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What does a Spanish tutor do?

The goal of a Spanish tutor is to help students improve their Spanish reading, writing, comprehension, and conversation skills. The tutor’s approaches may vary, depending on whether the instruction is individual or a group class. Many Spanish tutors practice immersion — meaning they will speak only Spanish with their pupils. For students with little to no Spanish experience, the Spanish tutor may use a mix of Spanish and English to accustom their students to speaking the language.

A Spanish tutor can offer a wide range of services to their students. For students currently enrolled in a Spanish class through their middle school or high school, a Spanish tutor can help them with homework and language practice, as well as expanding their understanding of their current school curriculum. For adults, Spanish tutors will have different approaches based on that student’s need. Academics and those seeking high-level professional development for their career will often have more intensive and targeted lessons, drills, and interactive speaking tests. For adults who wish to learn conversational Spanish for fun or for travel, lessons may revolve around learning commonly used phrases and practicing speaking in relaxed settings.

How do I become CPR and first aid certified?

You can earn CPR training and receive first aid certification in a number of ways. Choose an online course to learn the materials remotely and then find a testing location to complete the certification process with an in-person demonstration of your knowledge and skills. Encourage your workplace to host a first aid and CPR training so employees can learn what to do in case of a workplace emergency and how to respond with lifesaving techniques. You may also be able to take a CPR or first aid class in your community. A basic CPR training may run four to five hours. After receiving CPR training, you’ll know how to respond if an adult or a child goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. You’ll learn how to use chest compressions to keep blood pumping to a person’s organs, which can keep them alive until an emergency responder can arrive. First aid and CPR training can also include education about how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

How much are singing lessons?

Singing lessons cost $50 per hour, on average. Hourly rates can range anywhere from $40-$80. However, some vocal instructors may charge flat rates or offer packages. They may also offer 30-minute lessons for a lower price. Or, they might require monthly tuition for ongoing classes. It depends on the voice coach. 

Contact vocal instructors near you to get a sense of how much singing lessons cost in your area.

What is CPR training?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (better known as CPR) is a lifesaving manual technique that pumps oxygenated blood back into the body’s organs if someone’s heart or breathing has stopped. A variety of CPR training is available to community members, employees and healthcare providers. CPR training may last two to five hours or more, depending on the content and the target audience. During the training, students will learn how to recognize and respond to an emergency situation. There are different CPR techniques for adults and children, but with both you will learn how to determine whether the person is conscious before administering chest compression. During the training you’ll learn chest compression techniques for adults and different techniques for children between the ages of 1 and 8. Students learn how to properly administer chest compressions, when the technique is appropriate and when it is not, and how long you must perform rescue measures. Students also learn what an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is and how to use it if necessary to shock a patient before administering CPR chest compressions.

What is first aid training?

With first aid training, you may be able to help save a life. First aid training can teach people who are not medical professionals how to help a sick or injured person in crisis before an ambulance arrives on the scene. Most commonly, first aid training helps teach you how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs).

First aid training can teach you how to respond in a variety of emergency situations, including:

  • Asthma attack
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • External bleeding
  • Heart attack
  • Poisoning
  • Neck, head or back injury
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

First aid training classes may be offered by professionals who are affiliated with the Red Cross, which offers online, in-person, and blended training classes. First aid classes are also often offered through local recreation centers, city services, schools, hospitals and private companies.  

How do you get your first aid certificate?

To get your first aid certificate, you must take a first aid training course designed for certification. Certified training professionals offer courses to employers, schools or other groups. For an in-person training, you may go to a training location such as a Red Cross classroom, or a professional first aid and CPR trainer can come to you or your office. Most first aid training courses take three to five hours or more, which prepares you to take the first aid certification test. To boost your chances, you can take online practice tests or review study guides. Once you pass the first aid exam, an official digital certificate is emailed to you. You can also have a wallet card or printed certificate sent to you.

What can you do with a first aid certificate?

People with a first aid certificate are trained to respond quickly and appropriately in life-threatening situations. Although a first aid certificate alone isn’t enough to secure a job, it can make you more attractive to certain types of potential employers. When you have a first aid certificate, you’ve proved that you know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and handle emergency situations like choking, heavy bleeding, a heart attack or stroke, or anaphylaxis. Most parents prefer babysitters and lifeguards with first aid certification. Many professionals, especially those who work with children, are required to have first aid training, including teachers, coaches, counselors and therapists, firefighters, and social workers. In addition to adult and pediatric first aid plus CPR and AED courses, you can take first aid training specifically designed for babysitting and child care, for health care settings, and for swimming and water safety situations..

How much do first aid courses cost?

First aid training courses vary in cost depending on what’s included, from basic first aid to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to pediatric CPR, as well as the length of the class and who’s offering them. The national average cost for an in-person CPR and first aid class is $50-$75 per person. An informational CPR training costs less than one that leads to first aid training certification. For example, a two-hour course that trains you to administer CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) costs an average of $35 per person; an employer may book the same class for a group of at least eight students for an average of $280. A four-hour CRP and AED training costs an average of $45 per person and $360 for at least eight people. Some companies offer add-on training to their CPR and AED classes, such as $5 per student to learn infant CPR, $15 each for oxygen administration training, and $15 each for bloodborne pathogen training. A first aid certificate is valid for two years.

