- Gabrielle, Deerfield, IL on 3/27/14
Susan has been a pleasure to work with. She is very responsive and flexible with scheduling. My son is having difficulty in Spanish at school and Susan has found ways to tap into his learning style and preferences, and really help him learn the complexities of the language.
She engages him in visual and auditory learning, not just textbook and worksheets, although she has also been able to effectively engage my son with the text as well. We have been very pleased and grateful that we have found Susan. She is helping to give my son a strong foundation in Spanish, which I am confident will allow him to build his skills as time goes on.
"Comes with her own agenda"
- Jennifer, Highland Park, IL on 3/11/15
At the onset, she will change a customary 1 hour lesson to a standard 90 minute lesson because she can't accomplish much in an hour.
When she arrives, she has her own agenda of things she would like to cover, regardless of what is being covered in your child's class.
We provide clear direction that she is to cover the material our son's teacher is working on.
She changes the lesson to a 2 hour lesson without authorization.
There won't be a lesson 3.
Susan replied on 3/12/2015
The numerous positive reviews that others have written about my services, cast doubt on the validity of the comments made by this particular parent. Jennifer was disgruntled that I assessed a cancellation fee after she cancelled two weeks in a row without sufficient notice. (My cancellation policy of an 8- hour notice is clearly posted and is liberal compared to that of the 24-hour policy of most tutors.) Apparently she wrote these unfounded and inaccurate comments as a way to retaliate for being charged the fee.
"Identifies learning style, engages, and the time flies!"
- Susan, Highland Park, IL on 2/12/15
Our 7th grade son wasn't showing an interest in Spanish and had fallen behind. After reading some of Susan's reviews we decided to have her tutor him. We have been thrilled beyond words with his sessions with Susan. She quickly identified his learning style and level of knowledge through an initial assessment and then the learning began. My husband and I hear them speaking and even singing in Spanish almost the whole session. Our son has said, "The time goes by so quickly. She is nice and so much fun!" He is actually enjoying learning. For us as parents, seeing our son so engaged with learning is truly a gift. After their sessions he often speaks to us in Spanish, unsolicited. My husband, who has always wanted to learn the language and has tried other methods without great success, is now taking lessons with Susan as well!
"Builds strong foundation! Daughter is very confident now."
- Stephanie, Lake Forest, IL on 12/10/14
My daughter's confidence has soared as well as her grade in high school Spanish since working with Ms. Nelson these past 4 months. Ms. Nelson's enthusiasm for the language and thoroughly covering the fundamentals and ongoing, new class material using a variety of strategies has been effective at keeping my daughter engaged and ready for more learning.
- Kirsten, Glenview, IL on 8/12/14
Susan did a great job of engaging our daughter for the initial lesson. Our daughter indicated that she both enjoyed the session and found it constructive. Our daughter also seemed very comfortable asking Susan questions - they appeared to develop a good rapport, which is important to us, as our daughter can be shy and will sometimes forgo asking for clarification or help when she needs it. We are very encouraged by this initial session.
"Great for practical Spanish learning"
- Ryan, Evanston, IL on 5/15/14
I am marrying into a Cuban family soon, and as such wanted to learn a lot of practical Spanish and become better at speaking in realistic situations, not just for a class. Susan has helped me tremendously at increasing my fluency and ability to speak and listen, as well as my general understanding of the Spanish language, to the point that I am now able to think directly in Spanish many times. So even if you don't need help with schoolwork, and rather need to learn for travel or relationships or other reasons, Susan can still help you, and her exercises are also a ton of fun.
- Nancy, Glenview, IL on 1/16/14
I cannot say enough about Susan. My son was almost failing Spanish 2 when I found Susan on Wyzant. From the very first session she had him engaged and enjoying Spanish. Making learning fun is what I love about her. She doesn't go through the book reciting and quizzing him but rather creates songs and stories that get him thinking in Spanish. If your child is like mine that thinks Spanish is too hard or boring, give her a chance and you will not be disappointed.
- Radha, Northbrook, IL on 12/1/13
She is energetic and always engaging in her teaching. Her way of teaching kept my son's focus but made him enjoy the lesson at the same time. She always came prepared for the lesson. Overall, she was a great teacher that taught my son a lot of concepts in a week while keeping him focused and entertained.
"Tripled my Score! "
- Sarah, Schaumburg, IL on 8/29/13
I was seeking a tutor to pass the state Spanish proficiency test. I had taken the test two times prior to working with Susan. I needed to receive a 240 in order to pass my test, Susan helped me surpass this score as well as score higher than any of my friends that I know whom are native speakers. Susan's initial tutoring session consisted of us conversing and her evaluating my Spanish level. She decided what areas I was in need of some academic refreshing. Susan provided resources and materials to help study at home. She did give me "homework" assignments that we reviewed during our time together. She was a fabulous tutor that took my success to heart. She was patient and supportive. She never criticized and knew exactly when to celebrate your growth.I very much enjoyed working with Susan and would recommend her to anyone! I couldn't have passed my test (or graduated college!!) without her!
- Nancy, Gurnee, IL on 7/2/13
Susan is an excellent tutor. She has helped my daughter to really turn the corner and start to "get" Spanish. At the end of the lessons, my daughter is actually energized by her progress!
My daughter has now been with Susan 2 months and is getting A's on quizzes!!!
Update - we are now still with Susan - and my daughter has continued to do extremely well. Even her school teacher sent us a note saying she has never seen such a sustained and thorough turn around in a student's improvement. I can't begin to thank Susan enough!!
Final results: So what can you say when you see your child struggle with a class and then watch a complete turn around. From d's to A's on tests. I can't say enough about the connection Susan had with our child and how that helped in her progress. Final grade B.. A great effort by Susan and our daughter. We can't thank you enough.
