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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 Arlington lessons teachers
Nick l.
Saw progress after the first lesson! Tamis is incredibly knowledgable and makes the lessons fun and engaging. The lessons have been so helpful for us and we are excited to continue!
ZingliZh Contemporary Voice LessonsZingliZh Contemporary Voice Lessons
Asya H.
My daughter enjoyed her lesson.
La Voix Academy: In Home Voice and Piano LessonsLa Voix Academy: In Home Voice and Piano Lessons
Aaron C.
I have had several weekly lessons with Héctor so far and am very impressed. Héctor is very encouraging, tailors his lessons to my needs and balances playing the piano with music theory and rhythm development amazingly well. As an adult learner and a complete beginner with no knowledge of music theory or playing an instrument; I can see a marked improvement from lesson to lesson. Pieces I looked at weeks ago, now make perfect sense. I would highly recommend Héctor and look forward to each lesson.
Ceballos pianistCeballos pianist
Matt C.
Joe is very responsive and knowledgeable, and open to virtual lessons.
Joe Kano (online only)Joe Kano (online only)
Thumbtack Customer
Great lessons. Very comfortable approach to learning for a beginner student.
Greg Jacks Piano Studio LLCGreg Jacks Piano Studio LLC
Joe L.
In just two lessons with Kevin I’ve learned more, and had more fun, than during the entire 4 years of guitar lessons I took in my teens. Kevin’s enthusiasm as teacher and a musician is contagious, and I’m really looking forward to learning from him.
Guitar by KevinGuitar by Kevin
Thumbtack Customer
I had my first lesson today and loved it. I learned a great deal and had a happy time doing it.
Voice LessonsVoice Lessons
Enrique V.
Greg has been great with our two young daughters. We greatly appreciate his lessons and his time
Greg Cromwell - Accelerated Music LessonsGreg Cromwell - Accelerated Music Lessons
Anders F.
Mike was has great energy and knowledge and uses it to give precise and immediate feedback. He’s an excellent teacher and the lesson was fun as well.
Mike's Virtual Voice & Piano StudioMike's Virtual Voice & Piano Studio
John V.
Gina was positive, friendly, and encouraging. She tailored her lessons to be relevant and adaptable depending on our level of understanding. Thanks Gina!
Gina L MendezGina L Mendez
Miriam H.
I've only been through 2 lessons, but it seems like we addressed 2 key concerns. I'm ready to keep going.
⭐️Gentle, Flexible, Fun Voice Lessons⭐️Gentle, Flexible, Fun Voice Lessons
Milton A.
I book Julia for my daughter of 12 and she love it and was extremely excited and wanting more lessons with Julia. She understood and learn quite a bit from her first class.
Dr. Julia Aguayo (A.B.D)Dr. Julia Aguayo (A.B.D)
Brannon W.
Great teacher - tailored instruction for exactly the skills I’m came in looking to build, very structured lessons/HW, and very personable. Overall, excellent experience with Nick and would absolutely recommend!
PVD GuitarPVD Guitar
Anastasia K.
My first voice lesson with Lauren has blown my mind in a good way! I truly appreciate her comprehensive approach and great academic background. I learned interesting things about anatomy, physics of sound and solfege. We did some helpful exercises and started to work on a song that I liked. I've studied music before for several years and I can tell that Lauren is great at both explaining theories and giving practical exercises. It's helpful that she has previous experience with international students so she can understand my struggles with certain sounds (I'm from Russia). Overall, the lesson was fun, and it helped me to feel more grounded and better connected with my body for the rest of the day. I'm looking forward to the next lesson.
Singing With LaurenSinging With Lauren
Darcie K.
Tona is a top professional. My daughter looks forward to her lessons every week and has really built up her confidence and improved. Its a real joy to hear them practice together.
Aida Studios, LLCAida Studios, LLC
Christine A.
I love the fact that Tona comes to us. It is really helpful and convenient for us. She gives great constructive insights and makes a plan for the next lesson. Plus she is patient with my very anxious daughter.
Aida Studios, LLCAida Studios, LLC
Erin N.
Orla is a great teacher and her enthusiasm made my lesson fun and engaging. She is clearly very knowledgeable about singing and vocal health. I would recommend her to anyone interested in developing their instrument!
