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Parents often ask us how to choose a tutorThey also have specific questions about benefits of tutoring, different kinds of tutoring, and how to know if their child needs tutoring. Parents want to know about other educational services we offer at the STRONG Learning Centers. Strong Learning offers tutoring at all grade levels, in all subjects, including test-prep tutoring and small-group tutoring. We also offer tutoring and testing for students with learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, sensory processing disorders, and ADHD. Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Linda Silbert by calling 845-628-7910. Or email us.
What are the benefits of tutoring for our child?Research shows that kids learn best in a one-to-one setting. Individual tutoring helps your child learn, get better grades, and raise test scores. At Strong Learning, we’ll develop a program specifically geared to your child’s individual needs. Even the best teachers, who may have as many as 30 or more children in a class, don’t have time for developing individualized programs for each child.
What are the different kinds of tutoring?Tutoring is usually, by definition, one-to-one. Occasionally two children having the same problem at a certain level of math, reading or another subject might be tutored at the same.
- Grade-level tutoring: Pre-school, primary grades, intermediate grades, middle school, high school, and college are included in grade-level tutoring. Some tutors and tutoring services will offer fewer grade levels. Many do not include college.
“I wish I had contacted Dr. Linda a little bit earlier when he was first having trouble with the reading because he spent the whole first year struggling with reading. I think if we had gone to Dr. Linda when I first noticed him going through trouble, he would have done much better. She just taught him in a way the schools weren’t. "- Samantha K.
- Subject-specific tutoring: The most common subjects for younger children are reading, math and math. For middle-school school and high school, it could also be science, how to study for exams, writing, foreign language, or any subject field that is given on standardized exams. Some children struggle so much in school that they have trouble in all their subjects. Other kids may just have a problem with math, chemistry or any other individual subject.
“Since starting with Dr. Linda my daughter enjoys reading more. She doesn’t feel like she’s being quote tutored. I think Dr. Linda shows a tremendous amount of patience with her. I think that brings out the better part of her. I think she’s brought back some of the joy to reading that she didn’t have before. A lot less frustration than was there before.” - Jennifer V.
- Learning disability tutoring: Many children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia (reading disorder), dyscalculia (math disorder), dysgraphia (writing disorder), ADHD, and sensory and auditory processing disorders make excellent progress with tutoring.
"We met with Dr. Linda. She bonded with my son immediately. It was the best thing. She spoke to my son for a while and had me have his vision tested that showed he was developmentally vision delayed. He had visual processing problems. Dr. Linda helped us with that a whole lot." Jackie J.
- Small-group tutoring: Small-group tutoring is a small class, offered by some tutoring services, often for high school students studying for state tests like the New York Regents, college or private and parochial high school entrance exams. or SAT, PSAT, and Act exams for college entrance. (See Test prep tutoring below.)Strong Learning offers small-group tutoring for selected academic subjects, summer school, and test prep tutoring.
- Homework tutoring: Often bright kids who are doing well in school except for homework need an extra nudge (versus parental nagging) to understand their homework and get it done. Homework tutoring offers the solution. Strong Learning offers homework tutoring beginning with elementary school and on through middle school and high school.
- Study skills tutoring: Many middle school and high school students don't know how to study. Even though they may spend hours with their books and notes, they still get poor grades on exams. Study skills tutoring helps kids learn how to find the important information and facts in what they're reading, master strategies for test taking, discover and use their personal learning style, and how to memorize,
“It was a pleasure meeting you last week. Doug and I left your office feeling much better. As soon as we got home, Doug did his homework and has continued to do his homework everyday. He’s used the assignment book you designed for him and it’s working out great. You let him know that he is capable. You let me know that he really wants to do well, but struggles a little. Also, the tutor you sent is excellent. She’s professional, experienced and knowledgeable. He just got a 95% on his history test. That’s much better than the D’s he was getting after sitting for hours studying."
- Test prep tutoring: Many educational services specialize in Test Prep classes only. Other tutoring services and individual tutors don't offer test prep tutoring. Strong Learning offers both one-on-one tutoring and test prep classes. Classes and tutoring include those for the NY Regents exams, SAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT and ACT combined, and AP for high school students; ISEE, TACHS, and HSPT for middle school students applying to private and parochial high schools; and GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test prep for college students wanting to go on to graduate school.
