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Ilona M.

Knowledgeable and experienced in homeschooling

Knowledgeable and experienced in homeschooling

$30/hour

  • 1,933 hours tutoring

About Ilona


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If you are interested in working with a dedicated professional with passion for education and a love of learning, I am sure I can help you. Please note that the price for music lessons is for 45min. The 1hr rate starts at $45 depending on the distance for travel.
When I work on any subject I always amend to the student's request adhering to all guidelines and ensure I meet my student's and his/her parents expectations on this and make my student achieve the best grade possible because that...

If you are interested in working with a dedicated professional with passion for education and a love of learning, I am sure I can help you. Please note that the price for music lessons is for 45min. The 1hr rate starts at $45 depending on the distance for travel.
When I work on any subject I always amend to the student's request adhering to all guidelines and ensure I meet my student's and his/her parents expectations on this and make my student achieve the best grade possible because that is my objective. That is my promise to my students. My style of teaching is based on a holistic approach, minimum stress and maximum results. I believe that there is always a way to explain any problem, and it is my responsibility to find the right way for each of my students to make it clear to them. Also, I don't expect my students to be perfect or understand it right away, but I do expect them to do their homework as this helps to progress in their learning, and also to retain the material taught. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teach English language can be applied to any subject. Having just finished M ED in English Curriculum and Instruction allows me to plan effective lessons that get the best results. A teacher should be respectful and sensitive to individual students needs. This is the most important skills I always keep in mind when providing instructions. Every person has different way of learning based on multiple intelligence, and once we are aware of them the learning process is much easier and a lot more successful.

I strive to provide personalized and quality tutoring in a timely fashion. I stress the importance of communication with the students and their parents. I do my best to assist my students with their academic success and I strive to keep my commitments with my students and teach them the same. I am always willing to listen to my student's concerns as well as their parents and explore all possible solutions with them.
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Education

Florida Atlantic University (2010)
B.A. Music Education
Florida Atlantic University: M Ed. English Curriculum & Instruction (2018)
MEd
Florida Atlantic University: MA in TESOL (2012)
Masters

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Subjects

Art

Composition (Music)

Composition (Music)

I have BA in Music Education where I had to learn music theory as part of composition. I also have 4 years of music theory, form, analysis and harmony experience from Poland, where I finished music high school.

Business

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

MS Excel is very user friendly, however it requires knowledge of certain formulas as it is a numerological program. It is very use to set up different types of charts, and it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of MS Word to navigate in Excel. I usually evaluate the knowledge of MS Word before I go on to teach MS Excel. There are many different charts that can be used with this program, as well as helpful calculations. The functions are programmed in the help option. It is also possible to work with graphics, it all depends what are the needs of the Excel project.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most common used software on bot Mac and PC. It has many different functions, and it takes practice to know how to use them to format a document. Most of my students use this software and based on their knowledge I always teach them something new to help them format their documents. Most of the functions I use is spacing, use fonts, inserting tables, formatting tables, and inserting images to work with the text.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Public speaking skills are required in any work environment, but the real life school of public speaking is Toastmasters. I have been a member of Toastmasters since 2012. I learned a lot more skills with them than just public speaking. Public speaking is an art, and they made an artist from me. I teach at a college and oral presentations are part of the ESOL program. I also encourage my ESOL students to check out local Toastmasters clubs.
GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint

Computer

Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

MS Excel is very user friendly, however it requires knowledge of certain formulas as it is a numerological program. It is very use to set up different types of charts, and it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of MS Word to navigate in Excel. I usually evaluate the knowledge of MS Word before I go on to teach MS Excel. There are many different charts that can be used with this program, as well as helpful calculations. The functions are programmed in the help option. It is also possible to work with graphics, it all depends what are the needs of the Excel project.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

As part if my BA degree I took Microsoft Office classes and use them daily, I teach those skills to many of my students that have to do academic writing or presentations. I am fluent in MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most common used software on bot Mac and PC. It has many different functions, and it takes practice to know how to use them to format a document. Most of my students use this software and based on their knowledge I always teach them something new to help them format their documents. Most of the functions I use is spacing, use fonts, inserting tables, formatting tables, and inserting images to work with the text.
Microsoft PowerPoint

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESOL to both young students and adults. I like concentrating on the academic aspect of learning English. not many teachers have the experience to be able to combine academic and English needs at the same time.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

