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Top 1% Tutor on Wyzant's platform (SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, GRE...)

Top 1% Tutor on Wyzant's platform (SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, GRE...)

$68/hour

  • 7,062 hours tutoring

About Mariana


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If you want to be tutored by a Top 1% tutor on Wyzant's platform, you're at the right place. As the CEO of this site informed me in an email, for 2019, my "exact percentile was 99.40%, out of a total of 17,575 active tutors" on Wyzant's platform, in the entire country. (Andrew Geant, Wyzant CEO)

I specialize in test preparation (SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, ISEE, GRE...) and editing of college/application/research/dissertation papers.

Based on my over 19 years of experience as a...

If you want to be tutored by a Top 1% tutor on Wyzant's platform, you're at the right place. As the CEO of this site informed me in an email, for 2019, my "exact percentile was 99.40%, out of a total of 17,575 active tutors" on Wyzant's platform, in the entire country. (Andrew Geant, Wyzant CEO)

I specialize in test preparation (SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, ISEE, GRE...) and editing of college/application/research/dissertation papers.

Based on my over 19 years of experience as a full-time tutor, I can tell that individual lessons give the best results. I have been tutoring through this site for eight years and have been keeping the highest ratings and the top tutor position through all this time. I specialize in test preparation and in proofreading/editing. The reading and learning strategies and the test-taking techniques that I teach make the huge difference and boost my students' scores.
We can discuss it all during the initial free meeting. Contact me for details, please.

I tutor ONLINE and IN-PERSON. I use the same materials and apply the same teaching techniques. The most important: all the reviews on my profile show that my students get the same results - most of the feedback written the last few years was kindly provided by my online students. If you are not familiar with online tutoring, I will gladly answer your questions. The site does not show all the feedback, but let me know if interested, and I will email the rest of them (total 130+).

I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed! No matter if it is a three-year-old (whom I managed to teach to read before his fourth birthday!) or an adult student who did not have any faith that she could pass her pre-employment test, everybody reached their or their parents' goals. Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals, and at this point I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I've been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 70+, so I know that organizational


Education

Technical University Varna
undergrad
Technical University Varna
Masters
UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS
Graduate Coursework

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  • Background check passed on 11/3/2016

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Art

Photography

Photography

Photography means "to write with light". I've always been fascinated by this art, and I took a photography class while I was in high school. Later, as a part of my additional major in Journalism, I took a Photo-Journalism class at the Technical University Varna.

Business

GRE

GRE

Preparing for the GRE test and feeling that you need professional guidance on the verbal reasoning and the analytical writing sections? I have been full-time tutoring English for over 18 years, so my experience and dedication will help you learn the right strategies and the test-taking techniques that will instill confidence in you.

Computer

Photography

Photography

Photography means "to write with light". I've always been fascinated by this art, and I took a photography class while I was in high school. Later, as a part of my additional major in Journalism, I took a Photo-Journalism class at the Technical University Varna.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 19 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia. I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language.
Grammar,

Grammar

Believe or not, learning grammar can be fun. I have been changing people's attitude towards grammar for over 18 years. My full-time tutoring has helped many become more confident in their grammar knowledge and succeed at their English tests. Having solid grammar skills is important in both professional and personal aspects.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years. I specialize in reading and writing test preparation, and also in editing and proofreading of college/application/research/dissertation papers. It doesn't matter if it is LA homework of a 3rd grader or a college assignment, I apply the same dedication and perfectionism that are typical for me. I will help you refine your writing, so you feel confident that minor errors won’t be in the way of your success. My extensive educational background and professional experience produce successful students. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism and am a published author. I am also the author of a stipend winning essay (in 2009).

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I can help students in K-6th grade who struggle academically. I have been full-time tutoring for over 19 years. I can assist kids in every subject, so they can improve their grades, their study skills, and also their organizational habits. This school level is the foundation for children's success and very often determines their self-confidence for many years to come. I am known for holding high expectations for all my students and for being very patient. I have the strong faith that with individual approach and the right teaching techniques every child can succeed!
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Math won't allow any gaps in children's knowledge. Students need to know the material for their grade level in order to be able to proceed to the higher one. That's why I pay special attention to the individual details and make sure that kids have mastered what we've been working on. It boosts their self-confidence and makes them eager to move on to new challenges. Children see that learning math can be fun! I know that students’ attitude towards math at this school level is extremely important to their academical future and I always go the extra mile to build up the necessary positive viewpoint.
Grammar,

