ActiveMinds Tutoring
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How is ActiveMinds Tutoring different from a learning center?
At ActiveMinds Tutoring, our tutors come directly to you. You don't need to drive anywhere! Our dedicated and qualified tutors will design a program for your child that is based on their school's curriculum, not a pre-determined program that may not relate at all to what your child is working on in school. We will also interface with your child's teacher, if necessary; to be sure your child is on the right track.

Are there any assessment tests my child must take before being tutored by ActiveMinds Tutoring?
No, assessment tests (which can cost up to $200.00 in a learning center environment) are not a prerequisite in order for your child to be tutored.

Do your tutors know the Everyday Math and Open Court programs?
Yes, all of our tutors are familiar with the Everyday Math program, a teaching approach that provides “home links” for the student to work on as homework. Our tutors also can tutor the Open Court program - reading and math.

Does ActiveMinds Tutoring supply any learning materials for the tutoring sessions?
We highly recommend that your child bring home their school books or any other materials they are working on in their class that relates to the subject(s) we are tutoring. In some cases our tutors will provide materials if it complements what your child is learning. However, we do not provide a curriculum. We will help you attain materials from your child's school, if necessary, or direct you to several resources where you can purchase the appropriate books, etc.

Does tutoring always take place in my home?
Yes, we come to you at your convenience. We require that a parent or guardian over the age of 21 be at home for the entire tutoring session. For student's over the age of 16, we offer tutoring at your local library, however, we highly recommend having the tutor come to you. Ask for more details about this option during your complimentary consultation.

What are your tutors' qualifications?
Our tutors are full-time credentialed teachers, substitute teachers, retired teachers or honors college students with at least two years of one-on-one tutoring experience. We check all references, obtain background checks and personally interview every tutor.

What if my child doesn't like the tutor?
If, after the first session is complete, you do not think the tutor is a good match with your child, you will not be charged for the session and another tutor will be contacted.

Are there a minimum number of sessions for which I have to commit and how long is each session?
No, we do not have any long-term contracts, however, we strongly suggest a minimum of four sessions in order to really see progress. The minimum amount of time for each session is one hour.

Do your tutors work with learning disabled or special needs children?
Yes, many of our tutors are Special Needs certified and will be able to work in conjunction with your child’s I.E.P. or 504 Plan.

I home school my child. Can you help me?
Yes. If the student is being home schooled, we will provide a credentialed teacher or a certified tutor, depending on which type of home school program he/she is receiving.

I have more than one child. Can you tutor all of them at the same time?
All of our tutoring is facilitated through one-on-one sessions. In order for our tutors to be effective, and for the students to benefit, we do not provide group subject tutoring. During the complimentary consultation, we can discuss the most cost-effective way for all of the students to be tutored individually.

How long do I have to wait to get a tutor assigned to my child?
After we meet with you, our Director will contact one of our tutors within 48 hours. We will call you to tell you about the tutor. The tutor will then call you to introduce themselves, get directions to your home and establish a schedule that works for you.

Do you tutor students in college?
Yes, we have tutors who are very capable of tutoring college level courses. Requests for college level tutoring have increased dramatically in the last year and we can provide an experienced, credentialed teacher or professor. College students can be tutored on campus or in the library.

What geographical areas do you service?
We have tutors available in Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties.

Please refer to our Home page for specific cities & towns. If your city or town is not listed and you live in the general area, please contact us anyway, we will do our best to help you find a tutor.

Do you provide test preparation for the SAT and ACT tests?
Yes, we will help your student prepare for both exams. We highly recommend that you contact us at least six weeks before the test so our tutors have enough time to help the student prepare. Although we only require one hour a week of tutoring, our experience has been that two hours a week for test prep is the most effective.

Do you accept major credit cards?
Yes. You can give us your credit card number at the complimentary consultation and we can set up automatic monthly or bi-weekly payments. If you prefer to pay by check, no problem. You always have the option to change your preferred method of payment... or just call or e-mail us and we’ll make the appropriate switch.

How do I get started?
You can contact us at 617.227.2225 or email us at . Our Director will set up a complimentary consultation that will be conducted in your home or our Newton office. This is an informal meeting with you and your child. Please have all relevant schoolwork, progress reports, report cards and testing results (if applicable) available for this meeting.




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