We like to share how our process worked for people who've come before you.
All comments on this page come directly from the feedback
of River Oaks families and students.

"We can do nothing but rave about Mr. Cooper.  He’s a Godsend."
- Emma T., CA, Parent

"Our kids have studied with Mr. Cooper for the past four years. Michael, our 17 year old, started with Mr. C in an online Chess course offered through The Potter’s School and also encountered him substitute teaching in English. Nathan's excellent manner of dealing with his students led us to engage him as Michael's private tutor for both English and PSAT, ACT and SAT studies - tests on which Michael obtained very good, scholarship-level scores thanks to Nathan’s encouragement and guidance. Even our two younger kids, 12 and 14, have had over two years of English tutoring with him and the results have been nothing short of wonderful. The kids love and respect him. In the future, we are planning to have him coach our youngest ones as well. We can do nothing but rave about Mr. Cooper.  He’s a Godsend."
                                                                                     - Emma T.

 

"We were very satisfied
with the job Nathan did.  I highly recommend his tutoring services."

- Shari W., TX, Parent

"Nathan Cooper tutored my son in writing after Russell had already failed the writing TAKS test twice.  Passing this test was necessary for High School graduation.  Nathan found subjects that Russell was familiar with and interested in to write about.  He related very well to Russell.  Russell was able to pass the test the third time.  We were very satisfied with the job Nathan did.  I highly recommend his tutoring services."
                                                                                     - Shari W.   

 

"The skills David learned
during his tutoring have helped
him in all his subjects."

- Tracy C., VA, Parent

"Our son, David, has been a tutoring student of Nathan Cooper's for two years.  Under Mr. Cooper's patient instruction, we have seen David grow tremendously as a chess player.  Mr. C., as his students like to call him, is an outstanding teacher who breaks down the complicated game of chess into understandable pieces while also pushing kids to do their best.  In addition, he is a wonderful role model, often sharing stories of his own wins and losses he learned.  The skills David gained during tutoring have helped him in all his subjects.  We have been very pleased by Nathan's professionalism.  He faithfully communicates David's progress to us through weekly reports.  He also holds David accountable for his homework and expects game post-mortems, reviewing them with David to maximize learning opportunities.  David looks forward to his tutoring time each week, and we are very thankful to have found such a wonderful teacher."

                                                                                      - Tracy C.   

"I have gained confidence
in my own abilities to succeed
through our sessions together."

- Audrey C., VA, Student

"After Mr. and Mrs. Cooper tutored me in Math and Writing, I experienced significantly less stress while taking the SAT.  Also, I felt more prepared than in previous attempts.  I have gained confidence in my own abilities to succeed through our sessions together, and I will take the skills I have acquired with me to college and beyond."

- Audrey C.         

"The cognitive skills I gained
through playing chess...have been
of great benefit as I completed an engineering degree, and now
as I work on a doctorate.
"

- Michael S., KY, Student

"Nathan Cooper taught me the fundamentals of chess, but even better, he infected me with a love for the game. I went from a once-in-a-blue-moon chess hack to a competitive high school and college chess player, enjoying regular tournament successes and steady advancement in USCF rating each year. Mr. Cooper is a skilled, yet patient, instructor who delights in seeing his pupils achieve. I was one of his first students, and now have 14 years of chess club and tournament fun to thank him for. The cognitive skills I gained through playing chess (seeing a whole and being able to project play several moves out) have been of great benefit as I completed an engineering degree, and now as I work on a doctorate. Chess is an efficient and enjoyable way to discipline and train the brain, and I highly recommend Nathan Cooper’s instruction!"
                                                                            - Michael S. 
                                                                              Research Assistant
                                                                              Surgical Robotics
                                                                              Vanderbilt University

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