Connecticut's Top Educational Consultancy
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Helping Your Children Succeed
Our Student Mastery Program will improve your children’s motivation and overall school performance.
Our Test Mastery Program will improve your children’s test scores.
Our Subject Based Tutoring will improve your children’s grades.
Our Counseling Programs will improve your children’s life direction.
Why We Are Different
Elite Teachers: We are a boutique group of high level professionals who have a calling for education. We have retained the best local teachers who tutor. In addition, our powerhouse list of educators includes medical doctors, lawyers, engineers, investment bankers, college professors, military officers and other professionals who are master communicators and educators. The talent level of our teachers is far superior to other educational consultancies and tutoring organizations. Since teaching quality is the chief difference in educational services, this factor alone makes The Learning Consultants best positioned to serve your child.
Motivational Shifting: We not only shift our students' grades and test scores but also change their relationship to school and work through our mastery paradigms. Simply put, we will change your children’s emotional connection to school and inspire them to become self-directed. In doing so, we will help your relationship with them by removing the constant need to nag. This is radically different than most tutoring organizations which focus exclusively on the subject matter.
Best Practices: Our intellectual property related to the design of our programs is the result of over a decade of refining and honing the best methods to approach school, tests, and other areas of our consulting practices. Our strategies for teaching; our manner of coaching; and our overall way of interacting with clients is distinctly different than franchises which perpetuate training manuals from years past.
Customized: Despite our growth, we hold dearly to our individualized attention, client serving, community minded approach. We know that you and your circumstances are unique. We will treat you accordingly.
Our Mastery Methodology: We approach our work with the same philosophical commitment to excellence exhibited by elite professionals of any discipline. We seek to be master teachers by imparting a similar sense of mastery to all our students. All of our work, test prep, tutoring, counseling, and student mastery itself has a foundation in this philosophy. But, our specific Student Mastery program can best explain how we approach our work.
What is Student Mastery?
The Student Mastery program was created for those students who:
1) could benefit from a more holistic framework for practices that are useful in all subjects and,
2) would like long-lasting academic performance lessons designed to endure throughout their academic careers.
Our best practices program will lead to getting better grades. But, the real hope of the program is that success in school will build a greater appreciation for a lifetime of learning. At the very least, students and parents are delighted by the simple fact that their daily battles over studying substantially decrease or disappear altogether.
How do you train students?
We motivate students and we teach best practices for each significant area of student life to help our clients happily succeed in school.
· Study skills
· Time management
· Executive Functioning
· Test-taking mastery
· Homework-busy work mastery
· Classroom/ teacher relationships
Self-motivation is the first key.
Most students study to avoid nagging and most parents come to us because they are tired of nagging.
The Student Mastery program’s first priority is moving students from acting solely due to outer-direction (studying only because they are told to do so) to self-direction (performing to their potential for their own reasons).
The immediate desired end result — no more need to nag — is good for the whole family.
The even more desirable higher end objective — learning to love learning — leads to a lifetime of success.
We're often asked, "How did you help change our child so dramatically?" That’s a complicated question. But, the simple answer revolves around the effect that any good coach can have on a trainee. We convince our students to care for their own sake.
The "how" involves a deep understanding of psychological patterns in order to uncover each student's unique motivational triggers. Some part of this philosophy is unveiled in Motivate Your Son, Daryl Capuano’s book on the subject.
Parents usually attempt to motivate students as if they were asking themselves: "what would motivate me?" If your student-child were exactly like you, and the same age as you, then the question might lead to effective insights. But given the age and personality differences between parent and child, the better question is: "What would motivate my specific child?"
Regardless of the parent’s psychological insight and even ability to communicate those insights, most parents lose their effectiveness to motivate their children sometime during the advent of the teen years. At that point, the parent-child relationship is so immersed in psychological baggage that parents often exhaust their ability to inspire their children.
The main reason is the inherent conflict in your dual roles of boss (you could be doing this better) and unconditional love giver (I love you regardless). Even well-meaning and kindly communicated attempts to help are usually interpreted by the child as nagging.
The deterioration of the relationship is often an unforeseen consequence of this dynamic. Certainly, teens enjoy being with their friends more than their parents but they would enjoy being with their parents more if nagging was minimized.
This is the point where The Learning Consultants can best help. Our method involves discovering what motivates each unique younger person at their stage in their development.
