Homework Coaching FAQ'S
 

How does Lexington Tutoring, LLC differ from other tutoring services in the area?

In addition to their substantial tutoring experience, our tutors are scientists, mathematicians and educators with proven expertise in their respective areas of study, broad knowledge bases across the curriculum and top grades throughout high school and college. All have a love of teaching and a respect for your child’s unique learning needs.

We are not a franchise, nor are we a sign-up list for recent graduates filling in while they seek employment.

Why do Lexington Tutoring, LLC’s methods work?

We pride ourselves on our tutors' enthusiasm for their subjects, excellence in academic achievement and passion for teaching. Our experienced, patient, approachable tutors can adapt their teaching styles to fit the needs of students with time-management struggles, learning disabilities or other difficulties. They assist with improving their students' goal-setting skills, critical thinking and emotional intelligence. They help with college applications and career planning. They help their students to appreciate the long-term advantages of developing good communication skills and habits.

We focus on what a student learns and how a student learns. Our homework coaches help their students to understand the content of their assignments and to become more cognizant of their own individual learning styles. Our highest priority is always to help our students gain in self-awareness, self-confidence and self-advocacy and build their arsenals of academic strategies.

We help students pinpoint their problem areas and understand how to improve them. Our students then begin to understand their own process and feel more confident about approaching their own work. In addition to remedial tutoring, we offer enrichment tutoring in almost all high school and many college subjects.

This New York Times review of two books about developing talent and genius in students provides an interesting discussion of how mentorship by an accomplished, successful professional can give a high school student a vision of his/her future self and a glimpse of an enchanted circle the student might someday join. You may also find interesting this New York Times article about the advantages of securing high quality tutoring for your son or daughter.

What subjects do you offer?

We offer almost all elementary, middle school, high school and college subjects, writing coaching, Spanish and test prep for the GED, the MCAS, the SAT, the SAT subject tests, the GREs, and the MTELS. We also offer college application support and we provide computer skills training at every level.

Where do you provide services?

We offer home, office and university/public library visits throughout Metro West and most of the greater Boston area. We are able to provide some services in Natick, Holliston, Easton and Westford with no travel surcharge and in some outlying areas with a travel surcharge.

We also provide sessions by Skype Video for a variety of special circumstances.

How does homework coaching work?

Typically, your tutor will meet with your student for two or three weekday after-school sessions of somewhere between an hour and a half and three hours in length to work together on whatever homework is due. The method by which they work will be determined as the tutor assesses your student’s present skills and time management strategies. The tutor provides an emailed end-of-the-week report at the completion of each week, or, upon parental request, a post-session report after each session.

Following these sessions, after completing any remaining homework, your tutor may ask your son/daughter to email copies of the completed homework to him/her.

On the weekdays when they are not scheduled to meet, for each class upon which they are focusing in their sessions, it is sometimes effective for your tutor to ask your son or daughter to phone or text him/her and to briefly convey what was covered in classes that day, what assignments were given, what long range assignments were discussed and what handouts were distributed. Then, if possible, your student might be asked to email to his/her tutor scans of any handouts (especially assignment sheets for major assignments) and the website addresses for any major assignments his/her teachers have posted online.

These are all strategies we use, some or all of which might be ones you’d like us to deploy with your son or daughter.

Tell me about your concierge tutoring.

We have very good success with our concierge tutoring approach when

  • requested services fall outside of the scope of our regular services
  • our regular sessions and reports do not fully address a student’s needs
  • we are given the discretion to extend sessions, if needed
  • support services involve frequent consultations with teachers and therapists working on behalf of the student
  • the number of sessions needed per week warrants a team approach

With concierge tutoring, we

  • dig deeper with goal-setting, critical thinking, cultural awareness and emotional intelligence
  • help our students make college and career choices
  • develop our students’ time management and organizational skills, striving to reducing stress while smoothing their educational trajectories
  • help our students to reach academic milestones and feel good about themselves in the process on a more intensive, customized level
  • help with registering for classes, ordering books, exploring careers, registration and preparation for the SATs, SAT IIs, MTELS and/or GREs and find myriad other ways to ease the stress of our students' academic lives

Tell me about your customized on-line learning games.

Often, students who think they are studying are not taking in what they are seeing in their textbooks and worksheets. When students team with their tutors to create our learning games, they learn to reframe their assigned work as questions and answers and to anticipate their teachers’ questions and answers. If you would like to explore this option, your tutor will work with your middle or high school student to create online flashcards and computer games for the material covered during homework sessions.

In between sessions, your tutor may ask the student to email to him/her notes on the homework, which we will also convert to flashcards and computer games--very handy for midyear or final exam prep and in subjects where a large quantity of information must be memorized, such as biology.

By participating in this process, students will hopefully strengthen their ability to perceive and integrate the main ideas in their reading and often make substantial gains in their time-management and organizational skills. Eventually, we hope that our students will add this kind of focused note-taking to their learning strategies.

Tell me about tutor-facilitated study groups.