Grammar

Believe or not, learning grammar can be fun. I have been changing people's attitude towards grammar for over 18 years. My full-time tutoring has helped many become more confident in their grammar knowledge and succeed at their English tests. Having solid grammar skills is important in both professional and personal aspects.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

In my career of over 16 years I have helped many students learn handwriting. No matter if it is a three-year old who is learning to write his first loops and lines, or an adult who is an ESL learner, I patiently explain, model and help everybody. Writing and reading go hand in hand and I have opened a literacy window in the lives of many. The first student I taught how to read and write was 7 year-old … when I was 9 year-old.
Phonics,

Phonics

The phonics teaching method enhances the ability to hear, distinguish, and operate with phonemes (the basic units of a language’s phenology). It assists the reader in sounding out written words and realizing how the sounds blend together in spelling patterns. In my work I use this method to help the student develop phonemic awareness of the special English phonemes. The fact that the letter names and the letter sounds are different in English makes reading challenging for both children and adults – far not only for ESL students. I have worked with elementary school students who are native English speakers, but struggle with reading, and if they don’t get help on time, later we see high school students who have troubles comprehending the material they read.
Reading,

Reading

Reading opens doors that bring us into new worlds. Regardless if it is a little child or an adult student, I help them learn to read with comprehension and intrigue them in reading, so they become lifetime readers. When tutoring reading with comprehension, I practice with my students to find the essence of each paragraph and then help them summarize the whole information we can get from the page/chapter. This way they learn how to study and it helps them become more successful in school; it also makes them understand and appreciate books better. My youngest student learned to read before his 4th birthday, and my own daughter could read and write by the age of five. I have opened a literacy window in the lives of many. The first student I taught how to read was seven years old...when I was nine years old.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years, and I know that study skills are as important as knowledge. In my practice, I always coach on daily routines, too, since learning is a process, not an occurrence. Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals and at this point, I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I have been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 70+, so am sensitive to the individual's organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits which vary from a person to another person. I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed!
Elementary Science, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I assess the students’ level of knowledge and plan accordingly to their needs. Knowing their areas of strengths and weaknesses allows me to help the most. I model how to look for the answer that makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, and is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage. I provide a plethora of exercises for my student, so he or she becomes proficient. There are special test taking techniques that I help the learners develop. I use lots of materials that have been proven to work over the years, and I also stay updated on the latest available tools. I am known for paying particular attention to details. Perfectionism is more my personal goal than my students’ expectations. At the same time, you may be surprised how fun working on grammar and vocabulary can be! My name is a great name to know when preparing for reading and writing tests.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I assess the students’ level of knowledge and plan accordingly to their needs. Knowing their areas of strengths and weaknesses allows me to help the most. I demonstrate how to critically read and analyze the passage we are working on, how to find what can be reasonably inferred from it and how to choose the best answer if more than one satisfies the question at hand. I provide a plethora of exercises for my student, so he or she becomes proficient. There are special test taking techniques that I help the learners develop. I use lots of materials that have been proven to work over the years, and I also stay updated on the latest available tools.
English,

English

For over 19 years I have been tutoring English. I work with K-12 students, college students, and with adults. I am patient, creative, and productive. In my career I have been tutoring both native speakers and foreigners. I enjoy helping people learn this beautiful language and master using it to their full potential. No matter if it is a little child learning to read, or a college student needing assistance with an assignment, I find the right approach, so our work together is prolific.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 19 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia. I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language.
Grammar,

Grammar

Believe or not, learning grammar can be fun. I have been changing people's attitude towards grammar for over 18 years. My full-time tutoring has helped many become more confident in their grammar knowledge and succeed at their English tests. Having solid grammar skills is important in both professional and personal aspects.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years. I specialize in reading and writing test preparation, and also in editing and proofreading of college/application/research/dissertation papers. It doesn't matter if it is LA homework of a 3rd grader or a college assignment, I apply the same dedication and perfectionism that are typical for me. I will help you refine your writing, so you feel confident that minor errors won’t be in the way of your success. My extensive educational background and professional experience produce successful students. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism and am a published author. I am also the author of a stipend winning essay (in 2009).
Reading,