MS Excel is very user friendly, however it requires knowledge of certain formulas as it is a numerological program. It is very use to set up different types of charts, and it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of MS Word to navigate in Excel. I usually evaluate the knowledge of MS Word before I go on to teach MS Excel. There are many different charts that can be used with this program, as well as helpful calculations. The functions are programmed in the help option. It is also possible to work with graphics, it all depends what are the needs of the Excel project.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most common used software on bot Mac and PC. It has many different functions, and it takes practice to know how to use them to format a document. Most of my students use this software and based on their knowledge I always teach them something new to help them format their documents. Most of the functions I use is spacing, use fonts, inserting tables, formatting tables, and inserting images to work with the text.
Polish,

Polish

I was born in Poland. Polish is my first language. I am fluent in reading, writing and speaking. The Polish language has difficult pronunciation but its grammar is very similar to Spanish language. I have about 2 adult students that I work with to teach them this language.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I find this skills very useful for any subject that requires writing. The knowledge of punctuation and basic grammar is a must to be able to prepare for ACT or SAT writing tests or any writing assignment. I always encourage my students to proofread their assignmets and to ask somebody else to do it, sometimes the person who wrote the paper may not see some mistakes.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Public speaking skills are required in any work environment, but the real life school of public speaking is Toastmasters. I have been a member of Toastmasters since 2012. I learned a lot more skills with them than just public speaking. Public speaking is an art, and they made an artist from me. I teach at a college and oral presentations are part of the ESOL program. I also encourage my ESOL students to check out local Toastmasters clubs.
Grammar, Microsoft PowerPoint

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

The objective of the Mathematics Formative Assessment System is to understand student thinking so that teaching can be modified to improve student's achievement of mathematical learning goals related to the standards. Like most formative assessment, MFAS is a process and research suggests that well-designed and implemented formative assessment is an effective strategy for enhancing student learning. This system is available on CPALMS to all stakeholders in Florida, including teachers, parents and students, at no cost. I use different strategies to help students with test taking skills based on the grade level, such as flash cards for math vocabulary and definitions as well as for practice of multiplication. I follow Broward County Public School Curriculum as well as Florida State Formative Assessment System.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I substitute for Broward County Schools since 2010, mostly K-12 academic subjects. I utor for 5 years and always use customized methods to meet every student's individual needs. I find that most subject are connected to the ability of reading and comprehensive understanding, especially when it comes to science and social studies.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I am experienced in home schooling (3 years) where most of my students are signed up with Florida Virtual School.I help parents to sign up for home education and I coach in all academic subjects, organized students' assignments and assessments including Discussion Based Assesments (DBA), and supervised their assignmemts. I also help with required by the county annual evaluation. I used different study skills, checked their tests and assignments for errors and plagiarism. I teach different study skills and helped them prepare for the ACT and SAT test.
Reading,

Reading

Academic reading is different than everyday reading and it requires diverse approaches, depending on types of reading such as persuasive, narrative or cause of effect. I have been teaching it for over 5 years, and also at a college level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been tutoring for over 20 years and mentoring for 10 years in music and academic subjects. They require different set of study skills and they need to be personalized. Study skills should be based on individual abilities and learning style, and this can be find by taking a test about learning abilities. Knowing how you learn will help you to develop effective study skills faster. I find that consistency is the most important part in studing any subject, but especially in music as it requires development of muscle memory. My students have 90% success rate when taking ACT or SAT tests, or GED and GRE, if they practice preparations on a consistent basis and do their homework. I emphasize the importance of good study skills in every tutoring session. Part of it is following up with homework or extra exercises. Some examples of study skills is to use flash cards for vocabulary learning or multiplications, that you can create yourself, looking for reading examples to practice finding main ideas, also word problems require everyday practice. Working on specific areas that need improvement and focusing on specific problems can be the key to improve in a specific subject. Analyzing problems and finding solutions with practice help bring positive results. Flash cards are very useful and can be used in any situation. Also, finding patterns in reading and in math can help to understand it faster and can be applied across all subjects. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teaching English language can be applied to any other subject.
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

ACT English requires similar skills as SAT, knowing academic vocabulary and basic English grammar. Knowledge of academic vocabulary helps to understand the text faster, especially that some words may have more than one meaning, and knowing grammar helps to find the subject of the text quicker. Both of them can also help in writing better paragraphs.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

