Below are answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions. If you still have questions we haven’t answered below, please know that we are here for you! Contact us anytime at (703) 934-8282.
What services does Educational Connections offer?
We offer a full range of personalized educational support for your child including:
- Subject Based Tutoring
- Executive Function Coaching
- Home School Support
- Standardized Test Prep (SAT, ACT, SSAT)
- Independent School Consulting
- College Application Assistance
How are your tutoring services different from what other companies offer?
All of our tutoring is one-to-one and can take place in the privacy of your home. We work in tandem with you and our tutors to create an educational plan that can be broad or specialized to give your child the personalized support that he or she needs to excel. We use The Dolin Process to match our tutors and students based on skill set and background, personality, location, and availability. Our tutors also regularly attend additional professional development training to ensure your child benefits from the latest research and strategies.
Where do sessions take place?
Our tutoring, coaching, and test prep sessions are one-on-one and take place in your home for your convenience. If we cannot meet in your home due to location restrictions, we also offer online support.
Who are your tutors?
The majority of our tutors are educators and subject area experts. All have at least a Bachelor’s degree, and 87% have a Master’s degree. Before hiring a new tutor, we carefully screen them with a two-part interview, background checks, and references. Then, we provide a detailed onboarding orientation to ensure they can provide the high quality, individualized attention that families have come to expect from us.
How do you match my child with a tutor? What are the criteria?
We use The Dolin Process to match your child with their ideal tutor based on four main criteria: background/skillset, personality, schedule, and location. Click here to read more about how this proprietary process has led to our 95% client satisfaction rating.
Do your tutors have experience working with learning disabilities and/or ADHD?
A great percentage of our tutors are very qualified for and experienced in working with various learning needs including AD/HD. Additionally, they are given training in proven support tools and techniques for students with learning differences. By applying their special training and expertise to the tutoring sessions, our tutors enable your child to fully reach his/her potential.
How is Executive Function Coaching different from tutoring?
Executive Function Coaching is a unique, research-based program to help your child master the skills they need to succeed in school and life. Coaches help students learn how to get and stay organized, manage their time well, study effectively, and stay motivated, so they can better manage their academic workload.For subject tutoring, your child will be paired with a subject area expert who can provide your child with content support for the specific subject in which they are struggling. Whether your child needs help with 3rd grade reading or 12th grade calculus, we have tutors who can help.
Do you guarantee a score increase for the SAT and ACT?
Yes, when a student completes a test prep package of 8 sessions or more, we guarantee their test scores will increase. If this criterion is met and scores fail to increase, we will provide three complimentary sessions.
What is the responsibility of the student (for test prep sessions)?
Test prep tutors assign students about 90 minutes of homework between sessions. Homework allows students to practice both content and strategy. Completion of homework is essential to meeting or exceeding score goals.
What does tutoring cost?
Our pricing page includes our tutoring rates and test prep packages.
When are your tutors available?
Our tutors are available to meet on weekday afternoons and evenings and anytime on weekends.
How often should I have tutoring?
For efficacy and consistency, most students meet with their tutors once or twice per week. High school students and test prep students meet for 90-minute sessions. K-8th grade students in need of subject tutoring or executive function coaching meet for 60-minute sessions.
Do your tutors keep in touch with teachers?
Yes. Tutors must receive your approval and written consent prior to any teacher contact. We find that it is useful for tutors, parents, and teachers to collaborate by sharing information and working toward common goals.
What if it is not a good "fit" with the tutor?
While we take great care to ensure this does not happen, we will respond quickly to any concern you or your child may have. We will speak to the tutor regarding your feedback, and, if necessary, secure another tutor as soon as possible.
How long does it take to see progress?
Every student’s learning process is unique. Some students will see progress after just a few sessions, while others may take a bit longer to see results. We require a minimum of eight sessions to ensure your child receives enough tutoring support to make progress towards their goals.