, 2017
SAT · Online

Very helpful and encouraging! More than willing to work on any problem with you and make sure you understand how to get to the correct answer.

Anna W. Jan 18, 2017
Algebra 2 · Online

WOW! My daughter was so happy with this experience! Thank you Valeria for helping !!

Heather C Jan 9, 2017
GRE · Online

Valeria made me feel as if basic math was the whole world's problem and not just mine, alone. She was attentive to my concerns, she navigated the lesson well with incredible time management and efficiency. She made the GRE seem less intimidating while making me feel a bit more confident at the end of every session.
I wish Valeria was around to help with all my life's lessons. . .

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Heather C Jan 7, 2017
GRE · Online

Kristine C. Nov 15, 2016
Math · Online

She made my child feel good in her math lessons. She feels confident and able to do her assignments and test now . The instructor is confident positive I'm going to go the extra mile

Susana M. Nov 14, 2016
AP Chemistry · Online

Valeria was a such a nice person to work with my daughter. My daughter was able to understand he chemistry with her. Victoria actually loved her tutoring classes with Valeria. She is fun, personal and extremely nice!!!!

Sylvia Oct 13, 2016
Algebra · Online

Very helpful first lesson! Good preparation ahead of time and follow up, too. Valeria is great. Looking forward to continuing.

Georgia Oct 3, 2016
Physics · Online

I struggle with Physics. A lot. However, I actually got my lesson this time!! She explains things REALLY well.

Luke H. Sep 29, 2016
ACT · Online

Very helpful.

Claire R. Sep 24, 2016
Physics · Online

We are so excited to find Valeria! My daughter was very confused by AP Physics, and after just one session she feels much better about material.

Jason Sep 18, 2016
Common Core Math · Online

Valeria is wonderful to work with! She is very flexible and went the extra mile to help my son. My son found her to be extremely helpful and easy to understand. I recommend her to anyone who needs help understanding common core math!

Taylor D. Sep 18, 2016
Chemistry · Online

Valeria was available on very short notice. Called me to confirm logistics. Great communication, Very friendly. Valuable for my daughter

Teresa O. Sep 6, 2016
Chemistry · Online

Without much notice, Valaria was there for my daughter!..... Tom H.

Leah May 11, 2016
Algebra 2 · Online

Valeria is fantastic!!! My daughter was frustrated and miserable working on high school Algebra II and Biology. She wasn't getting the concepts and felt like she was falling behind everyone else. Valeria saved the day! She's incredibly smart and understands everything my daughter is struggling with. Valeria is flexible and really helps my daughter understand concepts so that she has been able to not only get better grades, but more importantly (to me) to be more confident in class! I can't thank her enough for her help and we'll definitely be starting earlier in the school year next year!

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Micah May 9, 2016
Geometry · Online

My daughter is becoming more confident in her Geometry skills thanks to Valeria!

Sarah F. May 2, 2016
Algebra 2 · Online

Sarah thought the session went great and is looking forward to future sessions.

Natasha K. Apr 28, 2016
SAT · Online

first lesson with Valeria and I already feel so much better about doing the SAT test next week, especially for the Math sections.

Max Apr 17, 2016
ACT · Online

Great first lesson. My son is completely on board and already preparing for his next lesson with Valeria.

Yessenia A. Apr 6, 2016
SAT · Online

My daughter really enjoyes tutoring with Valeria, she is a great tutor. Abi is understanding the material do to Valeria's great way of explaining it. Thank you

Travis J. Mar 24, 2016
GRE · Online

Great instructor- very patient. Will have more instruction from her in the future.

Michael V. Mar 16, 2016
Calculus · Online

Valeria is super awesome! She makes everything easy to understand and is willing to go the extra mile for her students

Matthew O. Mar 8, 2016
Physics · Online

My son who is a freshman in high school has been hesitant about receiving tutoring, he even wanted to cancel an hour before his first session. He stuck it out and Actually spent more time with Valeria than he expected he could handle. He thought her examples really made the physics concepts easier to understand. She developed a quick rapport with him, was able to keep him focused and subtlety found ways to check in to see that he was following her. The fact that he is willing to do more sessions with her tells me that he felt the time spent was useful to him.