ACT reading requires specific academic vocabulary as well as basic grammar. This also helps with future test taking such as SAT or writing. Vocabulary can be practiced together with grammar and also included in writing. Knowing types of vocabularies for this test helps understanding the reading part much faster and aslo helps with different questions about the vocabularies words.
English,

English

The subject of English comes down to three skills, comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. At any level students need help with most of those components, and reading comprehension directly relates to vocabulary that includes spelling and grammar. I always try to use flashcards and teach all of three skills together. My students have excellent results on ACT, SAT and GRE test, but that also depends how much work they put themselves.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESOL to both young students and adults. I like concentrating on the academic aspect of learning English. not many teachers have the experience to be able to combine academic and English needs at the same time.
IELTS,

IELTS

IELTS test is similar to TOEFL, however it maybe used for employment purposes. Therefore it requires English reading comprehensions, writing and business speaking skills. Business vocabulary depends on the profession, and this is the main difference in this test. It id geared mostly for business professionals, and the reading and vocabulary has to be geared towards specific profession. I use different materials to concentrate on a business English.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I find this skills very useful for any subject that requires writing. The knowledge of punctuation and basic grammar is a must to be able to prepare for ACT or SAT writing tests or any writing assignment. I always encourage my students to proofread their assignmets and to ask somebody else to do it, sometimes the person who wrote the paper may not see some mistakes.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Public speaking skills are required in any work environment, but the real life school of public speaking is Toastmasters. I have been a member of Toastmasters since 2012. I learned a lot more skills with them than just public speaking. Public speaking is an art, and they made an artist from me. I teach at a college and oral presentations are part of the ESOL program. I also encourage my ESOL students to check out local Toastmasters clubs.
Reading,

Reading

Academic reading is different than everyday reading and it requires diverse approaches, depending on types of reading such as persuasive, narrative or cause of effect. I have been teaching it for over 5 years, and also at a college level.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

SAT Reading requires to know academic vocabulary, and English grammar. The vocabulary helps to understand the test quicker, and as many words can have more than one meaning, it helps to get the text comprehension faster. Both vocabulary and grammar helps also in SAT writing, and understanding the text in what tense it is written, as well as who or what is the subject.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Being an ESOL instructor I can help your international student with academic reading and writing which maybe totally different than it is in his country. Not every instructor has this type of experience.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I am teaching English to speakers of other languages for 4 years. I took a TOEFL sample test to know what my students should know and how to teach them effectively to pass this test. I prepared students to take TOEFL by implementing in all of my classes reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises as well as oral presentation. I have MA in TESOL and am teaching ESOL to a college level students.
Writing,

Writing

I love to work on essays and to make them good for academic format. I use APA and MLA styles. Creativity is very important here as well as good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. I also teach different types of paragraphs or essays to ensure consistency in format.
Grammar, Vocabulary

History

American History,

American History

Learning about American History requires organization and knowing how to use the cause and effect. A new vocabulary helps, mostly asking why certain events happened, and what caused them.
Music History,

Music History

I studied music history for 4 years in Poland and 2 years (4 terms) at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University.
Social Studies

Social Studies

I substitute for Broward County Schools since 2010, many times in Social Studies subjects. Social studies requires variety of knowledge and good research skills. It is important to to focus on the topic and look for the right sources that will give valid information.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra can be sometimes tricky with word problems, and requires creative thinking and use of different rules and graphs. I like get involved in these challenges and help students understand different approaches.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 requires a good knowledge of Algebra 1, and that includes multiplication table. I found that that sometimes I have to review with my students some topics from Algebra 1 before I can help them with Algebra 2 problems. The word problems are very logical, so the main problem is to get idea how the problems are being set up, and follow their pattern.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I substitute for Broward County Schools since 2010, mostly K-12 academic subjects. I utor for 5 years and always use customized methods to meet every student's individual needs. I find that most subject are connected to the ability of reading and comprehensive understanding, especially when it comes to science and social studies.
English,

