Ilona M.

Pompano Beach, FL


Learning is life's adventure.

400+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/29/17
4.4 average from 123 ratings
Excellent and patient tutor
— Gina, Pompano Beach, FL on 2/24/17


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Florida Atlantic University
Music Education
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University


Florida Atlantic University (Music Education)

Florida Atlantic University (MEd)

Florida Atlantic University (Master's)

About Ilona

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.
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. This helps to move forward, 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. To get the best results from teaching 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 intelligences, 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.
I make sure that my students are clear about the next steps from one session to the next. I teach my students how to be organized with their learning and how to prepare and use their study skills effectively or teach them how to use different tools, such as flash cards, for better results. I believe in consistency and a good and positive learning attitude.
I am always available to provided the assistance that my students may need or connect them with additional resources. My commitment is to treat my students with respect and a smile.
Sometimes positive attitude is everything, and I include that skill in every session. Once the barrier of unknown is broken and students are open to new possibilities "sky is the limit". I always try to explain this to all of my students, and that one element often brings the best results in my teaching.
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.
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
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The cancellation fee is your hourly rate, and the amount is based on your scheduled time. It is applied any time within 24 hours period from the scheduled tutoring. The music lessons start at $45/hr.

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Travels within 25 miles of Pompano Beach, FL 33069
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"Excellent and patient tutor"

- Gina, Pompano Beach, FL on 2/24/17
Ilona replied on 2/28/2017

Thank you so much, I really appreciate your feedback and looking forward to help you with your other classes.

"A very skilled and knowledgeable tutor."

- Blaikie, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 12/9/17

"Knowledgeable, Talented and Capable Teacher"

- Prashant, Pompano Beach, FL on 10/16/17
Ilona replied on 12/4/2017

thank you, I always try my best, and trying at balancing lessons so learning is interesting and fun.

"Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Nadine, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 3/21/17

"great tutor"

- Sheryl, Pompano Beach, FL on 12/21/16
Ilona replied on 12/22/2016

Thank you, I will make sure that Jaden is successful in math.

"Good Lesson"

- Soroya, Pompano Beach, FL on 7/29/16

"Very patient and knowledgeable"

- Cynthia, Pompano Beach, FL on 12/13/15

"Useful first lesson"

- Keila, Boca Raton, FL on 11/13/15
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Common Core, Discrete Math, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, GED, Geometry,
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Elementary Science, Physics, Praxis, PSAT
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading,
ACT Science, CLAST,
Common Core, GED, GRE, IELTS,
LSAT, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
General Computer, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
American History,
European History, Geography, Music History,
Social Studies,
World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Homeschool,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
GRE, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking,

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.


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.


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.

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

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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


I have been working with a Russian student who was a tennis player and was enrolled in Florida Virtual School as a homeschool student. I was coaching her in all academic subjects, organized her studies, and supervised her assignments for 2 years. I used different study skills, checked her tests and assignments for errors and plagiarism. I taught her different study skills and helped her prepare for the ACT test.


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.

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

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 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.

Music History

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


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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 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

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.

Sight Singing

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

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.


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.


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.

Study Skills

I Have been tutoring for over 15 years and mentoring for 5 years. Music and academic subjects require different study skills and they have to be personalized. Study skills should be based on individual learning style, and this can be find by taking a test about learning abilities. Knowing how you learn will help you to develop study skills. I find that consistency is the most important part in studding 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 of my tutoring sessions. Part of it 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. 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 to apply it better across all subjects. Having MA in TESOL helped me understand that most of the skills used to teach English language, and that many if these skills can be applied to any other subject.


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.


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


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.

Florida Atlantic University
Music Education
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University


Florida Atlantic University (Music Education)

Florida Atlantic University (MEd)

Florida Atlantic University (Master's)

Excellent and patient tutor

I have had more than five lessons with Ilona and I knew from the first lesson she was the perfect tutor for me. She is very patient and kind. She is also very proficient and detailed. She gives you guidelines and we both tackle the assignments together. I follow her guidelines and it makes learning so much easier. I plan to have her as a tutor for other upcoming college classes. She is the only tu

— Gina, Pompano Beach, FL on 2/24/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

The cancellation fee is your hourly rate, and the amount is based on your scheduled time. It is applied any time within 24 hours period from the scheduled tutoring. The music lessons start at $45/hr.

Travel policy

Ilona will travel within 25 miles of Pompano Beach, FL 33069.