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  • 5 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
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Wendy was great. She taught my daughter skills to help her tackle the questions on the ACT that she didn't learn in school yet. She helped her improve her individual scores as well as her cumulative score.

  • 7 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Beatrice M.
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We found Greg last year through our daughter's school, St. Ignatius, and we are using him again this year. We tried several tutors but our daughter really found him to be quite thorough and really easy to work with. He was very focused and prepared for each lesson. Math is not in any way her strong suit and by working with Greg she was able to understand math a lot better and has gained confidence that she can do math. Greg has also worked occasionally with our son who is very strong in math. We are using Greg this year for Math and science. I like his very even tempered manner with the children as well as the fact that he seems very vested in how well they perform in class. I especially like that he lets me know how the children are doing and I never fell like he is in any way wasting time. He is very honest and straight forward. If the children need less than a full hour then that's what he will do. Additionally, he won't do the work for them, he really tries to help the children develop the independence needed to become better students. Greg is a great tutor.

Jeff Rosenberg
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra G.
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Jeff was working with my son on getting ready for ACT this year. My son is a junior at high school. He is a good student, however, wasn't satisfied with his initial ACT score. We found Jeff through Thumbtack based on customer reviews. I'm glad we did. After several lessons with Jeff, my son's ACT score went 5 points up. Jeff is great about building lessons around subjects and topics that require more attention. The test taking strategies that he teaches are definitely very helpful. Jeff is very punctual and responsible. He was willing to accommodate my son's busy schedule. I highly recommend Jeff to students (and parents) who are looking for help with ACT and SAT.

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Marina
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
JoAnne S.
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I've been having Russian lessons with Marina for several months now. She's a great teacher, very positive and can explain difficult things in a simple, easy to understand way. Our lessons are always interesting and I've learned a lot from her. She's very patient when you forget words and encourages you a lot. I've tried many Russian teachers but she is by far the best one I've ever had!

Ramona
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Vivian B.
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Thank you so much Ramona! I would not have managed statistic classes without your help. Her private math classes helped me graduate from school and even from university. I can truly recommend working with Ramona. She is the best help I could have ever imagine and her classes are absolutely worth the money. I also recommended her classes to a few friends and they all gave positive feedback. Please let me know if you need more detailed information.

Katz Motivation
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tarek C.
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Todd Katz was a fantastic mentor. He guided me through my first year of teaching, helping me develop new and creative ways to assess students and plan lessons. To this day, his lessons and strategies are still some of the most interesting and engaging I've encountered for both students and teachers alike. He taught me these strategies over the course of one year, and always with a positive attitude. This can be seen through his relationship with students, who are always reverant and engrossed in his classroom. I highly recommend him for any needs or concerns you have in the realm of education.

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A+ TUTORING SERVICES
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Darren G.
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Kevin is the most outstanding tutor I have ever met or even ever spoken with. He is a retired physician who had great teachers during his career and now works with students to try and have a positive influence on their lives. My son did both high school Math and Science tutoring with him AND also did ACT test preparation with him. My son's ACT scores went from 24 before working with Kevin to 33 after working with him for just 3 months! I cannot speak more highly of him. If you want your son or daughter to really excel - you better at least meet with this guy! Darren G. Northbrook, IL

Andrew Groble
4.7
from 7 reviews
    Wynter S.
    Verified review

    I worked with Andrew many times during the 2016-17 school year to prepare for my ACT test. Andrew was a great help and I would certainly recommend him to future students! Not only is Andrew extremely knowledgeable, he is also great at explaining and clarifying even the most complex theories and problems. He always made our tutoring sessions engaging and worthwhile, and was always able to help me out. Andrew is a great tutor and extremely enjoyable to work with!

    Rachel Conrad
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
      Ellena M.
      Verified review

      During the turtoring sessions not only did Ms.Conrad help me with the lessons,but she went the extra mile and made sure I enjoyed them as well. She brought out the most in each session and not only did it help me but it made me look at the lessons or subjects I was having trouble with differently. I'm very glad I got the help I needed from her because she was the perfect one for the job!

      • 5 hires on Thumbtack
      Eric F.
      Verified review

      After spending several years away from the nuclear power industry working in research administration and operations, Julia really helped me develop and focus my story, my resume, and my interview talking points. She not only helped me create a concise narrative for employers, but her advice helped me better understand what I wanted and where I wanted to go. It was a lot more than just a resume or a cover letter, but a lesson in how to understand my interests and market my talent the way I wanted it to be heard -- and also get the job! Props to Julia, she really has a talent for this and helped me utilize even my most eclectic experience to land and nail the interview and get the job I'd hoped for at a major national lab. I definitely recommend.

      Gartatia Edifies
      4.8
      from 6 reviews
      • 4 years in business
      • 4 hires on Thumbtack
      Cheryl W.
      Verified review

      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.

