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Alina K.

Seattle, WA

$40/hr

Teaching Students to Teach Themselves

Background check passed as of 12/21/12
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Teaching Students to Teach Themselves

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I have more than 10 years of tutoring and teaching experience in Hawaii. Cultural and demographic diversity of my clients helped me develop teaching styles suitable to very diverse needs of my students. I tutor both, children and adults. My main focus is in Test Preparation, Mathematics, and Statistics. However, I also worked with students studying Russian, Piano, also beginning Economics and Accounting.

Most of the problems that my students have, result from a failure to install in them the thinking strategies and working habits leading to success. Once the students learn those strategies and apply them to every aspect of their education, they have a very little need for a tutor. The amount of time that it takes to develop the correct thinking skills varies in each case, but I have many very happy parents who never have to pay for another tutoring lesson again in order for their son or daughter to earn grades they want.

In my methods I avoid lecturing. Students get plenty of that in the classroom and since they need a tutor, lecturing proves to be ineffective. Instead, I teach them to ask questions and look for answers. My goal is to get a student to think on their own using the techniques and thinking strategies that we develop together. As students grow more independent of the tutor, their confidence and self esteem grows, they are on their way to success.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor"

- Steve, Raeford, NC on 2/6/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Stephanie, Edmonds, WA on 6/4/14

"Alina is definitely the cream of the crop!"

- Jeanne, Edmonds, WA on 2/9/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Elizabeth, Everett, WA on 11/6/13

"Lifesaver!"

- Jerry, Bellevue, WA on 12/25/12

"Impressive Motivator"

- Dan, Wade, NC on 8/9/12

"great tutor and very patient. "

- Ahmed, Fort Bragg, NC on 3/9/12

"Very Patient!"

- Corey, Spring Lake, NC on 2/3/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
English:
Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Russian
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Reading, Study Skills
Business:
Economics,
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Economics,
Geometry,
Piano,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics,
Russian,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Algebra 1

I tutored and taught Algebra in Hawaii for a number of years. I worked with both: middle schoolers and college students.
Algebra 1 is a transition from working with numbers to applying abstract mathematical concepts. Many students begin to have problems in pre-algebra. In my experience, those who do, have many gaps from previous years. My job is to fill in those gaps, while building their understanding of the current material. The goal is to get students to make connections between numerical operations and application of that to abstract concepts.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 was one of the subjects I taught working in the high school system in Hawaii. I know the pains that many students had to go through making a challenging transition from dealing with numbers to more abstract mathematical concepts.

Unfortunately, the school system is set up in such a manner that teachers do not always have the time to explain why mathematics works the way it does and many students get lost and confused. This is the main reason why math is one of the most disliked subjects for some.

As a tutor I have developed many specific techniques to help my students to better understand why and how these abstract concepts work in the world of mathematics. I use examples that are easy to remember and apply. I use hands-on visual helpers. I also have many interesting books at home that talk about the history of some of those concepts.

I strive to make mathematics come to life for my students, so they can see and understand not only how to solve one particular problem, but also how to see a much bigger picture for how math works in the world.

Economics

I studied both Micro and Macro economics relatively recently. I got A's in both classes. In addition, I successfully helped other students in class to get a better understanding of the subject. I discovered that most students that I helped had trouble in economics because they have had trouble in math previously. If you feel this is your problem too, I am confident I can help you.

Geometry

Geometry was my favorite subject in school. I believe that I had one of the best math teachers a teen can ever have. She is my inspiration when it comes to teaching Geometry as well as any subjects.
Geometry was also the first math subject I taught at my first job. It was a summer class. My students told me that I was one of the best Geometry teachers they had and also I heard many positive comments from the parents.
Throughout the years I had a number of Geometry student to tutor privately. The biggest problem my students face in Geometry is writing up proofs. I have my own approach to proofs requiring developing analytical thinking, useful in every day life.

Piano

I have been playing piano since I was 6 years old. I have attained and finished a music school in Russia with equivalent of 6 years of study in US. When I attained Windward Community College for 2 years from 1996-1998, I played for a college choir for one year. Later, I taught piano in Hawaii to several students from age 10 to adult.

