How to Find a Good Tutor: What They Offer and How to Decide

Posted by Sam on 5/2/16 9:30 AM

The tutoring industry is a mess. You have individuals and companies offering tutoring anywhere from $20 an hour to thousands of dollars per hour. How can you determine who to trust? How can you even determine your budget?

In this article, I’ll explain what to look for in a good tutor, and how to decide whether the price is right.

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Study Skills: Time Management Guide for Middle Schoolers

Posted by Ann-Marie Elvin on 12/15/14 10:00 AM

Let's assume, shall we, that your child's future does not involve extensive game show celebrity-dom. Even then, time management will come in handy!


Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” Although many of us feel we lack the time we need to get everything done – that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day – Thoreau reminds us of the importance of living at our own pace and learning to use time to our advantage.

As a homework tutor, time management is among the most common concerns voiced by parents and students. Students these days are perhaps busier than ever before: between academics and a barrage of extracurricular commitments, how can your child expect to keep up the juggling act and manage to get enough rest?

This is especially true at the middle school level, which is fraught with new expectations; for many students, this is their first experience with moving between classes, subject-specific teachers, and such a significant workload. At this age, students have to learn how to learn most efficiently. While there are plenty of homework tutors for middle school kids in NYC, Boston, and online ready to help, there are certainly things you can do as a parent to be proactive. 

In this post, I outline strategies for developing a proactive approach to time management and study skills. The transition to middle school can be intimidating, but by developing a concrete study schedule, your child will gain greater control over his time and work more confidently through new material. Here’s how to get started:

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Academic Tutor: Back to School

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 8/20/13 8:33 AM

There’s no more denying it – summer is just about up.  And within the next few weeks, everyone will be headed back to school, from middle school students to all of us doctoral candidates.  But no matter what grade or class you’re prepping for, whether it’s AP US History or Algebra II, this is the time to get a jump on the year ahead and make sure that you’re as ready as can be. 

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Tags: study skills, homework help, middle school, high school, parents

Academic Tutoring: Middle School Summer Activities

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 7/31/13 8:30 AM

One of the thorniest problems middle schoolers face every summer is learning loss: while away from the school environment, children risk losing academic skills and rolling back growth achieved during the year. By introducing fun educational activities into your child’s summer schedule, you can help them maintain or even improve their academic level in preparation for the next school year.

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Tags: middle school, parents