ASL One-on-One Sessions: Savvy Tutoring and Savvy Chat

Whether you lack local resources where you can meet and sign with others, like the convenience of online sessions to better match your schedule, or want to work with a signing expert who can create a session that best meets your goals and objectives — we are here to help!

We offer one-on-one sessions with one of our signing experts through Savvy Tutoring or Savvy Chat. Each session is 30-minutes long and takes place online through video chat.


30 minutes


How It Works

All chats are one-on-one, 30 minutes sessions, conducted online via video conferencing software. Chats with any of our deaf experts will be voice off. However, there is a text message feature within the video conferencing software if needed.

To get started, you will need a webcam, high speed internet connection, and a device that will allow you to download/install the Zoom video conferencing software (you can use a Windows or Mac OS X computer, iPhone, or Android device).

Meet Our Experts

Marta Belsky

Learning ASL
with Marta Belsky

Marta Belsky is a third generation ASL user. She has been teaching ASL for 30 years and enjoys sharing her native language with new users.

She has Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Masters in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. She has taught ASL at Michigan State University, Madonna University, and Lansing Community College's Interpreter Training Program.

In addition to serving on the Signing Savvy Sign Language Advisory Board, Marta sits on the Lansing Community College Interpreter Training Program (LCC ITP) Advisory Board and has also been a board member for the Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Michigan Chapter of American Sign Language Teachers Association.

Brenda Cartwright

Interpreter Coaching
with Brenda Cartwright

Brenda Cartwright is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher, well known presenter, and author of several best selling sign language and interpreting textbooks. For 35 years Brenda was the Chair of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan.

Brenda was a member of the Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH) Advisory Council for the State of Michigan for 25 years. Brenda has received several awards, including Honorary Phi Kappa Zeta from Gallaudet University, Distinguished Service Award from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and Interpreter of the Year from Michigan Association for the Deaf.

Her undergraduate degree is in Deaf Education from Ball State University and her master's degrees are in Deaf Education and Education from Indiana University. She holds several certificates from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, including a Comprehensive Skills Certificate (CSC), Certificate of Interpretation (CI), and Certificate of Transliteration (CT).

Savvy Tutoring versus Savvy Chat

The biggest difference between a Savvy Tutoring and Savvy Chat session is the signing expert spends time to prepare a specific lesson for a Tutoring session, while a Chat is more free form and all about practicing conversational ASL. A Chat is a fun and informal way to practice conversational ASL.

Each session is unique to meet the needs of the person who scheduled the session. Future sessions with the same person are often very different depending on the person’s changing goals and objectives.

30-Minute Session:
$30 ($25 for Member)
30-Minute Session:
$25 ($20 for Member)
  • We will create a custom lesson plan based on your current skill level, goals and timeline.
  • Tutoring for a class you are enrolled in.
  • Learn ASL with no previous knowledge (see Introduction to ASL Lessons below.)
  • Prepare for an upcoming quiz or test.
  • Specific help with vocabulary development or grammar.
  • Work on using ASL grammar instead of English sentence structure.
  • Learn a specific message you want to learn to sign to someone.
  • Learn about a specific topic related to sign language or Deaf culture.
  • Baby Signing — Tips for signing with a baby or children.
  • Advanced tutoring and tutoring for interpreters, including topics such as facial expressions, mouth morphemes, non-manuals, use of space, and classifiers.
  • Fun and informal.
  • Meet one-on-one to chat and practice ASL skills.
  • Practice conversational ASL.
  • Practice receptive and expressive skills.
  • Practice fingerspelling.

Introduction to American Sign Language Lessons

If you are just beginning to learn ASL and want to take private lessons, a series of Savvy Tutoring sessions structured to follow curriculum is what we suggest.

We recommend purchasing the Lessons and Activities in American Sign Language book to go with your Savvy Tutoring lessons, however, we have experience using other ASL curriculum as well, if you have a personal preference. If you are already a beginner signer, we will most likely start with a different curriculum guide.

We will create a custom lesson plan based on your current skill level, goals and timeline. The Lessons and Activities in American Sign Language book is divided into 15 lessons, but each Savvy Tutoring session will be designed to cover the right amount of material to match your learning style and pace. You are not obligated to any set of Savvy Tutoring sessions, so if we start working through the Lessons and Activities in American Sign Language book together, you can decide the pacing and how far you want to go. Learning ASL through Savvy Tutoring is a private lesson, structured to your needs, goals, and pace.

Prepare for Quizzes and Tests

Several students taking in-person classes at both the college and high school levels have used Savvy Tutoring to prepare for upcoming quizzes and tests in their in-person class.

Improve Your Expressive and Receptive Skills

An important component of learning ASL is practicing and signing with others. Some in-person classes may not be structured to include very much time for practicing ASL, but practice is so important! Meet up with classmates to practice and go to local events where you can use your signing. Savvy Chat is another great option for practicing your signing. Some ASL classes and Interpreter Training Programs (ITPs) require a certain number of hours spent outside of class where you are voice-off and signing. Savvy Chat is a great option for one-on-one signing. Ask your instructor if Savvy Chat can count towards your participation hours required of your class / program.

Schedule Your One-on-One Session Today!