Our tutor-facilitated study groups encourage participants to:

  • examine, reflect on, and refine their own understanding
  • become more confident and independent learners
  • acquire the skills for building their own support networks of like-minded students as they continue in their education

We suggest hosting a small weekly or bi-weekly tutor-facilitated test-prep study group in order to try out this very effective method of preparing for mid-year exams, AP tests, SAT II subject tests and final exams.

Our discounted rates for tutor-facilitated study groups:

My son/daughter has difficulty keeping track of assignment and project due dates. What do you recommend?

Many of our students have found that slip-ups in tracking assignments and projects can present a real obstacle to their success. Our organizational coaching helps students with attention-related concerns and/or executive functioning issues to manage daily challenges, such as prioritizing time, connecting actions to outcomes, and planning ahead.

Our homework coaches have found that Google Calendar-- a creative, unique, free online time-management tool--can help ameliorate this problem. Students generally love technology, and use mobile phones frequently to text message or email friends. Our system takes advantage of this, and allows students to text message or email their assignments during the day to their Calendars for future input and prioritization later that evening. Each evening, students can view the current tasks, track long-term assignments, plan activities, and move uncompleted assignments to the following day. Our tutors (and our students’ parents) also have access to these calendars, and can facilitate the system or make notes and suggestions where appropriate.

Where can I find information about the Advanced Placement tests?

General information about AP courses and exams can be found here.

The AP Exam calendar and information about fees can be found here .

To access AP Exam overviews, as well as sample multiple-choice questions and free-response questions, select from the courses in this table.

What AP test prep do you offer?

  • Art History--Amy Berninger, MPh
  • Biology--Margaret Kearns, MS, Nevin Katz, MEd & Amy Berninger, MPh
  • Calculus AB-- Andrew Lumb, BS, Megan Joiner, BS & Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Calculus BC-- Andrew Lumb, BS, Megan Joiner, BS & Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Chemistry---- Amy Berninger, MPh & Nevin Katz, MEd
  • English Literature & Composition-- Amy Berninger, MPh
  • European History--David Sims, MEd & Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Government & Politics: Comparative--David Sims, MEd & Brandon Robinson MEng
  • Macroeconomics--Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Microeconomics--Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Physics B--Nevin Katz, MEd, Megan Joiner, BS & Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism--Nevin Katz, MEd, Megan Joiner, BS & Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Physics C: Mechanics--Nevin Katz, MEd & Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • Statistics----Megan Joiner, BS, Amy Berninger, MPh & Brandon Robinson, MEng
  • United States History--David Sims, MEd, Brandon Robinson, MEng & Amy Berninger, MPh
  • World History--David Sims, MEd & Brandon Robinson, MEng

Are any of your homework coaches Massachusetts certified learning disabilities specialists?

Yes, five of our tutors are experienced teachers with LD certification and training. Four others have substantial experience with students who have learning disabilities. All have deep skill sets across the curriculum. They offer substantial, knowledgeable academic support in math, science, history, language arts and MCAS/SAT/SAT II prep in addition to working with their students to increase their conscious awareness of the various strategies available in their own academic situations and how to choose the ones that will be optimal. More information about our five learning disabilities specialists is available here.

For more details or to schedule a discounted, introductory session with one of our tutors, please call 781-652-9649 or click here to send us an email.

Do I need to do homework on my own if I have a homework coach?

You will get the most out of your coaching sessions if you bring all of your textbooks to sessions, read the appropriate chapters, keep careful track of long and short-range assignments and make a good faith effort to accomplish some of your homework on your own, saving the most difficult assignments for your work with your coach.

What support do you offer in addition to face-to-face sessions?

We offer the following optional support services. We prorate whichever services you choose at $55 per hour and itemize them on your weekly invoice.

  • In order to foster consistency and responsibility, we provide brief, daily support, direction and feedback to our school-age students via telephone and email (copied to their parents) if you so request. These homework check-ins can be very helpful to students who have difficulty with executive functions.
  • We are available to email our students’ teachers for clarification of assignments, feedback on student progress, information on make-up work owed, etc.
  • We offer a weekly report detailing the current work, noting progress achieved and discussing areas of concern.
  • Please note that we invoice time spent on email and telephone communications from parents to tutors and from tutors to parents as support services.
  • Some of our students find using our customized learning games very helpful. These are based on our student’s notes and text material and supplemented by our own fact-checking and editing.
  • We are available to attend parent-teacher conferences. We invoice attendance at conferences within 8 miles of your tutor’s location at $85 per hour.
  • Prearranged, scheduled Skype video supplements to homework coaching sessions are an option. Our rate for supplementary homework coaching by Skype video is $80 per hour.

We suggest that you send us the email addresses, web site addresses, names and phone numbers of your student’s teachers so that, if you would like us to do so, we can establish regular communication with his/her teachers to maximize your results.

What special materials, texts or software should we purchase for optimum results?

If the student has received CDs or DVDs of any of his/her textbooks this year, please ask him/her to bring them to his/her sessions. He/she should also bring an up-to-date assignment book and any textbooks needed for the work that day.


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