Reading

Reading opens doors that bring us into new worlds. Regardless if it is a little child or an adult student, I help them learn to read with comprehension and intrigue them in reading, so they become lifetime readers. When tutoring reading with comprehension, I practice with my students to find the essence of each paragraph and then help them summarize the whole information we can get from the page/chapter. This way they learn how to study and it helps them become more successful in school; it also makes them understand and appreciate books better. My youngest student learned to read before his 4th birthday, and my own daughter could read and write by the age of five. I have opened a literacy window in the lives of many. The first student I taught how to read was seven years old...when I was nine years old.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

When I start guiding and helping you with your SAT preparation, I will model for you how to critically read the text, how to find what can be reasonably inferred from it and how to choose the correct answer. There are special reading strategies and test taking techniques which applied to the SAT reading passages will save test time and will instill confidence in you. I always provide a plethora of practice, so you will become proficient. I am known for paying particular attention to details. Perfectionism is more my personal goal than my students’ expectations. My name is a great name to know when preparing for reading and writing tests. Your SAT reading score WILL improve with my tutoring! All of my students have been successful!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I start by assessing the students’ level of knowledge; then I plan accordingly to their needs - I meet everybody at his/her level. During my writing workshop, I model for my students how to critically read the SAT writing prompt and how to brainstorm ideas in order to create a strong persuasive essay. I teach writing strategies, essay structure, grammar, punctuation, organization of the sentences, word choice, consideration of the audience, usage of reasons and examples, etc. Your SAT writing tests scores WILL improve with my tutoring. You will become more self-confident when expressing yourself in writing which is a great skill not only when taking tests, but in life in general.
TOEFL,

TOEFL

For over 18 years, I have been full-time tutoring English to both children and adults from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia... I have worked with individuals from various professional fields (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc...) who had built their careers in their countries and needed to pass the TOEFL test in order to do the same here. They also became more self-confident in their daily lives. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. I speak several languages and it helps me work with people of different cultures and all walks of life.
Writing,

Writing

My extensive educational background and professional experience of 19+ years produce successful students. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism and am a published author. I am also the author of a stipend winning essay (in 2009). I have prepared students for the standardized tests in different states - for both the reading and writing sections of the tests. I help my students develop a way with words. Your writing skills WILL improve with my help. Being able to express feelings and opinions in writing is an important skill in all prospects of life, and especially if you are preparing for a test. I specialize in reading/writing test preparation - SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, GED, GRE, etc. - and also in proofreading and editing of college/application/research/dissertation papers.
Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra may intimidate both adolescents and adults; many may struggle to a point of feeling like closing down to math in general. I have seen the need to rebuild/reshape, restructure and assist in creating successful long-term learners with efficacy and solid retention of skill sets. I have also seen people who profoundly changed their view towards math after being tutored by me.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I can help students in K-6th grade who struggle academically. I have been full-time tutoring for over 19 years. I can assist kids in every subject, so they can improve their grades, their study skills, and also their organizational habits. This school level is the foundation for children's success and very often determines their self-confidence for many years to come. I am known for holding high expectations for all my students and for being very patient. I have the strong faith that with individual approach and the right teaching techniques every child can succeed!
English,

English

For over 19 years I have been tutoring English. I work with K-12 students, college students, and with adults. I am patient, creative, and productive. In my career I have been tutoring both native speakers and foreigners. I enjoy helping people learn this beautiful language and master using it to their full potential. No matter if it is a little child learning to read, or a college student needing assistance with an assignment, I find the right approach, so our work together is prolific.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 19 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia. I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

In my career of over 16 years I have helped many students learn handwriting. No matter if it is a three-year old who is learning to write his first loops and lines, or an adult who is an ESL learner, I patiently explain, model and help everybody. Writing and reading go hand in hand and I have opened a literacy window in the lives of many. The first student I taught how to read and write was 7 year-old … when I was 9 year-old.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the fundamental part of math that lays the basis for a strong understanding of the next academical level. It is a very delicate moment when children take their first steps into more in-depth math, and this time must be used wisely in order to insure success. I have been supporting students through their mathematical journeys for over 16 years and have brought forth tremendous growth in both skills and attitude.
Reading,

Reading

Reading opens doors that bring us into new worlds. Regardless if it is a little child or an adult student, I help them learn to read with comprehension and intrigue them in reading, so they become lifetime readers. When tutoring reading with comprehension, I practice with my students to find the essence of each paragraph and then help them summarize the whole information we can get from the page/chapter. This way they learn how to study and it helps them become more successful in school; it also makes them understand and appreciate books better. My youngest student learned to read before his 4th birthday, and my own daughter could read and write by the age of five. I have opened a literacy window in the lives of many. The first student I taught how to read was seven years old...when I was nine years old.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

