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
What if my child doesn't like
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
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
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
We have tutors available in Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk
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
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.