How do we know if our child needs a tutor?Just because your child is struggling in school doesn’t necessarily mean tutoring is the solution. First make sure your child doesn’t have a physical problem. Schedule a complete physical with your pediatrician. Check hearing and vision. You’d be surprised at how often a child has problems in school simply because they need glasses or a hearing aid. If the physical problem has gone unchecked for a long time, and your child has gotten behind, tutoring will help. If your child gets a good report from the pediatrician, do some detective work to find out what else might be going on. Was everything fine last year and now your child is getting poor grades? Is a particular subject too hard? Perhaps your child doesn’t like this year’s teacher? Before getting a tutor, talk to your child’s teacher(s), a school counselor, and anyone else who sees your child. Find out what they recommend. Discuss what’s going on with your child. Why do they think they’re having a hard time? This is a conversation, not an interrogation. It’s a time to be gentle and understanding. Let your child know you’re the advocate, not the enemy.
How do we choose between one-on-one tutoring and small-group tutoring for our child?One-on-one tutoring is always the most effective. On the other hand, small-group tutoring is less expensive. Small-group tutoring is not usually effective and is rarely available for children with learning disabilities.
How do we find a tutor for our child?Start by asking your child’s teacher or a counselor or social work at the school. Some school districts will have lists of tutors. You can also look online by searching for “tutors” plus your city or general geographic area. Make the search more specific by looking for “math tutors” or “learning disability tutors,” for example. If you live in the area STRONG Learning serves (Putnam and Westchester counties in New York), let us help you. We tutor all grades and all subjects. Call 845-628-7910 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Linda Silbert. Or email us.
“Strong Learning is simply the best tutoring and educational testing available. These ‘education experts’ do everything from solving serious learning problems to advanced enrichment. In your home or at a location near you, they cover all subjects/grades, study skills, preparation for Regents, SAT, AP, and remediation for LD, ADD, and Dyslexia. No contracts are required.” Westchester Magazine
Where does our child go for tutoring?Some tutors work out of a center or their office. Other tutors see students in the tutor’s home. A few will come to your home. At Strong Learning, we offer flexibility. We’ll come to your home or a convenient, safe location near-by where your child feels comfortable. Dr. Linda Silbert does tutoring in her office in Mahopac, New York.
When should we begin tutoring?Tutoring can be started at any time. Often parents wait until their child is failing or about to take an important exam. But it’s usually best to find out what’s going on with your child at the first sign of a problem. And then if tutoring seems to be the solution, begin as soon as possible. Your child will start doing better in school sooner. And often your child will need less tutoring than if you start later which means you’ll save money.
Does our child need testing in order to receive tutoring?Testing is not a requirement before selecting a tutoring, but it’s often important in order to diagnose a learning disability. Tutoring is ineffective if the tutor and parents don’t know what the problem is and only see the symptoms. Testing often shows what the problem is. Suppose the symptom is struggling in math. Without testing, a tutor doesn’t know if your child really has a math problem. It could be dysgraphia (writing disorder) that prevents your child from keeping numbers in a column or not being able read word problems (dyslexia or other reading problem). Some tutors offer achievement, ability, and learning disability testing. ADHD testing must be done by a psychiatrist or pediatrician if drugs are being considered. An audiologist should test for an auditory processing disorder are usually tested by an audiologist. If the tutor you’re considering doesn’t offer testing and testing is necessary, you will need to find a counselor, someone at your child’s school, and educational diagnostician, or other educational professional to administer the tests. Strong :Learning offers achievement, academic ability, learning disabilities, ADHD, and career aptitude testing. Email or call us at 845-628-7910 for your child’s appointment. Diagnostic testing is used only when necessary and is limited to exactly what is necessary. This saves you time and money. If a full report is needed, it will include suggestions on how to solve your child’s specific problems.
What qualifications should a tutor have?
