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THEMBA TUTORS
Executive Functioning &
Academic Coaching.
One-On-One Individualized Tutoring.
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THEMBA TUTORS
Executive Functioning &
Academic Coaching.
One-On-One Individualized Tutoring.
Doorstep services supporting students since 2012
   (917) 382-8641          info@thembatutors.com
*Themba means trust in Zwahele

WHO WE ARE

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Our highly trained and experienced learning specialists, with expertise in learning differences, provide customized academic, homework, and executive functioning coaching support in your home and / or your child’s school. We offer one-on-one support to students and adults of all ages, levels, and personalities. Using developmentally appropriate methods, students become more efficient, confident, and independent learners. Students with learning differences, quirks, and organizational challenges acquire skills and knowledge that last a lifetime.

WHO WE ARE

themba-logo-homepage
Our highly trained and experienced learning specialists, with expertise in learning differences, provide customized academic, homework, and executive functioning coaching support in your home and your child’s school. We offer one-on-one support to students and adults of all ages, levels, and personalities. Using developmentally appropriate methods, students become more efficient, confident, and independent learners. Students with learning differences, quirks, and organizational challenges acquire skills and knowledge to last a lifetime.

EXPERTISE

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ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning

Planning, monitoring, executing, and working memory are crucial skills for sustaining attention, cognitive flexibility, inhibition of impulses, and goal-directed persistence. Executive functioning plays a major role in reading, structuring essays, solving math problems, completing homework assignments, performing well on tests, and becoming active learners in the classroom.

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Learning Disabilities

The signs and symptoms of learning disabilities often differ from one individual to another. Particular issues can limit the ability to learn key skills, such as writing, math, and reading. Students may show difficulties with time management, attention, abstract reasoning, organization, and short and long-term memory. Children with learning disabilities need timely support and intervention, tailored to the needs of the individual.

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Language processing

Improving language processing can strengthen the ability to: Understand written instructions; acquire new and unfamiliar vocabulary words; use correct grammar; structure paragraphs; learn not to omit words or sounds when writing; organize the steps for thinking and writing to improve executive functioning;, identify main ideas and supporting details; deepen reading comprehension to improve monitoring while reading; and learn to construct mental imagery, summarize, preview texts, activate background knowledge, take advantage of graphic organizers, and more!

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Reading disorders, e.g., dyslexia

Improving decoding and spelling (encoding) skills can increase fluency, reading comprehension, predicting, using think-alouds to monitor reading comprehension, constructing mental imagery, summarizing, previewing texts, determining the meaning of unfamiliar words while reading, activating background knowledge, increasing attention to characters and settings, taking advantage of graphic organizers, and more!

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Writing disorders, e.g. dysgraphia

Addressing writing disorders can help students adapt to keyboarding, improve written expression, learn not to omit words when writing, organize the steps for thinking and writing to help with executive functioning difficulties, master grammar, learn paragraph structure, identify main ideas and supporting details, improve spelling skills, collaborate with occupational therapists to facilitate fine motor and visual/ spatial difficulties, and more!

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Dyscalculia and math disorders

Addressing Dyscalculia and other math disorders can improve foundational/computational math skills such as addition, subtraction, division, fractions, geometry, and algebra. This, in turn, can help with higher level math learning and math number sense. Learning structure and organization helps understand math concepts, retain math facts, and break down word problems. All of this is enhanced by multisensory teaching, such as kinesthetics, hands-on learning, and more!

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Autistic spectrum disorders, PDD, and Asperger’s syndrome

The focus here is on learning to understand the perspectives and emotions of others. Visual and tactile learning facilitate better understanding of abstract concepts, such as sarcasm, nuance, metaphor, and non-literal words and phrases. Also addressed: Breaking instructions into parts, improving transitioning, increasing sustained attention, strengthening executive function and deductive reasoning, and more!

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Non-verbal learning disorder

The pace of instruction must be closely monitored to prevent an overload of information. Skills include: adapting to keyboarding, which helps improve written expression; facilitating transitioning between tasks; creating homework routines; understanding figurative language and idiomatic expressions; tapping into verbal skills to discuss concepts that aid learning; breaking tasks into parts; preparing in advance for tasks; learning to verbally initiate with peers and teachers when confused, and more!

TUTORING & COACHING

Our learning specialists teach English and Language Arts such as grammar, spelling, decoding, reading comprehension, writing structure, and identifying main ideas and details. We also teach math, including arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, Calculus I & II; provide homework support; tutor foreign languages such as Spanish, French, Russian, and Arabic; and help students improve their study skills.

