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836 Euclid Avenue Suite 16, Lexington

5.0 37 reviews

  • Avatar Larry Barton ★★★★★ a month 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 months 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 ★★★★★ 3 months 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 ★★★★★ 2 weeks 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 months 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 ★★★★ 8 months 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 ★★★★★ 11 months 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 ★★★★★ 11 months 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 ★★★★★ 11 months 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 ★★★★★ 11 months 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 ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ 2 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ a year 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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.

Executive Functioning Coaching for Middle & High School Students

We Travel To

New York City (NYC) Manhattan Brooklyn Queens Staten Island Bronx Long Island (including the Hamptons) Westchester Putnam County Dutchess County Orange County Middlesex and Norfolk Counties, MA New Jersey (NJ) Connecticut (CT)
Tutoring/Coaching Manhattan, New York City
Tutoring/Coaching Manhattan, New York City

What Are the Students’ Challenges at School that Parents

and Teachers Might Notice?

Themba Tutors offers a pragmatic and straightforward approach for Organizational & Executive Functioning Coaching.

 

Problems with executive functioning can manifest as soon as students begin attending school. Parents and teachers may notice the following challenges in elementary, middle, and high school students:

  • Behavior or emotion management challenges

Struggling with managing behavior or emotions can be detrimental to a student’s progress in school. He or she may exhibit poor self-control, is impulsive, is easily frustrated and prone to giving up on tasks, and gets anxious and unable to settle down and focus on the task. This can lead to cramming and last-minute completion of tasks, which can further his or her anxiety and cause panic and stress. Here are some steps to follow to help students focus at home.

  • Academic challenges

Students who struggle with executive functioning skills will often seem to lack not only focus but also drive and persistence to start or finish a task. You may notice that they have trouble keeping track of materials needed for schoolwork, have poor study habits and note-taking skills in class, and often misses deadlines for homework and projects. Here are helpful working memory strategies. Download Fantastical- the best calendar Mac app, so you will not miss any deadlines for homework and projects.

  • Social challenges

Executive functioning challenges can also affect a student’s relationships with his or her peers, teachers, or family members. A student may find it difficult to work with his or her classmates on projects, get involved in group exercises, and have a poor relationship with teachers.

  • Organizational challenges

Organizational skills is one of the key executive functioning skills. A student who struggles with executive functioning will often have trouble organizing his school materials, study area, following multistep directions, or managing long-term projects.

  • Time management challenges

Cramming sessions and last-minute initiation and completion of tasks are commonplace for a student with executive functioning issues. This often leads to stress, anxiety, and panic. Learn what dopamine is and how it contributes to our difficulties in disconnecting ourselves from using our smartphones for better time management.

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Students of all ages receive one-on-one tutoring in all instructional materials, test preparation, and executive function coaching as required. At Themba Tutors, we take the time to help students/clients understand their strengths and progress in areas where they need to improve. We offer personalized tools for each of our clients to help them become more aware of their individual needs as they work towards short-term goals. Improving these skills will benefit our students’/clients’ long-term plans.

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Does Your Child Struggle with the Following:

 

  • Why does my child take so much time to do homework? Here are some tips for completing the homework in a timely manner.
  • How can I help my child calm down?
  • How can I help my child become more organized?
  • Why does my child often forget to do homework?
  • How can I motivate my child to do well in high school?
  • Why does my child stay up so late doing homework?
  • Why does my child wait until the last minute to do projects?
  • Why does my child do poorly on tests, despite studying?
  • Will my child be prepared to succeed in college?
  • How can I get my child to start their homework earlier without constant reminders?
  • How can I help my child manage frustration?
  • How can I help my child increase self-confidence?
  • My child is smart, but why does he/she keep receiving low grades?

 

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What Are Executive Function Issues?

If your child has difficulty getting organized, remembering things, doing homework, and finishing projects, he or she may have executive function issues. Executive function is the cognitive skills we all use to analyze tasks, break them down into steps, and keep them in mind until we get things done. These skills allow us to manage our time effectively, memorize facts, understand what we read, solve multi-step problems, and organize our thoughts when writing. Here are 5 best helpful hacks to organize your backpack, and 10 best tips to organize your school binder. Learn why school planners are important.

