Elite Teaching Professionals
The Learning Consultants is comprised of the best private tutors in Connecticut and Westchester County. Here are the reasons:
In our geographic areas, The Learning Consultants is considered the premier educational boutique. As such, we attract the best educators who wish to work in the private sector. We also treat our teaching teammates far better than industry standards. Moreover, we only recruit either teachers who have been identified as excellent in their school systems or high quality professionals who have a calling for teaching. Our team consists not only of exceptional K-12 teachers but medical doctors, attorneys, investment bankers, engineers and college professors.
Teaching quality is the main differentiator in educational services. Compare the quality of our teachers with any educational provider. The franchises – Kumon, Sylvan, Kaplan et all – hire teachers who are part-time and temporary. They rarely stay more than a few years. Many are graduate students seeking to earn a few extra dollars. That’s fine. But that’s not optimal. Not only do we have many full time tutors but almost everyone on our team has been with The Learning Consultants for over 5 years. This matters enormously in terms of providing your children with the best possible teachers.
Our super flexible, parent-friendly process:
Unlike franchises that require “lock-in” to programs – a good business practice for them but unnecessary for most every family – we create an entirely customized solution for your child. You start and stop whenever you wish. The large up front cost required by franchises is designed to take advantage of parents who are stressed about their children’s performance. The goal from the franchise perspective is to ensure that the student-client works with them for as long as possible. Our view is quite the opposite. Our success stems from no longer being needed because we have helped our students such that they are now capable on their own.
1.) We listen to your unique needs for how we can help your child.
2.) We propose a tutoring/enrichment solution primarily involving the appropriate teacher/academic coach match.
3.) The proposal is based on subject matter, student challenges, location, and any other factor that might be important to our clients such as personality qualities of the student and desired personality qualities of the teacher.
4.) Our teachers are expert at teaching the subjects to which they will be assigned.
5.) We will then send a mutual introduction to you and the teacher.
6.) You would contact the teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time/place. Regarding time, every teacher is a bit different but, of course, all understand that they would be working after school and many understand that they might work on the weekend. In terms of location, we have offices in Madison and Old Saybrook. But, our teachers are spread from New York to Fairfield County to New Haven to Middletown to Stonington so depending on where our clients live they can meet in homes/public places that might be more convenient for our clients.
7.) Rates differ based on a variety of factors such as the teacher and the subject and the length of our proposed interaction. Please call (860) 510-0410 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Top Teachers and Tutors in Every Major Subject
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We have recruited the best of the best teachers in Connecticut who choose to tutor.
Our team includes teachers who have been recognized as outstanding in their fields, doctors, lawyers, college professors, engineers, military officers, high level business executives and others who have demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
The reason why our teachers are the best is twofold. For those who work in school systems, we have relied on recommendations from students, parents and administrators to identify the best teachers in schools across Connecticut. Others on our team have demonstrated excellence in another field and an excellent ability to teach in a high powered field.
Grades matter. There is some truth that one’s “permanent record” has lasting implications. Your child may have the tough grading teacher. But there is no asterisk next to a poor grade. Cumulative GPA -class rank is the number one factor for college admission. Fortunately, The Learning Consultants can help ensure that student-child maintains a top GPA through matching your student-child with a top notch teacher.
“Jesse Brockwell is a math God”
— Rachel M., mother of an Lyme-Old Lyme High School student
Jesse Brockwell has a cult-like following in math. Students from Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Valley Regional and areas near enough to hear about him line up to get on his calendar.
“Galen Cawley is the best teacher in our area.” Stephanie L, mother of a Branford, CT student and also an administrator in one of the area’s high schools. Galen Cawley has a similar following in Branford, Guilford, Madison, and surrounding areas.
Our other math teachers are of exceptional quality and gaining similar reputations to Jesse and Galen, both of whom have been tutoring for over 10 years.
Math. Just the word strikes fear into many students. Now, with the Common Core afflicting Connecticut students, most Connecticut parents are no longer in position to help their children with math.
We receive more calls about math than every other subject combined.
For that reason, we have spent significant time recruiting the absolute best math tutors in Connecticut and Westchester County.
There is a crucial distinction between what The Learning Consultants does and what other tutoring organizations in the area provide. Larger franchises typically hire talented math students as tutors, most of them are students looking for extra money. While they are good at math, many are not particularly good at teaching math.
At The Learning Consultants, our focus is different. We ensure that our teachers are great teachers. Since we are in close contact with so many Southeastern Connecticut students, we usually know the reputations of most of the teachers who apply to work with us. For that reason, we will ask our students in Branford, Guilford, Madison, Westbrook, Clinton, Old Saybrook, Essex, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Waterford, Groton, Mystic, Stonington and other towns, who the best math teachers are in their school. We then actively find out if these teachers wish to teach for The Learning Consultants.
