Radha from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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 from 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