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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.     

Themba did a good job matching my daughter with the tutor best able to meet her needs. I wish they had been a little more forthright about the difference between executive and emotional function as this led to a bit of confusion at the beginning of the process as to what skills exactly the tutor would be supporting. In the end, though, we were very happy with the job Alissa did for our daughter. Alissa was very good at reframing our daughter’s assignments so that they felt possible instead of overwhelming. She also helped us change our approach so that we provided useful support instead of unhelpful pressure. Her role as a liaison between the school, the student and the home was invaluable. In the end our daughter went from failing several classes to getting mostly A-‘s -and most importantly-feeling like she had the self confidence to carry on independently. We will definitely keep in touch with Alissa. She is fabulous!

 

-Rachel S.     

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 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!

 

-Carolina L.     

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.     

Themba did a good job matching my daughter with the tutor best able to meet her needs. I wish they had been a little more forthright about the difference between executive and emotional function as this led to a bit of confusion at the beginning of the process as to what skills exactly the tutor would be supporting. In the end, though, we were very happy with the job Alissa did for our daughter. Alissa was very good at reframing our daughter’s assignments so that they felt possible instead of overwhelming. She also helped us change our approach so that we provided useful support instead of unhelpful pressure. Her role as a liaison between the school, the student and the home was invaluable. In the end our daughter went from failing several classes to getting mostly A-‘s -and most importantly-feeling like she had the self confidence to carry on independently. We will definitely keep in touch with Alissa. She is fabulous!

 

-Rachel S.     

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 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.

 

-S CL     

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 individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!

 

-Gillian D.     

I own a tutoring / educational consulting company myself.. I called to ask for help with my daughter who has sensory, adhd related issues. The woman on the phone was very honest with me and really guided me in the right direction. Most of the other companies I had called didn’t seem to understand what “multisensory” learning style means which is fine, but I’m assuming they wouldn’t understand my daughter’ learning needs. I wound up getting better services through my daughter’s school, but I’d recommend Themba to any parent with a child with special education needs.

 

-Park Slope Tutoring LLC

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

 

-Eric Fingerman     

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 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.

 

-Nicole May     

I was referred to Themba Tutors to help my daughter strengthen her executive functioning skills. Craig was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He provided us with a few different tutors to meet in order to find the right fit. We’ve been working with McEdwin “Mackie” he’s been wonderful. My daughter has worked with several tutors over the past 5 years and Mackie is the first tutor she happily meets with. This is a huge win!

 

-Kristin S.     

I’m listening to the Earth Science tutoring session from a distance and wow she is impressive!!! We have been thru so many tutors (more for math over the years). They’ve worked but Charlie gets so bored. She is so engaged with Khalilah! She really knows how to connect with Charlie and quickly figure out what she needs to learn. Thanks Craig!

 

-M.L.     

Themba Tutors was recommended to us by a therapist I used to evaluate my daughter, a 7th grader in a public school in Manhattan, for possible learning disabilities related to math. She needed help with strategies for completing homework and keeping skills up to date, and also some remedial work to get her where she should be especially with the challenging Common Core curriculum. My daughter had used a few tutors in the past, but none of them were as effective as Matt. Matt has a very kind way about him and his genuine concern for my daughter s progress was apparent. He was able to focus her attention on the full sessions without her feeling stressed or overwhelmed. He adjusted the agenda to accommodate problem areas that arose and to address extra last-minute material that needed to be reviewed for upcoming tests. Her final report card reflected a 90 for the school year we couldn’t have been more thrilled! Matt has a real gift for teaching that significantly contributed to her getting on track. Thank you for recommending Matt!

 

-Mary Rose       

Dr. Netta is a lovely, extremely reliable, professional, approachable, attentive, and very caring professional. Our daughter had different organizational needs than a typical high school student so Netta was open to communications with me as the three of us planned a course of action. The fact that Dr. Netta is also trained as a psychologist was extremely valuable. Our daughter always enjoyed her executive functioning sessions with Netta and looked forward to it weekly. We were very happy with Netta’s coaching services and highly recommend her!

 

-C.P., Mother     

I want to thank you for the wonderful math tutoring you did with V! We really can see the changes in her self-confidence. It has been encouraging to see her improving her math grades. She is a big fan of yours, as are we. Because of the way LaGuardia HS is structuring classes for the year, V’s math class has now ended. Regardless, we will want Gillian to tutor V again when math officially starts up again in the fall.

 

-J.G.       

Lillian is amazing and is, no doubt, a large factor in the colleges Ben has been accepted to.  She has changed his whole orientation towards his academics.  

 

-Pam Cobrin    

Jacob has been such an integral part of Maya’s success with improving her organization and executive functioning. He partnered with us when Maya was just diagnosed with ADHD in 7th grade. Jacob gave us the support Maya needed through middle school and the application process for high school. Jacob is was very patient, creative, and encouraging to Maya. Without his help, we would have had a much more difficult road ahead of us. Maya is now transitioning to high school in person as a freshman.

