Alisa C. - Engaging Language! Experienced Russian/Spanish/ESL Tutor

Cal Poly Alisa C. Tutors Cal Poly Students in San Luis Obispo, CA
$65 / hr
New York, NY
12 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
I am passionate about all things language, culture, and travel! A native Russian and English speaker, I also have native-level fluency in Spanish. I have over five years of experience teaching individuals and groups and personally developing curricula for my students based on their professional fields or personal interests. My educational background is in International Relations and language/cultural studies, including a sociolinguistics project I conducted in Spain and South Africa. My own s...
I started Russian with Alisa with a minimal understanding of the language, and I'm now at a level of confidence I did not expect to reach in a relatively short time. She personally built a curriculum based on my level of understanding, and over time introduced me to the concepts I needed at the right pace to get me highly comfortable. It's obvious she takes time to figure out the best path forward for each individual student, and it shows in the results she's gotten to this point. And, in addition to patience and a strong understanding of how to teach Russian language, she's super pleasant to work with and makes every lesson genuinely enjoyable. In summary, if you're looking for someone to teach you Russian, Alisa is absolutely the right choice. 10/10, highly recommend.
- Jack S. from New York, NY
Today we reviewed some grammar aspects, useful expressions and vocabulary. I would definitely recommend she as a teacher. She is a patient, nice teacher and provided me useful corrections in order to improve my conversational English. She also recommended interesting podcasts to me to practice listening.
- Marina F. from New York, NY
Alisa and I reviewed multiple verb conjugations and Spanish tenses. Also, she effectively helped me achieve my overall academic goals by, giving me study tips or practicing for upcoming exams. I would recommend her to any student. She is thoughtful, understanding, and truly tries to help and teach her students.
- Nicole D. from Bayside, NY
Alisa is a patient and thoughtful tutor. She helps me to expand my English vocabulary and we work on grammar. We had only three lessons but looks like my English is improving very fast! I'll continue to have lessons with Alisa.
- Katya O. from New York, NY
I have been studying Russian with Alisa for over a year now, and it has been such an incredible experience! Not only have I acquired a strong foundation of Russian grammar, but I have also been exposed to Russian language and culture through songs, books, movies, cartoons, and a wonderful trip to Russia. Alisa does such a great job explaining challenging concepts and making lessons fun and interactive. She is also incredibly kind and flexible. In addition, I have loved being able to discuss language and grammar concepts across multiple languages with someone who has so much experience in that area. Alisa is so thoughtful and truly cares about her students and their understanding, and I always look forward to my next Russian lesson. I highly recommend her as a teacher! Studying Russian has been incredibly fulfilling for me, and I owe that to Alisa. ???????! :)
- Lucia G. from New York, NY
Went over the alphabet and pronunciation. Great teacher very patient. Assigns homework which I like. looking forward to our next lesson.
- Brett M. from New York, NY
I really appreciate Alisa?s help improving my cover letters. She pinpointed my strength that I could deliver based on the job description. She also edited grammar and clarity of the writing. Looking forward to more lessons!
- Jiwon C. from New York, NY
Nice conversation about study and jobs, live experience in New York City and travel. We practice present tense and past tense in story telling, find new vocabulary, and correct the pronunciation.
- Andrea G. from New York, NY
I arranged a session for my son, so I am just passing along what he said. He had a Spanish final coming up and saw Alisa at the last minute. He found her incredibly helpful and she boosted his confidence. Would definitely recommend!
- Patricia K. from Northport, NY
Alisa made my first language lesson fun and easy to follow. She has a technique down that is extremely effective, and actually fun! I'm actually looking forward to my next lesson! I would absolutely recommend her to anyone?
- Michael W. from Stamford, CT
Alisa found repor with both my children right away and helped them figure out their problem areas as well as skillfully address them. They look forward to their lessons and became motivated to excell!!
- Beata K. from New York, NY
Alisa and I had a good review of my current and possible study methods. She has great materials and knows of the latest resources.It was great to start speaking Russian again. Looking forward to more lessons!
- Julie J. from New York, NY
I have been working with Alisa in Russian a little over a year now, and I learned more of the language the first two months with her than I did my entire semester of studying the language academically. She cares about the progress of her students and worked at my pace to ensure I learned the fundamentals of the language before building upon it. She organizes her lessons in a way that makes understanding the complicated grammar a breeze, and she?s always flexible to make appointments no matter how much someone?s schedule shifts.
- Jamie G. from Brooklyn, NY
Alisa is a great tutor. She is patient and very knowledgeable. Alisa's knowledge of the Russian language is very thorough. She doesn't just speak Russian, she knows the grammar rules of it and the tedious aspects of the language that maybe even most other native speakers don't get into. She is quick to correct and offer help with pronunciation and doesn't just give the answers to move through the lesson, she makes sure that the learner gets the basics of what they are learning and then move on (but will give remembers when I'm forgetful). Offering help to a native English speaker such as myself she forms sentences that sound natural to Russians rather than what may come from an app or book, this understanding of the Russian language helps me sound normal and modern which is important.
- Joe B. from Leominster, MA
I had my first Russian lesson with Alisa. She was quick to assess my current abilities and started with a curriculum that both reviewed prior knowledge and introduced new lessons. Alisa is very patient. She acts as a guide, allowing yourself to work through mistakes but also offering the right advice/instructions when necessary. I had a very pleasant first lesson and will continue to seek Alisa's tutoring
- Stefan K. from New York, NY
My first lesson with Alisa was wonderful. With past instructors, I've felt like I was pushed to learn via inflexible methods that often didn't work for me. Alisa began the lesson by asking how I learn and what my motivation for learning was, and her suggestions for homework were crafted according to my responses. On top of that, she's also very knowledgeable about the language and about language theory. Highly recommend!
- Avielle W. from New York, NY
Alisa has been my Spanish tutor since 2013. After working with her, I feel comfortable with conversations, Spanish literature, comprehension and I continue to make great progress. She is always reliable, communicative, and easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
- Alison P. from Warwick, NY
Alisa did an assessment to see where I was at to help me with Spanish. She was very helpful with the resources as provided me and I plan to continue having her as a tutor.
- Marissa C. from Brooklyn, NY
I've been taking lessons from Alisa since last fall and it's been a totally rewarding experience. She is precise, patient and encouraging, and she designs useful lessons with a lot of variety so I stay interested. For the past couple of months we've been concentrating on preparing me for a sightseeing trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, from which I've just come home. To my great satisfaction, I found that I was able to conduct successful conversations in shops and public places and even managed to do a little socializing (in Russian! Imagine that!). I was also able to read signs and understand speech a lot better than I expected. A thousand thanks to my teacher--she's the best!
- Nancy E. from New York, NY
Alisa is a fantastic tutor. My daughter loves her and she has helped her go from a failing grade in Spanish last year to an 80 on her most recent report card. I am so happy that we found her.
- Juliet N. from New York, NY
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