English

The subject of English comes down to three skills, comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. At any level students need help with most of those components, and reading comprehension directly relates to vocabulary that includes spelling and grammar. I always try to use flashcards and teach all of three skills together. My students have excellent results on ACT, SAT and GRE test, but that also depends how much work they put themselves.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESOL to both young students and adults. I like concentrating on the academic aspect of learning English. not many teachers have the experience to be able to combine academic and English needs at the same time.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has a lot to do with Pythagorean Theorem and its triples. I usually like to work on real life examples as their applications work the best with my students. Multiplication table is very useful here especially when it come to squaring numbers and finding its square roots. Having basic knowledge of different formulas for areas and perimeters, types of angles and triangles is very important. I usually start with this basic knowledge and work with current problems and functions.
Piano,

Piano

I have played the piano for 30 years as part of my music education in Poland and BA in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra requires basic math skills as well as knowledge of multiplication table. The topics require word problems, and setting up numbers and this is where my students have most problems. if there are 3 variables and one is missing the set up is always the same, and they can follow a pattern.
Reading,

Reading

Academic reading is different than everyday reading and it requires diverse approaches, depending on types of reading such as persuasive, narrative or cause of effect. I have been teaching it for over 5 years, and also at a college level.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

SAT Reading requires to know academic vocabulary, and English grammar. The vocabulary helps to understand the test quicker, and as many words can have more than one meaning, it helps to get the text comprehension faster. Both vocabulary and grammar helps also in SAT writing, and understanding the text in what tense it is written, as well as who or what is the subject.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been tutoring for over 20 years and mentoring for 10 years in music and academic subjects. They require different set of study skills and they need to be personalized. Study skills should be based on individual abilities and learning style, and this can be find by taking a test about learning abilities. Knowing how you learn will help you to develop effective study skills faster. I find that consistency is the most important part in studing any subject, but especially in music as it requires development of muscle memory. My students have 90% success rate when taking ACT or SAT tests, or GED and GRE, if they practice preparations on a consistent basis and do their homework. I emphasize the importance of good study skills in every tutoring session. Part of it is following up with homework or extra exercises. Some examples of study skills is to use flash cards for vocabulary learning or multiplications, that you can create yourself, looking for reading examples to practice finding main ideas, also word problems require everyday practice. Working on specific areas that need improvement and focusing on specific problems can be the key to improve in a specific subject. Analyzing problems and finding solutions with practice help bring positive results. Flash cards are very useful and can be used in any situation. Also, finding patterns in reading and in math can help to understand it faster and can be applied across all subjects. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teaching English language can be applied to any other subject.
Writing,

Writing

I love to work on essays and to make them good for academic format. I use APA and MLA styles. Creativity is very important here as well as good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. I also teach different types of paragraphs or essays to ensure consistency in format.
SAT Math

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESOL to both young students and adults. I like concentrating on the academic aspect of learning English. not many teachers have the experience to be able to combine academic and English needs at the same time.
IELTS,

IELTS

IELTS test is similar to TOEFL, however it maybe used for employment purposes. Therefore it requires English reading comprehensions, writing and business speaking skills. Business vocabulary depends on the profession, and this is the main difference in this test. It id geared mostly for business professionals, and the reading and vocabulary has to be geared towards specific profession. I use different materials to concentrate on a business English.
Polish,

Polish

I was born in Poland. Polish is my first language. I am fluent in reading, writing and speaking. The Polish language has difficult pronunciation but its grammar is very similar to Spanish language. I have about 2 adult students that I work with to teach them this language.
TOEFL

TOEFL

I am teaching English to speakers of other languages for 4 years. I took a TOEFL sample test to know what my students should know and how to teach them effectively to pass this test. I prepared students to take TOEFL by implementing in all of my classes reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises as well as oral presentation. I have MA in TESOL and am teaching ESOL to a college level students.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra can be sometimes tricky with word problems, and requires creative thinking and use of different rules and graphs. I like get involved in these challenges and help students understand different approaches.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 requires a good knowledge of Algebra 1, and that includes multiplication table. I found that that sometimes I have to review with my students some topics from Algebra 1 before I can help them with Algebra 2 problems. The word problems are very logical, so the main problem is to get idea how the problems are being set up, and follow their pattern.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has a lot to do with Pythagorean Theorem and its triples. I usually like to work on real life examples as their applications work the best with my students. Multiplication table is very useful here especially when it come to squaring numbers and finding its square roots. Having basic knowledge of different formulas for areas and perimeters, types of angles and triangles is very important. I usually start with this basic knowledge and work with current problems and functions.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra requires basic math skills as well as knowledge of multiplication table. The topics require word problems, and setting up numbers and this is where my students have most problems. if there are 3 variables and one is missing the set up is always the same, and they can follow a pattern.
ACT Math, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra can be sometimes tricky with word problems, and requires creative thinking and use of different rules and graphs. I like get involved in these challenges and help students understand different approaches.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 requires a good knowledge of Algebra 1, and that includes multiplication table. I found that that sometimes I have to review with my students some topics from Algebra 1 before I can help them with Algebra 2 problems. The word problems are very logical, so the main problem is to get idea how the problems are being set up, and follow their pattern.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I substitute for Broward County Schools since 2010, mostly K-12 academic subjects. I utor for 5 years and always use customized methods to meet every student's individual needs. I find that most subject are connected to the ability of reading and comprehensive understanding, especially when it comes to science and social studies.
English,