When I start guiding and helping you with your SAT preparation, I will model for you how to critically read the text, how to find what can be reasonably inferred from it and how to choose the correct answer. There are special reading strategies and test taking techniques which applied to the SAT reading passages will save test time and will instill confidence in you. I always provide a plethora of practice, so you will become proficient. I am known for paying particular attention to details. Perfectionism is more my personal goal than my students’ expectations. My name is a great name to know when preparing for reading and writing tests. Your SAT reading score WILL improve with my tutoring! All of my students have been successful!
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years, and I know that study skills are as important as knowledge. In my practice, I always coach on daily routines, too, since learning is a process, not an occurrence. Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals and at this point, I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I have been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 70+, so am sensitive to the individual's organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits which vary from a person to another person. I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed!
Writing

Writing

My extensive educational background and professional experience of 19+ years produce successful students. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism and am a published author. I am also the author of a stipend winning essay (in 2009). I have prepared students for the standardized tests in different states - for both the reading and writing sections of the tests. I help my students develop a way with words. Your writing skills WILL improve with my help. Being able to express feelings and opinions in writing is an important skill in all prospects of life, and especially if you are preparing for a test. I specialize in reading/writing test preparation - SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, GED, GRE, etc. - and also in proofreading and editing of college/application/research/dissertation papers.

Language

Bulgarian,

Bulgarian

Bulgarian is my native language. I am a published poet, and I also have a master’s degree in journalism. I have worked for Varna Express newspaper and for the nationwide Radio Varna. I tutored Bulgarian to peace corps individuals for several years. I also tutor people who are just interested in Bulgarian - some of them, because they appreciate this ancient language, and some because they've been dancing Bulgarian Folk dances for decades and want to understand the lyrics of the songs they love to perform. Some couples even visited Bulgaria for their honeymoon, and it is so touching for me to help them share their memories about it in Bulgarian. I’d love to tutor Bulgarian to you. Every language gives us a bit more different perception and expands our horizons. There is a saying that I write on the first page of each new language student: "One lives as many lives as many languages one speaks."
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 19 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia. I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language.
TOEFL

TOEFL

For over 18 years, I have been full-time tutoring English to both children and adults from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia... I have worked with individuals from various professional fields (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc...) who had built their careers in their countries and needed to pass the TOEFL test in order to do the same here. They also became more self-confident in their daily lives. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. I speak several languages and it helps me work with people of different cultures and all walks of life.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra may intimidate both adolescents and adults; many may struggle to a point of feeling like closing down to math in general. I have seen the need to rebuild/reshape, restructure and assist in creating successful long-term learners with efficacy and solid retention of skill sets. I have also seen people who profoundly changed their view towards math after being tutored by me.
Prealgebra

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the fundamental part of math that lays the basis for a strong understanding of the next academical level. It is a very delicate moment when children take their first steps into more in-depth math, and this time must be used wisely in order to insure success. I have been supporting students through their mathematical journeys for over 16 years and have brought forth tremendous growth in both skills and attitude.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra may intimidate both adolescents and adults; many may struggle to a point of feeling like closing down to math in general. I have seen the need to rebuild/reshape, restructure and assist in creating successful long-term learners with efficacy and solid retention of skill sets. I have also seen people who profoundly changed their view towards math after being tutored by me.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I can help students in K-6th grade who struggle academically. I have been full-time tutoring for over 19 years. I can assist kids in every subject, so they can improve their grades, their study skills, and also their organizational habits. This school level is the foundation for children's success and very often determines their self-confidence for many years to come. I am known for holding high expectations for all my students and for being very patient. I have the strong faith that with individual approach and the right teaching techniques every child can succeed!
English,

English

For over 19 years I have been tutoring English. I work with K-12 students, college students, and with adults. I am patient, creative, and productive. In my career I have been tutoring both native speakers and foreigners. I enjoy helping people learn this beautiful language and master using it to their full potential. No matter if it is a little child learning to read, or a college student needing assistance with an assignment, I find the right approach, so our work together is prolific.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 19 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia. I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is the fundamental part of math that lays the basis for a strong understanding of the next academical level. It is a very delicate moment when children take their first steps into more in-depth math, and this time must be used wisely in order to insure success. I have been supporting students through their mathematical journeys for over 16 years and have brought forth tremendous growth in both skills and attitude.
Reading,

