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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Avatar Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Avatar Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Avatar Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Avatar Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Avatar T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Avatar Chris duke Fields ★★★★★ a month ago
    The company is great with outstanding customer service. They keep my horses protected. I have recommended them to other horses trainers as well that are going to get service early next year. Very professional an honest too. Respectfully … More submitted Christopher
  • Avatar Jackie Vasquez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Excellent services, caring therapists.
  • Avatar Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Avatar Nikhil Jaisinghani ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Ron and Ken did a fantastic job with our security system today. Installed everything very quick. Both of them were very polite and asked us throughout if the installation met our needs. Simply fantastic!
  • Avatar Linda Parsley ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I called Cornerstone Protection to get a Security system at a relatives out of state property, within a week it was installed! The installers worked with the client to help understand her new system and she was happy! Our relative said … More they were courteous, professional and patient! I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection for all of your security needs!
  • Avatar Amanda Clay Mackin ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Had blink cameras; Car was broken into multiple times so I called CornerStone & they were able to install multiple cameras very quickly & for a reasonable price. I am so happy with the app & getting alerts that are not superfluous, … More like they were with Blink. Highly recommend CornerStone & the tech Ronnie.
  • Avatar Pete Peters ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Ron and Ken are great guys to work with.
    Both were very knowledgeable and got our system back up and running.
    Thanks to both for a job well done...
  • Avatar Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Avatar Larry Barton ★★★★★ a year ago
    Amazing assistance provided by Shannon today on my security system. I’m so grateful for your prompt, efficient, professional, and courteous service. Put me down as a customer for life!
  • Avatar Megan Haller ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    One of the most painless experiences I've had. They came on time and was over the moon professional with still keeping a level of personability to it. The gentleman also went out of his way to say that my husband and Mines business … More was appreciated. Which is actually rare to be appreciated by such a great company. So thank you and we look forward to continuing services with this company.
  • Avatar Megan Magsam ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I am so happy we decided to go with cornerstone. They were quick and efficient. Shannon and the installer we very friendly. We got a lot of equipment and it was still within our budget. 10/10 would definitely recommend! Thank you
  • Avatar Collins Youngblood ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love the customer service and Shanon and his team go above and beyond for my restaurant. Couldn't of asked for a better security system and level of service that his team provides.
  • Avatar kanu patel ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been using Cornerstone Protection service for over 5 years and I'm really happy with the service and state-of-the-art equipments and it's futures are so much in advance and friendly, I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection … More Service any and all business that need a security protection days and nights specially after business hours(Cornerstone Protection is perfect solution for your business). Owner of Cornerstone Protection is proactive with their customers and their equipments. Good experienced with Cornerstone Protection!!!
    Kanu Patel
  • Avatar Liz Jones ★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Avatar S CL ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • Avatar Nicole May ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • Avatar Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • Avatar carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • Avatar Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
  • Avatar Christine Gennetti ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • Avatar Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • Avatar Jude Eugene ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • Avatar Janice Eidus ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Fara Jones ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • Avatar Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Mary Jean Babic ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Nina Herman ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • Avatar Frances ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • Avatar Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.


Partnering with Our Duke Admissions Consultant

Partnering with Our Duke Admissions Consultant

Duke University’s legacy of excellence and its commitment to fostering a diverse and dynamic student body make it a dream destination for many aspiring scholars. In these pages, we delve into the various aspects of the admissions journey, providing you with valuable insights, practical guidance, and the tools needed to present a compelling application that aligns with Duke’s ethos.

Navigating the realm of Duke College admissions can be both exhilarating and challenging, but with our comprehensive resources, you’ll gain a clearer understanding of what it takes to stand out as an applicant. From decoding admission requirements to crafting impactful essays and showcasing your extracurricular achievements, we’re here to support your aspirations and help you present your best self to the admissions committee.

What Makes Duke University So Special?

Duke University is an esteemed institution that offers its students a top-notch education and an array of extracurricular activities. With a highly respected faculty and an impressive graduation rate, Duke provides its students with an ideal learning environment. From student-run organizations and sports teams to research opportunities and international exchanges, Duke offers its students a wide range of cultural experiences and activities to help them reach their full potential.