- Master’s degree in the subject being taught
- Up to date with latest teaching methods and curriculum used by schools their students attend
- Ability to relate well with children
- Knowledge about how children learn including the importance of having fun and playing while learning.
- Willingness to create individual programs for student’s specific needs
- Certification and/or membership in organizations relevant to specialty being taught if possible. For example, tutors working with dyslexic students might be members of the International Dyslexia Association and listed in its provider directory.
- Familiar with the newest developments in their field.
- Administers appropriate tests. (Although this isn’t essential, it makes it easier for you if the tutor can do the testing so you don’t have to find someone else to do it.)
- If working with learning disabilities, is the tutor qualified in the specialized knowledge necessary for the specific disability. For example, if your child has dyslexia, is the tutor trained in one of the recommended methods for working with dyslexia, such as the Orton-Gillingham approach.
What questions should we ask when interviewing a tutor?
- What is your experience? Your qualifications?
- How do you assess what our child needs?
- Are you familiar with the textbooks and curriculum at our child's school?
- Do require a contract?
- What are your charges, cancellation policy, and other procedures.
- How do you communicate with us and our child's teacher and how often?
What should parents avoid when hiring a tutor?• Contracts that lock in the number of tutoring hours your child will receive even if the child doesn't need that much tutoring. • Lack of experience tutoring • Little flexibility in location of tutoring and hours available • Unclear about charges for extra sessions, missed sessions, and cancellation policies. This information should be in writing and readily available. • Unwillingness to communicate with your child’s teacher and school • Unwillingness to communicate clearly with you about your child’s progress • “Knows” what your child needs without testing, talking to teachers, listening to you, meeting your child| • No references
What should we our child about tutoringExplain that the tutor will help your child do better in school. Going to a tutor isn’t a punishment, and you aren’t angry at or unhappy with your child. Tell your child that a tutor is like a teacher but just for one child at a time. Explain that your child might be tested but that these tests won’t count at school. The tests don't have grades. They just show the tutor what your child needs to learn.
Do girls need a different kind of tutoring than boys?Tutoring varies from child to child as each one is different. In general, the differences aren’t between boys and girls but more often depending on the individual problem. Perhaps your child has a learning disability? Maybe your child is taking an unusually hard class. Another child might have been sick for a few weeks and gotten behind. Each situation will require different tutoring strategies. However boys with ADD/ADHD often have ADHD which is they hyperactive form of Attention Deficit Disorder. Girls, on the other hand, more often have ADD. They’re dreamy and have a hard time staying on track but aren’t hyperactive. Which isn’t to say that girls can be hyperactive and boys quiet and dreamy. If a tutor is working with manipulatives, younger boys will enjoy small cars while many little girls prefer small plastic dolls or ladybugs. However, most manipulatives are gender neutral.
What should we tell our child about being tutored?Your child needs to feel comfortable and excited about tutoring. Parents need to emphasize that tutoring will help and that it's not a punishment. The challenges your child has in school aren't about being lazy or stupid. Let your child know you're not the enemy, you're their advocate. And that the tutor is also an advocate. If at all possible avoid canceling a child's favorite activity or sport because it conflicts with tutoring. Find a tutor who has flexible hours.
Should a tutor communicate with our child’s teacher and other people at the school who are involved with our child?Tutors need to talk to your child's teacher(s) and anyone else your child sees at school such as a reading specialist. It's important for your child's teacher and your child's tutor to work closely together. The tutor needs to know what's being taught, how your child is doing, and what suggestions the teacher has.
How long should tutoring take?Tutoring should last only long enough to reach your child’s learning goals. Tutoring that goes on indefinitely even after your child has improved isn’t necessary and can be costly. Tutoring should be limited to specifically what your child needs to succeed and reach the learning goals.
Should we be in the room while our child is being tutored?Usually parents are not in the room while their child is being tutored, especially older children and teens. However, if a child is shy and anxious, it's reassuring to know that Mom or Dad is right there. After you child is more comfortable with the tutor, tutoring is often more effective without a parent in the room. At the end of the session, parents can ask for a brief summary of the work their child did and how they can help at home. For example, if tutoring includes playing learning games, parents can play the games with their child during the next week. (And we strongly recommend playing learning games. They're fun and a quick, easy way to learn or review.)
