Maria Loram
Ignite Passion
Inspire Learning
Full-Time, Professional Tutor with 11 Years of Experience
Beset by intense curiosity since before I can remember, I always dive into new subjects myself and inspire others to do the same! Tutoring imparts my love of learning to others: I love seeing the light come in my students' eyes when they really understand something that they've been struggling with.

Whether it's a language that you want to learn or the "foreign language" of math you want to master I'm excited to help take you to the next level!
My Tutoring Philosophy
At the core of my tutoring philosophy is an unwavering commitment to the curiosity and love of life. I firmly believe that learning is an enriching journey, one that should be filled with passion and enjoyment. To that end, I always strive to make my lessons fun and engaging, cultivating a genuine interest in the subject matter. My approach is clear, concise, and patient, ensuring that every student feels valued and understood. Beyond this, I equip students with the tools to study efficiently and independently, laying a robust foundation for their future endeavors.

You'll find that I'm not just your average tutor - I offer a premium quality, modern learning experience. This might come at a slightly higher price point, but the results and quality of tutoring justify the investment. The consistent successes of my students, marked by excellent grades and heightened motivation to learn, serve as a testament to these values.
Why Choose My Services
For parents, the journey of nurturing a child's academic growth can sometimes be filled with anxieties. My tutoring services offer the dual benefit of bolstering your child's academic prowess while giving you peace of mind. I work tirelessly to bridge the gaps - whether it's between parents and children or between schools and students. With my guidance, your child won't just achieve better grades, but they'll also develop a genuine love for learning that goes beyond the classroom. This foundation ensures not only immediate academic success but also sets them up for a fulfilled future. By choosing to work with me, you're investing in a mentor who gives their best to every student. The tangible outcome? Reduced anxiety for you, more free time for you and your children, and the invaluable assurance that your child's education is in capable hands.

Let's embark on this journey together, ensuring a brighter future for your child!
Education and Professional Development
Maria Loram

  • Major: Russian and Computational Linguistics
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (#1 Ranked University in Russia)
  • GPA: 4.0/4.0 (Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude)
  • President's Award for Excellence
  • Full Tuition, Room & Board Scholarship

Professional Development

  • Advanced Pedagogical Training
  • Professionalism Enhancement Courses
  • Child's Psychology Trainings
  • Emotional Intelligence Trainings
  • Ongoing Subject Mastery Courses
    To book a session, simply give me a call, send a text, or drop me an email, indicating your preferred session time and the subject you or your child needs assistance with. We'll then coordinate to find a time that's most convenient for both of us.
    • Online
      If you reside in the LA area, I offer in-person tutoring that allows me to work closely with students to understand their unique learning needs and challenges. In-person tutoring provides students with the opportunity to receive real-time feedback and guidance, and to engage in interactive and dynamic learning experiences that are tailored to their specific goals.

      *Get 10% off when you book your session on Friday or Saturday.
    • Face-to-Face
      In addition to in-person tutoring, I also offer online tutoring that provides the convenience and flexibility of learning from anywhere. Online tutoring allows students to receive the same personalized attention and support as in-person tutoring, while also offering the added benefits of scheduling flexibility and the ability to learn from the comfort of their own homes. As a special offer, I provide a 15% discount for my online tutoring services to help make them even more accessible to students.

      *Varies based on mileage and subject difficulty.
    • Group Tutoring
      $165/hour + $20 per student
      If you or your kid prefer to study with friends, I offer group tutoring sessions for up to 7 people. Group tutoring provides a collaborative learning environment that allows students to learn from each other, while also providing a more affordable option for students who are looking for high-quality tutoring services. I charge an extra $50 per person for group tutoring sessions.
    I tutor more than 30 subjects regularly to students who range from 8 to 58 years old. (I once counted and the total number of subjects I've ever tutored was 87!) I take great pride in my work and in delivering you nothing but the best results. I do this by structuring engaging, personally tailored lessons that help utilize your strengths to cover from any holes in your knowledge, and in allowing you to reach your full potential. I bring a deep knowledge of the subjects at hand and make the process engaging and, dare I say, even fun!

    • Since tutoring is my full-time occupation, I am both flexible and reliable. Your emergency is my emergency.

    • I tailor my tutoring sessions to match each student's needs, style, and pace.

    • I have years experience working with people with learning differences, from ADHD and dyslexia to motivational issues.

    • My students find my enthusiasm for learning contagious, my feedback helpful, and my teaching methods effective. In so doing, grades and understanding improve in tandem.
    • Mathematics
      I love teaching math in all its forms and levels (elementary mathematics, prealgebra, algebra I, algebra II, pre-calculus, calculus, trigonometry, geometry, and even the mathematical parts of physics). I work both with Common Core, and programs like Singapore Math, AoPS, Beast Academy, and the like.
    • Science
      I teach virtually all middle and high school science classes from physics and chemistry to biology and psychology. I'm a pop-science nerd which helps a lot in teaching: in my spare time I'm consumed by the ideas of neuroscience and black holes, I watch lectures on astrobiology, and take genetics for fun at the local community colleges.
    • Linguistics
      Having majored in Computational Linguistics and Russian language, I have a strong base in general and applied linguistics. I teach multiple levels and types of linguistics, from the intro into linguistics and speech synthesis (for example, USC Ling 285) to graduate level of Phonetics and Syntax. I also offer NACLO and other linguistics olympiads prep.
    • Languages
      I love both teaching and learning languages. I've tried learning more than 8 languages although currently remember only 5 (Russian, English, Spanish, Latin, and French). I teach elementary Spanish and French. I also work with all levels of Russian and high school Latin (including AP Latin, NLE, and NME).
    • English
      I started my career as a tutor by getting TESOL training and teaching English as a foreign language (ESL/ESOL) for years. Now I also help people with the grammar part of their high school English class and occasionally assist in writing essays for English or any other class (be it History, Mythology, or Literary Criticism).
    • Standardized Tests
      ACT, SAT, IELTS, TOEFL, GRE: you name it; I do it. I've always enjoyed teaching standardized tests, since they involve both learning the material and the strategies necessary to crush the test. I'm great at identifying knowledge gaps and timing issues.
    My Projects
    As a beginner ceramics and pottery artist, I am exploring different techniques and forms to discover my personal style. Inspired by the philosophy of wabi-sabi and the simplicity of Buddhism, I am drawn to creating functional art objects that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Through my work, I hope to capture the beauty of imperfection and the natural world, using earthy tones and textures to evoke a sense of peace and serenity.
    I have my own podcast (in Russian) about career issues and the process of self-discovery. I interview professionals from across the world and help elucidate career paths for current undergrads to follow.
    I'm an avid traveller (42 countries and counting) and had always wanted to upload my pictures somewhere. My blog seemed like an appropriate place to do so!
    To book a session, simply give me a call, send a text, or drop me an email, indicating your preferred session time and the subject you or your child needs assistance with. We'll then coordinate to find a time that's most convenient for both of us.

    Pasadena, CA, 91106