*Academic Tutoring

The instruction is highly personalized. We prepare lessons to help each student understand the material presented and develop long-lasting skills. As students gain proficiency, they become confident, independent learners.

Our team helps students strengthen their reading, writing, math, science and study habits. Their experience working with students with learning differences will help your kiddo learn the skills necessary to meet school with success. We can develop and deliver a comprehensive academic program for home-schooled students, as well.

Student Evaluation

Strengths, weaknesses and learning styles are assessed.
Short and long term objectives are developed to strengthen specific skills.

Recommendations made to support individual student needs.

Individual Instruction

Personalized preparation is developed for each session.
Goals and objectives for each student are revisited periodically.
Student progress is communicated regularly with parents.


*Educational Advising

Informal assessments to support recommendations that meet individualized student needs.

Strategy instruction designed to meet student needs.


*College Planning and Guidance


Developing a clear strategy helps parents and students make the college planning process less daunting. Our services are highly individualized. To accomplish this level of service, we make sure we understand our students’ unique qualities, past academic performance and potential, and their interests and motivations. We guide our students towards colleges that will further develop their passions and aspirations. No matter where a student is in the process, we can ensure they are headed in the right direction.


College List and College Admissions Test Schedule

Review and interpret student performance, which includes grades, standardized test results, extracurricular activities, and community service.
Identify student’s strengths, weaknesses, and learning style.
Goals, values and career interests are explored.
Opportunities and resources are suggested to enrich a student’s profile for admissions.
Create a preliminary college list.
Develop a college admission test schedule.
Timeline of High School course selections.
Ongoing consulting with college list, application strategies, and admissions decisions.
Recommendations for summer enrichment and job opportunities provided.

College Visit, Interview Coaching and High School Course selection

Organization of campus visits with detailed agenda planned.
Suggestions on connecting with different resources at each college (coaches, faculty).
Guidance with setting up interviews on campus and with alumni.
Mock interviews conducted targeting specific questions asked during the process.

College Application – Essay, Supplemental Essays, and Common Application

Develop model application forms and drafts of potential essays to use with the formal applications.
Guidance generating essay topics, reflecting the student’s unique qualities.
Advice and management with supplemental essays from each institution.
Guidance with forming the outline for the essay and supplements.
Suggestions for revisions until essay and supplements are complete.
Final applications and essays will be reviewed and deadlines for submission will be communicated.
Reminders on following through for written recommendations from teachers and others.


*College Test Preparation

Our approach is highly individualized to maximize your child’s test score. We carefully analyze your student’s skills and track their progress as they work through the testing process. Our teachers have extensive academic backgrounds in specific subject areas, which enable them to fully explain concepts and teach specific skills. Additionally, our teachers are trained educators, and have worked in professional settings. Through this preparation, students will gain strategies and confidence in their abilities to be successful on their test day. 


SAT and ACT Preparation

Review test format and test taking strategies.
Identify target areas for growth opportunities by assessing strengths and weaknesses for each test section.
Practice problems are assigned after each session to reinforce learned skills.
Complete practice tests are administered periodically to evaluate skills, incorporate strategies, and gain test-taking experience and confidence.


SAT Subject Tests

Expertise in specific academic area.
Review test format and test taking strategies.
Problems are assigned after each session to reinforce learned skills.  Practice tests are administered to evaluate skills, incorporate strategies, and gain test-taking experience and confidence.


*School Placement for PreK-12

Dr. Trish helps students and their parents find the right schools through a personalized, methodical and strategic approach to the process. Guiding students and parents successfully through the application process is our goal. Families that use Dr, Trish's complete school placement services can expect us to work with them until school placement decisions for the following school year are complete.


Student Evaluation


Review and interpret student performance, which includes grades, standardized test results, extracurricular activities, and community service.
Identify student’s strengths, weaknesses, and learning style.
Create school list for applicant.

Application Process

Develop a timeline to ensure each step of the application process is completed in a timely manner.
Enhance and edit student and parent applications.
Direction given with regards to admissions testing.
Coach student and parents through interview and school visit, which includes formulating responses to interview questions.
Communicate regularly with parents.
Guidance with school choices once accepted.

Advocate Student/Family Application


Advocate on student’s behalf with Admissions Directors and other school administrators to support student placement.
Consult with parents with regards to application strategies and admissions decisions

 


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