What is the best teaching method for tutoring?Teachers and tutors all have their own individual methods and style. Many different methods work. However, we know from research and observation at our Strong Learning Centers that having fun is essential. Children (and adults) learn better and more quickly when they're having a good time.
What are the benefits of using Strong Learning tutoring for your child?Strong Learning helps children from pre-school through high school overcome learning obstacles, increase self-esteem, improve grades, raise test scores, and become more self-confident. We offer tutoring in all grades and all subjects. Strong Learning provides not only one-to-one tutoring but also achievement, ability and learning disability testing, small-group classes, test prep classes, and career counseling. Strong Learning does not have contracts. Tutoring is scheduled around your family's busy life. Our tutors, most of whom have advanced degrees in their specialties, are qualified and experienced. They love kids and are dedicated to your child's success.
Our Mission is helping your child achieve their potential by pinpointing and then fixing the core obstacles that keep holding them back.When you work with us you can expect to see improvement in your child’s confidence, self esteem and ability to learn. Your child will participate in class more actively, conflict between you and your child will be reduced significantly and better grades will come with a lot less struggle and effort. Our goal is that you understand the root cause of the situation by zeroing-in on their ability to find out exactly what tiny component needs work. Our ability assessment enables us to pinpoint what is holding back their academic success. We are the only tutoring company who does ability testing to understand where the true problems lie. Why spend 4 hours per week for months and months and months when you can spend a fraction of that time on their laser-targeted problem? You’ll get a one-on-one session for you and your child, during which we will work to finally bring all the facts about their abilities into the light. Unlike most tutoring companies, this will not be limited to just academic or intellectual life of your child. We will also examine the emotional and social factors that may be influencing their academic achievement. You’ll receive our assessment on the spot about what’s really going on the inside for you child, ending any doubts about your child’s ability and giving you a much clearer picture of their future needs. Won’t it be nice to put and end to frustration and finally start working on really fixing the problem ‘at the source’? You can expect to have someone on YOUR side, who can help you understand how the education maze works, someone to calm ruffled feathers and help you work with your school’s teachers to help them understand the precise situation of your child’s learning difficulties. Finally, you’ll get some insight into what is going on in school, too. You can expect any conflict between you and your child will be reduced significantly. Together, we will put the missing pieces together in their learning. You will stop feeling the need to hover over your child, constantly checking homework and school progress. Communication between you and your child can be re-established as trust starts to grow. They will start to be more open again, coming to you again with their issues rather than lying or avoiding them by sweeping them under the rug. Trust is a piece of the picture that is forgotten by most tutoring companies. Our research shows that without trust, you’ll get lackluster academic results. This is why our approach includes treating the social and emotional side of your child along with intellectual side. You’ll get the unvarnished truth about your child. If we are able to help you further, we’ll tell you straight. In most cases, some further tutoring can help, and we hand-pick tutors and match them to meet the needs of each specific child. You’ll only be recommended the tutoring time your child really needs without any "padding." In any case, we’ll make sure you’re very clear about the next step needed. You will finally have a series of practical steps and strategies to help them with their difficulties. What’s more, you’ll be able to start the same day! You will notice a marked decrease in your child’s anxiety, frustration and stress levels from our calm reassurances and explanations to them about what is really going on. This is a natural byproduct of our approach. If you’ve been going from one expert to another, the endless rounds of testing can now finally come to an end. Most of the time, we can provide an assessment in a single session. You can expect to reap an improved climate in the household. The relationship between you and your child has been put under so much stress lately. Since 1966, we’ve had lots of experience helping people, just like you, put the pieces together. And your child can finally stop looking for that ‘normal switch’. Your teachers will finally be fully in the picture about your child’s learning difficulties. Conversations you have with them about your child will stop being quite so emotional and become more constructive. We help arm you with the necessary information to help your teacher’s feel like a part of the solution.
If you live in Westchester or Putnam counties in New York, Let Strong Learning help your child today!
Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Linda Silbert by calling 845-628-7910.
Or email us.
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