-Melissa S.   

I own a tutoring / educational consulting company myself.. I called to ask for help with my daughter who has sensory, adhd related issues. The woman on the phone was very honest with me and really guided me in the right direction. Most of the other companies I had called didn t seem to understand what multisensory learning style means which is fine, but I m assuming they wouldn t understand my daughter learning needs. I wound up getting better services through my daughter s school, but I d recommend Themba to any parent with a child with special education needs.

 

-Michelle       

This company is great in finding awesome learning specialists who work with kids of all ages and use multisensory techniques to help break down abstract concepts. My child needs help with math and they were able to supply my child with a top-notch math tutor who was able to really help my son improve. Not only is it hard to find qualified math learning specialists who work well with school aged children, but they come to your home, which is a real godsend.

 

-Mr. K. Kim       

Jacob is a great tutor who worked with my son over the course of two years providing much-needed guidance on his executive functioning and organizational skills and overcoming a variety of challenges posed by my son’s learning disabilities. His patience in learning about my son’s disabilities provided him with insight into developing the best strategies possible to overcome my son’s multifaceted obstacles. He built up a great rapport with my son and I would recommend him highly to other parents seeking specialized tutoring services.

 

-JB & AK       

It’s been great to be out of T’s organization! He got all As the last quarter!

 

-R.M.     

We had a great experience with Alissa, she kept them learning and motivated in a really terrible year.

She did a nice job communicating feedback with us as well as being in contact with the teachers to make sure they were in sync.

I am so thankful it worked out and that we got connected. 

 

-Jana Z      

I’ve had many tutors come thru my door over the years and feel there is something very special and extra professional about the tutors from Themba. They all understood my son s needs and had an amazing way of working with him. Kadyn tutored my son last year and I feel she contributed to his growth in all areas of learning. Her level of education was high and she had a very kind and calming personality that made it easy for my son to connect with her. I asked him what he thought of Kadyn. He said she helped me read articles, pull out information, organize my thoughts and put my ideas on paper. It made me feel more successful as a student.

 

-S.F.       

My son who has dyslexia enjoyed working with Jeffrey on his math skills so much that he didn’t want to stop at the end of sessions. Jeffrey connected to my son. He was gentle with his teaching approach and helped to build his self-esteem and confidence.

 

-Anonymous       

My son was tutored for the ACT by Jake. Jake was able to find the most efficient way of getting the work done. What impressed me most was the interest he took in lowering the test anxiety, making the test if possible more enjoyable. He was able to take on the issue of test anxiety and it worked!

 

-L. Edelstein       

My son, a junior in a private high school worked, with a wonderful tutor from Themba to get ready for his SATs. I spoke with Blythe and she asked detailed questions about my sons strengths and weaknesses. She put me in touch with Don, who worked beautifully with my son. Don immediately understood where my son needed help and focused their time together on specific areas of need. He also recognized my sons strengths ( math )and was able to accelerate his understanding in those areas. My sons score jumped 190 points! The individualized instruction he got from Themba and Don was amazing! I highly recommend these wonderful people.

 

-Marie W.       

Matt tutored my son for the SAT & ACT this fall We liked his positive approach to help learn the necessary testing skills. He is friendly, thoughtful and points out strengths while emphasizing areas that need extra work. Thank you for sending him to us!

 

-Colleen Donohue       

I have currently secured two excellent Themba Tutors for my son, a junior in a NYC High School. My son really enjoys working with these tutors, Matt and Anthony. He finds their methods clear and inspiring. Matt works with my son on college entrance test preparation (ACT and SAT), and Anthony works with my son on written expression, executive functioning and attention skills.

 

-Kristina K.       

Having been through the SAT/ACT tutoring process before with my older daughter, I knew we d need something less conventional, more tailor-made, for my son–someone who could adjust and meet the needs of my son s specific learning needs. My son has ADHD and easily becomes overwhelmed and anxious with regards to test-taking. After his first tutoring session with Dr. Brooke, we knew it was a “good fit . She was able to quickly develop a great working rapport with my son. She understood that he needed to be gently challenged, praised and continually encouraged to keep him from becoming overly frustrated. His original PSAT score was a 26. Dr. Brooke helped him to bring his ACT score up to a 31. We can’t thank her enough!

 

-Hilary V.       

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 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!!

 

-Fara Jones

Jacob was an incredible help to our son when he tutored him in writing and reading comprehension in elementary and middle school. Jacob was patient and came up with creative, well-informed approaches. Our son connected with Jacob and benefited greatly from their sessions. Jacob also collaborated with our son’s school and often shared updates and insights with us. We are very grateful for all of Jacob’s support!