We have also discovered common personality and psychological patterns well beyond the obvious among young adults. For this reason, we understand how these patterns might play out and how we can intervene effectively. Our most fulfilling successes have come from helping students develop their own self-awareness and desire to achieve success.
The Best Practices
Consider the development of any skill set: Tennis. Dance. Violin. Each requires lessons for improvement. Remember your first day on any new job? There likely was some type of training.
Now consider the “job” of your child. Student. It is, in fact, the longest job that many people will ever have. Yet, there is no training for the job of student. Students attend classes in individual subjects. Teachers teach their subject matter, not study skills. Sure, some schools provide generalized study tips in pamphlets (unread) or quick orientation programs (minimal attention given). But, most students are left completely on their own to train themselves. And, most do not do a very job.
In each area, we have a methodology for student success– a genuine training manual for “students” – that is imparted to our clients.
Self-motivation plus training leads to success.
$95 total cost (including the book)
2 classes, 2 hour length each, 2 options for each class
Old Saybrook, Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:30 pm
Madison, Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8:30 pm
Old Saybrook, Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Madison, Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8:30 pm
You can attend either location on either date. So, “yes” you can take class 1 at one location and then migrate to the other location for class 2.
Taught by Daryl Capuano
To register: please either call (860) 510-0410 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
and click “Pay for ACT classes," then follow the on-screen instructions
Old Saybrook Office - 121 Main Street, Third Floor
Madison Office - 71 Bradley Road
You will need directions to correctly find our Madison office - click here
Super flexible make-up options:
There are alternate start dates and numerous make-up dates. Every summer student misses classes. And, about 50% start in weeks 2 and 3 (some even in week 4). We have designed the program so that students can start late (and miss classes).
Students can also attend either location on any given weekend.
And, we let students finish classes in the fall. Indeed, many of our summer students do a hybrid summer-fall program (ie starting classes in the summer but finishing classes in the fall)
To register: please either send a $100 deposit to "The Learning Consultants", 12 Acorn Drive, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 or deposit online:
Click here to make a deposit of $100 online and ensure your child's seat in the class
Schedule for the Summer SAT Mastery Seminar
Old Saybrook, Saturdays 9-12 noon
starting July 13th
Madison, Sundays 4-7 pm
starting July 14th
Old Saybrook (Saturdays 9-12 noon)
Class 1: July 13
Class 2: July 20
Class 3: July 27
Class 4: August 3
Class 5: August 10
Class 6: August 17
Class 7: August 24
Class 8: August 31
Madison (Sundays 4-7 PM)
Class 1: July 14
Class 2: July 21
Class 3: July 28
Class 4: August 4
Class 5: August 11
Class 6: August 18
Class 7: August 25
Class 8: September 1
Please review or call us to discuss our super-flexible make-up policy. We reiterate: You can attend either of our two classes on any given weekend (no notice needed). We have multiple make-up classes during the session and we allow students to attend classes in the spring session.
Contact Daryl Capuano at:
(860) 510-0410 or
Daryl Capuano recently named to Who's Who In America.
The Learning Consultants opens offices in Fairfield County and New York City.
Daryl's new book - Motivate Your Son, has recently been reviewed by several educational institutions and websites. See below for what some of them had to say.
Tucker Cavanaugh is named Director of Learning Consultants, Fairfield County.
Kathleen Brigham is named Director of Learning Consultants, New York City.
Dr. Dan Hartman to run graduate school testing classes in New London, CT.
Dr. Kristina Knobelsdorff to run writing mastery sessions in Old Saybrook, CT.
Congratulations to now “Dr. Matt
Fleming” on earning his doctorate in bio-chemistry from Yale.
Jean Card, Director of Student Mastery, to speak at Daniel Hand’s College Bowl.
The Learning Consultants’ in-school SAT programs have expanded:
New London Magnet School of Science and Technology,
North Branford High School
The Williams School in New London,
Southeastern, CT Chinese School,
The Grove School in Madison, CT
Franklin Academy in East Haddam, CT
Old Saybrook High School
Valley Regional High School in Deep River, CT.
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Over 25 Top Tutors For Every Major Subject
We hire approximately 1% of applicants. Our team consists of the best local teachers and top notch professionals who have a calling for education. These high level communicators and motivators include several attorneys, medical doctors, business executives, military officers, college professors, and investment bankers.
Why are our teachers better?