      Lin T.
      Verified review

      Eric has helped me improve my writing skills throughout undergrad as a French minor and throughout my first year of law school! I feel comfortable going over my drafts with him because I know he will respectfully tell me how I can improve while helping me be as clear and concise as possible. Practicing French with him is both fun and informative. Whether it's singing traditional French songs together or having everyday conversations, his zest for languages has helped me keep my French alive!

      Jessica Allen
      5.0
      from 4 reviews
      • 1 year in business
      • 4 hires on Thumbtack
      Fazana B.
      Verified review

      Jessica is an incredibly skilled editor. In about 2 hours she was able to make more sense of my son's 3-page autobiography for his medical school application. Throughout the process she communicated frequently before making changes. Because of the quality of her work, I am using her to edit his personal statement and entries also. I highly recommend Jessica to anyone who needs editing services.

      RedFox ESL
      5.0
      from 4 reviews
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Natalia K.
      Verified review

      Szilvia is a great teacher. I knew this after our first meeting. She is very kind, patient and scrupulous in providing material and explaining grammar step by step during the lesson. After every class, I feel that my English improves. Every time we repeat new words from previous meeting through fun exercises, which helps me to remember them. Time flies very fast during our meetings. Between classes, if I have any questions, I can always write to her, and Szilvia always responds fast. I have experience with other teachers and for me Szilvia is the best English teacher. Natalia

      • 23 years in business
      Carol Ann D.
      Verified review

      After my son experienced difficulties in reading at school, I made the wise decision to privately hire Mrs. Cheryl Finn to tutor him. I was very pleased with my son's gains, and I sincerely feel this was a direct result of Mrs. Finn's broad experience and expertise! My son's vocabulary, phonetic decoding, and comprehension has dramatically improved, plus his teacher and I are observing a happier, more confident reader.....thanks to Mrs. Finn!

      C & C Tutoring
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      South Shore D.
      Verified review

      Colin worked with my son for the ISEE exam. Colin was extremely well-prepared, always available for extra work and suggestions between lessons and a pleasure to work with. My son did extremely well on the exam (a substantial advancement from the practice test) and was accepted at a number of highly competitive schools. I would recommend Colin without reservation.

      • 7 years in business
      • 6 hires on Thumbtack
      Heather A.
      Verified review

      I am an older student returning to college after being out of school for 18 years! My first course I'm taking is algebra. The word problems have been giving me quite a bit of issues. Tonight she explained them in a way that made sense, let me perform them, and corrected me if I was making a mistake. Also, she explained why I was making the mistake and how to fix it. I walked away from the session much more comfortable and feeling capable to pass this class now. Furthermore, her rate is very reasonable and worth every penny. I would definitely recommend her for tutoring.

      Sue Rosselli
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 18 years in business
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Phyllis B.
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      Susan Rosselli is our church & school's organist, soloist, choir director & teacher of many students. Her own published music is also amazing. Susan has a pleasant sense of humor, and is patient when helping others. We are blessed by her talents!

      Math & ACT Tutor
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 11 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Rosa R.
      Verified review

      John is like a family member to our family and has been tutoring my girls for about 6 years or so on subject courses as well as ACT prep sessions.. He started tutoring my oldest when she was in high school. Thanks to John's expertise teaching skills with his ACT prep tutoring sessions, my daughter's ACT test score jumped to 8 points from her pre-test score. My youngest daughter is now taking ACT prep sessions with John and gains more and more confidence after each session with John.. John possesses a positive and enthusiastic personality. He has a great rapport with my daughters and is articulate. John is always prepared for every tutoring session and is ready to teach with a smile. John is confident, knowledgeable and reliable. John has successfully demonstrated his awareness of different learning styles and has adequately adjusted assignments to meet my daughters' varied needs. Net, I highly recommend John without reservation!

      Spanish Lessons
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Eilis R.
      Verified review

      I have two girls aged 12 and 14. They both take Spanish at school and were struggling to understand the concepts taught in class. Caitriona helped my younger daughter improve her grade from a C to an A and my older daughter from a B to an A. Couldn't be happier, I would highly recommend Caitriona's services

      • 24 years in business
      About

      We offer many different languages and many different instruments and voice lessons to children through adults. These are private one-on-one. You can also create your own small group of 2 or 3 (parent/child, 2 or 3 siblings, etc). We also offer music and movement class in Spanish for 4 months through 4 years -- it is a parent/child interactive class with lots of music. We also offer a Spanish Immersion program for 18 months through kindergarten. We run 8-week sessions, but you can start anywhere in the 8 weeks, and we will prorate. Our prices are for 8-week sessions; 1 discipline for 1/2 hour for 8 weeks is $218.00.

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