Testimonials
Testimonials, Themba Tutors

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

Themba Tutors was recommended to us by a therapist I used to evaluate my daughter, a 7th grader in 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 for 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!

 

– Marry Rose

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. /span>

 

– Sara Baysinger

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

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, Park Slope Tutoring

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

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 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 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

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.