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Frequently Asked Questions

Private Tutoring

Where does the tutoring take place?

The tutoring can take place in the student’s home, a public library, after-school facility, bookstore, etc. We can also conduct online sessions. The tutor and student decide on a location where there will be a limited number of distractions.

How many days a week should the tutoring take place?

This varies greatly between students. Most students start out with one hour a week per subject area that they would like to cover. If the student needs a significant amount of remedial work to catch him or her up, he or she may want to start out with 2-3 hours per week. The amount of hours per week can be increased or decreased at any time based on the student’s needs.

What do you work on during the tutoring sessions?

During the first session, the tutor will informally assess the student’s strengths and weaknesses by reviewing his or her current classwork, tests, and quizzes. It is a good idea for you or your child to have past tests and quizzes, report cards, comments from the teacher, or other information that would be useful for understanding the student’s needs during the first session. With parent’s permission, the tutor can contact the student’s teacher to better align the sessions with the classroom curriculum. After the tutor has a better idea of where the student is, the tutor may work on current class work, organization, study skills, remediation, enrichment, etc.

What qualifications do your tutors have?

All of our tutors have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Our tutors include graduate or professional school students, certified teachers, and professionals with a love of teaching. The common thread between all of our tutors is their expertise in their subject matter and their desire to help their students succeed.

How is a tutor chosen?

We consider all of the student’s needs and take special care to really understand our families’ goals, interests, and personalities. Our main priority is to match students with tutors so that the students find them relatable and inspiring.

What if the tutor is not a good match for my son or daughter?

At Tri-Ed, we feel that one of the most important keys to success through tutoring is having a tutor that is the “perfect match” for the student. This means that a tutor should be able to effectively convey his or her message in a way that the student understands as well as be able to motivate the student to want to learn the material. If you do not feel like a good match has been made, please contact us at any time to discuss this issue.

How do I know if my son or daughter needs a tutor?

There are several signs that your child would benefit from a personal tutor. Some signs include:

  • A sudden drop in the student’s grades
  • Difficulty completing homework assignments
  • Incomplete homework or class work
  • Lack of confidence or strong dislike of the subject matter
  • Weak study skills
  • Test anxiety and/or Poor organizational skills. A personal tutor can help target a student’s weak areas and help him or her work to improve in those areas.

Is there a long-term contract?

No. We offer flexible, month-to-month agreements that can be cancelled at any time with no additional fees to you.

What are your fees?

Hourly rates range between $85-105, depending on desired tutoring service.

Are there administrative costs or enrollment fees?

No, 100% of the cost goes towards tutoring.

What type of payment do you accept?

We offer convenient, automatic billing. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Debit cards.

What results should you expect from SAT/ACT prep?

We understand SAT/ACT prep is an investment and the main question is how much will my child’s score increase. There are many factors that go into test day and it is difficult to predict the exact increase. The average increase is 100 points on the SAT with 20+ hours of SAT prep. This means that some students have a more modest increase and some students improve significantly more. One of the best predictors of score increase is how much work the student puts into prep.  In general, students that complete all homework, review material outside of tutoring sessions, and come prepared to sessions with questions tend to see the largest gains. 

Group Classes

What is included in small group SAT Prep classes (also called SAT Prep 101)?

SAT Prep 101 is an overall review of all multiple choice sections of the SAT—reading, writing, and math. There are two full length proctored practice tests and 16 hours of instruction included. Materials are also included.

Who should take SAT Prep 101?

College-bound high school students should prepare for the SAT sometime between spring of sophomore year and fall of senior year. For most students, the best time to prepare is during summer before junior year and/or junior year. However, SAT Prep 101 can also be a good fit for sophomores that are more advanced in their curriculum (i.e. currently in Algebra II or higher) that would like to get a head start on SAT prep and seniors that are planning to take the SAT in fall of senior year.

When should I take SAT Prep 101?

It’s generally best to take a class leading up to the SAT that you plan to take. If you take a class earlier (for example, you take a class leading up to the March SAT but don’t take the SAT until May), we strongly encourage you to continue doing some 1:1 SAT Prep sessions to keep the skills fresh.

Do you teach test-taking techniques or review content?

The class is a combination. Group SAT classes are 14-16 hours of instruction. This is balanced between reviewing techniques that can be used on each section as well as a review of the most commonly tested concepts. On the math section, for example, we review systems of linear equations because they are tested often on every SAT. We do not specifically review trigonometry because it is tested infrequently (average 1 question per SAT).

Is 8-10 weeks enough time to prepare? What if I need more prep?

For some students, yes. For other students, they will need to continue to prep beyond the class. In general, the average score increase between the two practice tests is 90 points. Because this is an average, there will be students that improve more than 90 points throughout the class and students that will have more modest gains. The best way to estimate how much time you will need to dedicate to SAT prep is to look at the difference between your starting score and goal score. If you are starting at 900 and your goal score is 1200, you will very likely need to prep for more than 8 weeks. In that case, it’s best to set smaller, more frequent goals for each test so you don’t get discouraged.

What if I have to miss a scheduled class? Do you offer make-up classes?

We understand that students occasionally have to miss a class due to scheduling conflicts or illness. However, because it is a group class, we are not able to offer make-up classes. We do have all materials available on a Google Drive link and video lectures of the content in the class that students can watch to catch up on missed class time.

How many students are in a group?

Classes range from 6-10 students per group depending on the school and interest level for that SAT group. We try to keep groups very small so that students feel comfortable asking individual questions and the class can be adapted for the students in the group.

I see there is a practice test at the beginning of SAT Prep 101. Do I have to take the practice test if I have already taken a PSAT or SAT?

Yes. The PSAT or a previous SAT is a great way to see how you are currently scoring on the SAT and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. However, the first three weeks of the class consist of lessons related to the first practice test and how to approach the various question types. If students have not already attempted this test, they will not get the full benefit from these lessons.

Is the class online or in-person?

In person. These classes are conveniently held at local high schools.

What classes should I have taken before taking SAT prep?

While not a requirement to take the SAT class, it is best to have completed or be currently enrolled in Algebra II or higher math.

How quickly do you get test results?

Your practice test scores will be scanned and uploaded to your Online Score Tracker account approximately three days after the test is completed. Directions for accessing this account will be emailed.

Is the class refundable?

The class is refundable until the registration deadline (generally 4-7 days before the start of the class).

What materials do you use?

We use The Official SAT Study Guide as well as materials developed by Tri-Ed Tutoring.