Full-Time, Professional Tutor with 8 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 (my current passions are astrophysics and neuroscience!) 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'd 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!
Major: Russian and Computational Linguistics
#1 Ranked University in Russia (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
GPA: 4.0/4.0 (Valedictorian, Suma Cum Laude)
President's Award for Excellence
Full Tuition, Room & Board Scholarship
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Mechanics and Mathematics - English Teacher
Moscow, Russia. 2013 - 2016
Education USA Advice Center - Educational Consultant
Moscow, Russia. 2015
Heaven Hill Academy, Nepal - Teacher
Gaunshahar, Nepal. 2016
Los Angeles Public Library - English and Math Tutoring
Los Angeles, USA. 2017
I tutor more than 30 subjects to students who range from 8 to 58 years old. 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'm happy to travel to your place if you live or work in the LA area or we can schedule an online session if that is more convenient for you. A combination of a video-call and online white board offers the intimacy and ease of in-person sessions while offering the flexibility of an online lesson.
I tailor my tutoring sessions to match each student's needs, style, and pace. I really enjoy 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.
I love teaching math in all its forms and levels (elementary mathematics, prealgebra, algebra I, algebra II, pre-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.
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.
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 intro into linguistics and speech synthesis (for example, USC Ling 285) to graduate level of Phonetics and Syntax.
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).
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).
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.
Great and Thorough First Class! Maria has covered the different subjects I'd like my daughter to get help on in their first class, and was able to provide constructive suggestions for her. We hope to continue her lessons!
Patricia, 6 lessons with Maria
Math I loved working with Maria she explains every detail to me by steps so I got a better understanding of exponents ! I would love to have her again as my tutor
Christine, 1 lesson with Maria
Knowledgeable and Patient Instructor Maria was very helpful and easy to work with on scheduling and billing. She was knowledgeable in the material (Algebra II and Trig). Maria is very patient and willing to go over the problems as many times as necessary.
Marcia, 2 lessons with Maria
Amazing If you are in LING 285 at USC there is no tutor more knowledgeable than Maria. She makes difficult easy to understand and quite literally is the reason I did not fail the class. Highly recommend!
Will, 8 lessons with Maria
Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor If you're currently a USC student who's taking LING-285: Human Language and Technology, then this is the tutor for you. She helped me immensely with my final project and gave great strategies for my upcoming final.
Mica, 1 lesson with Maria
Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor She helped my son with math word problems and ratios. I heard some light bulbs going off while they were working together. I also heard him say "wow, you are really good at math!" When I asked him if he would like to work with her again he said yes!
REBECCA, 1 lesson with Maria
Joyful and Smart My daughter looks forward to Maria's visits - yes, to do homework. I can't tell you how much that contrasts with doing homework all the years prior to Maria.
Peter, 63 lessons with Maria
Very Knowledgeable Tutor Maria is a great teacher, understanding her material very well and teaching it to her student. she is a wonderful person to work with. Maria is easy to schedule with and always helpful.
Ella, 17 lessons with Maria
Effective and Engaging Tutor My daughter (USC junior) met with Maria to review Linguistics. My daughter was relieved that a challenging subject could be explained in understandable terms. This has enhanced her sense of confidence as she moves forward.
Gillian, 4 lessons with Maria
Patient and Smart So sweet and patient. Knows how to put my daughter at ease and enjoy learning. Very accommodating with our hectic schedule. I highly recommend her as a high school tutor.
Samantha, 95 lessons with Maria
Very Knowledgeable and Patient Excellent tutor and very patient and professional. My daughter was able to understand everything. They reviewed and if my daughter didn't grasp it at that moment Maria explained in a simple way so she could get it. We are very pleased with Maria. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.
Luisa, 3 lessons with Maria
The Best! Maria helped my daughter tremendously taking her from having an F constantly to a mere B+ in a very short period of time, my daughter actually was awarded most improved student, should school continued she would have scored an A, but this was at the end of school year. Looking forward to have her help us this coming school year. Always helpful and on time, polite and dedicated, loves what she does, she definitely goes the extra mile, helping with school projects and what not. A pleasure to have her teach my kid!. Thank you Maria.