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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.

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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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How Can a Literature Tutor Help?

For some students, studying English literature is challenging because it is difficult for them to relate and feel connected to these literary works. But while we may not always be able to draw parallels between these stories and our own experiences, literature allows us to see how different situations and events impact a person. Studying literature and understanding these stories also help us pinpoint underlying themes and understand different characters and scenarios. This is crucial as we try to gain better understanding and empathy for the people around us. This, too, is what a literature tutor aims to help develop in students.


With the help of a literature tutor, literature can also help students improve their vocabulary, reading comprehension, and critical thinking. These skills are all essential not only to one’s academic success but also in their personal and professional lives later on.


At Themba Tutors, we are committed to helping students succeed in their literature classes and achieve their academic goals. But most importantly, our literature tutors hope to instill a genuine love for literature in the students that we teach.


If you are looking for a High school & College Literature Tutors to help your child succeed in school, then we are here to help. Themba Tutors provides personalized, 1:1 private online and in-home literature tutoring for students in high school and college. Our literature tutors are committed to help your child gain a better understanding and deeper appreciation for literature—from classic novels to contemporary poetry.


Our Themba Tutors’ Literature Tutor will:


  • Establish strengths, weaknesses, and areas of needs by getting to know your child
  • Tailor literature lessons according to your child’s needs
  • Create lesson plans that are designed to maximize your child’s time and interests
  • Help maintain your child’s motivation so they stay focused and engaged on the material
  • Create exercises to help improve their vocabulary
  • Help improve reading comprehension
  • Guide your child in identifying elements of literature, such as underlying themes, the motivations and points of view of the characters, figures of speech, imagery, and the author’s style, to name a few.
  • Work on assigned reading materials and guide your child in literature analysis, criticism, and comprehension
  • Discuss and critique literary works with your child
  • And more!

What Is Literature?

Our learning specialists and academic tutors provide 1:1 individualized literature tutoring for high school and college students.


When we talk about literature, what often comes to mind are literary works such as poetry, short stories, and classic novels. But in its simplest and broadest sense, literature refers to any type of written work. It comes from the Latin word litaritura or litteratura, which simply translates to “writing formed with letters.” The definition of literature may also sometimes extend to textual work that are spoken, sung, or performed, such as hymns, songs, and spoken word poetry.


What Are Literary Works?


Poetry, short stories, fiction, and nonfiction novels, and other creative compositions are all considered literary works. But going by its very definition, literature can also refer to academic papers (theses, dissertations), marketing and advertising materials (brochures, catalogs), reference books, and even computer programs and databases. Literary works may also sometimes extend to written compositions that are sung, performed, or spoken and can also include unpublished work.

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What Are Examples of Literary Works?

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Manuscripts
  • Poetry
  • Contributions to collective works
  • Compilations of data or other literary subject matter
  • Dissertations
  • Theses
  • Reports
  • Speeches
  • Bound or loose-leaf volumes
  • Secure tests
  • Pamphlets
  • Brochures
  • Textbooks
  • Online works
  • Reference works
  • Directories
  • Catalogs
  • Advertising copy
  • Single pages of text
  • Tracts
  • Games
  • Automated databases
  • Computer programs
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What Are the Seven Elements of Literature?



The plot of a movie, story or other work of literature is the chain of events that move the narrative and the characters. These events are connected and have a cause-and-effect relationship. A plot must have a structure, which consists of:


  • Exposition – Characters and the beginning of conflict are introduced.
  • Rising action – The story escalates and is set in motion by a series of events.
  • Climax – The peak of the story or where the series of events have been building up to.
  • Falling action – Subplots and smaller conflicts are resolved.
  • Denouement – The final part where plot elements are drawn together and conflicts are explained or resolved.


Being able to identify the narrative structure is important when analyzing and critiquing any piece of literature. A literature tutor can help your child through this process by discussing the material and its parts and providing guide questions.




The setting serves as the backdrop or the time and geographical story where the story takes place. It can be a fictional world, all-encompassing (a school, a farm, a Florida beach), or more intimate (inside a car, a dive bar, or a jail cell). When establishing the backdrop of a story, it’s important to make the reader have an accurate visualization of the place, particularly when the setting plays a key role in the narrative. Hence, the setting also includes the landscape, weather or climate, the time of day, and the social and cultural characteristics of a place. In many instances, the setting plays a crucial aspect in the story that it becomes almost like a character itself. Your child can glean the importance of a narrative’s setting as he or she discusses the material with a literature tutor.




Point of view refers to the narrative voice used to tell the story. It is the character’s perspective on how the story unfolds or is told by the writer. A story’s point of view may be written in the first person, third person, and very rarely, second person.



Successful writers have a distinct style that they develop over time. It includes their word choice, the way they structure and arrange their sentences, the type of language they use, and the way they describe scenes or establish mood. Some writers have styles that are so unique that readers immediately know who wrote the story or novel without even checking to see the author’s name. A literature tutor can provide your child with examples of literary works from authors with distinct styles.



When writing a story, it is the plot that sets the narrative in motion. But every narrative has an underlying theme that is explored as the story progresses through its plots and subplots, characters, setting, or dialogue. Through this exploration of the theme, a writer may choose to inject his or her own opinion through the characters or the way the story is concluded. Or, the author can leave it to the readers to decide and form their own thoughts on the theme. For the most part, an effective theme must invite discussion and analysis from its readers. When working with a literature tutor, your child can gain a better understanding of the text and be guided in identifying underlying and general themes.


Literary Devices

Literary devices are the tools used by a writer to make to create an engaging story, carve his or her own style, and guide the readers through the narrative. A literature tutor can help your child identify these literary devices in the materials they are reading. Some examples of literary devices that we often see in literary works are:

  • personification
  • alliteration
  • simile
  • metaphor
  • symbolism
  • irony
  • foreshadowing
  • allusions, to name a few.

Why Is Literature Important?


Whether it’s a poem, short story, novel, or any literary piece, literature is a reflection of human life. It captures the social, political, cultural, and personal struggles and triumphs of a certain time. In a way, literature is a historical account, wherein future generations can glean and learn about life from a time long past.


Literature exposes us and allows us to understand different perspectives and mindsets.


While we mostly view literature as a form of entertainment, it also allows us to immerse ourselves in scenarios and perspectives that may be foreign to us. By understanding the unfamiliar, we get to know ourselves and the world around us more.


Literature opens our minds and encourages empathy.


By following the journey of a story’s characters, we learn to open our mind to another person’s struggle and develop empathy. Regardless of a character’s background, being immersed in their story gives us a connection that translates into the real world, where we begin to understand people regardless of their country, race, culture, religion, or political convictions.


Literature allows us to escape and imagine possibilities.


Because reading is so immersive, a  good piece of literature can transport us to worlds beyond our imaginings. It is not only a form of entertainment but a way for us to explore and dream of possibilities that may not always be attainable in the real world.

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