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Ronnie B. Feb 26, 2016
Test Prep · Online

The first two lessons have been great. We have an expedited timeline for the IL PAARC test and she has been very responsive and resourceful so that we stay on track.

Drew F. Feb 13, 2016
Elementary Math · Online

My kids lives his sessions with Valeria. He used to whine about math tutoring now he is happy for math time.

Thomas Webster Feb 5, 2016
GRE · Online

Valeria is very confident and easy to work with!

Cindy P. Feb 3, 2016
Algebra · Online

Honestly it's amazing how much she knows, it's even more amazing that she can teach the material to you. She has helped me in chemistry, college algebra and now in trigonometry. If you need a tutor pick her, she knows her stuff and really makes you feel comfortable and wants you to understand what you should be learning in class, she will repeat and repeat the stuff until you get it and has no problem on doing so. Couldn't have passed my other classes if it wasn't for her.

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Kaelin O. Oct 31, 2015
Pre Calculus · Online

Valerie explains everything really well so it is easy to understand and goes over it as many times as needed to understand the material. Very patient and easy going.

Gianna Oct 8, 2015
Biology · Online

Ms. V is patient, flexible and reliable. Really helped my daughter to build her confidence for the test. She understands Ms. V's teaching more than her own teacher!

Aislinn M. Oct 6, 2015
AP Physics · Online

Valeria is great she is very nice and made sure I understood the subject matter I would highly recommend her for AP Physics!

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ACT Math · In home

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Victoria M. Sep 28, 2015
AP Chemistry · Online

She is very willing to walk you through anything you don't understand. Now I feel like I know a lot more of my material because of her

Tina Starling Sep 26, 2015
Basic Math · Online

Valeria has been Amazing with Amelie. Amelie has Aspergers and speaks very little. She only speaks when she thinks it is important not for idle conversation. Valeria has worked very well with her in catching her up to Geometry Standards. Amelie Loves her! (I love her and wish I could have her work with Amelie everyday) I give Valeria a 10!

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Sullivan Sage Sep 21, 2015
SAT · Online

Thanks for such an organized and productive lesson!

Amelie S. Sep 7, 2015
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Amazing, Amelie is doing similar Polygons, tough for a seventh grader. Valeria helped her immensely today! Looking forward to many years of help.

Remi O. Aug 13, 2015
SAT · Online

My daughter is really enjoying her SAT lessons with Valeria!

Lulu Y. Aug 6, 2015
Math · Online

Miss Valeria have been teaching me for about 3 classes. I learned many things from her. She have patients with me and willing to answer every question that I have. Even during the time that's not class time, I will email or text her the question and is willing to explain the best she can. What's interesting about her is that she can make class fun. Not those kind of teacher who have a straight face or talking boring things. She chat with you and make sure you actually learn new knowledge from her. So I really recommend Miss Valeria to some of you out there who need a good tutor like her.

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Jasmine H. May 20, 2015
Basic Math · Online

Very patient and effective.

Brian W. Apr 20, 2015
Calculus · Online

Very helpful!!!!

Jasmine Apr 19, 2015
Biology · Online

Ms. V is wonderful! Well communicated and well planned for lesson. She tries to get to know her students and give the best to adapt their learning capability. Super terrific to work with!!!

Val M. Apr 14, 2015
Math · In home

My 5th grade daughter was struggling in math so before we had Valeria as a tutor, we had a non-Take Lessons tutor for 1 year. With the middle school teacher/tutor, my daughter was slowly starting to come around in math but he would dismiss her small accomplishments. The last straw was when he said that my daughter would probably not make it into algebra by the time she got to high school. Of course we left and we found Take Lessons. Through Take Lesson I am able view each tutors Education, Experience and Awards to which I found Valeria to be the best. On day one, I expressed to Valeria I would like my daughter to be tutored to enter High School at an Algebra II level and Valeria told me" Let's try for Calculus." Wow!! I was hooked. Valeria has completely turned my daughter's perspective on math in a positive direction. Her math scores have improved and her content understanding has increased significantly. To my surprise, my daughter has even noticed her Math teacher makes mistakes. Valeria has brought to her lessons more than math but confidence to my daughter.

