"Excellent tutor "
AMAL from Indianapolis, IN on 1/29/14
Learning with Mariana is more like an adventure than anything else. The adventurous part was our conversations about the interesting differences in different cultures. In addition, she was a very nice and patient tutor. She talked to me and found out what I wanted to focus on in my sessions.
Mariana has a lovely character and a cool sense of humor. She also suggested books and ways to continue my learning trip after our sessions ended.
I have really shown improvement after each session.
"Very nice and patient."
Thamara from Greenwood, IN on 2/18/14
We like working with Mariana, we see great improvement and love her lessons! Mariana works on solid foundations so you can learn a language the right way. She cares about right pronunciation and correct grammar. I recommend learing with Mariana
"A wealth of knowledge!"
Diana from Greenwood, IN on 12/4/13
Mariana is a wonderful Russian teacher for my daughter. She is energetic and so helpful. She puts a lot of fun into her lessons. I love how she always shares with me what they have done during the lesson. She is a positive influence for my daughter!
Mariana replied on 1/3/2014:
Thank you, Diana, for your wonderful words!
Your daughter does not stop impressing me with all the work she does on her own in the process of learning Russian. As I shared with you, she reminds me of myself when I got fascinated by languages at an early age. Her well thought questions, her amazing pronunciation and remarkable hand writing of the Cyrillic alphabet show a true talent and I can see her building a great career in the linguistic field.
I feel blessed for being a part of her success!
"My tutor is great teacher "
Elizabeth from Greenwood, IN on 11/11/13
She is really good good teacher, patient, and she prepares her class really well. Thank you so much for all you help.
"Patient and productive!"
MICHAEL from Beech Grove, IN on 11/7/13
I just want to say thank you so very much, Mariana, for taking me on as a student! You are truly a God sent for people like me who want to get GED and to better their lives. I know that we have a lot to cover, but I know that God always puts the right people when we need them. My life as a child was tough and I dropped out of school in 9th grade. Ever since then I have been struggling. I always wanted to go back to school, but was always scared of failure. When I finally decided to look for a tutor, I read your profile and I knew that I shouldn't be afraid anymore. You met me at my level of knowledge, and explained everything in a way that was so easy to comprehend. Language Arts (reading and writing), science and math turned out to be awesome. I didn't know that learning could be so amazing! When difficult concepts are broken down to small pieces they seem to be easy to understand and I find myself enjoying my study time; every time! I already feel so different – I know so much more already! You are such an amazing person and a great teacher, and in these short months you let me feel comfortable being myself, as if I have known you much longer. For first time in my life I have a hope that I can get somewhere! I know I will get my GED, and I know I am making a big difference in my life. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for taking this journey with me!
"Very good tutor"
Sabrina from Indianapolis, IN on 10/13/13
My 5 year old really likes his new tutor and I feel blessed to have found her. Mariana is exploring his high ability and opening new doors for him.
"Energetic and Supportive Tutor!"
Yuli from Bloomington, IN on 10/7/13
Working with Mariana was great. She is very detailed, catching even my minor mistakes to help me improve my English. She gave me very useful homework assignments, which helped me with my grammar especially. We had a lot of fun together in our tutoring sessions - I never knew how fun it could be to work on grammar, vocabulary and learning how to write essays. My writing skills increased quite a bit from working with Mariana. She helped me express my feelings and opinions better in writing, which is an important skill in general and also important for me in particular as I was preparing for the GED. Mariana is a great tutor who I highly recommend.
In addition to being a great tutor, Mariana was also always very easy to get in touch with on the phone and was flexible a couple times when I needed to reschedule our appointments. Overall, a very positive experience.
Thanks, Mariana for all the help!
Mariana replied on 10/14/2013:
Thank you, Yuli, for your nice words! I appreciate it! I never had doubts that you’d succeed. You are success driven and you have everything it takes to become successful – intelligence, motivation and willingness to work hard.
Thank you for staying in touch.
Go out there and make me proud!
"Extremely well prepared and always energetic!"
Emily from Indianapolis, IN on 8/8/13
About 5 months ago I began studying Russian with Mariana. Undeterred by my complete lack of prior experience in the language, Mariana provided the vision, direction and constant encouragement to begin my journey in Russian from scratch. One of the things that has impressed me most about Mariana is her commitment to preparation for every lesson. She nearly always has more material prepared than we can cover! I know this preparation takes a considerable amount of time and it really pays off during our lessons where we cover a well integrated range of vocabulary, grammar, culture, reading and speaking practice. She is also extremely patient and never discouraged if it takes me a little longer to grasp certain concepts. On more than one occasion after a particularly challenging lesson Mariana has provided additional exercises and instruction on the topic during subsequent lessons until I finally feel comfortable with the subject matter.