English

The subject of English comes down to three skills, comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary. At any level students need help with most of those components, and reading comprehension directly relates to vocabulary that includes spelling and grammar. I always try to use flashcards and teach all of three skills together. My students have excellent results on ACT, SAT and GRE test, but that also depends how much work they put themselves.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESOL to both young students and adults. I like concentrating on the academic aspect of learning English. not many teachers have the experience to be able to combine academic and English needs at the same time.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has a lot to do with Pythagorean Theorem and its triples. I usually like to work on real life examples as their applications work the best with my students. Multiplication table is very useful here especially when it come to squaring numbers and finding its square roots. Having basic knowledge of different formulas for areas and perimeters, types of angles and triangles is very important. I usually start with this basic knowledge and work with current problems and functions.
Piano,

Piano

I have played the piano for 30 years as part of my music education in Poland and BA in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra requires basic math skills as well as knowledge of multiplication table. The topics require word problems, and setting up numbers and this is where my students have most problems. if there are 3 variables and one is missing the set up is always the same, and they can follow a pattern.
Reading,

Reading

Academic reading is different than everyday reading and it requires diverse approaches, depending on types of reading such as persuasive, narrative or cause of effect. I have been teaching it for over 5 years, and also at a college level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been tutoring for over 20 years and mentoring for 10 years in music and academic subjects. They require different set of study skills and they need to be personalized. Study skills should be based on individual abilities and learning style, and this can be find by taking a test about learning abilities. Knowing how you learn will help you to develop effective study skills faster. I find that consistency is the most important part in studing any subject, but especially in music as it requires development of muscle memory. My students have 90% success rate when taking ACT or SAT tests, or GED and GRE, if they practice preparations on a consistent basis and do their homework. I emphasize the importance of good study skills in every tutoring session. Part of it is following up with homework or extra exercises. Some examples of study skills is to use flash cards for vocabulary learning or multiplications, that you can create yourself, looking for reading examples to practice finding main ideas, also word problems require everyday practice. Working on specific areas that need improvement and focusing on specific problems can be the key to improve in a specific subject. Analyzing problems and finding solutions with practice help bring positive results. Flash cards are very useful and can be used in any situation. Also, finding patterns in reading and in math can help to understand it faster and can be applied across all subjects. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teaching English language can be applied to any other subject.
Writing

Writing

I love to work on essays and to make them good for academic format. I use APA and MLA styles. Creativity is very important here as well as good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. I also teach different types of paragraphs or essays to ensure consistency in format.

Music

Cello,

Cello

I have BA in Music Education. During my studies I had to learn to play all of the orchestral instruments. I also did independent cello study for 3 months as part of my violin/cello studies. I teach cello for 4 years to elementary and intermediate level students from 9 years old to adult.
Composition (Music),

Composition (Music)

I have BA in Music Education where I had to learn music theory as part of composition. I also have 4 years of music theory, form, analysis and harmony experience from Poland, where I finished music high school.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

Ear training was part of my music lessons. I had an ear training class in Poland for 12 years.
Flute,

Flute

I have been teaching flute for 4 years and playing for 6, as part of my BA in Music Education.
General Music,

General Music

I have been teaching music for 24 years as a private instructor, and studying it for 18 years as part of my music education in Poland. I also received a BA in Music Education.
Music History,

Music History

I studied music history for 4 years in Poland and 2 years (4 terms) at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University.
Piano,

Piano

I have played the piano for 30 years as part of my music education in Poland and BA in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University.
Sight Singing,

