Study With Sara

Study With Sara

5.0 (3)
Best of 2020
1 employee
1 years in business

About this tutor

I teach bespoke English and Japanese courses to a range of students from kindergarteners to graduate students. I also use a precise method to track progress and analyse students' progress and skill building which helps parents follow what we cover together.

I get to foster creativity, ambition, passion, and proactivity in my students. Watching them use their abilities is the most important indicator to me that they are growing. I love helping students to pass exams, get into colleges, and speak fluently in foreign languages. It's a real pleasure and joy.

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Brooklyn, NY 11249
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3 Reviews


  • Linda N.

    I am very happy with my new Japanese tutor, Sara! She is friendly, enthusiastic, patient, and very knowledgeable. She is also open to listening to my specific needs and requests, and finds creative ways to help me to learn the language. She always comes prepared for the lesson and has helpful insight about Japanese culture.

  • Ai Yamamoto

    Sara is an enthusiastic English teacher and I love her classes. She herself struggled hard to acquire Japanese and so understands the obstacles English/Japanese learners need to overcome. Thus, her advice is always precise and it encourages me when I have troubles with studying English. Since she speaks Japanese fluently and is well-informed about the culture of Japan, it helps me a lot to have precise translation of what I want to express in Japanese. She is such an energetic teacher and I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a heartwarming supporter to improve your English.

  • Cesar Donaire

    100% one of the best teachers I've ever had. Great personality and lessons that actually make you progress in your studies.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I spend the first 30 minutes assessing a students' abilities in speaking, and listening. Reading and writing abilities are assessed through a homework assignment.

From there, I put together a personalized class with quizzes and tests which force students to overcome mistakes and increase their ability in the areas we work in.

The results are visible from as early as the first lesson, and almost all students have noticeable improvements after a month of classes.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I began teaching TESOL in San Francisco in 2013. After acquiring my TESOL license, I moved to Nagasaki in 2013 and taught high school English until 2016. From there, I moved to Tokyo and taught in a large public high school until 2018.

For the 5 years I taught in Japan, I spent my free time with native Japanese speakers. Since then, I have been teaching English and Japanese in NYC and helping my husband improve his English through daily conversation and business e-mail writing.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

All of my rates are negotiable.

How did you get started teaching?

I knew I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was 8. Leading people comes naturally to me. In 2013, I signed up for a TESOL certification class and left for Japan about two months later. I haven't stopped teaching since!

What types of students have you worked with?

Most of my students are Japanese professionals and their wives in NYC or NJ, but I have also taught children under the ages of 10 and men and women as old as 70. I've taught bodyguards for diplomatic missions, government officials, movie effects specialists, new arrivals to the US, and entrepreneurs.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Independent study students:

Patience and perseverence are some of the most powerful tools you can have.

University students:

Success is the ability to move from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm.

Older students:

Concentration is key. Adults have the ability to focus for longer periods of time than children. It's never too late to learn.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals? When do you want to achieve them? How are you going to set yourself up for success?

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