Mariana is also a constant cheerleader! Whenever I feel discouraged she always has a positive reminder and is quick to point out areas where she sees improvement. She is always upbeat for every lesson and some days I think Mariana is even more excited about me learning Russian than I am! :-)
Additionally, Mariana has been able to develop and help keep my focus on the long term goals. It can be easy to get lost in the daily grammar and reading challenges, but Mariana seems to have a plan for ultimately getting me to my final destination of speaking Russian. Her focus gives me the confidence to keep studying!
I have and will continue to recommend Mariana to any student interested in studying Russian!
Scott from Indianapolis, IN on 7/10/13
My daughter has been attending sessions with Mariana twice a week this summer and has shown excellent improvement in her skills and confidence in mathematics. I am impressed.
Mariana replied on 7/11/2013:
Thank you so very much, Scott! I think that this was what she needed - some regular practice and confidence. I find her very easy to work with because she is well behaved and very, very sweet. I am so proud of her!
"Extremely focused leader (A+ instructor)"
Terry from Edinburgh, IN on 6/16/13
Our grandson had only a few sessions with Mariana, and this feedback is overdue. He needed some help with test taking techniques. Thanks to her extensive experience, she also determined the need to help him build-up more self-confidence. Her powerful motivational words, her genuine care and support were impressive. My wife and I both agreed that her professionalism and attention to detail are remarkable. For us, every time we met her was like taking a pause in this world. She is the most intelligent lady I know, and we are very happy we had the chance to have her as our grandson's tutor. Thanks Again!
Mariana replied on 6/17/2013:
Terry, I consider myself lucky for meeting your family! You all are such wonderful people! Your grandson is a great student and I enjoyed my working time with him. It is so nice to hear from you! Thank you for taking the time to post this testimonial, I appreciate this gesture!
"Caring and Involved!"
Theresa from Indianapolis, IN on 4/21/13
Confidence! Mariana is a genuine and caring tutor. She loves to educate and makes the best effort to get to know the child and work to his/her strengths. Very smart approach. After two sessions my stepdaughter's confidence has really been boosted! She has now started talking about fractions at the dinner table! Before she would shy away from the subject. Very encouraging. Thank you, Mariana!
Mariana replied on 4/22/2013:
Yes, I can't agree more - confidence is a huge factor. My core belief is that everything matters when it is about a child. The earlier the academical struggles of a child are taken care of, the better. Your step-daughter is such a wonderful young lady, intelligent and vibrant. I could instantly tell that she would do remarkably better when she starts trusting herself more. And I will do my best to speed up this process! Thank you, Theresa, for the wonderful words! Parents’ support is highly appreciated by teachers. Thank you.
"Patient and Knowledgeable"
Sandy from Greenwood, IN on 4/16/13
Mariana is very patient and extremely knowledgeable. She is also very encouraging and has helped me to love math! I am an older student, I needed to pass a pre-employment math assessment test which included algebra 1 type problems or I wouldn't get the job. I thought it was too late for me to learn algebra but with Mariana's help I did and she made learning easy for me. I passed!
Mariana replied on 4/17/2013:
I appreciate your wonderful words, Sandy! Thank you so very much! I'm happy I met you because you are a wonderful lady and a fast learner. You make me proud every session, and I enjoyed helping you improve your math skills. My biggest accomplishment is managing to change your attitude towards algebra.
I have the faith that everybody can better themselves academically, at every age! I admire your courage and perseverance. You have achieved success in so many areas in your life that I am honored for helping you on the way to the next one.
"Helped bring up my grades by a whole letter grade!"
Ria from Indianapolis, IN on 4/10/13
Within the first two weeks of being tutored by Mariana S. My grades in both Algebra and Biology changed by a whole letter grade. I went from having Cs in my classes to now having B pluses. She is great to work with and is very good at helping me through the subjects when I don't understand something.
Mariana replied on 4/10/2013:
It's been so rewarding to teach you, Ria. I am proud to have a student like you. High school algebra and biology can be challenging, but hard work always pays off. I know that you will fulfill your dreams! Just aim high, and keep making me proud!
"Truly The Best"
David from Indianapolis, IN on 3/8/13
Mariana, you continue to bless us both. My wife is so happy to have "you" as her teacher. She speaks very highly of you and in her opinion, you are tops! I feel the same way, we could not ask for any better. Keep up the good work and thanks for giving my wife the opportunity to learn English on a professional level.
"Great all-around tutor!"
