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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.

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.

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.

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..

Reviews for Cambridge lessons teachers
Thumbtack Customer
Spanish lessons over a two week period. Great lessons, with a very good teacher who made the classes very enjoyable.
New Way | SpanishNew Way | Spanish
Kerry M.
My 9 year old daughter loved her beginner ukulele lesson with Elle and is looking forward to many more lessons with her!
Elle Zee MusicElle Zee Music
Vibha A.
Taking lessons with Ona was a joy! I’m an adult wanting to dabble in voice lessons for the first time, and Ona created a safe learning environment. She adapted well to the zoom format, was punctual, and picked great songs for me to work on. The exercises we did also felt useful, and the lesson was always a highlight of my week!
Ona’s Voice and Acting LessonsOna’s Voice and Acting Lessons
Tina H.
Elle is great. I’ve taken 6 singing lessons with Elle so far and will continue to work with her! Elle has agendas carefully planned for each lesson to guide me. And she is easy to get along with!
Elle Zee MusicElle Zee Music
Alan L.
I had a really great first lesson with Bertrand. Even though it was just an introductory lesson, I learned a lot very quickly. He is friendly and clearly knows a lot about what he's doing.
Bertrand' s Guitar Zoom StudioBertrand' s Guitar Zoom Studio
Thumbtack Customer
I've been taking guitar lessons with Greg for the past three months. Overall, I am very satisfied with the lessons. He is very knowledgable and adapts well to students' goals and needs. I would definitely recommend him!
Hub Guitar BostonHub Guitar Boston
Adam B.
Lessons with Soso have been lots of fun! He's made a great effort to tailor learning material to my interests in music and is able to break things down in ways that are easy for me to understand. He was flexible and able to reschedule lessons for weeks where I was unable to make it at our regular time. I look forward to my lessons with him, and recommend him to anyone looking to get started with the guitar.
Soso GelovaniSoso Gelovani
Nicholas A.
I've tried four different guitar teachers in the past. Their process was either too simple (just give me tabs and have me play chords nonstop) or too complex (here is a song with notes, memorize the notes and give it a whirl and you will be good eventually). Cathy is a teacher at heart, with a professional performance career to also back it up. Beyond playing at various venues, she knows how to intuitively tailor a lesson plan to you, and can quickly adjust as needed. Her lessons are an absolute steal, and my lessons with her are both challenging and a refreshing time of the week that I look forward to. She also plays various instruments, and knows how to break down concepts so that newbies young and old can grok and learn them. Cathy rocks, press the button and get lessons with her. Attached is photo of me pointing at you to start lessons already! Note the newly callused fingertip :P
Cathy Young    -    Meadow Vision MusicCathy Young - Meadow Vision Music
Victoria V.
My husband and I have been taking lessons with Winick Voice Studio and are truly loving every minute of it. Kim is wonderful to work with as well as very knowledgable. In addition, my husband and I can see a distinct improvement in our voices across the past lessons we had. Highly recommend!
Winick Voice StudioWinick Voice Studio
Neeshi H.
Super great, I’ve learned a lot in the two months that I’ve been taking lessons. Would highly recommend.
Jeff Colvin: GuitarLessonsUnlimited, B.A+M.A.🎸Jeff Colvin: GuitarLessonsUnlimited, B.A+M.A.🎸
Laura H.
Keyhan is an excellent teacher. His lessons are varied and fun. He is patient, while at the same time holding his students to high standards. Keyhan's lessons strike a great balance between the fundamentals --theory and technique -- and creativity and musicality. My son has made great progress with him and loves what he is learning.
KayHee Music StudioKayHee Music Studio
Kahlil O.
Trevor is extremely responsive and flexible. He prepared a number of different materials and was flexible in letting us steer the lessons in a direction I most enjoyed.
Trevor MitomaTrevor Mitoma
Katheleen W.
I am not new in the world of singing-have been for many years and have taken lessons from other teachers. I have to say Bulent has been, by far, one of the best! His techniques, breathing, reading music, scales, etc., are spot on. I would highly recommend Bulent, and have, to any who are interested in voice lessons with a highly trained, learned, singer.
Natalia S.