We have also seen that a credentialed and certified teacher does not necessarily make a great teacher — and this is particularly true in math. Many of our students report the common experience of having had “a bad math teacher.” Even in great school systems such as East Lyme, we hear from students who have had problems with their math teachers.
Why do so many students complain about math teachers?
The reason is simple. Capable mathematicians rely heavily on their logical/analytical abilities and sometimes have under-developed verbal/linguistic abilities. Great English teachers, on the other hand, typically have well-developed verbal abilities and are naturally better communicators. We have found, as a generality, all math teachers love math but only some like to teach.
To find a math teacher who can communicate effectively is a gift. We have found several and intend on keeping them very happy!
Our outstanding teachers ensure that their students can not only do math, but also understand math. That’s the difference, and it makes a huge difference in performance. As an example, please ask around about Jesse Brockwell in Old Saybrook, Essex, and Old Lyme or Galen Cawley in Branford, Madison, and Guilford. Each is known as the best math tutor in their respective geographic areas.
We tutor our Connecticut students in Geometry, Algebra I, Alegebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus as well as K-8 math.
Many of our parents have discovered that our tutoring programs provide a huge advantage in ensuring math success.
The Learning Consultants has assembled a top-notch science teaching team, including two of the highest rated physics teachers in our area, a former US Naval Officer, an engineer and a medical doctor.
While math causes problems throughout middle school and high school for many students, science usually is trouble-free until sophomore year. Then… chemistry is mandated for most Connecticut and New York students. Many excellent students find that they cannot use their old study habits to master chemistry and that, unfortunately, much like the challenges created by many math teachers, the challenges created by math-based science teachers is similar. Many love the subject but lack the communication ability to effectively teach. Physics falls into the same category.
We have also recruited excellent Connecticut teachers who tutor general science anatomy, and biology (and its dreaded cousin, cellular biology).
English and History…Writing
Unless students are heading into highly technical fields, writing skill is the most important ingredient for academic success. In most liberal arts colleges, grades are almost exclusively determined by essay tests and term papers. Students who write well have a decided advantage. The same goes for higher level high school English and history classes, in which grades largely depend on essay tests and papers. We have seen many otherwise strong students suffer because their writing abilities, while good enough to get by in middle school, simply are not developed sufficiently for upper grades and beyond.
Our Writing Mastery programs transform the ability of our students to effectively write. And, we have outstanding English and History teachers who provide subject matter expertise in both areas.
As an example, ask around about Dr. Kristina Knobelsdorff if you live in East Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, or Essex. Her reputation as the top writing tutor in Southeastern, Connecticut is unsurpassed.
Preparing for College Writing
Every fall, batches of first-year students head into College Composition 101. For many students, this course is a tangle of confusing expectations. Their struggles aren’t their fault: college writing differs in important ways from high school writing. Professors are often surprised by how the poor writing abilities of new students. Students from your typical high school learn the five-paragraph theme—one paragraph intro, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion—a useful place to begin learning how to write a persuasive essay, but not always a great place to end up. The five-paragraph “formula” does help students succeed in standardized testing, where essays are read quickly for key features that the five-paragraph essay readily displays. But as you can imagine, students assigned a ten-page term paper won’t get very far with five paragraphs!
In college, students learn to see writing as a social activity—one that calls for close reading of an author’s words and thoughtful response, one in which a writer questions, reflects, and interprets her experiences. I encourage students to discover that writing is not the end of a critical thought process, it is part of that thought process. Thinking and writing go hand-in-hand. This social understanding of writing demonstrates that the process of writing involves multiple drafts (even the dreaded “bad” first draft is part of the game!) and that the outcome of writing is not a neatly-boxed answer, but an act of inquiry. As they grasp this philosophy, their writing slowly unfolds, their insights become more tenable, and they emerge from the wilderness.
The best part is, applying this process-oriented pedagogy of writing can start at all levels of schooling and will help students think more critically, reduce procrastination, and become happier writers.
Contact The Learning Consultants today to arrange writing tutoring for your child.
Americans have long been criticized for their lack of interest in languages. As the world becomes more integrated, the ability to converse in foreign languages will be increasingly important for success.
In the present, however, parents may have a more direct reason to care — grades.
From middle school through high school and the early years of college, foreign language is a requirement for most students. While math, English, science and history are usually focused upon as grades that matter, language matters equally. In many cases, student grades in a foreign language can account for 20% of their academic GPA.
That should be reason enough to focus on mastering a foreign language.
We have the best language teachers in the Shoreline, Connecticut-area on staff.