⭐️Gentle, Flexible, Fun Voice Lessons⭐️Gentle, Flexible, Fun Voice Lessons
Thumbtack Customer
I had such a positive experience with Stevie! He really made sure he understood what my level is and what my goals are and I learned a ton even just in the first lesson. I definitely recommend him!
Stevie Matthews Guitar 🎸Stevie Matthews Guitar 🎸
Melissa B.
My daughter has been working with Lauren for the past three months, and has loved her lessons. Lauren makes her feel comfortable, builds her confidence, and gives specific feedback to help her improve. Highly recommend!
Singing With LaurenSinging With Lauren
Melliana M.
After just one lesson I can say I can't wait to continue with Debbie! She is so warm and equally talented, it was an amazing time! She makes sure you're comfortable and has a great way of explaining techniques. Love her already!
The SingerStudioThe SingerStudio
Mia H.
Julia has exceeded all of my expectations as a piano teacher. Prior to taking lessons from her I had some experience as a child, and she quickly brought me back up to speed. Between sight reading, finger exercises, ear training and theory with each piece I I have grown immensely because of her training. Each lesson Julia is prepared with brief lessons and/or quizzes me on what we went over previously. She quickly learned my style of learning and always helps me get through any difficulties, speed, fingering, key changes.. etc I am having with any piece. She is fun, light hearted, and a joy to be around. Julia is a patient instructor and has been very accommodating to my inconsistent schedule. I would highly recommend Julia to any player of any skill level. Her deep understanding of piano juxtaposed with her energy are qualities she has that enable her to instruct the advancement of any player!
Dr. Julia Aguayo (A.B.D)Dr. Julia Aguayo (A.B.D)
Max V.
I'm mostly self-taught and had reached a point where I felt lessons were the next step in my progression as a pianist. I interviewed several piano instructors, both virtually and in-person, and although I am in the Washington, DC area and Matt is in LA, I selected Matt because he has a teaching style that I found to be the perfect balance between structure and creativity. I've found Matt to be patient with a great sense of humor, and, most importantly, through Matt's instruction I feel like I have learned a lot in a relatively short amount of time. I haven't found virtual lessons to be a hinderance to learning and would highly recommend Matt to anyone who is looking for a great instructor!
Piano with an LA Pro!Piano with an LA Pro!
Thumbtack Customer
Michael is prompt and great, not only teaching but with individually challenging students based on their learning ability. He quickly sized me up and tailored the lesson to what he though I could handle which motivates me to learn all I can. Well worth the price, which is by the way, pretty darn reasonable!
Wheatley Music StudioWheatley Music Studio
Matt C.
I'm a 40-something beginner with no musical background. I've always wanted to play guitar. After several months of messing around with youtube videos and canned online lessons, I started working with Mike about 8 weeks ago. I'm really glad I did. He is a great instructor. He is patient and takes an interest in tailoring the learning plan to my interests and goals, he is responsive and sends notes after lessons, and he is very encouraging! As other reviewers have said, he emphasizes timing and practicing with a metronome, and he provides clear direction on how to spend practice time. For me, a busy professional with a family, this has been key. I see improvement in just a short time and am looking forward to continuing to work with Mike.
Mike's Guitar StudioMike's Guitar Studio
Tammy D.
My teenage daughter started lessons with Ms. Hiroko about a year ago, after her former teacher quit teaching in the early days of the pandemic. We were so happy to have found Ms. Hiroko. She’s a wonderful teacher, so thoughtful and kind, and very invested in the development of her students. In the past year, we’ve been through the ups and downs of the pandemic, we’ve dealt with the Delta surge and the Omicron surge. Through it all, Ms. Hiroko has been cheerful, respectful, flexible, and so patient with finding the right music for a budding young artist. She always teaches with her mask on. She has been quick to switch between zoom and in-person lessons to adapt to the rising cases. My daughter thought we had found the perfect teacher. She convinced a really good friend to join the studio earlier on. Both girls have been enjoying taking lessons with Ms. Hiroko, and they just had a lovely recital with the other students this past Sunday. It was so nice for Ms. Hiroko to put together such a wonderful recital at the Lyceum for her students. She worked so hard to prepare for it. If you’re looking for a piano teacher, look no further. Ms. Hiroko is the best in the Arlington/Falls Church area. Thank you, Hiroko-san!
Lezhnev Piano StudioLezhnev Piano Studio
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