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Mariana S.

SAT, ACT, GED, TOEFL preparation

Greenwood, IN (46142)

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Your children have only one chance for education, and they deserve the best!

Based on my over twelve years of experience as a full-time tutor of children and adults, I can tell that one-on-one tutoring practice gives the best results. I am dedicated, caring and reliable. I love helping others achieve to the best of their abilities, and then - beyond. Because I believe that everybody can better themselves.

Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals, and at this point I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I've been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 65, so I know that organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits vary from a person to another person.

I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed! No matter if it is a three-year-old (who I managed to teach to read before his fourth birthday!) or an adult student who did not have any faith that she could pass her pre-employment test, everybody reached their or their parents' goals.

The price may increase due to a longer commute. No shows/no calls will be charged for the scheduled time for tutoring or a meeting - if 2 hours were scheduled, 2 hours will be charged. Cancellations less than 24 hours before the lesson will be charged for 1 hour of tutoring.

My native tongue is Bulgarian. I use Russian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Greek and German on different levels, and this helps me teach people of different origins and cultures.

I am also an interpreter/translator. As a former nurse, I mainly interpret at hospitals. My working experience started as a registered nurse in the surgery ward of St. Anna Hospital (Varna, Bulgaria), after I graduated from the Medical College in the same city (1989). As a RN I provided perioperative care outside of the sterile field, which included caring for patients prior to surgery and during recovery after surgery. Later I earned a Master of Science degree in Ecology (with additional major in Journalism) - from the Technical University Varna (1998).

In 2011-2012 school year I taught Life Science (Biology) in middle schools in Indianapolis, IN, as a student-teacher in the Teaching Program at the University of Indianapolis, and as a laureate of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

I've tutored Bulgarian to Peace Corps individuals (2010-2012). While in Bulgaria, I translated a biography written by an English journalist (2004). I had been tutoring English for ten years to Bulgarian native speakers (both children and adults, 1995-2005) before moving to the States in January 2006.

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Mariana’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Career Development, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, Italian, Proofreading, Russian
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development, GED, GRE, Praxis, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics, Special Needs
Business:
Career Development, GRE
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
History:
Social Studies
Language:
Bulgarian , ESL/ESOL, Italian, Russian, TOEFL
Science:
Anatomy, Biology, Ecology, Physiology, Psychology
Computer:
General Computer, Photography
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT English

I assess the students’ level of knowledge and plan accordingly to their needs. Knowing their areas of strengths and weaknesses allows me to help the most.

I model how to look for the answer that makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, and is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage. I provide a plethora of exercises for my student, so he or she becomes proficient. There are special test taking techniques that I help the learners develop. I use lots of materials that have been proven to work over the years, and I also stay updated on the latest available tools.

I am known for paying particular attention to details. Perfectionism is more my personal goal than my students’ expectations. At the same time, you may be surprised how fun working on grammar and vocabulary can be! My name is a great name to know when preparing for reading and writing tests.

ACT Reading

I assess the students’ level of knowledge and plan accordingly to their needs. Knowing their areas of strengths and weaknesses allows me to help the most.

I demonstrate how to critically read and analyze the passage we are working on, how to find what can be reasonably inferred from it and how to choose the best answer if more than one satisfies the question at hand. I provide a plethora of exercises for my student, so he or she becomes proficient. There are special test taking techniques that I help the learners develop. I use lots of materials that have been proven to work over the years, and I also stay updated on the latest available tools.


ADD/ADHD

I've had students with ADD/ADHD and I know they require special attention and patience. I truly believe that everybody can succeed, and I am known for holding high expectations for all my students. I am dedicated to what I do and never lose faith.

Algebra 1

Algebra may intimidate both adolescents and adults; many may struggle to a point of feeling like closing down to math in general. I have seen the need to rebuild/reshape, restructure and assist in creating successful long-term learners with efficacy and solid retention of skill sets. I have also seen people who profoundly changed their view towards math after being tutored by me.

Bulgarian

Bulgarian is my native language. I am a published poet, and I also have a master’s degree in journalism. I have worked for Varna Express newspaper and for the nationwide Radio Varna.

I have been teaching Bulgarian to peace corps individuals since 2010. I also tutor adults in Indianapolis who are interested in the Bulgarian language because they have been dancing Bulgarian Folk dances for decades and want to understand the lyrics of the songs they love to perform. Some of them even visited Bulgaria for their honeymoon, and it is so touching for me to help them share their memories about it in Bulgarian.

I’d love to teach Bulgarian to you. Every language gives us a bit more different perception and expands our horizons. There is a saying that I write on the first page of each new language student: "One lives as many lives as many languages one speaks."

Elementary (K-6th)

I can help students in K-6th grade who struggle academically. I have tutored for over 12 years and have volunteered in K-6 schools for 5 years. I can assist kids in every subject, so they can improve their grades, their study skills and also their self-organizational habits.

This school level is the foundation for children's success and very often determines their self-confidence for many years to come. I am known for holding high expectations for all my students and for being very patient.
I have the strong faith that with individual approach and the right teaching techniques every child can succeed!