- Zhanna, Northbrook, IL on 5/9/13
Susan is an excellent Spanish tutor. Great personality, very energetic, knows her stuff, and actually speaks Spanish to her students during the lessons!!! We plan to take Susan again during school year.
- Boris, Deerfield, IL on 5/8/13
My son didn't really like his lesson, not challenging. I guess it will be OK for someone who is fallen behind, but not if you are looking to go ahead of the school program.
Susan replied on 5/8/2013
In order to provide material which is challenging, it is necessary to first assess what the student has already learned; in which domain of language the student has the strongest language skill, i.e. listening, speaking, reading, or writing; and what is the learning style of the student; i.e. auditory, visual, kinesthetic learner or combination. After assessing the student and learning a little about the student in the first session, the tutor can then zoom ahead of the class if the student is ready for that acceleration.
The stated and agreed purpose of this first lesson was to assess the skills; subsequent sessions would have taken this particular student way beyond the material of the class. The numerous positive reviews that others have written about my services, validate the many students' and parents' satisfaction with this approach.
- Brae, Wilmette, IL on 3/21/13
Susan is an excellent teacher in so many ways. She has really paid attention to my goals in studying Spanish and she constructs lessons according to what I need to work on to achieve them. Susan is consistently patient, her explanations are clear, and she is enthusiastic about helping me learn a language she obviously loves. She is very professional and is always prepared with new material and ideas for each meeting geared specifically to my level of ability and my interests. My lessons with her are varied, interesting and always a great deal of fun. I highly recommend Susan to anyone interested in learning Spanish; she is a terrific teacher.
"Creative and passionate teacher."
- Marcia, Northbrook, IL on 3/18/13
Susan has really helped our child to excel in high school honors Spanish. Using a variety of creative learning modalities such as manipulating word puzzles and her singing songs to teach grammar and vocabulary, Susan is able to facilitate better retention of information than the blind memorization often taught in the schools. Susan often conducts her lessons in Spanish so that the student is hearing directions and responding to Susan in Spanish, thereby strengthening the student's speaking and listening skills. Susan as terrific resource to supplement a student's classroom instruction.
"Consistent, patient and fun"
- Kelli, Deerfield, IL on 11/29/12
My son really enjoys his lessons with Susan, and she has made a noticeable improvement in his confidence in the material. It is so valuable to have an outside expert in both the subject and his unique learning style. I wish I had done it a year ago!
- Carolynne, Highland Park, IL on 10/26/12
My son was struggling with his Spanish and getting frustrated. Susan's approach has helped him so much. Since working with her, he has received all As. Thanks Susan!
"Enthusiastic, Organized, Patient Tutor"
- Anne, Wilmette, IL on 10/1/12
My son, a reluctant Spanish student, just earned an A on his Spanish test!
She uses a wide range a of strategies to motivate my son and it is working.
"Great Tutor Choice"
- Karen, Arlington Heights, IL on 9/27/12
My son has always struggled with school and we have worked with several tutors in the past. A friend recommended WyzAnt and we could not be happier with our choice. We have had a wonderful experience working with Susan. She has a very creative and flexible way of connecting with my son and his style of learning. Susan's unique teaching style has helped him to regain his confidence and raise his grade significantly. Believe it or not, he will often ask if they can work longer than the allotted 1 hour session. That is the highest recommendation you can get from a 16 year old boy! I highly recommend Susan's services to anyone seeking a Spanish tutor.
I thought it was important to add to this review that after working with Susan for the majority of the school year, my son was able to finish the class with a much higher grade than any of us thought would be possible. She then took the next step to help us out again by writing a poignant, honest and very heart-felt letter of recommendation for my son as he begins the college search process. She has gone above and beyond to support our son and I have recommended her to many of my friends and family.
"Great tutor and delightful person!"
- Judith, Glenview, IL on 7/25/12
Susan was wonderful to work with. We began working together in preparation for my trip to Spain. My last Spanish lessons were about forty years ago. After an hour with Susan, who came walking through the door talking energetically in Spanish, I almost greeted our postman in Spanish. She called it "scaffolding" and had a great way of building on the words and expressions I already knew. She assigned some great readings and workbooks. Her energy is very infectious and she is really delightful to work with. Gracias, Susan!!
"Wonderful gifted tutor"
- Doug, Northbrook, IL on 4/12/12
Susan is doing a great job. Our son loves studying Spanish now. After eight sessions with Susan, he uses Spanish in daily life and teaches us new words. His pronunciation is improved. He stays engaged for the whole tutoring session. He likes studying Spanish outside of tutoring sessions. We think Susan's approach of emphasizing extensive use with spoken language in contexts that appeal to children is a great and natural way to learn. We appreciate that Susan has extensive experience working with children from various backgrounds. We are grateful that Susan is teaching Spanish to our son.
"Great tutor for advanced test taking."
- Pam, Grayslake, IL on 4/11/12
I have been extremely pleased with the progress Susan and I have been making. She pushes me to reach toward the highest goal and fluency level. I have seen progress in myself and it has only been because of her well-prepared lessons, continued support, and meditation techniques.
"Best match for our child!"
- Jennifer, Chicago, IL on 11/4/11
Susan has an amazing way of connecting to our child's learning style. She uses a variety of techniques to create lessons that motivate and advance his skills. We couldn't be happier to have found her as our son's Spanish tutor.
"A plus review for Susan Nelson"
- Bruce, Mundelein, IL on 9/19/11
Susan is great to work with and at the first lesson determined what I needed to work on.
We have had only a few lessons and I have seen great improvement