The Learning Consultant Difference
Our super flexible, parent-friendly, general process:
- We listen to the needs of our prospective clients.
- We propose a tutoring/enrichment solution primarily involving the appropriate teacher/academic coach match.
- The proposal is based on the 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.
- Our teachers are expert at teaching the subjects to which they will be assigned.
- We will then send a mutual introduction to you and the teacher.
- 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 on the weekend. In terms of location, our teachers are spread from New York 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.
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The Teaching Difference
We are not simply “hopeful” that the people we hire will be great. We know they will be great because they are already outstanding teachers, tutors and mentors. The Learning Consultants retains top teachers with reputations built in their areas.
That’s the teaching difference with The Learning Consultants. And that’s why our reputation for quality tutoring in Connecticut, Westchester County and New York City has far surpassed other tutoring organizations.
The Hiring Difference
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 Connecticut and New York. In any given week, we receive multiple applications from teachers and tutors across Connecticut and New York area.
There are numerous reasons for this good fortune.
We have already retained top tutors from specific areas and they connect us with other excellent teachers and tutors.
Other teachers hear that we have a different tutoring philosophy than other franchise tutoring organizations. We treat our tutors exceptionally well.
We manage the administrative part of the tutoring work and let our teachers do what they do best: teach math or writing, or whatever area their expertise lies.
When it comes to quality control, the problem with franchise teaching is simple. Since the teachers leave so frequently, there is no way to properly judge the quality of a franchise location. The Learning Consultants prides itself on its retention of tutors.
At The Learning Consultants, our teachers are long-time members of the community, many of whom are teaching in our local school systems. They care greatly about their reputation for top-notch teaching quality.
Our compensation: We pay at rates that are somewhere in the range of 2-5x higher than standard franchises.
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 two decades 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.
All Major Subjects and Executive Functioning
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Executive Functioning Tutoring
At The Learning Consultants, we have specific tutors who are equipped to help students with executive functioning challenges. The first step is to prioritize which executive functioning skill or skills need addressing. The next step, and one of the main differences in our approach, is that we focus on the metacognition aspect of EF. We help students “think about their thinking”. Most tutoring facilities simply plug in a strategy without ANY meta cognition consultation and/or reflection with the student. Reflecting on WHAT kind of strategy may work and WHY that strategy then DID/DID NOT work is the true key to driving successful behavioural changes.
THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN ACADEMIC TUTORING.
Executive Functioning is the mental skills needed to learn.
Planning/Organization/Prioritizing – The ability to manage current and future-oriented task demands.
Time Management – The ability to impose order on work, estimating the time needed for an activity, being able to allocate time appropriately and to stay within time limits, and to meet deadlines.
Working memory – The capacity to hold information in mind for the purpose of completing a task.
Inhibition – The ability to stop one’s own behaviour at the appropriate time, including stopping actions and thoughts. The flip side of inhibition is impulsivity.
Shift – The ability to move freely from one situation to another and to think flexibly in order to respond appropriately to the situation.
Emotional Control – The ability to modulate emotional responses by bringing rational thought to bear on feelings.
Initiation and Attention – The ability to begin a task or activity and to independently generate ideas, responses, or problem-solving strategies while not getting distracted.
Self-Monitoring – (Metacognition) The ability to monitor one’s own performance and to measure it against some standard of what is needed or expected.
Learning Consultants Tutors help students:
Organize their work areas, backpacks and notebooks.
Plan their approach to homework, both short and long term.
Work on time management.
Approach the writing process with a step by step guide approach.
Help them learn to assess their own work and progress.
Tutoring in All Subjects
“The Learning Consultants helped Kate move from a C to a B+ in math. More importantly, she no longer hates math!”
— Rachel M., mother of a Guilford High School student
Math. Just the word strikes fear into many students.
At the Learning Consultants we receive more calls about math than every other subject combined.
For that reason, we have spent significant time recruiting talented mathematicians who are particularly talented at teaching math. .
That phrasing 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 New York 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 these 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 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 a 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.
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.
While math causes problems throughout middle school and high school for many students, science usually is trouble-free until sophomore year.
Then… Chemistry hits.
We have hired several outstanding chemistry teachers to meet the demands of students who no longer find science fun when they start taking chemistry classes.
We have also recruited excellent teachers in other sciences.
For those who are brave enough to enroll, physics also causes enormous problems. For that reason, we have one of the region’s top physics teachers on staff. We also have several biology teachers on staff, as well as those that tutor in general science education classes.
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 teacher who provide subject matter expertise in both areas.
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.
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.
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 Learning Consultants today to arrange writing tutoring for your child.