Elementary Math

Math won't allow any gaps in children's knowledge. Students need to know the material for their grade level in order to be able to proceed to the higher one. That's why I pay special attention to the individual details and make sure that kids have mastered what we've been working on. It boosts their self-confidence and makes them eager to move on to new challenges. Children see that learning math can be fun!
I know that students’ attitude towards math at this school level is extremely important to their academical future and I always go the extra mile to build up the necessary positive viewpoint.

English

For over a decade I have been tutoring English. I work with K-12 students, and I work with adults. I am patient, creative, and productive. In my career I have been tutoring both native speakers and foreigners. I enjoy helping people learn this beautiful language and master using it to their full potential. No matter if it is a little child learning to read, or a college student needing assistance with an assignment, I find the right approach, so our work together is prolific.

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 12 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy ...

I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. They all passed the tests I prepared them for from the first time, including TOEFL test. They also became more self-confident in their daily lives.

I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language. I speak several languages and it helps me work with people of different cultures and all walks of life.

GED

I applaud everybody who is willing to redirect his/her life!

I support my students to have a bright future by empowering them to be independent, successful long-term learners and take control of their future pool of choices rather than be limited, stuck, and unfulfilled in careers because they have low self-esteem. Knowledge is power, and I absolutely love helping my students earn it!

Photography

Photography means "to write with light". I've always been fascinated by this art, and I took a photography class while I was in high school. Later, as a part of my additional major in Journalism, I took a Photo-Journalism class at the Technical University Varna.

Praxis

During my extensive experience as an English tutor, I've prepared many children and adults for tests in versatile fields. I can prepare students for Praxis I - Reading and Writing. These tests require some special techniques that could be acquired with practice.

I can also help with the Praxis II Biology test.

I have passed all these tests and I can prepare students for the atmosphere of the Praxis tests based on my personal experience.

Reading

Reading opens doors that bring us into new worlds. Regardless if it is a little child or an adult student, I help them learn to read with comprehension and intrigue them in reading, so they become lifetime readers.

When tutoring reading with comprehension, I practice my students to find the essence of each paragraph and then help them summarize the whole information we can get from the page/chapter. This way they learn how to study and it helps them become more successful in school; it also makes them understand and appreciate books better.

My youngest student learned to read before his 4th birthday, and my own daughter could read and write by the age of five.

Russian

Russian is not my native language, but is a language that I was raised with. I learned Russian in school – from 3rd grade to 12th grade. We studied Russian grammar, and Russian literature, our teachers were native Russian speakers. For many years during my elementary, middle and high school age I had been in a written correspondence with friends from Russia. There were Russian people in our neighborhood. I have also been watching movies, have read books and have listened to songs in Russian all throughout my life, and have a very deep understanding of the culture, and the "big Russian soul", as we say. As a hospital interpreter in Indianapolis, I have interpreted in Russian. I really love this language and tutoring it is very rewarding for me.

SAT Reading

I am known for paying particular attention to details. Perfectionism is more my personal goal than my students’ expectations. At the same time, you may be surprised how fun working on grammar and vocabulary can be! My name is a great name to know when preparing for reading and writing tests. I will model for you how to critically read the text, how to find what can be reasonably inferred from it and how to choose the correct answer. I always provide a plethora of practice, so you will become proficient. There are special test taking techniques that I will you help develop.
Your SAT/ACT/GED tests scores WILL improve with my tutoring! All of my students have been successful!

SAT Writing

I start by assessing the students’ level of knowledge; then I plan accordingly to their needs - I meet everybody at his/her level.

In the beginning I model for my students how to critically read the writing prompt and how to brainstorm ideas in order to create a clear thesis and to be able to support it, producing a strong persuasive essay.

I teach writing strategies, essay structure, grammar, punctuation, organization of the sentences, word choice, consideration of the audience, usage of reasons and examples, etc.
Your SAT/ACT/GED tests scores WILL improve with my tutoring. You will become more self-confident when expressing yourself in writing which is a great skill not only when taking tests, but in life in general.

Study Skills

Study skills are as important as knowledge. In my practice I always coach on daily routines, too, since learning is a process, not an occurrence. Together with the student we map out the way to achieve our goals, and at this point I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I've been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 65, so I know that organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits vary from a person to another person. I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed!

Writing

My extensive educational background and professional experience produce successful students. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism and am a published author. I am also the author of a stipend winning essay (in 2009).

I have taught students the ISTEP writing requirements. I help my students develop a way with words. Your writing skills WILL improve with my help. Being able to express feelings and opinions in writing is an important skill in all prospects of life, and especially if you are preparing for a test.

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Education

Technical University Varna

Technical University Varna (Master's)

UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent Tutor Our first meeting Mariana was thorough with evaluation. My daughter was comfortable and eager to learn. I look forward to future lessons. ...

— Debra from Indianapolis, IN on 9/1/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

No shows/No calls for lessons/meetings will be charged for 1 hr!Cancellations less than 24hrs prior the lesson will be charged for the scheduled time:2 hrs scheduled,2 hrs charged.

Travel policy

Mariana will travel within 5 miles of Greenwood, IN 46142.

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