Sarah from New York, NY on 3/15/12
I could not possibly give Giovanna a higher recommendation as a tutor. I am a Master of Art History student at Hunter College and came to Giovanna with the problem of preparing for my mid-program foreign language exam in Italian. The exam required the accurate translation of a 500 word passage from an art historical text within one hour. The task was extremely daunting and stressful for me, but with Giovanna's help I successfully passed the exam. Within the first week of tutoring sessions Giovanna astutely calculated my skill level, goals, and time remaining until the exam to come up with the perfect course designed specifically for me. We met weekly over a three month period, and at every session Giovanna was on time, entirely focused, and prepared with practice material she had composed specifically for me. I can say with confidence it would be impossible to find a better tutor given Giovanna's impressive academic and professional experience, natural skill and inclination as a teacher, and lovely personal demeanor.
"Positive and confident."
Alzira from New York, NY on 11/19/13
Giovanna's classes are helpful in so many ways. She explains so I can understand what's going on underneath the surface of a language and give me a foundation for the language growth. Thank you for all your dedication!
Don from New York, NY on 10/15/13
I found Giovanna to be an excellent teacher, well prepared, prompt, enthusiastic, and patient. Her English is strong and Italian impeccable. I enjoyed very much our conversations on the short stories of Alberto Moravia among other cultural topics.
Zahava from New York, NY on 12/19/11
I had to pass a graduate level requirement within one semester. The requirement consisted of translating 500 words of an academic article into English. Although this was a daunting way to learning a language, Giovanna embraced the challenge. She provided me with skills, tools, and tips as to how to approach the exam. Within the first lesson she assessed which aspects of grammar were most crucial to the process. She did research and created worksheets in between lessons. Giovanna's professional experience in translating was particularly helpful to our lessons. Giovanna is hard-working and dedicated and with her help I passed an exam after about 3 months of lessons. I recommend her as a tutor.
"A Wonderful Italian Tutor... Grazie Mille!"
Frank from New York, NY on 8/30/11
I had never work one on one with a tutor and didn't know what to expect. The blessing was meeting Giovanna!
Giovanna almost instantly contacted me after my putting in a request on WyzAnt. She was accessible and very flexible in scheduling our first lesson and subsequent lessons. Our first lesson was about what I felt my needs were and her appraisal of what level I was at in my fluency of Italian. From there she recommended several different books, one on grammar, one on verb conjugation and several different Italian story books some with audio CDs. Our lessons are broken down into sections. First a conversation in which Giovanna asks questions and we have a dialogue in Italian. Second, a section devoted to a new element of grammar and finally an extremely fun part where I read from one of the Italian story books helping in learning new vocabulary and pronunciation. Giovanna is extremely knowledgeable, patient and professional. I look forward to many more lessons and highly recommend her!
"Giovanna is one of the most knowledgeable, professional, and patient tutors I have ever worked with "
Lena from New York, NY on 6/18/10
Giovanna takes the time to explain whatever I ask. If I forget something we already went over in a previous lesson, she is happy to explain it to me again. She is very patient which to me is one of the most important attributes for a tutor. Among many of her other attributes, she has a vast knowledge of the language and will answer all my questions. She is always professional and very punctual and flexible. Punctuality and flexibility are very important to those of us whom are on a tight schedule. Kudos to WyzAnt for only the best! In my case, that would be Giovanna.
"great tutor; flexiable with schedule"
Betty from New York, NY on 10/3/09
We enjoy working with Giovanna. She is patient, knowledgeable and very flexible with her schedule. She is easy to get a hold of and understands how to teach some one to make it 'click'. We highly recommend her.