Russian

Born and raised in Russia, I had some of the best Russian Language and literature teaches, a student may wish for. I was often selected for literary competitions and won high prizes.

When I came to US, I was teaching Russian individual students as part of our family company Russian Language Tours. I also worked as a Russian tutor for Pacific Language Institute.

Most of my Russian students were military taking Russian classes.

SAT Math

Teaching SAT is a big chunk of of my 15 years for tutoring and teaching experience. I have taught SAT math classes while working with College Connections Hawaii, where I received a formal training for teaching the subject. I tutored many individual students on my own time as well, applying the knowledge I got from teaching the classes and fitting my style to the various needs of my clients.
So whether you need a crash course on SAT and learn some strategies to earn you those extra points you need, or you really need to brush up on your math skills, I am more than qualified to help you.

Statistics

I have taken statistics classes while working on my math degree at University of Hawaii at Manoa. I had some experience tutoring college level stats while working at Chaminade University as well.

Since I started tutoring with WyzAnt, I have had many students taking stats at various colleges. You may read some of their responses. Not only did I help them to understand and apply concepts, I also guided them through their various projects and assisted them in writing statistical research papers.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Mathematics

Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa (Mathematics)

Excellent tutor — Alina is an excellent tutor!! I am taking an on-line statistics class and was having trouble understanding the lessons. Alina was able to explain the lessons in a way that I could understand, and I was able complete my assignments. If you are looking for a math tutor(especially for statistics), do your self a favor and hire Alina K. She responded to my email the same day, and scheduled the session ...

— Steve, Raeford, NC on 2/6/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Discounts: Group discounts Referee discounts Online tutoring discounts Extra charges for travel: $1/mi for off peak, $2/mi for peak traffic hours.

Travel policy

Alina will travel within 25 miles of Seattle, WA 98155.


About Alina

I have more than 10 years of tutoring and teaching experience in Hawaii. Cultural and demographic diversity of my clients helped me develop teaching styles suitable to very diverse needs of my students. I tutor both, children and adults. My main focus is in Test Preparation, Mathematics, and Statistics. However, I also worked with students studying Russian, Piano, also beginning Economics and Accounting.

Most of the problems that my students have, result from a failure to install in them the thinking strategies and working habits leading to success. Once the students learn those strategies and apply them to every aspect of their education, they have a very little need for a tutor. The amount of time that it takes to develop the correct thinking skills varies in each case, but I have many very happy parents who never have to pay for another tutoring lesson again in order for their son or daughter to earn grades they want.

In my methods I avoid lecturing. Students get plenty of that in the classroom and since they need a tutor, lecturing proves to be ineffective. Instead, I teach them to ask questions and look for answers. My goal is to get a student to think on their own using the techniques and thinking strategies that we develop together. As students grow more independent of the tutor, their confidence and self esteem grows, they are on their way to success.

Testimonials

"Excellent tutor"

- Steve, Raeford, NC on 2/6/12

"Great Tutor!"

- Stephanie, Edmonds, WA on 6/4/14

"Alina is definitely the cream of the crop!"

- Jeanne, Edmonds, WA on 2/9/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Elizabeth, Everett, WA on 11/6/13

"Lifesaver!"

- Jerry, Bellevue, WA on 12/25/12

"Impressive Motivator"

- Dan, Wade, NC on 8/9/12

"great tutor and very patient. "

- Ahmed, Fort Bragg, NC on 3/9/12

"Very Patient!"

- Corey, Spring Lake, NC on 2/3/12
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Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Mathematics

Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa (Mathematics)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Discounts: Group discounts Referee discounts Online tutoring discounts Extra charges for travel: $1/mi for off peak, $2/mi for peak traffic hours.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Seattle, WA 98155

Alina’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Trigonometry
English:
Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
Russian
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Reading, Study Skills
Business:
Economics,
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Economics,
Geometry,
Piano,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
Statistics,
Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ASVAB, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics,
Russian,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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