Reading

Reading opens doors that bring us into new worlds. Regardless if it is a little child or an adult student, I help them learn to read with comprehension and intrigue them in reading, so they become lifetime readers. When tutoring reading with comprehension, I practice with my students to find the essence of each paragraph and then help them summarize the whole information we can get from the page/chapter. This way they learn how to study and it helps them become more successful in school; it also makes them understand and appreciate books better. My youngest student learned to read before his 4th birthday, and my own daughter could read and write by the age of five. I have opened a literacy window in the lives of many. The first student I taught how to read was seven years old...when I was nine years old.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years, and I know that study skills are as important as knowledge. In my practice, I always coach on daily routines, too, since learning is a process, not an occurrence. Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals and at this point, I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I have been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 70+, so am sensitive to the individual's organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits which vary from a person to another person. I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed!
Writing

Writing

My extensive educational background and professional experience of 19+ years produce successful students. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism and am a published author. I am also the author of a stipend winning essay (in 2009). I have prepared students for the standardized tests in different states - for both the reading and writing sections of the tests. I help my students develop a way with words. Your writing skills WILL improve with my help. Being able to express feelings and opinions in writing is an important skill in all prospects of life, and especially if you are preparing for a test. I specialize in reading/writing test preparation - SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, GED, GRE, etc. - and also in proofreading and editing of college/application/research/dissertation papers.

Other

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 19 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia. I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years, and I know that study skills are as important as knowledge. In my practice, I always coach on daily routines, too, since learning is a process, not an occurrence. Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals and at this point, I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I have been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 70+, so am sensitive to the individual's organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits which vary from a person to another person. I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed!

Science

Ecology

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I've had students with ADD/ADHD, and I know they require special attention and patience. I truly believe that everybody can succeed, and I am known for holding high expectations for all my students. I am dedicated to what I do and never lose faith. Both children and adults who have been tutored by me have seen improvement in their academic skills.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

In my practice I have worked with both children and adults who have dyslexia. My experience has helped me develop techniques and tools that assist dyslexic students in the way they process written information. I use materials based on Orton-Gillingham principles, and I apply multi-sensory activities in my lessons. I plan individually because every student has a different learning style. I focus on working with syllables and morphemes. I have the faith that everybody can learn and I am known for my genuine motivational feedback that empowers my students. I know that each and every one of my students can enjoy the freedom and power that literacy gives, and I do my best to help them become literate.
Phonics,

Phonics

The phonics teaching method enhances the ability to hear, distinguish, and operate with phonemes (the basic units of a language’s phenology). It assists the reader in sounding out written words and realizing how the sounds blend together in spelling patterns. In my work I use this method to help the student develop phonemic awareness of the special English phonemes. The fact that the letter names and the letter sounds are different in English makes reading challenging for both children and adults – far not only for ESL students. I have worked with elementary school students who are native English speakers, but struggle with reading, and if they don’t get help on time, later we see high school students who have troubles comprehending the material they read.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years, and I know that study skills are as important as knowledge. In my practice, I always coach on daily routines, too, since learning is a process, not an occurrence. Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals and at this point, I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I have been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 70+, so am sensitive to the individual's organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits which vary from a person to another person. I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed!

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra may intimidate both adolescents and adults; many may struggle to a point of feeling like closing down to math in general. I have seen the need to rebuild/reshape, restructure and assist in creating successful long-term learners with efficacy and solid retention of skill sets. I have also seen people who profoundly changed their view towards math after being tutored by me.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I can help students in K-6th grade who struggle academically. I have been full-time tutoring for over 19 years. I can assist kids in every subject, so they can improve their grades, their study skills, and also their organizational habits. This school level is the foundation for children's success and very often determines their self-confidence for many years to come. I am known for holding high expectations for all my students and for being very patient. I have the strong faith that with individual approach and the right teaching techniques every child can succeed!
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

In my practice of over 19 years, I have been working with many ESL students - both children and adults. I have been tutoring English to people from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia. I have helped them with reading, writing and speaking, so kids can have better grades at school and adults can find better jobs. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. Being a native Bulgarian speaker, I personally know the challenges on the way of learning a foreign language.
GED,

GED

I applaud everybody who is willing to redirect his/her life! I support my students to have a bright future by empowering them to be independent, successful long-term learners and take control of their future pool of choices rather than be limited, stuck, and unfulfilled in careers because they have low self-esteem. Knowledge is power, and I absolutely love helping my students earn it!
Reading,

