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THEMBA TUTORS

In-Home & At-School Professional Services (for all ages)

Academic Tutoring & Executive Functioning Coaching

Multidisciplinary Learning Specialists & Ph.d. Content Tutors

One-On-One Customized Tutoring & Coaching

Skill Building & Lifelong Learning

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THEMBA TUTORS

In-Home & At-School Professional Services (for all ages)

Academic Tutoring & Executive Functioning Coaching

Multidisciplinary Learning Specialists & Ph.d. Content Tutors

One-On-One Customized Tutoring & Coaching

Skill Building & Lifelong Learning

Doorstep services supporting students since 2012
   (917) 382-8641          info@thembatutors.com
*Themba means trust in Zwahele

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to Themba Tutors!  Since 2012, Themba, which means ‘trust’ in Zwahele, has been a multidisciplinary, ‘doorstep’ tutoring company grounded in contemporary scientific research and technology with a mission is to support students to become more efficient, confident and independent learners.

Our specialists provide 1:1, individualized tutoring for students and adults of all ages, levels and personalities. Our highly-trained and experienced staff brings together learning specialists, academic tutors, writing coaches, and provide executive function coaching who come to your home or school.

Our specialists have advanced degrees in their field of expertise, along with years of teaching and tutoring in a variety of educational settings — private and public schools, colleges and universities, community centers and cultural organizations, tutoring companies and government agencies, and health centers and offices of psychologists.

Our academic tutors and writing coaches are experts in math, science, foreign languages, and the craft of writing with Masters and Phds in their fields. Our learning specialists have Masters or Phds in fields related to learning differences including psychology, special education, and speech and language, to name a few. They have deep professional training and expertise working with individuals of all ages, learning differences, and learning styles, with a strong focus on executive functioning support. They have many years of experience teaching in public and private schools and other educational institutions.

Our specialists also provide test prep for many state, local and national exams including speciality a la carte services for families, and students. These supports include:  family coordination, organizational & communication systems; application support for middle school, high school and college; writing coach for college applications; transition plans and support for middle, high school and college; interview coaching for high school/college admissions, scholarships, jobs/internships;  college coaching & counseling; and career counseling.

Our specialists aim to pursue our mission –  to support students to become more efficient, confident and independent learners. — by their 100% commitment to help each student achieve short- and long-term goals. They customize and design goals that match the needs and preferences of each student with a focus on the student’s academic material. Then they apply developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to make sure it’s an individualized “fit”.  As student’s progress with Themba, students’ skills sharpen, their confidence grows, and they internalize the kinds of core knowledge and insights that transcend their immediate goals, to last a lifetime.

Themba clients tend to be concentrated in the boroughs of New York City, but our coverage area extends across Greater New York, particularly Nassau County, Long Island, Westchester County, and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

WHO WE ARE

Welcome to Themba Tutors!  Since 2012, Themba, which means ‘trust’ in Zwahele, has been a multidisciplinary, ‘doorstep’ tutoring company grounded in contemporary scientific research and technology with a mission is to support students to become more efficient, confident and independent learners.

Our specialists provide 1:1, individualized tutoring for students and adults of all ages, levels and personalities. Our highly-trained and experienced staff brings together learning specialists, academic tutors, writing coaches, and provide executive function coaching who come to your home or school.

Our specialists have advanced degrees in their field of expertise, along with years of teaching and tutoring in a variety of educational settings — private and public schools, colleges and universities, community centers and cultural organizations, tutoring companies and government agencies, and health centers and offices of psychologists.

Our academic tutors and writing coaches are experts in math, science, foreign languages, and the craft of writing with Masters and Phds in their fields. Our learning specialists have Masters or Phds in fields related to learning differences including psychology, special education, and speech and language, to name a few. They have deep professional training and expertise working with individuals of all ages, learning differences, and learning styles, with a strong focus on executive functioning support. They have many years of experience teaching in public and private schools and other educational institutions.

Our specialists also provide test prep for many state, local and national exams including speciality a la carte services for families, and students. These supports include:  family coordination, organizational & communication systems; application support for middle school, high school and college; writing coach for college applications; transition plans and support for middle, high school and college; interview coaching for high school/college admissions, scholarships, jobs/internships;  college coaching & counseling; and career counseling.

Our specialists aim to pursue our mission –  to support students to become more efficient, confident and independent learners. — by their 100% commitment to help each student achieve short- and long-term goals. They customize and design goals that match the needs and preferences of each student with a focus on the student’s academic material. Then they apply developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to make sure it’s an individualized “fit”.  As student’s progress with Themba, students’ skills sharpen, their confidence grows, and they internalize the kinds of core knowledge and insights that transcend their immediate goals, to last a lifetime.

Themba clients tend to be concentrated in the boroughs of New York City, but our coverage area extends across Greater New York, particularly Nassau County, Long Island, Westchester County, and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

GETTING STARTED WITH OUR SPECIALISTS

Our 7 step intake process for parents and new clientele will prepare you or your student for successful tutoring, regardless of the service you need.  We speak to you on the phone, listen to your needs, understand your child’s personality, read previous reports, report cards, etc, connect you to one of our specialists/coaches, our specialist/coach  you and your child, creates a Learning Plan, our specialist/coach collaborates as needed with your family, child’ school, and other related professionals, and we monitor and adjust goals and adapt techniques as needed to help our clients achieve short and long-term successes.

OUR SERVICES

Academic Tutors & Content Support

Grades 9 -12, college, adult
Academic specialists work with high school and college students on content support covering the full range of STEM subjects, including: biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science. Our tutors who are experts in math teach trigonometry, algebra I and II, calculus (and pre-calculus), geometry, physics, and statistics. We also offer foreign language tutoring.

