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Alina K.

Teaching Students to Teach Themselves

Teaching Students to Teach Themselves

$60/hour

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About Alina


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I have more than 20 years of tutoring and teaching experience. Cultural and demographic diversity of my clients helped me develop teaching styles suitable to very diverse needs of my students. I tutor both, children and adults. My main focus is in Test Preparation, Mathematics, and Statistics. However, I also worked with students studying Russian, Piano, also beginning Economics and Accounting.

Most of the problems that my students have, result from a failure to install in them the thinking...

I have more than 20 years of tutoring and teaching experience. Cultural and demographic diversity of my clients helped me develop teaching styles suitable to very diverse needs of my students. I tutor both, children and adults. My main focus is in Test Preparation, Mathematics, and Statistics. However, I also worked with students studying Russian, Piano, also beginning Economics and Accounting.

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

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


Education

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Mathematics

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
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  • Background check passed on 12/22/2012

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Subjects

Business

GRE

Corporate Training

Russian

Russian

Born and raised in Russia, I had some of the best Russian Language and literature teaches, a student may wish for. I was often selected for literary competitions and won high prizes. When I came to US, I was teaching Russian individual students as part of our family company Russian Language Tours. I also worked as a Russian tutor for Pacific Language Institute. Most of my Russian students were military taking Russian classes.

English

SAT Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I tutored and taught Algebra in Hawaii for a number of years. I worked with both: middle schoolers and college students. Algebra 1 is a transition from working with numbers to applying abstract mathematical concepts. Many students begin to have problems in pre-algebra. In my experience, those who do, have many gaps from previous years. My job is to fill in those gaps, while building their understanding of the current material. The goal is to get students to make connections between numerical operations and application of that to abstract concepts.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 was one of the subjects I taught working in the high school system in Hawaii. I know the pains that many students had to go through making a challenging transition from dealing with numbers to more abstract mathematical concepts. Unfortunately, the school system is set up in such a manner that teachers do not always have the time to explain why mathematics works the way it does and many students get lost and confused. This is the main reason why math is one of the most disliked subjects for some. As a tutor I have developed many specific techniques to help my students to better understand why and how these abstract concepts work in the world of mathematics. I use examples that are easy to remember and apply. I use hands-on visual helpers. I also have many interesting books at home that talk about the history of some of those concepts. I strive to make mathematics come to life for my students, so they can see and understand not only how to solve one particular problem, but also how to see a much bigger picture for how math works in the world.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a B.S. in Mathematics form University of Hawaii and Manoa. I have tutored Calculus for many years. My first job, while still a student at UH was to tutor college students in the math lab, where I always had crowds of people coming for assistance with their assignments.
Geometry,

Geometry

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

Prealgebra

I have tutored and taught middle school math in public schools. I managed to raise my students standardized scores for 7th and 8th grade math in just one semester by 50% in one of the schools, where I taught long term.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught and tutored Precalculus for many years. In my experience, many students, who struggle with this subject lack a strong Algebra foundation. Let me help you fill in the gaps, so you confidently can take on greater challenges in Math.
SAT Math

SAT Math

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

Language

Russian

Russian

Born and raised in Russia, I had some of the best Russian Language and literature teaches, a student may wish for. I was often selected for literary competitions and won high prizes. When I came to US, I was teaching Russian individual students as part of our family company Russian Language Tours. I also worked as a Russian tutor for Pacific Language Institute. Most of my Russian students were military taking Russian classes.

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I tutored and taught Algebra in Hawaii for a number of years. I worked with both: middle schoolers and college students. Algebra 1 is a transition from working with numbers to applying abstract mathematical concepts. Many students begin to have problems in pre-algebra. In my experience, those who do, have many gaps from previous years. My job is to fill in those gaps, while building their understanding of the current material. The goal is to get students to make connections between numerical operations and application of that to abstract concepts.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 was one of the subjects I taught working in the high school system in Hawaii. I know the pains that many students had to go through making a challenging transition from dealing with numbers to more abstract mathematical concepts. Unfortunately, the school system is set up in such a manner that teachers do not always have the time to explain why mathematics works the way it does and many students get lost and confused. This is the main reason why math is one of the most disliked subjects for some. As a tutor I have developed many specific techniques to help my students to better understand why and how these abstract concepts work in the world of mathematics. I use examples that are easy to remember and apply. I use hands-on visual helpers. I also have many interesting books at home that talk about the history of some of those concepts. I strive to make mathematics come to life for my students, so they can see and understand not only how to solve one particular problem, but also how to see a much bigger picture for how math works in the world.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a B.S. in Mathematics form University of Hawaii and Manoa. I have tutored Calculus for many years. My first job, while still a student at UH was to tutor college students in the math lab, where I always had crowds of people coming for assistance with their assignments.
Geometry,

Geometry

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

Prealgebra

I have tutored and taught middle school math in public schools. I managed to raise my students standardized scores for 7th and 8th grade math in just one semester by 50% in one of the schools, where I taught long term.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

I have taught and tutored Precalculus for many years. In my experience, many students, who struggle with this subject lack a strong Algebra foundation. Let me help you fill in the gaps, so you confidently can take on greater challenges in Math.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

