Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why should I study with you?

Lessons are highly customized to each student’s individual needs. Students have very diverse needs and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. My classes focus on ideas, dialogue, and feedback. I’m experienced at teaching at any level —beginner, intermediate or advanced. In addition to improving your goals, I also want to inspire you to treat lifelong learning seriously. I provide guidance far beyond language. Students have described me as a coach, counselor, and mentor. Here’s a sample lesson: Student Lesson Feedback

Contact me for a free consultation, in-person, on the phone or through video call.

What do you teach?

English

  • General English (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Business English (for Business Professionals)
  • Business School Classes (Case Study Discussions, Theory, Business Plan, Essays)
  • Academic & Creative Writing
  • Editing & Proofreading Services

Professional

  • Interview Skills
  • Resume Writing

Test-taking

  • TOEFL
  • TOEIC
  • GMAT (Verbal)

Courses

  • Multidisciplinary Thinking
  • Self-Knowledge
  • Self-Improvement

What type of classes do you offer?

  • Online
  • One-to-One Private Classes
  • Small Group Classes
  • Large Group Classes

Contact me for further information.

Do you offer online tutoring?

Yes. I offer online classes. This is a great option for international students or students with busy schedules. In the class, I share my screen so that you can see what I’m writing in real-time. I use Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Video, or Skype for online classes.

How much do you charge? What is your price?

Prices range from $45 to $65 per hour depending on the subject, frequency, and travel.

How do I pay?

An invoice will be sent to you at the end of the month.
For international students, credit card is accepted as payment.
For local students, use bank transfers, cash payments or check.

Where do you meet your students? Where’s your office?

Online classes: Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype or Facebook Video Call
In-person classes: Long Island City, Queens

The address to my office is:
Green Desk LIC
34-18 Northern Blvd,
Long Island City, NY 11101, USA

What do you do in the free consultation?

The free consultation lasts between 1 to 2 hours. There are four mains goals in this meeting:

  1. Getting to know each other
  2. Discussing your needs and goals
  3. Assessing your language level
  4. Planning our lessons moving forward

Here’s a sample lesson: Student Lesson Feedback

Do I need to bring anything to the classes?

All my classes are digital, but just in case, bring a notebook and something to write with. Download the Evernote app (https://evernote.com/) on your phone and laptop.

How often should I take classes?

Class frequency depends on each student’s goals, schedule, and level of fluency. My recommendation for beginner to intermediate students is twice a week. Upper-intermediate to advanced students can take classes weekly or bi-weekly. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs and determine what’s best for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

No fee for cancellations 24 hours before. For cancellations on the the day, 50% of the class will be charged. If you have to cancel because of an emergency or because of a weather-issue, there will be no cancellation fee. Contact me if you are anticipating any cancellations.

What are your working hours? Are you flexible with tutoring days and times?

Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm. My schedule changes week to week, but in general, I will try to accommodate your preferred time. This will depend on my availability and schedule. Some days of the week, I will also work on the weekends.

Why did you become a teacher?

In Japan, purpose or meaning of life is called ‘Ikigai.’ Some people have described it as the intersection between:

  • What you love
  • What you’re good at
  • What the world needs
  • What you can be paid for

Teaching is a perfect harmony between my core talents, core values and what the world needs. Teaching, writing and reading are natural extensions of who I am as a person.

What is your teaching philosophy?

William Arthur Ward, a 20th-century writer of inspirational content, wrote,

“The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.”

Many students know me as GTN: Great Teacher Nelson. In my first week of teaching, one of my students gave me that nickname and I have been trying to live up to that title ever since. Other than the technical aspects of language: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. I always try to find other ways to add value. Students have described me as a mentor, life coach, and counselor. I want my students to become deep thinkers, to be aware of their beliefs, and to overcome the language and cultural barriers. I want to inspire my students to be the best person they can be, to focus on lifelong education and never stop growing. The greatest compliment I’ve received is, “You’re not only a great teacher but also a great person.”

Will you share my information with other people?

Your privacy is very important to me. I do not share any lesson content, data, or information with anyone else. What you say and what we do together in class stays in the classroom.

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Green Desk LIC
34-18 Northern Blvd,
Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
Directions 
R, M Trains to 36 St
N, W Trains to 39 Av