Academic and homework support

Our team teaches both young students and adults how to organize, plan, prioritize, manage their time, focus, avoid distraction, keep track of materials and tasks, brainstorm, complete their work, extract important information, and become more effective learners and workers overall. Our goal is to help students and professionals feel more confident about learning – and get organized!

Executive functioning coaching

We prepare students for the following tests:

  • State tests in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science, for grades three through high school.
  • SHSAT for admission to specialized public high schools.
  • ISEE/SSAT for admission to private boarding and day schools.
  • Academic tests in all subject areas.
  • Regents
  • PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT for admission to college.
  • GRE for admission to graduate school.
  • College essays and test preparation.

Test prep

We offer insights into the many colleges/universities that are committed to working with students who have learning disabilities. We help develop lists of reach, safety, and target schools; identify appropriate programs; determine which schools are likely to offer the best fit for the student—their interests as well as their challenges–and more!

College counseling

TUTORING & COACHING

Our learning specialists teach English and Language Arts such as grammar, spelling, decoding, reading comprehension, writing structure, and identifying main ideas and details. We also teach math, including arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, Calculus I & II; provide homework support; tutor foreign languages such as Spanish, French, Russian, and Arabic; and help students improve their study skills.

Academic and homework support

Our team teaches both young students and adults how to organize, plan, prioritize, manage their time, focus, avoid distraction, keep track of materials and tasks, brainstorm, complete their work, extract important information, and become more effective learners and workers overall. Our goal is to help students and professionals feel more confident about learning – and get organized!

Executive functioning coaching

We prepare students for the following tests:

  • State tests in Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science, for grades three through high school.
  • SHSAT for admission to specialized public high schools.
  • ISEE/SSAT for admission to private boarding and day schools.
  • Academic tests in all subject areas.
  • Regents
  • PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT for admission to college.
  • GRE for admission to graduate school.
  • College essays and test preparation.

Test prep

We offer insights into the many colleges/universities that are committed to working with students who have learning disabilities. We help develop lists of reach, safety, and target schools; identify appropriate programs; determine which schools are likely to offer the best fit for the student—their interests as well as their challenges–and more!

College counseling

OUR DYNAMIC STAFF OF LEARNING SPECIALISTS

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Have extensive knowledge in executive functioning and related learning challenges.

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Are matched to clients based on each student’s individual needs.

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Have earned advanced master’s level or doctoral degrees in fields related to learning differences.

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Start with each student’s unique learning profile and teach him or her the appropriate skills to maximize learning potential and foster confidence.

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Have extensive experience teaching one-on-one with students, and many accumulated years of experience in private and public schools.

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Get to the core of each child’s learning difficulties and help improve underlying skills by taking advantage of the student’s strengths.

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Have been recommended to us by word-of-mouth.

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Develop relationships with our students and their families, and the teachers and staff at their schools.

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Interpret neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations, and design tutoring sessions with these recommendations in mind.

knowledge

Collaborate with outside professionals, including psychologists, therapists, educators and specialists.

OUR DYNAMIC STAFF OF LEARNING SPECIALISTS

nurturing-1

Have extensive knowledge in executive functioning and related learning challenges.

wisdom-4

Are matched to clients based on student’s individual needs.

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Earned advanced master’s level or doctoral degrees in fields related to learning differences.

commitment

Start with each student’s unique learning profile and teach him or her the appropriate skills to maximize learning potential and foster confidence.

creativity-2

Have extensive experience teaching one on one with students; many accumulated years of experience in private and public schools.

preparedness

Get to the core of each child’s learning difficulties and help improve underlying skills by taking advantage of the student’s strengths.

resourcefullness

Have been recommended to us by word of mouth.

change

Develop relationships with our students and their families, and the teachers and staff at their schools.

cooperation

Interpret neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations and carry over these recommendations to their tutoring sessions.

knowledge

Collaborate with outside professionals including psychologists, therapists, educators and specialists.

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Here’s a

comprehensive list

of schools

we work with

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  • 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
  • Eagle Hill School
  • East Side Community High School
  • Edward R. Murrow
  • Ethical Culture Fieldston School
  • Friends Seminary (Manhattan)
  • Horace Mann
  • Hunter College Elementary School
  • 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
  • MS447/The Math & Science Exploratory School
  • MS 51
  • NYU
  • 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 Binghamton
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • The Center School
  • The Churchill School
  • The Nightingale-Bamford School
  • The Town School
  • Transfiguration School
  • Trinity School
  • United Nations International School
  • Village Community School
  • Yeshiva of Flatbush
  • York Prep
  • Yorkville Community School

TESTIMONIALS