Writing Coaches

Grades 9 -12, college, adult
Coaches and experts in the field of journalism and higher education teach high school, college, and professional writing, a skill so fundamental that it applies to all subjects and professions. Writing Coaches support the development of rewriting from novice to the professional level, teaching Language Arts such as grammar, spelling, decoding, reading comprehension, writing structure, and identifying main ideas and details.

Learning Specialists

Grades 1 to 12; college, adult
Our Learning Specialists provide learning support in academics including English Language Arts, Math, Writing, Social Studies, Science, History, and other subjects.  They are experts in ADHD/ADD, executive functioning, language processing, reading, writing and math disorders, autism spectrum disorders, non-verbal learning disorder, and other learning differences.  Our specialists use developmentally appropriate strategies to teach reading, writing, math, study and test prep skills, designed to help each student transcend challenges by acquiring new knowledge, along with skills that will last a lifetime.  They support the development of reading and writing from novice to the professional level, teaching Language Arts such as grammar, spelling, decoding, reading comprehension, writing structure, and identifying main ideas and details.  Our specialists with math expertise support arithmetic, algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus I & II, and Statistics.

Executive Function & ADHD Coaching Services

Grades 4 thru Adulthood
Our learning specialists also support students and adults who struggle with executive functioning skills. They coach students to learn how to organize, plan, prioritize, focus, avoid distraction, and keep track of materials and tasks. Goals include improving memory and information retention, spending more focused time on tasks and completing them, decreasing procrastination, organizing schoolwork, managing time more effectively, and learning to think carefully before acting. Specialists model and support the application of these skills in the appropriate context. They put the student in the driver’s seat to best generalize these skills without holding the steering wheel. Our goal is to help students and professionals feel more confident and become more effective learners and workers overall.

Specialty Services – A la carte

Aside from learning and content support, our multidisciplinary staff have additional talents beyond tutoring and coaching and can offer the following services which can be add-ons to our ongoing tutoring support or can be used separately from our tutoring services.

 

  • Family Coordination, Organizational & Communication Systems
  • Application Support for Middle School, High School and College
  • Writing Coach for College Applications
  • Transition Plans and Support for Middle, High School, and College
  • Interview Coaching for High School/College Admissions, Scholarships, Jobs/Internships
  • College Coaching & Counseling
  • Career Counseling

Test Prep

Our academic tutors and learning specialists prepare students with all learning profiles 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. New York State Regents; PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT for admission to college; GRE for admission to graduate school.

OUR SERVICES

Academic Tutors & Content Support

Grades 9 -12, college, adult
Academic specialists work with high school and college students on content support covering the full range of STEM subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science. Our tutors who are experts in math teach Trigonometry, Algebra I and II, Calculus (and Pre-Calculus), Geometry, Physics, and Statistics. We also offer foreign language tutoring.

Writing Coaches

Grades 9 -12, college, adult
Coaches and experts in the field of journalism and higher education teach high school, college, and professional writing, a skill so fundamental that it applies to all subjects and professions. Writing Coaches support the development of rewriting from novice to the professional level, teaching Language Arts such as grammar, spelling, decoding, reading comprehension, writing structure, and identifying main ideas and details.

Learning Specialists

Grades 1 to 12; college, adult
Our specialists provide support students of all ages, including adults, with learning differences in all academic subjects — English Language Arts, Math, Writing, Social Studies, Science, History and other curriculum areas/. For those with learning differences and/or executive functioning challenges, our approach can best be characterized by an old saying: give someone a fish and they’ll eat for a day; teach them to fish and they’ll eat for a lifetime. Our Learning Specialists use developmentally appropriate strategies to teach reading, writing, math, study and test prep skills, designed to help each student transcend challenges by acquiring new content knowledge, along with skills that will last a lifetime. Our Learning Specialists support the development of reading and writing from novice to the professional level, teaching Language Arts such as grammar, spelling, decoding, reading comprehension, writing structure, and identifying main ideas and details.The learning specialists are experts in (list learning issues here -ADHD, EF, dyslexia) Our Math Learning Specialists work with all ages including arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra I and II, Geometry, trigonometry, Calculus I & II.

Executive Function & ADHD Coaching Services

Grades 4 thru Adulthood
Our learning specialists also support students who struggle with executive functioning skills. They coach students and adults to learn 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. Goals include improving memory and information retention, spending more focused time on tasks (and completing them), decreasing procrastination, organizing schoolwork, managing time more effectively, and learning to think carefully before acting. Specialists model and support the application of these skills in the appropriate context. At the end of the day, we need to put you or your child in the driver’s seat to best generalize these skills without us holding the steering wheel. Our ultimate goals are helping your child or yourself execute and monitor personalized goals in an efficient and timely manner.Our goal is to help students and professionals feel more confident about learning – and get organized!

Specialty Services – A la carte
Aside from learning and content support, our multidisciplinary staff have additional talents beyond tutoring and coaching and can offer the following services which can be add-ons to our ongoing tutoring support or can be used separately from our tutoring services.

  • Family Coordination, Organizational & Communication Systems
  • Application Support for Middle School, High School and College
  • Writing Coach for College Applications
  • Transition Plans and Support for Middle, High School, and College
  • Interview Coaching for High School/College Admissions, Scholarships, Jobs/Internships
  • College Coaching & Counseling
  • Career Counseling

Test Prep

Our academic tutors and learning specialists prepare students with all learning profiles 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. New York State Regents; PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT for admission to college; GRE for admission to graduate school.

LEARNING SPECIALISTS’ 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!

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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

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