Reading

Reading opens doors that bring us into new worlds. Regardless if it is a little child or an adult student, I help them learn to read with comprehension and intrigue them in reading, so they become lifetime readers. When tutoring reading with comprehension, I practice with my students to find the essence of each paragraph and then help them summarize the whole information we can get from the page/chapter. This way they learn how to study and it helps them become more successful in school; it also makes them understand and appreciate books better. My youngest student learned to read before his 4th birthday, and my own daughter could read and write by the age of five. I have opened a literacy window in the lives of many. The first student I taught how to read was seven years old...when I was nine years old.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I have been full-time tutoring for over 18 years, and I know that study skills are as important as knowledge. In my practice, I always coach on daily routines, too, since learning is a process, not an occurrence. Together with the student, we map out the way to achieve our goals and at this point, I take an individual approach with everyone. So far, I have been working with students of ages ranging from 3 to 70+, so am sensitive to the individual's organizational skills, comprehending, learning speed, and simply habits which vary from a person to another person. I don't promise miracles, I just make them. My students always succeed!
Writing

Writing

My extensive educational background and professional experience of 19+ years produce successful students. I have a Master’s degree in Journalism and am a published author. I am also the author of a stipend winning essay (in 2009). I have prepared students for the standardized tests in different states - for both the reading and writing sections of the tests. I help my students develop a way with words. Your writing skills WILL improve with my help. Being able to express feelings and opinions in writing is an important skill in all prospects of life, and especially if you are preparing for a test. I specialize in reading/writing test preparation - SAT, ACT, PRAXIS, SSAT, GED, GRE, etc. - and also in proofreading and editing of college/application/research/dissertation papers.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I assess the students’ level of knowledge and plan accordingly to their needs. Knowing their areas of strengths and weaknesses allows me to help the most. I model how to look for the answer that makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, and is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage. I provide a plethora of exercises for my student, so he or she becomes proficient. There are special test taking techniques that I help the learners develop. I use lots of materials that have been proven to work over the years, and I also stay updated on the latest available tools. I am known for paying particular attention to details. Perfectionism is more my personal goal than my students’ expectations. At the same time, you may be surprised how fun working on grammar and vocabulary can be! My name is a great name to know when preparing for reading and writing tests.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I assess the students’ level of knowledge and plan accordingly to their needs. Knowing their areas of strengths and weaknesses allows me to help the most. I demonstrate how to critically read and analyze the passage we are working on, how to find what can be reasonably inferred from it and how to choose the best answer if more than one satisfies the question at hand. I provide a plethora of exercises for my student, so he or she becomes proficient. There are special test taking techniques that I help the learners develop. I use lots of materials that have been proven to work over the years, and I also stay updated on the latest available tools.
GED,

GED

I applaud everybody who is willing to redirect his/her life! I support my students to have a bright future by empowering them to be independent, successful long-term learners and take control of their future pool of choices rather than be limited, stuck, and unfulfilled in careers because they have low self-esteem. Knowledge is power, and I absolutely love helping my students earn it!
GRE,

GRE

Preparing for the GRE test and feeling that you need professional guidance on the verbal reasoning and the analytical writing sections? I have been full-time tutoring English for over 18 years, so my experience and dedication will help you learn the right strategies and the test-taking techniques that will instill confidence in you.
ISEE,

ISEE

I apply my 18+ years of experience in full-time tutoring English when I help my students tackle the writing and reading sections of the ISEE test. The effective reading and writing strategies and the test-taking techniques that I tutor produce successful students. You will see that the pressing test time will feel less stressful with my guidance and assistance.
Praxis,

Praxis

I have helped my students pass their PRAXIS 5001, PRAXIS 5002, PRAXIS, 5003, PRAXIS 5004, PRAXIS 5005, PRAXIS 5203, PRAXIS 5622, PRAXIS 5018, PRAXIS 5019, PRAXIS 5722, PRAXIS 5435, PRAXIS 5712, PRAXIS 5732, PRAXIS 5751, PRAXIS 5047, etc. I have helped many, many teachers get certified after passing both PRAXIS I and II with my guidance and assistance. I myself passed all PRAXIS tests I needed to take - from the first time. For over 18 years working as a full-time English tutor, I've prepared many students for tests in versatile fields but my favorite test to work with is PRAXIS. I find it very rewarding to receive a text from a teacher-to-be saying, "I PASSED! After a year trying and failing, you helped me pass. Thank you for inspiring me to be a great teacher like you!"
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

