School is beginning this month for many families, and while we understand the bittersweetness of saying goodbye to summer, we also find this an exciting time to usher in a new school year! For many of our students and their families, the beginning of the school year poses a time to assess what additional support will be helpful on the path to academic learning and success. Our team at The Village Tutors is honored to work with each of our students, and proud to offer support in many areas. Here are a few of the many services we offer, as well as links to learn more:
Available in-person and online, TVT’s unique approach to Test Prep is a distinct advantage for students. Standardized test preparation is available for the ACT, PSAT, SAT, GRE, HSPT/SSAT/ISEE, and many professional licensing exams. HSPT is offered the first Saturday in December. For 2022 it will be Saturday, December 3rd. At TVT, we have no contracts for test prep, but instead offer recommendations on the ideal number of sessions of test prep for each exam. We also host test prep though personalized, 1:1 instruction so students receive immediate feedback. Our tutors are all up-to-date on the latest test features and changes, so our recommendations and guidance are rooted in the latest information available.
Reading Challenges + Dyslexia
At TVT, we provide one-on-one, evidence-based support for students who struggle with Reading. Our flexible and compassionate approach for students with learning challenges helps to improve a multitude of areas including comprehension, spelling, fluency, writing, and handwriting. We have experience and training in working with students with dyslexia, ADHD/ADD and processing challenges, non-verbal, expressive, and receptive learning disorders.
On our website you will find a list of the multi-sensory, evidence-based programs our tutors are trained/certified in. We are committed to learning the latest teachings on reading support, and focus on continuing, best-practice professional development for our tutors. We are also well versed in IEPs, 504 plans and professional evaluations, and can offer support for accommodations, benchmarks, and terminology in these areas.
Math + Science/ Content Areas
Our tutors provide academic support in Math, including the following areas:
- Grade school and Middle school curricula
- High school Algebra I and II
- Alg 2 Trig
- Calc AB/BC
TVT can support general, college-prep, and honors/AP levels of math as well. TVT tutor Matt Wolszon has a great perspective, “Understanding the building blocks of mathematics and science can unlock a student’s curiosity and potential for a wide range of topics.”
Science tutoring includes the following at general, regular, and AP/honors levels:
- Earth Science
- Environmental Science
- Human Anatomy
We also provide specific study strategies and critical reading and writing skills for Social Sciences (History, Econ, Psych, Government, etc.) and Language Arts (Speech, English, Rhetoric, etc.) Foreign Language tutoring is also available for Spanish, French, and Italian.
Executive Function Skills Building + Homework Support
Executive Functioning is partially defined as being able to put “work before play.” We find that students often need coaching on how to create an environment that maximizes on-task behavior and minimizes avoidance behaviors like procrastination. Our tutors are trained in the Rush Medical/Neurobehavioral Center’s Executive Function Skills Building Program© to help students reduce anxiety and improve academic performance.
Students create personalized plans with their tutors to increase productivity and experience genuine success in school. Support can include keeping their backpack organized, using a planner, or creating a sustainable system of organization. By establishing a routine and learning organizational skills and time management strategies from our certified experts, students are set on a path for success with these critical life skills.
College Consulting + College Support
Similarly to test prep services, our College Consulting services are highly personalized, 1:1 sessions with an expert college consultant, Ann Wilson. She is well informed in many areas related to college including acceptance trends, schools where local students have been happy (or not), opportunities for merit scholarships, and more. Popular areas of consulting include:
- Sessions to determine areas of interest, possible majors, and school climate preferences, followed by research-based recommendations for schools that may be a good fit
- Guidance in writing college essays and personal statements
- Help completing the Common or Coalition Application, individual college applications, and scholarship applications
Once our students are in college, the support can continue through our College Support services. Students can regularly meet with a tutor via Skype or FaceTime to review grades, set schedules, discuss study strategies, and problem solve. Especially for students who struggle with executive function skills, partnering with an expert to set routines and maximize physical and emotional health is proven to contribute to overall happiness and success.
Serving our students and our community is at the heart of what we do at The Village Tutors, and we are proud to offer many services to support academic and learning success. Here is a full list of all of the services we offer, and if you are ready to get started to set your student up for a productive school year, you can contact us. Cheers to a great 2022-2023 school year!