How long is your CPR certification good for?

In general, CPR training sessions and certifications are good for two years. After that, you must recertify to ensure you are up to date on the latest information and techniques. CPR is a lifesaving skill for a community member, employee or healthcare provider to know, as it enables you to respond appropriately if someone goes into cardiac arrest or stops breathing. In a CPR training, students learn compression techniques to keep blood flowing to the body’s organs if a person’s heart has suddenly stopped or they have stopped breathing. This action can keep a person alive until an emergency responder can arrive on the scene and can effectively save a life.

The American Red Cross explains that re-certification is important, because people start to forget information just a few months after taking a training. The American Red Cross recommends you keep your skills fresh by reviewing free, online materials or downloading their free, mobile app to keep abreast of CPR information and news. Re-certification courses are shorter than first-time CPR training. Your renewed CPR certification will be good for another two years.

How much does it cost to get CPR and first aid certified?

First aid and CPR trainings are available to individuals who want to learn how to respond in case of an emergency and for healthcare providers who need to renew their certification. Typically, CPR certifications are current for two years. Here are some examples of average CPR and first aid training costs:

  • Open enrollment training: $45 for an in-person American Heart Association Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider CPR Training and Certification.
    • Additional $15 for online or hard copy student manual.
  • Online trainings: $45 for the American Safety and Health Institute Blended First Aid training.
    • The student will still be required to meet a CPR trainer in person to receive their final certification.
  • Worksite trainings:
    • $35: per employee for basic ASHI CPR AED training course (focus on CPR, 2-hour course).
      • $280: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
    • $45: Per employee for an ASHI First Aid CPR AED training course (includes response strategies for most emergencies, 4-hour course).
      • $360: Minimum fee for an instructor to appear (at least 8 students or minimum fee).
  • Class extensions: Pricing varies depending on the additional emergency training requested. For example, for the ASHI First Aid AED CPR training course cited above, the host company might charge an additional:
    • $5: Per student for infant CPR training.
    • $15: Per student for oxygen administration training (add 30 minutes).
    • $15: Per student for bloodborne pathogen training (add 30 minutes).
  • Materials: CPR and first aid training courses may have additional fees for hard copies of manuals. Example of additional materials costs:
    • $10: Per hard copy of class manual (otherwise available online) for First Aid AED CPR group trainings.
Reviews for San Jose lessons teachers
Therese S.
Had the first intro lesson so far for my daughter. Sarah was very professional and made her feel at ease. Will be coming back for more lessons!
Soulfulwake StudioSoulfulwake Studio
Yasuko G.
My daughter loves taking lesson!
Matoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSEMatoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSE
Suzanne R.
I started taking lessons from Toby in January 2017. I am an adult student that returned to piano lesson after decades. I stopped lessons at 13 y/o. Without lessons, I can read music and "play" the song. But now, with just a few months into my lessons with Toby, I can hear the difference. My songs now have the correct timing, tempo and spirit the composer intended for his songs. What a difference! My husband now recognizes the songs I play. Thanks Toby!
Matoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSEMatoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSE
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing first lesson. We are looking forward to more!!
Mindy MusicMindy Music
Ray R.
Started my 10 year daughter for her first lesson last week and already our piano sounding good. She’s building a solid foundation going forward in her lessons.
Matoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSEMatoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSE
Tobey W.
I started the lessons since April'17. Toby is a good teacher, she helps me from a beginner started knowing nothing about nodes to play the music now. I am learning faster with organized lessons. I am so glad to find her as my teacher.
Matoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSEMatoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSE
Brandy D.
My son (13) has been doing lessons with Jordan for 4 months. I absolutely love seeing his transformation. I wish I had recorded him at the beginning. I noticed he is still shy during his lesson but after it ends he runs around the house singing. It has done wonders for his overall confidence and self esteem. I have had to move lessons a few times and appreciate them working around my shared schedule with my ex. I would highly recommend.
Roxy's Voice Studio - VoicerciseRoxy's Voice Studio - Voicercise
Samyukta S.
I’ve been taking lessons for 2 years and she’s helped me so much. I’ve improved a lot since I started and it’s because she has a solution to every problem of the voice. She’s really enthusiastic to help you push through every problem you encounter and you always leave the lesson sounding even better.
Soulfulwake StudioSoulfulwake Studio
Tiffany N.
Ahmad is fantastic! He can play pretty much anything on guitar and he's an excellent teacher. I look forward to my lesson each week!
Carter F.
A hidden legend you’d never guess you’d learn from! Comprehensive and well paced lessons that allow you to learn FULLY rather than just quickly
.Dom Minasi Guitarist/Educator😀👌😆👌.Dom Minasi Guitarist/Educator😀👌😆👌
Destiny G.