When I start guiding and helping you with your SAT preparation, I will model for you how to critically read the text, how to find what can be reasonably inferred from it and how to choose the correct answer. There are special reading strategies and test taking techniques which applied to the SAT reading passages will save test time and will instill confidence in you. I always provide a plethora of practice, so you will become proficient. I am known for paying particular attention to details. Perfectionism is more my personal goal than my students’ expectations. My name is a great name to know when preparing for reading and writing tests. Your SAT reading score WILL improve with my tutoring! All of my students have been successful!
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I start by assessing the students’ level of knowledge; then I plan accordingly to their needs - I meet everybody at his/her level. During my writing workshop, I model for my students how to critically read the SAT writing prompt and how to brainstorm ideas in order to create a strong persuasive essay. I teach writing strategies, essay structure, grammar, punctuation, organization of the sentences, word choice, consideration of the audience, usage of reasons and examples, etc. Your SAT writing tests scores WILL improve with my tutoring. You will become more self-confident when expressing yourself in writing which is a great skill not only when taking tests, but in life in general.
SSAT,

SSAT

SSAT is a demanding test formatted quite differently from the school tests and, thus, it challenges even straight-A students. Yet, my students feel comfortable with the SSAT because I prepare them to succeed. Some of my SSAT students get accepted in ALL THE SCHOOLS they apply. A PLETHORA of test materials and my 19+ years of experience in full-time tutoring is what boosts my students' SSAT scores. The effective strategies and the test-taking techniques that I tutor produce successful students. Yes, 96-97 percentile IS achievable. Please, contact me to see how.
TOEFL

TOEFL

For over 18 years, I have been full-time tutoring English to both children and adults from many different countries: China, Indonesia, India, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Colombia... I have worked with individuals from various professional fields (doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc...) who had built their careers in their countries and needed to pass the TOEFL test in order to do the same here. They also became more self-confident in their daily lives. I apply educational techniques that are designated specifically for ESL learners and help them become successful. I speak several languages and it helps me work with people of different cultures and all walks of life.

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Great lesson

These past two lessons I had were wonderful and I learned a lot. We went over reading strategies that can be applied to the other sections of the Praxis test. We spoke in-depth and did guided practice during our lessons together to practice the reading strategies. I am looking forward to our future lessons.

Drew, 12 lessons with Mariana

Great coach

I loved how she listened to my personal needs and asked me the right questions. She is determined and patient. I think thats very important trait for coaches to have.

SANJA, 3 lessons with Mariana

KNOWLEGEABLE

She taught me different strategies to find the meaning of unknown words by using prefixes and suffixes. She taught me to use prior knowledge to find information I don't know.

Tasha, 4 lessons with Mariana

Extremely capable tutor with great attitude and patience

Mariana is a great tutor that helps student to enhance their knowledge in a short period of time. I think the main reason is because she is experienced and also her great patience to students. She pays attention to every single detail which is amazing.

Eunice, 8 lessons with Mariana

Very Experienced

My daughter has had 2 lessons with Marinana so far. She's very experienced and organized, and knows how to guide the student. My daughter is looking forward to her lessons this week.

Meg, 7 lessons with Mariana

cares about kids and quality of the work.

Very glad to see how Mariana started helping my daughter with writing. Just with couple of sessions I see improvement in my daughters writing.

Karunya, 23 lessons with Mariana

Wonderful Praxis Tutor

Mariana has been working with my daughter for a little over a month to prepare and take 2 different Praxis' test (one with 4 subject matter parts). Our state changed the tests and testing requirements three months ago and there is only one study test available. We are working with Mariana through Skype and different time zones and it has worked well (Our first time using a tutor via the computer). Mariana truly cares about her students! I would highly recommend her.

Liz, 16 lessons with Mariana

Mariana is amazing

She is really great with my girls. She gives them good direction and homework. She sends reminders to make it easy for us as well. And I love that she researches our State's requirements.

Meagen, 6 lessons with Mariana

Patient Tutor and Knowledgeable

Ms. Mariana has taught me reading strategies in preparation for the Praxis Core Reading Test. She is very knowledgeable, well-rounded, and is willing to backup and reevaluate where I may have missed the mark the first time in my practice of interpreting the answer to questions.

Malik, 4 lessons with Mariana
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