Sight Singing

I studied sight singing for 10 years in Poland and 4 years at Florida Atlantic University.
Songwriting,

Songwriting

Song writing skills are part of music theory that I teach in most music lessons for over 24 years. Song writing requires good knowledge of music theory and its relation to different music styles. Often time the melody is more important than the harmony. Good start is to find words that you like and try to to figure out a melody that will work with those words, and then add the harmony. Piano could be helpful in this process.
Violin,

Violin

I am a violinist for 38 years and perform professionally. Violin was my major instrument when I received a BA in Music Education.
Music Theory

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESOL to both young students and adults. I like concentrating on the academic aspect of learning English. not many teachers have the experience to be able to combine academic and English needs at the same time.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been tutoring for over 20 years and mentoring for 10 years in music and academic subjects. They require different set of study skills and they need to be personalized. Study skills should be based on individual abilities and learning style, and this can be find by taking a test about learning abilities. Knowing how you learn will help you to develop effective study skills faster. I find that consistency is the most important part in studing any subject, but especially in music as it requires development of muscle memory. My students have 90% success rate when taking ACT or SAT tests, or GED and GRE, if they practice preparations on a consistent basis and do their homework. I emphasize the importance of good study skills in every tutoring session. Part of it is following up with homework or extra exercises. Some examples of study skills is to use flash cards for vocabulary learning or multiplications, that you can create yourself, looking for reading examples to practice finding main ideas, also word problems require everyday practice. Working on specific areas that need improvement and focusing on specific problems can be the key to improve in a specific subject. Analyzing problems and finding solutions with practice help bring positive results. Flash cards are very useful and can be used in any situation. Also, finding patterns in reading and in math can help to understand it faster and can be applied across all subjects. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teaching English language can be applied to any other subject.

Science

Anatomy

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been tutoring for over 20 years and mentoring for 10 years in music and academic subjects. They require different set of study skills and they need to be personalized. Study skills should be based on individual abilities and learning style, and this can be find by taking a test about learning abilities. Knowing how you learn will help you to develop effective study skills faster. I find that consistency is the most important part in studing any subject, but especially in music as it requires development of muscle memory. My students have 90% success rate when taking ACT or SAT tests, or GED and GRE, if they practice preparations on a consistent basis and do their homework. I emphasize the importance of good study skills in every tutoring session. Part of it is following up with homework or extra exercises. Some examples of study skills is to use flash cards for vocabulary learning or multiplications, that you can create yourself, looking for reading examples to practice finding main ideas, also word problems require everyday practice. Working on specific areas that need improvement and focusing on specific problems can be the key to improve in a specific subject. Analyzing problems and finding solutions with practice help bring positive results. Flash cards are very useful and can be used in any situation. Also, finding patterns in reading and in math can help to understand it faster and can be applied across all subjects. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teaching English language can be applied to any other subject.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra can be sometimes tricky with word problems, and requires creative thinking and use of different rules and graphs. I like get involved in these challenges and help students understand different approaches.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 requires a good knowledge of Algebra 1, and that includes multiplication table. I found that that sometimes I have to review with my students some topics from Algebra 1 before I can help them with Algebra 2 problems. The word problems are very logical, so the main problem is to get idea how the problems are being set up, and follow their pattern.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I substitute for Broward County Schools since 2010, mostly K-12 academic subjects. I utor for 5 years and always use customized methods to meet every student's individual needs. I find that most subject are connected to the ability of reading and comprehensive understanding, especially when it comes to science and social studies.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I teach ESOL to both young students and adults. I like concentrating on the academic aspect of learning English. not many teachers have the experience to be able to combine academic and English needs at the same time.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry has a lot to do with Pythagorean Theorem and its triples. I usually like to work on real life examples as their applications work the best with my students. Multiplication table is very useful here especially when it come to squaring numbers and finding its square roots. Having basic knowledge of different formulas for areas and perimeters, types of angles and triangles is very important. I usually start with this basic knowledge and work with current problems and functions.
Piano,

Piano

I have played the piano for 30 years as part of my music education in Poland and BA in Music Education from Florida Atlantic University.
Reading,

