Common Questions and Answers

boy-hsHow is Themba Tutors different from other local tutoring companies?
If you are seeking a learning specialist who is sensitive to your child’s learning needs, you have come to the right place! All of our learning specialists have academic training and a master’s or doctoral degree in fields related to helping children with learning differences. They are skilled not only in teaching but also have additional coursework in helping students who need extra support or who need to be taught in a different way to tackle the material. And all of our learning specialists have professional experience working in private and/or public schools with students just like your son or daughter.

Do you offer content tutoring?
At times, our learning specialists provide content tutoring, such as history, Living Environment, Environmental Science, biology, ecology, English, American Literature, U.S. & World History, and they always offer skills-based support. Our math specialists work within your child’s school curriculum and can also provide additional support outside of the school curriculum.

Do you offer testing?
Yes, we collaborate with a neuropsychologist who performs academic evaluations.

Are you familiar with public and private school curricula?
Yes, our learning specialists have worked with students at many public and private schools, including Aaron School, Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Academy of St. Joseph, Allen-Stevenson, Avenues: The World School, Bard College (graduate), Bay Ridge Prep, Berkeley Carroll, Bishop Ford, Brooklyn Friends, Brooklyn Heights Montessori, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, Brooklyn Tech, Buckley School, Chapin, City and Country School, Collegiate, Columbia Grammar, Community Roots Charter School, Dalton, Delta, East Side Community High School, Edward R. Murrow, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Friends Seminary (Manhattan), Horace Mann, Institute for Collaborative Education (I.C.E), LaGuardia High School, Little Red School House & Elizabeth Irwin, Lowell School, Loyola, Lycee Francais de New York, Manhattan School for Children (P.S. 333), Mary McDowell Friends School, Metropolitan Montessori School, Millennium High School, MS 51, Packer Collegiate Institute, Poly Prep Country Day School, Pratt Institute, Professional Children’s School, PS 6 (Manhattan), PS 10, PS 234, PS 261 (Brooklyn), PS 295, PS 321, Riverdale Country School, Rudolf Steiner, Sacred Heart, Spence School, Spruce Street School, St. Francis College, Staten Island Tech., Stephen Gaynor School, St. Ann’s, Stuyvesant, SUNY New Paltz, The Center School, The Churchill School, The Nightingale-Bamford School, The Town School, Trinity School, United Nations International School, Village Community School, Yeshiva of Flatbush, York Prep, Yorkville Community School, and other public, private, parochial, and special education schools across the city.

How frequently does the tutor come and how long are the sessions?

Typically, our tutors help students one to three times per week, and each session is one hour. For very young children, we can decrease the session length to 45 minutes. We work with you to figure out the optimal tutoring frequency.

When does the tutoring come to end?
Some students need short-term help, while other students need ongoing support. We work with you to best achieve your child’s learning goals.

Do you offer test prep?
Yes! Our learning specialists also teach an array of tests, such as New York State tests in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science for grades 3 through high school. We also provide preparation for academic tests in all subject areas; Regents; the SHSAT for admission to specialized public high schools; the ISEE/SSAT for admission to private boarding and day schools; the PSAT, SAT, and ACT for admission to college; and the GRE. We also help with college essays and counseling for college admission.

What ages do you work with?
We work with elementary-school-age children all the way up to college students and adults who need support in the context of their jobs.

Do you make house calls? Yes! We travel throughout New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Long Island, Westchester County (Rye, Scarsdale, Harrison, White Plains) and Fairfield County, Connecticut (Greenwich, Riverside, Darien). Our learning specialists will meet with your child at your house at a time that is convenient for your family.

Does Themba operate during the summer, and do you provide online support?
Yes and Yes. Read more about our online support.

Do you have offices?
Yes! Our learning specialists work at the following locations:
East 51st Street between 1st/2nd Avenue in Manhattan.
895 Fulton Street in Brooklyn.

What are your rates?
Our rates are posted here on our Rates page.

Do you work with other professionals, e.g. evaluators? We are team players and love to collaborate with other professionals. We are happy to refer you to the appropriate professional if your child’s needs include services outside of what we offer.

How to get started and more information about our tutoring process.
Here’s a helpful article.

Additional questions?
Please contact us at:
(917) 382-8641
info@thembatutors.com