Where to Begin

Step 1:  Educational Evaluation and Diagnostic learning Assessments

School can be very frustrating for students who may feel out of sync with their classmates and frustrated that the level of effort they put into their schoolwork is not matched by the feedback they receive. Our Educational Evaluations and Cognitive Assessments exist to give our students (and their parents) a road map to how they learn. Through the assessment process we identify students’ cognitive strengths and weaknesses and explain how these underlie academic struggles. We use a variety of tests to measure hand-eye coordination and reading and math skills. For middle school students, the battery includes an evaluation of basic concepts and phonetic ability. For all students, we measure sight word ability, the ability to read aloud and silently, and the ability to write a short paragraph. We administer a standardized achievement (Scholars Cognitive Assessments) test to provide grade equivalents and percentiles in reading and math. We use our own math placement exam to gain an understanding of your child's computational and problem solving ability. For high school students, we administer a study habits evaluation. During the evaluation, we observe your child's behavior and reaction to the tests. For non-readers, the testing battery takes about one hour. For most others, it takes about three hours.

Step 2: Analysis and Recommendations

Before revealing the results of assessments with our parents, we spend considerable time analyzing the test battery to gain an understanding of the results. Because each of our students produces a unique testing battery profile we carefully use our findings to refine our analysis. Based on our analysis of the test, we develop a customized learning plan (prescriptions) that we share with our parents.

Step 3: Evaluation Learning Strategy Plan

We invite parents to Starbucks or any convenient cafe to meet with our Education Evaluator to review our observations, conclusions, and recommendations. At our meeting we discuss your child's behavior during the testing process, as well as our belief about how he or she will respond during our academic coaching sessions. We review every test and do our utmost to answer all your questions. We give you our understanding of the home-school-EAS relationship and how you and your child can use it to work towards success. We present our Learning Strategy Plan, which is a broad outline of the subjects on which we will work, as well as the curriculum items we will use. We present our estimate of the program duration and, together, we develop a tutoring schedule and payment plan that meets your child's and family's needs. While most meetings duration depends on the complexity of the test battery's profile and your questions, most meetings take about one to one and one-half hours to complete.

Step 4: Academic Coaching Match-up

Our Educational Director will develop your child's academic coaching program from the Learning Strategy Plan we shared with parents during the evaluation meeting. Our approach is to begin instruction at levels that will insure success. For example, if a student's reading ability is at the sixth grade level, we typically will begin instruction at the fifth grade level. The goal is to give our student a sense of accomplishment - a sense of "I can achieve." As he or she experiences success, we increase difficulty level so there is an increased sense of challenge. It's a delicate balance, developing enthusiasm, while insuring real skill development.

We know that every student benefits from an individualized learning atmosphere, as each child has a unique character and learning style. To create such a personalized environment, we match students with tutors based on personalities, common interests, academic passions and ambitions. As tutors are selected from top New York universities, we have the opportunity to offer some of the best minds and role models as instructors. Our tutors, the majority of whom are in the process of continuing their own education as full-time students, can easily relate to the difficulties that are often encountered when learning new concepts and juggling multiple subjects. Who can better understand the feelings of desperation "it just doesn't make sense," "I don't get it," or "I will never be able to understand that," than someone who has experienced the same challenges and successfully surmounted them? By employing recent graduates and older students to teach and mentor younger students, we foster relationships that are conducive to learning. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that a meaningful connection is established between tutor and student.

Step 5: One-to-One Learning

All lessons are conducted in an environment where the student is most comfortable, usually at home or library. We feel that the most productive learning occurs in a one-to-one atmosphere so that no student becomes lost in the crowd of a classroom. Individualized tutoring ensures that students maintain their concentration throughout the lesson and are given the opportunity to ask the questions that matter to them. The one-to-one lessons enable tutors to constantly monitor the student's progress and adjust the course of study as necessary

Step 6: Academic Progress Consultation/Interim Follow-up Meetings

An Academic Progress Consultant is assigned to every family to serve as a liaison between the parent, Academic Coach, student and school. The function of the Academic Progress Consultant is to develop customized study strategies and learning plans, consistently monitor the tutoring process by working with the tutor and family, and communicate with the family to discuss the student's needs and progress. The Academic Consultant creates formal Progress Reports and is always available to answer any questions regarding the program.

We schedule frequent evaluation meetings with our parents to discuss best practices and our unique approach academic achievement. During our meetings, we discuss the goals we have set and what your child has achieved. We'll discuss the successes, as well as the challenges that both you and we face. While each meeting duration will depend on the topics and your questions, typically they each last about one-half hour.

Step 7: School Advocate

By working together with the school, we can collectively provide the attention and guidance your child deserves. With your permission, we will call or visit with your child's teachers and guidance counselors to keep them informed of his or her progress and areas of need.

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