Private Tutoring FAQs 

How do students benefit from private tutoring?

College or some other form of post-secondary education is no longer an option, but a necessity for a student to compete successfully in the 21st century economy. The competition for college acceptance is growing while scholarship dollars are shrinking. Technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, and STEM skills have become the foundation for many areas.

Though we no longer offer tutoring for students younger than middle school, our best one-on-one tutoring program is available for students who need a boost in their reading, writing, math or science skills. College bound students are encouraged to take challenging classes because they offer the best academic preparation. Honors and AP classes give them the boost they need.

How are your tutoring sessions organized?

All tutoring sessions are one-on-one and run for an hour (minimum of 50 minutes) or longer, if requested. Your student will work with an experienced specialist in his or her individual area of expertise. Well educated, motivating teachers are our greatest asset. Teachers work with each student to his or her skillset while promoting the joy of learning. Students have the same teacher from session to session, and they work in a private room. This develops trust as students feel free to ask questions without embarrassment and admit if they are not understanding. Tutors can gauge progress and readily make adaptations to their teaching as needed.

What subject areas do you teach?

We work with middle & high school students in core academic areas that include all levels of math, natural science, earth science, physical science, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and anatomy. In addtion, we offer ACT, PSAT, and SAT prep, and STEM coursework assistance.

Do you teach study skills?

Study skills are essential for school success, and we incorporate study strategies into individual subject tutoring sessions. We also offer study skills sessions and classes.

Do you provide assistance with IEPS or 504 Plans?

Dr. Chippendale works with parents and consults with your students school to evaluate or develop an IEP or 504 plan. She is especially vigilant in making sure that students who are covered by these plans also take advantage of their accommendations on the ACT and SAT.

Who are your teachers?

Our teachers are experienced subject specialists. They have a minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree, and many have M.A./M.S./M.Ed. or Ph.D.’s. Since teachers teach in their field of expertise, they are able to identify specific needs and adapt teaching to each student.

How often will my child attend Focus on Learning?

The number of hours vary depending on the service. Private subject tutoring is ususally one or two hours per week, depending on how much make-up work is required by a student in their courses at school. The number and duration of ACT, PSAT, and SAT sessions vary based on students current composite score. We ask students to begin prep no later than 3 weeks prior to the test(s), and depending on the goal score students set in relation to their previous highest score, students may require 2-6 hours of preparation per week. The number of sessions is agreed upon after a free 30 minute initial consultation.

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