Mike is a great teacher, understands everything about guitar teaching and always finds a way to make the lesson fun. Boden, 11 y/o student Mike has been an amazing instructor. He has managed to keep my pre-teen engaged and enthusiastic about guitar. He has progressed a ton and loves lesson time. Mike is always on time, is easy and responsive and makes scheduling and paying super easy.
Michael PihakisMichael Pihakis
Jason W.
I've taken six guitar lessons now with Bertrand and they were great! I like his approach and idea of applied theory rather than just music theory, and learning how songs work to be a better musician and not just a guitarist who plays things and doesn't understand how or why they work. Also of the long term goal of being able to express whatever you want with a guitar through the guitar. Thanks! Will be continuing with my lessons
Bertrand' s Guitar Zoom StudioBertrand' s Guitar Zoom Studio
Michaela M.
Christina is great! I've only had one lesson with her so far, but I really appreciated how she starts with the foundational basics (breath support, etc.) and makes a plan to meet your goals.
Cristina Vaira - REMOTE lessonsCristina Vaira - REMOTE lessons
Thumbtack Customer
Just had my 1st lesson with Bulent yesterday and it went great! He's a super likable guy who is down to earth, understanding, and really knows what to cover and in what order to set you up for success.
Alan L.
I took lessons with Don for a few months before, then went to school, and came back to take lessons with him again. I still feel that I have learned more from Don in a short period of time than I have from any other teacher. I already had a lot of musical training, so I can't comment on how he interacts with beginner students, but he was is in-my-face with tons of new information, which suits my learning style well. Definitely recommended for more advanced students.
Don HemwallDon Hemwall
Teddy N.
Trevor has a very broad musical experience to draw from and knows how to pace his teaching based off of my skill level/previous experience. The lessons and assignments are challenging but productive and fun. On top of that, he's friendly, easy-going, and flexible with scheduling. Would recommend!
Trevor MitomaTrevor Mitoma
Kendra H.
I cannot recommend Bradly enough! Honestly, I have been so happy with our lessons individual guitar lessons and my own progress. Last winter when I decided to start guitar lessons as a total beginner, and I found Bradly on Thumbtack and I have been SO impressed with his teaching style, patience, knowledge, professionalism, and super high quality instruction. I can't believe how many songs I have learned how to play already and I'm even reading music! He is extremely responsive when I have any questions and he is such a wonderful, supportive teacher. He very effectively uses technology to share music sheets, videos, notes, and calendar appointments that makes everything a breeze. I wish I could give more than 5 stars; he has been so great. If you are looking for an awesome guitar teacher who will meet you where you are at and support you to reach your goals, and who will always be kind and professional, Bradly is your guy!!
Bradley B StoneBradley B Stone
Thumbtack Customer
I have been taking classical guitar lessons from Bertrand for a few weeks and am pleased with the progress. Bertrand has a contagious music philosophy and a knack for intertwining genres. He emphasizes music theory beyond the guitar and is constantly interested in the structural foundations of the pieces I play.
Bertrand' s Guitar Zoom StudioBertrand' s Guitar Zoom Studio
Diana W.
Sibyl is wonderful - she really meets me where I am at and helps me progress in my ability to speak Spanish. She is willing to tailor lessons to meet my goals and interests. She is flexible and easy to work with. I look forward to continue my Spanish studies with her.
Global ConnectionsGlobal Connections
Anastasia L.
Elle meets young students where they are at, with playfulness and a professional attitude. She blends music theory into whatever music the kids are interested in, and she responds to their interests and finds sheet music appropriate for their levels. After just a few trial lessons, my daughter was applying music theory to her own beginner’s compositions.
Elle Zee MusicElle Zee Music
Thumbtack Customer
Don is a great teacher. He's always very upbeat and easygoing, but he also knows a lot. He's got two pianos and will play along with you which is a blast. He also has thought about his teaching and organizes lessons carefully. His prices are reasonable, so if you like playing the piano---GO FOR IT.
Don HemwallDon Hemwall
Thumbtack Customer
Justin is a kind and talented teacher who worked with me without judgement. Hi natural talent combined with obvious training allowed me to figure out how to prepare for an audition that I'll be in next week! I signed up for my second lesson before I even left my first. Definitely a good choice!
Petersen Voice StudioPetersen Voice Studio
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