 

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Aside from helping improve their executive functions, our academic tutors and coaches also guide students in developing positive habits and a growth mindset. The growth mindset is a way of thinking that allows individuals to continually find ways to improve themselves and seek new knowledge by embracing new situations, utilizing and learning from constructive criticism and feedback, and challenging themselves. To know more about the growth mindset, read our blog Carol Dweck’s Fixed and Growth Mindset: How You Think Can Determine Your Success.

 

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What Are Executive Functioning Strategies?

Some of the strategies our executive function coaches employ are:

  • Positive reinforcement
  • Identifying strengths to boost self-confidence
  • Modeling organizational skills
  • Creating systems to help plan and prioritize tasks and long-term projects
  • Teaching effective time-management skills
  • Introducing coping mechanisms to counter limitations
  • Creating techniques for problem solving and analysis
  • Developing metacognitive approaches, such as self-monitoring and reflection
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Strategies to Improve:
  • Impulse control
  • Emotional control
  • Flexible thinking
  • Working memory
  • Planning & prioritizing
  • Organization
  • Task initiation
  • Self-monitoring

Our executive function coaches and tutors help your children perform better in their work environment. Putting their strengths to best use is one of the things we aim to achieve. Our specialists will help you work around challenges and find ways to overcome difficulties through proper adult coaching for executive functioning skills.

What are the Expected Executive Functioning Skills for Elementary School Students?

An elementary school in many school districts across the country encompasses grades 1-5, or from 6 to 10. This is a critical time for the development of foundational executive function skills. These include:

  • Self-regulation

Managing strong emotions and inhibiting impulsive behaviors

  • Attention

Sustaining focus, especially for multi-part tasks

  • Task Initiation

Starting a non-preferred task

  • Organization

Keeping materials at home and in school.

  • Planning

Preparing or mapping out multi-step tasks such as longer-term class projects

What are the Expected Executive Functioning Skills for Middle School Students?

For the continued development of executive function skills, middle school is an important time. For middle school students, the following executive function skills are honed:

  • Self-regulation

Managing strong emotions and inhibiting impulsive behaviors

  • Attention

Sustaining focus, especially for lengthy or challenging tasks

  • Task Initiation

Starting a non-preferred task

  • Organization

Keeping track of materials at home and in school, organizing ideas and information for essays and research papers

  • Planning and Prioritizing

Mapping out multi-step tasks such as long-term class projects and judging which assignments are most important to tackle first and which assignments matter most

  • Time Management

Allocating an appropriate amount of time for work and other commitments.

What are the Expected Executive Functioning Skills for High School Students?

High School is also an important time for the continued development of Executive Function skills for students. These include:

  • Self-regulation

Managing strong emotions and inhibiting impulsive behaviors

  • Attention

Sustaining focus, especially for lengthy or challenging tasks

  • Task Initiation

Starting a non-preferred task

  • Organization

Keeping track of materials at home and in school, organizing ideas and information for essays and research papers, managing digital data and files

  • Planning and Prioritizing

Mapping out multi-step tasks such as long-term class projects and tackling assignments in order of importance

  • Time Management

Allocating time for work and other commitments

  • Cognitive Flexibility

Taking the perspective of teachers and peers and formulating different solutions to problems.

 

While some students seem to develop these skills seamlessly, many struggles and can benefit from a direct 1:1 executive functioning coaching and support that is often unavailable in most schools.

Why Is Executive Functioning Important?

How Can Themba Help? 1:1 Executive Function Coaching

 

Themba Tutors provides well-rounded and comprehensive support to students and their families. Themba Tutors offers Strategic Observation And Reflection (SOAR). When you work with our expert tutors, your child will receive focused attention, one-on-one guidance, and individualized tutoring with your child’s interests, strengths, concerns, and goals in mind.

Our coaches and tutors can help your child develop and strengthen his or her executive functioning skills. Your child will:

 

  • Learn and apply techniques to manage strong emotions and stress
  • Learn and apply methods to maintain focus on tasks
  • Learn how to initiate and stay on challenging tasks
  • Develop customized systems to keep track of and organize materials and work areas
  • Create strategies and systems for starting and completing writing assignments
  • Know how to complete assignments in segments and plan how to accomplish them. (Here are some tried and tested ways for parents of teens to manage their homework).
  • Learn how to self-reflect and analyze his or her own skills and habits
  • Know how to use technology more efficiently
  • Recognize factors that improve their motivation or distract them from being productive
  • Learn effective study and test-taking habits
  • Know how to advocate for themselves in school

We help students with the following:

 

  • Organizing their work or study area
  • Increasing engagement
  • Optimizing schedules and routines
  • Breaking apart learning/tasks into manageable chunks
  • Taking advantage of breaks
  • Accommodating their sensory needs
  • Making adjustments to ensure efficiency
  • Scaffolding systems for starting, planning, and executing tasks
  • Previewing material
  • Teaching multi-modality learning/memory retention
  • And more!