Dave from Greenwood, IN on 2/15/13
Our son is an 8th grader who has been diagnosed with ADD. When talking with him, it's obvious that he is smarter than what his grades reflected. He struggles with focus and the motivation needed to complete homework or to study. Mariana has been extremely helpful with him, in all of his subjects. She is well versed in math, science, and in English. She has taught our son strategies and alternate approaches to writing, algebra, completing assignments and reading for key points and themes. In addition, she has been an education advocate to him, teaching him both that he can do the work and why it is important. We are seeing improvement in our son's grades and will continue to work with Mariana.
Mariana replied on 4/4/2013:
That is true, David - unfortunately grades don’t always present students’ intellectual level correctly. Since the first tutoring session, I could tell that your son is smart, wonderfully up-brought and an interesting interlocutor. He enjoys seeing things from a different prospective and appreciates new approaches. That’s why working with him is so rewarding.
I know that there will be many, many occasions in which he will continue making us all proud. Thanks again for the support! Parents’ attitude makes a big difference.
Cheryl from Zionsville, IN on 2/12/13
I love that Mariana is willing to teach me about the Bulgarian culture as well as the language. I believe the two go hand-in-hand. She's also very good about trying to accommodate my schedule. I appreciate that and it makes these lessons possible.
I would recommend her to anyone looking for a language tutor.
Mariana replied on 2/12/2013:
Thank you, Cheryl. I think that what you're doing is amazing, and I am so happy to help. You are learning fast, and I find very touching the fact that your heart is leading you to gain as much knowledge, as you can for the short time we have on hand.
Charita from Indianapolis, IN on 1/17/13
I just wanted to take the time and say that Mariana is an excellent tutor. My daughter's Algebra grade is making a significant come up and all thanks goes to Mariana.
Mariana replied on 1/23/2013:
My students’ success is my success. I am very proud of your daughter and very happy for her! She is a nice young lady and I know she will be successful in everything she puts her mind into.
"Best teacher I've ever had!"
Eriko from Greenwood, IN on 12/12/12
Mariana is wonderful teacher. The way she teaches is always passionate, which makes me think studying is comfortable. Also she rose my self confidence which helped me both speaking and writing in English. Lastly, she is a wonderful teacher whom I cannot explain in any other words. She is the best. And dear Mariana, Thank you so much I am really happy because I choose you as a my tutor.
Mariana replied on 12/13/2012:
Thank you, Eriko, for these sweet words!
Helping young people achieve their goals really means the world to me! You are an amazing young lady and a great future awaits you, I feel honored for having the opportunity to help you get closer to it!
I've told you that for me meeting people who speak different languages is like taking trips to their homelands. Meeting you was a spiritual journey to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Arthur from Indianapolis, IN on 12/6/12
Mariana is a very good hard working teacher. She gives good feedback and is very detailed. I've enjoyed working with her.
"Excellent and Outstanding Tutor"
Neitra from Indianapolis, IN on 11/3/12
When we first approached Marianna regarding Math Tutoring for our son, he was failing Math and was having a hard time understanding basic Math Facts. However, Marianna has an uncanny ability to make anyone understand any subject. She is a naturally gifted teacher and leader, and our son has shown major improvement with understanding the math skills needed to succeed in just the 2 months we have been with her. Marianna has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children. Her ability to connect with our son and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. She accomplishes these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude.
I recommend Marianna to you without any reservation.
Mariana replied on 11/5/2012:
Thank you so very much for these kind words, Neitra!
Your son is well behaved and easy to work with. I believe that his lack of motivation was the only thing that prevented him from performing to the best of his abilities. I'm so glad that my methods broke through to him.
He is intelligent and I have faith that he can succeed in everything he puts his mind into. I am honored to be a part of the process.
Lei from Indianapolis, IN on 9/15/12
Mariana is a very patient and wonderful tutor. She always can know what I wanted. I got a big progress in my pronunciation. I really enjoyed the study time with her.
Mariana replied on 9/16/2012:
When the student's mother tongue is so different from English, and it even doesn't have some sounds that the English language has, the efforts required are tremendous and this is exactly what you put forward, Lei. Your motivation and perseverance are remarkable and the work you did - huge! That's why the progress in your pronunciation was so big. I enjoyed teaching you and learning about your culture and language, and country was very, very enriching for me.
Philip from Bloomington, IN on 8/26/12
Mariana is very patient with my boy. She not only teaches and explains him textbook, but also try to motivate him. Ask him why study the subject, what's the motivation. She let my boy think it over by himself. Her method is to wake the learning heart of student instead of just talking about the material. She is a good teacher.
Mariana replied on 9/2/2012:
Thank you, Mr. W.! Teaching your son is a true pleasure! He amazes me every time because he is a very fast learner. Every teacher would agree that a motivated student is a blessing, and your child is self-motivated and success-driven. I just do my best to keep him on his toes, and to help him perform to the best of his abilities.