Reading

Academic reading is different than everyday reading and it requires diverse approaches, depending on types of reading such as persuasive, narrative or cause of effect. I have been teaching it for over 5 years, and also at a college level.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been tutoring for over 20 years and mentoring for 10 years in music and academic subjects. They require different set of study skills and they need to be personalized. Study skills should be based on individual abilities and learning style, and this can be find by taking a test about learning abilities. Knowing how you learn will help you to develop effective study skills faster. I find that consistency is the most important part in studing any subject, but especially in music as it requires development of muscle memory. My students have 90% success rate when taking ACT or SAT tests, or GED and GRE, if they practice preparations on a consistent basis and do their homework. I emphasize the importance of good study skills in every tutoring session. Part of it is following up with homework or extra exercises. Some examples of study skills is to use flash cards for vocabulary learning or multiplications, that you can create yourself, looking for reading examples to practice finding main ideas, also word problems require everyday practice. Working on specific areas that need improvement and focusing on specific problems can be the key to improve in a specific subject. Analyzing problems and finding solutions with practice help bring positive results. Flash cards are very useful and can be used in any situation. Also, finding patterns in reading and in math can help to understand it faster and can be applied across all subjects. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teaching English language can be applied to any other subject.
Writing,

Writing

I love to work on essays and to make them good for academic format. I use APA and MLA styles. Creativity is very important here as well as good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. I also teach different types of paragraphs or essays to ensure consistency in format.
GED, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

ACT English requires similar skills as SAT, knowing academic vocabulary and basic English grammar. Knowledge of academic vocabulary helps to understand the text faster, especially that some words may have more than one meaning, and knowing grammar helps to find the subject of the text quicker. Both of them can also help in writing better paragraphs.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

ACT reading requires specific academic vocabulary as well as basic grammar. This also helps with future test taking such as SAT or writing. Vocabulary can be practiced together with grammar and also included in writing. Knowing types of vocabularies for this test helps understanding the reading part much faster and aslo helps with different questions about the vocabularies words.
CLAST,

CLAST

Before studying at Broward College I had to take the CLAST myself, and now I have been preparing students for this test for over 10 years. The main components are reading comprehension, writing and Math. This test's skills are similar to SAT test.
Common Core,

Common Core

The objective of the Mathematics Formative Assessment System is to understand student thinking so that teaching can be modified to improve student's achievement of mathematical learning goals related to the standards. Like most formative assessment, MFAS is a process and research suggests that well-designed and implemented formative assessment is an effective strategy for enhancing student learning. This system is available on CPALMS to all stakeholders in Florida, including teachers, parents and students, at no cost. I use different strategies to help students with test taking skills based on the grade level, such as flash cards for math vocabulary and definitions as well as for practice of multiplication. I follow Broward County Public School Curriculum as well as Florida State Formative Assessment System.
IELTS,

IELTS

IELTS test is similar to TOEFL, however it maybe used for employment purposes. Therefore it requires English reading comprehensions, writing and business speaking skills. Business vocabulary depends on the profession, and this is the main difference in this test. It id geared mostly for business professionals, and the reading and vocabulary has to be geared towards specific profession. I use different materials to concentrate on a business English.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

SAT Reading requires to know academic vocabulary, and English grammar. The vocabulary helps to understand the test quicker, and as many words can have more than one meaning, it helps to get the text comprehension faster. Both vocabulary and grammar helps also in SAT writing, and understanding the text in what tense it is written, as well as who or what is the subject.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Being an ESOL instructor I can help your international student with academic reading and writing which maybe totally different than it is in his country. Not every instructor has this type of experience.
SSAT,

SSAT

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is designed as an aptitude test to measure a student's ability in core subject areas independent of a student's school record. This test is similar to ACT test, and the teaching principles are similar as well. I use handouts for areas of problems, and make sure that any underlying areas are addressed as well.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

I am teaching English to speakers of other languages for 4 years. I took a TOEFL sample test to know what my students should know and how to teach them effectively to pass this test. I prepared students to take TOEFL by implementing in all of my classes reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises as well as oral presentation. I have MA in TESOL and am teaching ESOL to a college level students.
ACT Math, GED, GRE, SAT Math

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Patient and understanding teacher with lots of information to share with me.

Ms. Ilona taught me ways to remember the definition of words by putting them in sentences. She was very helpful and generous in giving me time to think about my responses and explained any mistakes. She was very patient and helpful throughout the whole lesson, and overall I thought that we had a great lesson,

Johnny, 4 lessons with Ilona
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I appreciate your understanding that it takes time to become good at reading comprehension. Each text requires a different approach but all of them should have notes about the main idea and how to connect to it on a personal level. This helps to understand any text fiction or non fiction. Thank you again.