To ensure the success of its students, Duke provides an extensive support network and resources. The university also has a close-knit alum network that helps students with job placement, mentorship, and career guidance. Through this robust alum network, students can gain invaluable advice and guidance from experienced professionals who have already been successful in their fields.

A Duke Admissions Consultant can be an invaluable resource for students looking to gain admission to Duke. A Duke Admissions Consultant can provide personalized advice and support to help students craft a strong application and maximize their Duke experience. With their knowledge and expertise in the admissions process, a Duke Admissions Consultant can give students the guidance and resources they need to succeed.

How Hard Is It To Get Into Duke?

The admissions cycle for Duke’s class of 2025 marked a notable increase in competitiveness. With almost 50,000 students vying for 2,855 available spots, the acceptance rate plummeted to 5.8%. This signifies a substantial 25% surge in applicants compared to the previous year, and the trend indicates that admissions are progressively becoming even more cutthroat. Given Duke University’s limited enrollment capacity, it’s reasonable to anticipate that the acceptance rate will continue to remain exceedingly low.

Now, what does this mean for aspiring students wondering about the path to gain admission to Duke University? In essence, it implies that regardless of your efforts, a certain element of chance will inevitably be a factor in Duke’s admissions process. Consequently, it is essential to perceive Duke as a “reach” school and tailor your college application strategy accordingly.

Nevertheless, there are ways to enhance your prospects of securing a place at Duke University. Continue reading to discover how to surpass the GPA requirements, align with the average Duke SAT scores, strategically plan extracurricular activities, and more. By doing so, you can maximize your chances of surmounting the formidable 5.8% acceptance rate.

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Average GPA for Duke University

Students strategizing their approach to gain admission to Duke University often inquire about the university’s GPA requirements. GPA is a significant metric for applicants, indicating a student’s readiness for demanding academic challenges.

Duke University does not officially disclose its average GPA requirements for applicants. Nevertheless, given the caliber and volume of applicants, it’s reasonable to infer that the average GPA is close to 4.0. These figures can be regarded as unofficial but indicative of the GPA standards that applicants should aim for when considering how to approach their Duke University admissions strategy.

How Can a Duke Admissions Consultant Enhance Your Application?

A Duke Admissions Consultant can significantly enhance your application by offering expert guidance, personalized support, and strategic insights throughout the admissions process.

Here is how they can make a difference:

1. Insider Knowledge: Admissions consultants often have insider knowledge about Duke’s specific admissions criteria and the qualities the university values in applicants. They can help you tailor your application to align with these expectations. Our Duke Admissions Consultant, Francesca, is an experienced tutor with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Duke University. She was an Admissions Ambassador and on the executive board of Duke Tour Guides, regularly speaking with prospective high school students and their families.
2. Personalized Guidance: Consultants work closely with you to understand your strengths, weaknesses, and unique experiences. This enables them to offer personalized advice on how to present yourself effectively in your application.
3. Application Strategy: They will help you develop a strategic application plan, including choosing between early action and regular decision, managing deadlines, and structuring your application timeline for optimal results.
4. Essay Support: Crafting compelling essays is crucial, and consultants can provide expert assistance in brainstorming essay topics, refining essay structure, and ensuring that your writing reflects your personality and experiences while meeting Duke’s standards.
5. Interview Preparation: If interviews are part of the admissions process, consultants conduct mock interviews, provide interview tips, and help you convey your fit for Duke convincingly.