Such a great first lesson so informative and I love how they challenge you I’m excited to see how my voice will grow in the next sessions to come!
Online Voice Lessons | Voice by ChelseaOnline Voice Lessons | Voice by Chelsea
Carmen C.
My 9 year old daughter is taking lessons with Tracy and she loves her. She was able to get her to open up and sing. Thank you Tracy
Tracy CruzTracy Cruz
Kaushal P.
Darren is an amazing teacher, adapting to all of my questions I have. I've never been traditionally taught guitar, so I always have tons of questions that range in difficulty. He's been able to answer all of them and then direct my interests into learning something new. Lessons never feel lethargic or boring; 30 minutes pass before I know it! Highly recommend lessons with Darren.
Darren’s Guitar and Music LessonsDarren’s Guitar and Music Lessons
Thumbtack Customer
I have been taking Spanish lessons from Ms. Price. She is incredibly personable, knowledgeable and helpful. My Spanish skills have soared since I've started with her. Very friendly, she is an excellent teacher. She knows where weak points are and knows how to explain advanced subjects in a way which is very understandable. I am definitely going to continue lessons and I highly recommend Ms. Price to anyone who is seeking to improve their language skills.
Speak for YourselfSpeak for Yourself
Shi F.
Amy is a wonderful vocal coach! Though we have had our voice lessons through Zoom, we've still got to have loads of fun, and the techniques Amy taught and guided has helped me sing really well in my company's 2021 annual party, and I've got so many compliments from my coworkers. I'd highly recommend Amy to those who would love to improve their singing skills as well as having fun throughout all the lessons.
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Kira M.
Great teacher! I had never picked up a guitar before my first lesson with Ahmad, and now I can't put it down! His lessons are a perfect blend of fundamentals, theory (not too much ;) ) and putting it to use in songs. Everything builds on what you have been learning. He challenges you but keeps it fun and knows when you need to work more on things and when to move on. I'd give him ten stars if I could!
Yanti D.
Ahmad is very good. He is very professional and knowledgeable. He even gives clues/notes that most guitar teachers don’t give. I will try to continue the guitar lesson with him in future.
Cindy D.
My 4 year old child is very engaged in Michelle’s lesson. Her cirriculum is structured but also fun enough to keep her interested. We are definitelyy fortunate to have found her.
BeckleBrand CoachingBeckleBrand Coaching
Viktor M.
Dr. Lee is a professional and very skillful pianist and a great teacher. Our lessons twice a week helped me a lot with improving my technical and performance skills, and a better understanding of music theory.
Dr. Lee Piano LessonsDr. Lee Piano Lessons
Jordan S.
Gave good pointers and went through basic stum patterns and chords. Easy to talk with and doesn't just answer your question, he shows the example on the guitar as well. Very good first lesson.
Guitar Lessons with DenisGuitar Lessons with Denis
Gary S.
From the trial lesson, I can see that she is a fantastic teacher. I know, because I've been a school teacher for nearly 10 years. My daughter is very excited about working with her.
Matoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSEMatoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSE
Su P.
Ms Yang is a wonderful teacher. She is attentive and caring. My daughter significantly improved her skills since she started her lessons with Ms yang. She is very talented and I would highly recommend her.
Fingers Singing Piano StudioFingers Singing Piano Studio
Irene B.
AAM responds promptly to inquiries and answers questions clearly. The owners are a accommodating, patient and such professionals. The value is great too compared with other online music lessons. My son is satisfied with the guitar teacher assigned to him and learning new techniques.
All Around Music (Remote Lessons Only)All Around Music (Remote Lessons Only)
Steve P.
When my daughter kept saying she wanted piano lessons, I had NO idea how to find a good teacher. Toby had great reviews on this site, so I took a chance, and the results have been far beyond my wildest expectations. What’s so fantastic about Toby is she doesn’t have a “one size fits all” approach to instruction. Instead, she developed a lesson plan that best fit my seven-year-old daughter’s interests and style of learning. Most remarkably, she encouraged my daughter to start composing. We now come home from a lesson and my daughter wants to work on writing her pieces right away. I had no idea that within a few months of starting weekly lessons, she could be reading and composing music at such a young age, and I can’t imagine that another teacher would have brought this out in her, but I’m so thankful that she has Toby as an instructor. From our very first interactions, Toby has been unerringly professional and quick to respond to any scheduling needs. Since she teaches at the college level and composes herself, she has so much knowledge to draw on and a real gift for imparting it to students. She’s also just a cool lady! I’d recommend her to any parent!
Matoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSEMatoush Melodies Piano (Studio Only) IN SAN JOSE
Maggie G.
Sam is simply put - an outstanding music teacher! My three boys have been taking weekly piano lessons with Sam for about a year now and we have seen tremendous progress in them reading and understanding notes and rhythm. I have also learned so much from watching how Sam tailors the entire lesson in following their individual learning speed, motivating and working around their different personalities! Sam's kind and collected nature along with his "piano whispering" methodologies has given to our family the lifelong gift of music and a great model of dedication and perseverance. We are so grateful to have found our perfect teacher!
Sam Brown Music LessonsSam Brown Music Lessons
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