Amazing Violin Tutor!!!

Having Mrs.Ilona as a violin tutor the first couple of sessions has been absolutely incredible. She had taught me the beginning concepts of this musical instrument and is continuing to help me grow as a violinist. I have learned the basic theory of music, tuning the violin, and I know there are countless amount of things for me to still learn. Tuning the violin can be extremely difficult as first for a beginner without visiting a local music store, however Mrs.IIona had gone through the tuning process carefully step by step to produce the right sound from each string. Mrs.IIona has great enthusiasm towards her learners and passion for the violin itself.

Suresh, 23 lessons with Ilona
Tutor responded:

What a nice surprise. I am glad that we both have fun with tje violin tunnin that cann be difficult not to break a string, but you have an awesome personality and perseverance to learn and keep trying until you get it right. This is an important skill to have and use it. Thank you again for your kind words. Ilona M

great tutor

That Ms.Ilona is always there when you need help and she helps you understand the reading and Math also and the stories that she sends are funny and she helps you find the Main idea in the reading.

Ligia, 23 lessons with Ilona

Patient and dedicate tutors

The tutor paid great attentions in the mistakes i made and went into detail to fix my mistakes from the smallest. She was extremely patient doing it and provide great youtube violin sources

Viet, 51 lessons with Ilona
Tutor responded:

Thank you Viet, you practice and persistence on getting better and your willingness to listen to my suggestions is paying off. You are getting really good at plying well on the violin. I hope that you keep practicing to get to the intermediate level.

Thorough and passionate about knowledge!!!

I have known Ilona for many years. She was my first violin instructor. I started out as an adult learner shortly after having my first child. At the time she came to my home. She was and is very patient and accommodating. She is everything I hoped for and expected in a teacher. She is very thorough in her teaching style and goes above and beyond by really trying to develop in her students a love for music. She strongly encourages students to step outside their comfort zone and play at recitals or out in public if possible. It is easy to see her love of knowledge as well as her passion for passing that knowledge on to her students. I no longer live close to Ilona and I'm so happy to be able to have lessons from her again via wyzant!

Violet, 4 lessons with Ilona
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Thank you Violet, I think you are my longest student and I appreciate this relationship. It means to me a lot to be able to celebrate my birthday with music. I hope that you keep the love for music for a long time and pass it to others.

Dependable and knowledgeable

Ilona has been a savior to our homeschooled 13-year-old son! He has difficulty in reading, writing and staying focused and on task. But, ever since she began working with him he has improved tremendously! After her initial evaluation, she made recommendations on books we could purchase and even provided some of her own. She then created a curriculum that allowed him to focus on the material he had fallen behind on then gradually added material for his grade level. Our son has been able to accomplish so much and will finally be at grade level by school year's end. We are so happy and blessed to have found Ilona - she is an integral part of our sons life!

Eileen, 59 lessons with Ilona
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Thank you, I like to work with David and help him overcome learning problems. He is a good student and the only help he needs is to stay on track and keep going.

Amazing Tutor

This tutor went out of her way to make sure my son was signed up for the correct class... she noticed a problem and took all the steps to get it corrected including facilitating a class change. She is patient and very detail oriented... she went way above and beyond my expectations and I would highly recommend her !!!!!!

Shelley, 3 lessons with Ilona
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Thank you for your kind words, I like solving problem when I can, and to be the solution and show positive example to my students. Joey helped me by listening to his teacher's suggestion and following with a call to his school's advisor. Perfect team work.

Thorough and Well Prepared Tutor

My daughter was very happy with the lesson. Even prior to the lesson Ilona had reached out to us to discuss my daughter's SAT struggles and recommended study materials to bring to the lesson. My daughter felt very comfortable with her. We will be scheduling another lesson.

Jose, 1 lesson with Ilona
Tutor responded:

I appreciate your feedback. I always try to do my best for my students and make them confident about what they are capable of doing with the right tools.

Knowledgeable and dedicated tutor.

Ilona is very passionate about the violin. She has pointed us towards great resources, such as books, and online music libraries. We like how she takes her time to teach my daughter specifically where she is every week. It looks like this will turn into a long term relationship for my daughter to learn to play professionally.

Alina, 3 lessons with Ilona
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