To guarantee your child’s success in school, Themba Tutors will:

 

  • Connect with the student’s teachers to monitor progress and address new areas of concern that may arise
  • Align the tutoring plan with the school curriculum to ensure seamless integration of new skills and information
  • Act as mentors and positive role models
  • Match your child with a tutor who is an expert in learning/childhood development and in the specific field of content where support is most needed
  • Identify your child’s academic demands and create the best solutions to address them
  • Communicate with families constantly to update parents of their child’s progress as well as provide tips on how to further support their child at home

For executive functioning coaching, Themba Tutors can help with:

 

  • SMART Goal SettingSpecific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. These are the key traits that ensure your goals are clear and attainable. Our executive functioning coaches guide our students in every step of the goal-setting process and help them achieve the objectives they have set for themselves. 
  • Organization – Aside from teaching students to keep their possessions, materials, and work/study spaces organized and tidy, our executive functioning coaches will also teach them strategies on how to work smarter—not harder (knocking out the most difficult tasks first, combining smaller and similar tasks, and more)!
  • Creating a positive study space – Our executive functioning coaches can help you set up a dedicated space for your child’s at-home tutoring sessions.
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  • Setting up systems –  Using calendars, planners, to-do lists, and trackers is the best way to ensure that your child stays focused, motivated, and on-task when meeting deadlines or completing projects and assignments.
  • Delayed gratification – Our executive functioning coaches help students develop self-awareness and the ability to delay gratification to achieve better rewards or results at a later time.
  • Time management skills – We help students develop and improve their time-management skills by teaching them productivity techniques. This includes breaking down bigger tasks into smaller chunks, getting started, tracking time and progress, and planning and prioritizing.

My son got to a point in his writing where he just hit a wall with brainstorming. He needed some extra 1:1 time outside of school with someone who could handle the executive functions aspect, the anxiety piece, the extra time/silence my son sometimes needed, and the warmth and creativity that is his native space. Jake was beyond perfect. I just couldn’t have dreamt up a better fit. In addition, he documented his process, what was working with my son, so that I have a collection of emails to look back on when I need reminding about how to help my son when he’s feeling stuck – which is now very seldom. If I had five thumbs, they’d all be up. So I’ll just say, 5 stars! Thank you, Jakek and thank you, Themba Tutors. (By the way, this was affordable, to boot.)

 

-Micaela B.     

Khalilah has been a fantastic science and executive functioning tutor for my daughter. She was quickly able to assess the best and most effective methods for teaching. She is also high energy and extremely dedicated to making the most out of her sessions. Highly recommend!

 

-Meredith J.     

So far, Aaron is doing much better. it’s a slow process but he’s heading in the right direction. I think he is realizing his “weaknesses.” He’s trying to get more organized and focused so that he prioritizes his work accordingly. Thank you for helping Aaron so that he has a much smoother end of the school year; he would have been lost otherwise.

 

-CC     

Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.

 

-Eric Fingerman     

Amil did really well with Dusty. We found that Dusty’s guidance really helped him turn work in on time, and all his teachers noted that in his last evaluation. Thank you again for all your help!

 

-Jad A.     

Frequently Asked Questions

What is executive functioning?

Executive functions include cognitive processes such as attentional control, inhibition, working memory, and flexibility.

What are the common signs of executive functioning difficulties?
  • Difficulties regulating emotions
  • Problems with starting, organizing, planning, or completing tasks
  • Trouble listening or paying attention
  • Forgetfulness
  • Struggles to multitask or manage multiple tasks
  • Socially inappropriate behavior e.g. impulsiveness
  • Short-term memory issues
  • Inability to learn from past consequences
  • Having a hard time learning or processing new information

Need an Executive Functioning Coach? Contact Themba Tutors Today!

 

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Call: (917) 382-8641, Text: (833) 565-2370 

Email: info@thembatutors.com

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