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Imogene A. Mar 30, 2015
Biology · In home

Great session. My daughter was so happy that she finally understood her biology chapter.

Valeria is professional, understanding, and patient. This was the best experience my daughter has ever had.

Thank you so much for the great service!

LYNN S. Mar 7, 2015
Biology · Online

Valeria is extremely professional and knowledgeable. She explains things completely and clearly.

israel T. Feb 21, 2015
Algebra · Online

She's Best teacher.

Sue A. Nov 29, 2014
Chemistry · Online

I need her help with ORGO and PHYSICS, she was able to gel me understand the material in a much "easier" perspective. I really appreciate her time and effort to help her students. I recommend her completely. Online scared me at first, but it actually is just the same so I don't suggest to let that fare you away from the idea.

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Brittany S. Nov 16, 2014
Calculus · Online

Valeria is awesome! She breaks down everything in to smaller, simpler steps that I can follow. I could never understand what my professor was talking about in class, but after going over it with Valeria, I finally get it!! She goes above and beyond to provide any other extra examples to help me practice, and is always patient.

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Brendan May 14, 2014
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!! Valeria is sooooooooooo helpful I was struggling with 1 problem for over an hour and Valeria explained the whole concept to me in minutes. BEST TUTOR EVER!!!!!

Gavin May 14, 2014
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By far the coolest tutor ever. Amazing job!

Merna May 14, 2014
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Excellent teaching skills highly recommended....

Deedee May 14, 2014
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Valeria helped me so much with my geometry problem that I could never understand! She deserves more that 5 stars.

Kecia May 14, 2014
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Valeria is an amazing tutor. She helped me tremendously. I am now confident I will pass my math class in which I was struggling. I might even go as far as to say Valeria is the best tutor I ever had!

Willia May 14, 2014
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I now understand periodic trends much better.

Moriah May 14, 2014
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Valeria is very patient and friendly. I highly recommend her.

Albertha May 14, 2014
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Valeria tutored me in advanced chemistry. I was really impressed with her knowledge. She helped me out a lot with my questions. She also explain the solution for me and did not just give me the answer. I will definitely use her help again. Thanks again

Hiram May 14, 2014
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Valeria is an awesome teacher! I understood the concept much better than I did before hand. Will definitely recommend to fellow students :)

Marsha May 14, 2014
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Valeria was very helpful and helped me better understand quadratic equations. I thought having an online stranger helping me would be awkward but it wasn't and she kept encouraging me. I would highly recommend her.

Hope May 14, 2014
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Valeria was very helpful with my thermal chemistry questions. She assisted me with Calorimetry questions and provided some questions for me to try and assisted me step by step through the process visually through the video call. She used a white board which was very helpful visually. She was very informative and knew her stuff.

I'd definitely recommend this Helpout to people and I'd definitely go for another session in the future.

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Manda May 14, 2014
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Valeria, very good. Inspirational.

Gavin May 14, 2014
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Valeria is very helpful and friendly. She gave me equations that helped me solve the problem.

Sara May 14, 2014
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Valeria help me so much! She helped me discover a lot of things I did not know about the Carbon Cycle , Nitrogen Cycle , and what Commensalism , mutualism , and Parasitism is!! Great teacher!

Brett May 14, 2014
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Valeria is great.
she helps me on one question that I don't solve.
She explain me very good, and if i wasn't get something than she explain again.

Rose May 14, 2014
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Valeria was very helpful. She is a wonderful math helper. I can't wait to do more math problems with her.

Sharilyn Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria provided great tutoring on the topic of change in free energy and bond dissociation energy.

Palmira Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria is very patient has explained my every question in a clear and interesting way.

Zane Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria is very patient and takes her time to explain everything.

Raguel Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria helps out a lot with chemistry problems, by providing ways to do the question using easy to understand examples. And thats why I keep coming back with questions ;)

Deetta Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria was a great, patient tutor, and it really helped me on my math problem about translating equations!

Milo Mar 6, 2014
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Great Tutor, she definitely helped me with my problem. I would recommend her and use her tutoring skills again.

Thank you!!

