FAQ

How long will my child need tutoring?

That depends entirely on what you and your child want to accomplish. We set realistic concrete goals that should be met within 4 to 6 sessions, and then meet with you to discuss if you want to accomplish more.

Where will the tutoring take place?

For many people, the simplest option is at our offices at 1748 Frankfort Avenue in Clifton. However, we can also meet in your home or at other locations.

Are any classes available for home-schooling students?

Please visit our services page for a list of the classes we will be offering.

My son is fairly intelligent and gets good grades, but always tests poorly. How can you help him?

Colleges are beginning to recognize the limits to what they can learn about students from their grades on standardized tests. Students with good work habits will often outperform those with high test scores in college and beyond. Yet those test scores can be important to your student being admitted to the college of his choice, and to getting scholarships. Ironically enough, many of the skills that make him a good student may work against him when taking standardized tests. We will do a short sample test to see what subject areas need the most work as well as what test-taking strategies need the most practice. Working steadily in those areas will almost certainly make a significant difference in his performance on subsequent tests.

I have a child who is underperforming academically but is not motivated to do better. She has a negative attitude toward school. Can you help her?

There can be many reasons for academic underperformance. We will welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your child and work toward establishing a positive relationship. Often helping a student find a way to positively identify herself  with school is the first step toward a turnaround. We will go the extra mile and will make recommendations for other services if needed.

My child has a learning disability—can you work with him?

Some of our staff have training in special education and all are dedicated to helping each student based on her or his unique needs. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with your child, consult with his or her teachers as needed, and develop a plan and strategies for working together.

My kids all have extra-curricular activities after school and sports and other events on weekends. How can we find time for tutoring?

We are willing to work with students as late as 9 p.m. on weekdays, depending on their age, and also have flexible scheduling on weekends. We don't recommend overscheduling children and young adults, so we welcome the opportunity to help you sort through demands to set priorities appropriate for your students.

I think my child may have emotional problems that are affecting his grades—can you help with this problem?

We have referral relationships with medical professionals and therapists who specialize in working with children and young adults, and can make referrals whenever that seems appropriate.

My child is very bright but hopelessly disorganized. What do I do?

Sometimes it is easier for a supportive and attentive adult outside the family circle to help a child develop healthy habits of organization. We work with your child to develop organizational skills and strategies that work for them so they have a true sense of owning not only the problem but also the solution. We want to turn each problem the student faces into an opportunity to experience success.

My child has ADHD. Can you help?

Most likely we can develop an effective and supportive working relationship with your child and welcome the opportunity to do so. We can also make referrals for medical or other evaluations if those are needed.

I am an adult returning to college and am having trouble in some of my classes. Can you help me?

We enjoy working with adults, whether it be GED preparation or college level classes. Let us know what your particular concerns are and we will match you with a tutor skilled in those areas. Our hours are flexible so we are most likely able to meet your scheduling needs.

My daughter is in third grade and can't seem to get some of the basic math concepts. Is she too young for tutoring?

 

Most classes are too large to accommodate each student's learning style. Students also differ developmentally in their readiness to learn particular concepts.  Now might be an excellent time to use one-to-one tutoring to focus specifically on whatever problems she is having and get her back on track before she forms the idea that she'll never understand math. It's much easier to build a solid foundation now than to try to rebuild it later.