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

Trigonometry

Trig was one of my favorite subjects at school. Now it is one of my favorite subjects to teach. During my teaching carer, I have developed a number of techniques to help my students grasp trigonometric functions and their wonderful properties better and easier. Let me help you make sense of Trigonometry and may be even have some fun during the process.
ACT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I tutored and taught Algebra in Hawaii for a number of years. I worked with both: middle schoolers and college students. Algebra 1 is a transition from working with numbers to applying abstract mathematical concepts. Many students begin to have problems in pre-algebra. In my experience, those who do, have many gaps from previous years. My job is to fill in those gaps, while building their understanding of the current material. The goal is to get students to make connections between numerical operations and application of that to abstract concepts.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 was one of the subjects I taught working in the high school system in Hawaii. I know the pains that many students had to go through making a challenging transition from dealing with numbers to more abstract mathematical concepts. Unfortunately, the school system is set up in such a manner that teachers do not always have the time to explain why mathematics works the way it does and many students get lost and confused. This is the main reason why math is one of the most disliked subjects for some. As a tutor I have developed many specific techniques to help my students to better understand why and how these abstract concepts work in the world of mathematics. I use examples that are easy to remember and apply. I use hands-on visual helpers. I also have many interesting books at home that talk about the history of some of those concepts. I strive to make mathematics come to life for my students, so they can see and understand not only how to solve one particular problem, but also how to see a much bigger picture for how math works in the world.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a B.S. in Mathematics form University of Hawaii and Manoa. I have tutored Calculus for many years. My first job, while still a student at UH was to tutor college students in the math lab, where I always had crowds of people coming for assistance with their assignments.
Geometry,

Geometry

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

Prealgebra

I have tutored and taught middle school math in public schools. I managed to raise my students standardized scores for 7th and 8th grade math in just one semester by 50% in one of the schools, where I taught long term.
Precalculus

Precalculus

I have taught and tutored Precalculus for many years. In my experience, many students, who struggle with this subject lack a strong Algebra foundation. Let me help you fill in the gaps, so you confidently can take on greater challenges in Math.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I tutored and taught Algebra in Hawaii for a number of years. I worked with both: middle schoolers and college students. Algebra 1 is a transition from working with numbers to applying abstract mathematical concepts. Many students begin to have problems in pre-algebra. In my experience, those who do, have many gaps from previous years. My job is to fill in those gaps, while building their understanding of the current material. The goal is to get students to make connections between numerical operations and application of that to abstract concepts.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 was one of the subjects I taught working in the high school system in Hawaii. I know the pains that many students had to go through making a challenging transition from dealing with numbers to more abstract mathematical concepts. Unfortunately, the school system is set up in such a manner that teachers do not always have the time to explain why mathematics works the way it does and many students get lost and confused. This is the main reason why math is one of the most disliked subjects for some. As a tutor I have developed many specific techniques to help my students to better understand why and how these abstract concepts work in the world of mathematics. I use examples that are easy to remember and apply. I use hands-on visual helpers. I also have many interesting books at home that talk about the history of some of those concepts. I strive to make mathematics come to life for my students, so they can see and understand not only how to solve one particular problem, but also how to see a much bigger picture for how math works in the world.
Calculus,

Calculus

I have a B.S. in Mathematics form University of Hawaii and Manoa. I have tutored Calculus for many years. My first job, while still a student at UH was to tutor college students in the math lab, where I always had crowds of people coming for assistance with their assignments.
Geometry,

Geometry

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

Russian

Born and raised in Russia, I had some of the best Russian Language and literature teaches, a student may wish for. I was often selected for literary competitions and won high prizes. When I came to US, I was teaching Russian individual students as part of our family company Russian Language Tours. I also worked as a Russian tutor for Pacific Language Institute. Most of my Russian students were military taking Russian classes.
SAT Math

SAT Math

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

Test Preparation

SAT Math,

SAT Math

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

Examples of Expertise


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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Knowledgeable, Experienced, and Efficient

Alina is helping my 15-year-old daughter prepare for a precalculus exam and has done a great job of guiding her through a lot of material in an accelerated time frame. Excellent tutor.

Stephen, 11 lessons with Alina

Knowledgeable and simple great

My daughter said that she learns more un an hour with Alina than in 6 months of school. That is truly amazing. Thank you Alina for being so patient and giving Leanna the tools to understand Geometry.

Jhoanna, 5 lessons with Alina

Great teacher!

Alina is worth every penny!! 2 year and counting since we started using her. And she changed my daughter’s mind about math. Thank you Alina.

Angel, 97 lessons with Alina

Patient tutor

Alina is very knowledgeable and a patient tutor. Alina makes sure that I understand her explanation before we move on to the next topic. I hundred percent recommend her as a tutor.

Sarai, 32 lessons with Alina

Patient tutor

Alina is very knowledgeable and a patient tutor. Alina makes sure that I understand her explanation before we move on to the next topic. I hundred percent recommend her as a tutor.

Sarai, 32 lessons with Alina

Patient tutor

Alina is very knowledgeable and a patient tutor. Alina makes sure that I understand her explanation before we move on to the next topic. I hundred percent recommend her as a tutor.

Sarai, 32 lessons with Alina

Great communication and understands my son’s needs

Alina has excellent communication and is very timely. Because of COVID, a lot of the trig concepts needed for PRECALC we’re not covered last year. Alina is helping to get him up to speed. She relates well with my son and gives input on how to move forward. He feels he is developing the tools to improve in PRECALC.

Ed, 3 lessons with Alina

Patient tutor

Alina is very knowledgeable and a patient tutor. Alina makes sure that I understand her explanation before we move on to the next topic. I hundred percent recommend her as a tutor.

Sarai, 32 lessons with Alina

Perfect Tutor for my Daughter!

Alina does a great job keying in on the core areas for my daughter to focus on. Her teaching style is direct and helpful. My daughter appreciates the time with Alina and says she teaches without being "patronizing" which certainly makes learning easier. Thank you Alina!

Cynthia, 14 lessons with Alina
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