1.) Higher quality recruits
Our recruiting process:We became aware of the current members of our teaching staff because they already had excellent teaching and tutoring reputations. We only hire those who have already developed high level teaching skill. We are not simply "hopeful" that the people we hire will be great. We know they will be excellent tutors because they are already outstanding teachers.
Standard franchise process:Most tutoring franchises have teachers that meet two criteria: 1) They are smart, as demonstrated by a sound academic record and, 2) They are willing to work for little money. For the most part, such tutors come from the college or graduate school pool of applicants. Most of their tutors are not teachers and/or do not have much teaching experience. While many are bright, they usually do not have the experience to teach at a high level. In addition, almost all the tutors from such organizations are not interested in teaching as a profession. They view tutoring as a part-time job to last a few years while they finish up school or whatever current situation they are in that requires them to make extra money.
2.) Our Build A Tutoring Practice Based On Excellent Feedback Process
We build the teaching practices of our teachers one client at a time. For that reason, teachers are only assigned new clients if - and only if - they have received excellent feedback over time. Our teachers are long-time members of the communities they serve and, more importantly, only work with us if they are committed to doing so into the indefinite future. Each has built their educational consulting practice through building a client list that depended upon receipt of positive reviews. As such, they care greatly about their reputation for top-notch teaching quality because that is the only way they can build a teaching practice with us.
Standard franchise process:When it comes to quality control, franchises have two major problems: teaching turnover and the teaching assignment process. Teachers at such organizations leave so frequently that there is no way to properly judge the quality of a franchise location. For example, if it was the case that a certain Princeton Review location had a great teacher a few years ago, the location would get an excellent reputation. Continual turnover, however, would suggest that the teacher would likely have left by the time your child enrolled. The new teacher might be good -- or might not. In addition, franchises assign clients to teachers based on the number of hours that an employee is supposed to work. So, for example, if a teacher should work 10 hours per week, the teacher will be assigned clients to fit that amount. The teacher has not built a teaching practice based on great reviews but rather works based on meeting an arbitrary number of hours required to work.
3.) Our compensation and treatment of teammates
Our compensation: We pay at rates that are somewhere in the range of 2-5x higher than standard franchises.
Standard franchise compensation: The range starts slightly above minimum wage and has a ceiling that is lower than our teachers’ entry pay.
Our management style: Over time, as the reputation of The Learning Consultants has grown, we have been fortunate to get the pick of the best teachers and tutors in our geographic areas. Part of the reason is that we treat our teachers exceptionally well. We manage the administrative part of the tutoring work and let our teachers teach.
Franchise management style:We have interviewed countless teachers from other tutoring organizations who were discouraged by the bureaucracy, micro-management, and needless procedures that they had to follow. I am sure there are plenty of satisfied teachers at such organizations but, in over a decade of work in this industry, we have yet to come across any.
In summary, we have the best teachers because we have a better recruiting process; method of building our team; and compensation/management structure that keeps our talented teachers happy to help your children.
Our central office is:
The Learning Consultants
121 Main Street, Office 3A
Old Saybrook, CT 06475.
Our branch office is located at:
71 Bradley St., Madison, CT
In addition, we have tutors and test prep teachers throughout the Shoreline of Connecticut who can meet in convenient locations anywhere in Southeastern Connecticut.
Our primary service area is Shoreline Connecticut and nearby New Haven, CT and New London, CT locations. As word-of-mouth is our best advertisement, please ask your Connecticut neighbors about The Learning Consultants tutoring, test prep and educational advisory services in -
- Branford, CT
- Guilford, CT
- Madison, CT
- Clinton, CT
- Westbrook, CT
- Old Saybrook, CT
- New Haven, CT
- Haddam, CT
- Killingworth, CT
- Durham, CT
- Essex, CT
- Deep River, CT
- Chester, CT
- Old Lyme, CT
- East Lyme, CT
- Waterford, CT
- Groton, CT
- New London, CT
- Montville, CT
- Mystic, CT
- Berlin, CT
- Ledyard, CT
- Stonington, CT
These Connecticut locations are not exclusive as we do service other areas.
Our central office is 121 Main Street, Old Saybrook, Connecticut. But, we have satellite offices in Essex and Guilford CT. We also create customized groups throughout the Shoreline of Connecticut as well as in-house SAT test prep programs at such schools as The Williams School in New London, CT, Valley Regional (Essex, Deep River, and Chester), The Grove School in Madison, CT and Old Saybrook High School.