 

-J & C       

Jacob tutored our son throughout his fifth and sixth grades. For our son, this was a time of increased academic demands and heightened anxiety, which exacerbated his language processing challenges. Jacob approached our son with sensitivity, compassion, and patience – which was greatly needed during this time. In addition to his reinforcing essential academic content, Jacob provided flexible and effective study skill strategies – strategies that our son internalized and has continued to use independently! Jacob is an intelligent and knowledgable educator who knows how to individualize his approach to his students to suit their specific needs and learning styles. He willingly communicates with school personnel and teachers to ensure continuity between his tutoring and students’ classroom experiences. My son greatly benefited from this regular communication between professionals. I’d highly recommend Jacob to any child who needs individualized and extra academic support!

 

-Dana G.       

Mcedwin was a fantastic tutor. He and our son, a college freshman, worked well together, and his grades, as a result, have dramatically improved.

 

-F.F.       

My son has been working with Jeffrey for math tutoring with brilliant results. Jeffrey helped reinforce the lessons from class, helping him build confidence and perseverance. Jeffrey worked diligently to prepare for each session by making sure he was aware of what material my son was covering each week. Jeffrey would arrive for sessions with problem sheets they could work from to strengthen his skills. He was always very patient, reassuring, and encouraging. While at the same time, he pushed Oliver toward mastery of the material. In six months, my son began to see himself as a capable, successful math student.

 

-Sara Baysinger       

We were in a complete state of crisis when we contacted Sarah for help for our high school freshman son. A smart kid, he was overwhelmed in his first year of a demanding high school curriculum and had slid into a terrible situation of falling behind, not studying or completing assignments and being frozen with anxiety about it. Sarah came thoughtfully and directly to the rescue. She created an instant, goal-oriented and friendly rapport that was, most importantly, incredibly productive from the very start and taught our son to embrace preparedness and achievement as his own accomplishments. He settled down, focused and miraculously finished with great grades. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Sarah is at what she does and how grateful I am for her intervention in the academic life of our son. Anyone would be lucky to have her work with their son or daughter.

 

-Meg C.       

I thought Paul was terrific and our son did too! Paul was particularly helpful on the math section of the ACT and math in general. Paul had an amazing rapport with our son, and that made the twice weekly commitment, for tutoring, fine for our son, which is really important. We highly recommend Paul!

 

-Martha P.       

We were very impressed with Anthony’s calmness and resilience in the face of a daunting task; helping our daughter with math! He engaged her in creative and engaging ways to try and get across the challenging concepts of her homework and test prep. He really cared and made a lot of effort to work with our 11 year old.

 

-Emily R.       

My daughter, a freshman in a public high school, was struggling in math. I got in touch with Blythe at Themba, and she managed to have a wonderful math tutor come to my home the following day. She stayed much more than the required time to make sure that my daughter understood all the concepts. She also followed up with us and asked if we had any other questions that she could help with. As a parent, it is a relief to know that you can secure a tutor very quickly who comes straight to your home.
A great experience!

 

-Tiphaine M.       

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 to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!

 

-Susan W.      

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. 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.

 

-Christine G.    

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 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.

 

-Fabiola F.  

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 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.

 

-Jude E.

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.

 

 

-Janice Eidus

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 skills. Highly recommended.

– Mary Jean Babic

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.

-Nina Herman

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 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!

-Frances Simpson

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 Paul.

-Michael Birnbaum

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 eager to follow her guidance.  I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.

-Monica Alzate

Jackie Singer tutored my third grade son for about four months and he made great progress. Jackie is easy to work with, even days when my son was not 🙂 Highly recommend!

-Margaux Lisiak

Steffanie Blackmon is a fantastic tutor! She puts so much hard work and dedication into every session, which is what lead to passing grades on my exams!  In addition, Steffanie even offered tutoring via FaceTime if we couldn’t meet in person. This is a fantastic and very convenient tutoring service and I highly recommend it!

– Eddie100

I’m so happy we were connected with Themba Tutors. Our high school daughter was struggling in a way very common to kids with ADHD. After an initial conversation to learn our needs, Themba put us in touch with a great tutor, Felicia, who has been teaching our daughter the executive and organizational skills she needs. Felicia’s been a crucial support, and we’re delighted she’s working with us.

-Mary Jean B.

My experience with Themba Tutors was awesome. When I was introduced to the service I told them my needs and based on that they set me up with a range of tutors to choose from. I chose to work with Paul Smith who was the best tutor that I have ever worked with. I was studying for the New Jersey state teacher exam there was a number of subject areas that I had to study and one of them was math. Paul helped me understand the math on the test . He explained it to me in away that made it easy and he gave me tools to practice on my own. In addition to helping me with math skills he gave wonderful study tips and tricks to use to help me study the material that I had to learn. Paul was a pleasure to work with and O thank him for helping me pass the test

-Esther B.

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