Fermina Mar 6, 2014
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Great lesson by Valeria; very helpful! Gave good detail in all questions asked, and provided good tips on how to study my material. :)

Markus Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria was very helpful with my thermal chemistry questions. She assisted me with Calorimetry questions and provided some questions for me to try and assisted me step by step through the process visually through the video call. She used a white board which was very helpful visually. She was very informative and knew her stuff.

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Jarod Mar 6, 2014
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She's super knowlegeable and she knows her chemistry really well.

Dewitt Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria was very helpful! I learned a new section that even my own teacher couldn't help me with

Suzann Mar 6, 2014
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Really helpful! Thanks! shes patient and will help you step by step especially if you have a big test coming up or after a long vacation and you need a refresher she will help shes also super nice and freindly person. :)

Sabine Mar 6, 2014
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I had a question about matter phase transitions. My chemistry is very rusty and I was worried I would not remember enough to understand the answers but Valeria was very patient and drilled down into detail on each thing we discussed as needed. Very easy to understand and lots of good examples!

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Alton Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria is a great tutor!! She helps me with challenging chem problems!

Jordon Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria is an awesome teacher! I understood the concept much better than I did before hand. Will definitely recommend to fellow students :)

Quinn Mar 6, 2014
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Had a tough time with algebra but one of the tutors Valeria made it look very easy she Was a great help went step by step with me with every problem.

Latia Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria helped me a lot with my organic chemistry homework. Everything makes sense when you are with someone with genuine passion for science!

Jordon Mar 6, 2014
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she helped me tremendisly and i would recomend her

Hermina Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria was really helpful - she did a great job of explaining my bio questions.

Vesta Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria was extrememly helpful. She broke everything down so clearly. I really understand my lab report now.

Serina Mar 6, 2014
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my little sis. was stuck on a question in square roots , i tried to teach her , but she didn't understood it from me .
and i brought her here , she learned from her , and understood it really well .
I am amazed , Excellent !!!

Virginia Mar 6, 2014
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Very nice to talk to and hasknowledge in many fields!

Risa Mar 6, 2014
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Knowledgable, Friendly, I will definitely work wit her again.

Dorthea Mar 6, 2014
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Friendly and informative. Will come for more help!

Sharmaine Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria was very helpful with my Hesses Law questions, she explained to me how to do said questions and how the calculations and such work. She also provided some practice questions for us to do.

Khalilah Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria is an amazing tutor. She helped me tremendously. I am now confident I will pass my math class in which I was struggling. I might even go as far as to say Valeria is the best tutor I ever had!

Neomi Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria was great! She explained everything perfectly so I could understand it! Thanks :D

Tijuana Mar 6, 2014
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Great job. She was patient and very friendly. I highly recommend her.

Yasmine Mar 6, 2014
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she was great, and took the time to explain all the doubts i had!
it was easy to understand as well, and i didn't have to wait very long.
Her explanations were precise.

Racquel Mar 6, 2014
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Valeria IS THE AWESOME-EST tutor! I understand important chemistry concepts so much better now!

Lori K. Nov 7, 2013
Pre Algebra ·

Valeria is an excellent tutor and coach!

Our pre-algebra and algebra with Valeria has helped tremendously this year. We went from frustrated and struggling with math, to achieving an A for a grade. Valeria's teaching and positive reinforcement has made all the difference.

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Tommy B. Nov 4, 2013
Science ·

Great Tutor

She is a great tutor. She is very concise and it is very easy to understand what she is saying. She has amazing teaching skills which has help me improve my grade in school tremendously.

Diane C. Jun 4, 2013
Arithmetic ·

"V" was an excellent match for my son "E"

"V" immediately connected with my son whose nickname is "E". She recognized that he is very bright and she helped him to realized that he could do the math at his grade level and higher. We hope to continue with "V". She is the perfect match for "E". She knows her stuff. She is polite and I can't say enough good things about her.

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Carolina V. Apr 5, 2013
Chemistry ·

AWESOME TUTOR

Valeria is an awesome tutor. She was very clear and concise through her explanations. Because of her lovely teaching techniques I received one of the highest scores on my chemistry test (let's be honest chemistry isn't my best subject. even my teacher was surprised). She's really cool and just overall a great tutor. Would highly recommend for math and other science students!

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