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, conversation and feedback. In addition to improving your goals, I also want to inspire you to treat lifelong learning seriously. I provide guidance far beyond language. Contact me for a free consultation, in-person, on the phone or through video call.

Here’s a sample lesson: Student Lesson Feedback

What do you teach?

  • General English
  • Business English
  • GMAT Verbal
  • University Classes
  • Business Case Study Discussions
  • Personal Development
  • Academic Writing
  • Interview & Resume Writing

What type of classes do you offer?

  • Online (Google Hangouts, Facebook Video Call, Skype)
  • Private Classes
  • Small Group Classes
  • Large Group Classes

Contact me for further information.

How much do you charge? What is your price?

Prices range from $40 to $60 per hour depending on the subject, frequency, and travel. Online classes are usually 1 hour and 30 minutes, while in-person classes are 2 hours or longer.

How do I pay?

Payment: cash, check, credit card, bank transfers, PayPal or Zelle.

Where do you meet your students?

Online classes: 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) understanding your needs, (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 as well. All my class notes are shared through Evernote:

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 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?

Monday to Saturday from 9am to 9pm.

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.”

Green Desk LIC
34-18 Northern Blvd,
Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
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