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6. Recommendation Letters: Consultants guide you in selecting the right individuals to write your recommendation letters and offer advice on how to request strong, personalized endorsements.
7. Application Integrity: Consultants emphasize the importance of ethical practices in the application process, ensuring that your application remains truthful and authentic, adhering to Duke’s standards of integrity.
8. Test Score Strategies: If standardized test scores are required, consultants can recommend effective test preparation strategies to maximize your scores, making you a more competitive applicant.
9. Addressing Weaknesses: If your application has academic weaknesses or other challenges, consultants can help you formulate strategies to mitigate these weaknesses and highlight your strengths.
10. Mentorship: Beyond the logistics of the application, consultants often offer mentorship and emotional support throughout the often stressful application journey, addressing concerns and providing encouragement.
11. Language Support: If English is not your first language, a consultant can help ensure that your application materials are effectively translated and that your English proficiency is showcased appropriately. Our Duke Admissions Consultant, Francesca, is bilingual in English and Chinese and is also fluent in French. She can work with students who have language constraints.

In summary, a Duke Admissions Consultant brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to your application process, helping you present your best self to Duke University’s admissions committee. They offer valuable insights, personalized guidance, and expert advice to make your application stand out, ultimately increasing your chances of acceptance to this prestigious institution.

How Can Our Duke Admissions Consultant, Francesca Help?

Our Duke Admissions Consultant, Francesca, has worked with many ages, including middle school, high school, and undergraduate students, offering remote and in-person admissions consulting.

She leverages her extensive academic background and insider knowledge to guide students on their path to Duke University. With a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Duke and a Ph.D. in statistics from Princeton, Francesca deeply understands Duke’s academic rigor and the specific qualities the university values in applicants. She offers personalized support, from refining essays to preparing for interviews and selecting compelling recommendation letters while adhering to the highest ethical standards.

Francesca’s commitment extends beyond the application process. She provides mentorship and emotional support, recognizing the challenges students face. Her proficiency in assisting non-native English speakers ensures that language constraints do not impede their application’s effectiveness. Francesca’s multifaceted support enhances students’ prospects of securing admission to Duke, making her an invaluable partner in pursuing an education at this prestigious institution.


Partnering with Our Duke Admissions Consultant

Francesca is an experienced tutor who received a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in statistics from Princeton University. During her five years as a Ph.D. student, she taught undergraduate students in statistics and applied math and also worked at a test prep center tutoring middle and high school students for the SAT, PSAT, and ACT, with a focus on the math sections. She continues to teach and work in academia, where teaching and pedagogy are at the center of her day-to-day activities and has mentored a lot of high school students in their summer projects and college applications. In terms of students, she has worked with a large range of ages, including middle school students, high school students, and undergraduate students. Francesca makes sure to tailor her approach depending on the student and uses innovative strategies to ensure the student is well-equipped for success, both in the classroom and outside. She is bilingual in English and Chinese and is also fluent in French. She can work with students who have language constraints.

While at Duke, she was an Admissions Ambassador and was on the executive board of Duke Tour Guides, speaking with prospective high school students and their families on a regular basis. She was also a fellow at Princeton, where her responsibility was to design and lead workshops to help students flourish during their undergraduate years and beyond. Outside of her academic activities, she is also an avid reader and a huge football (soccer) fan.

She is extremely passionate about helping students love mathematics. Through her own experience, she strongly believes that there is no such thing as a “math person”, it’s all about learning it in a way that works for you and where you feel supported. It’s important to improve test scores, but more importantly, realize that math doesn’t always have to be so terrible and can even be fun!

Chat with Themba Tutors today.
Let our Duke admissions consultant, Francesca help you secure an admission to Duke!


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Meet Craig Selinger, the passionate owner behind Themba Tutors, a renowned practice specializing in executive function coaching and tutoring. Together with his team of multidisciplinary professionals, they bring their extensive knowledge to numerous locations: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as offering remote services. As a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of NY, executive functioning coach, and educational specialist with an impressive track record spanning over two decades, Craig has professionally assisted thousands of families. Craig's proficiency encompasses a wide spectrum of areas, including language-related learning challenges such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. He is also well-versed in executive functioning, ADHD/ADD, and various learning disabilities. What truly distinguishes Craig and his team is their unwavering commitment to delivering comprehensive support. By actively collaborating with the most esteemed professionals within the NYC metropolitan region – from neuropsychologists to mental health therapists and allied health experts – they create a network of expertise.
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