Q: Does Hometown Learning Centers employ a unique approach?
A: We focus on two important issues. One is the tutoring approach, and the other is the convenience and flexibility of our approach.
Q: What makes Hometown Learning Centers different from any other tutoring service?
A: At Hometown Learning Centers we are dedicated to being the ultimate resource for parents and children. Click here to see our 17 Point Plan that ensures a high quality tutoring experience for your child.
Q: What is the tutoring approach?
A: The approach that we employ has several distinct elements, intended to increase the likelihood that your child improves his scholastic achievement as much as possible. We start with an assessment process specifically intended to help us focus where its needed most, yet leverage areas where the student is already proficient. We then create a specific learning plan, we call it a Learning Path℠. This Learning Path℠ ensures that we sequence and cover every area that needs attention. Unlike other providers, we then spend time in every tutoring session to address and assist current homework challenges.
Q: Is it one-on-one tutoring or group tutoring?
A: Yes. We ensure that your child receives the specific attention that he/she needs.
Q: What makes your tutoring “unique and effective”?
A: Our approach is personalized and data-driven. We use an assessment to determine your student’s areas of strength and weakness. We then create an individualized Hometown Learning Path℠ to guide your child to proficiency in every topic and to ensure your student’s unique needs are being met. During each tutoring session, we gather data on your child’s progress to guarantee improved subject mastery, study skills, and even self-confidence. Periodically we reassess to make sure real progress is being made.
Q: How long is a typical tutoring session?
A: Length of session is a very important aspect of successful tutoring. Younger students may find it difficult to focus for more than 30 minutes, while older students should be able to stay focused for up to an hour. Learning math for example, may be thought of as a process similar to learning to play the piano. Frequent sessions of limited duration are more effective for long-term learning than long sessions, especially when the student is in a formative phase. When effectiveness wanes, learning progress stalls, students experience frustration, and the accompanying negative experience reinforces a defeatist attitude. So to sum it up, frequent but shorter sessions are much better than occasional but longer sessions.
Q: Do you perform any tutoring on-line?
A: The answer is yes. We know that at times, it is too complicated for a parent to be able to bring the child into the Center, for a variety of reasons. If and when problems arise that prevent you from bringing your child into the Center, we have the ability to perform tutoring at a distance, utilizing internet technologies for video conferencing, screen sharing and real-time touch-pad observable problem solving. We can even provide a loaner of the required iPad in those instances. Talk to the Center Director for more details.
Q: How do I arrange for private, one-on-one tutoring?
A: All tutoring is one-on-one and appointment based. Customers can access the appointment calendar on-line and schedule appointments for several weeks into the future. Some customers prefer to work with one or two tutors and we strive to make these tutors available when needed.
Q: Can I be seated with and work with my child during tutoring sessions?
A: We believe that effective tutoring is best accomplished when the child and the tutor develop a professional relationship, especially when the child can demonstrate responsible interactions. We operate in a transparent manner and parents are welcome to remain at the center in our comfortable reception areas and take advantage of our free WiFi connection during the time that their child receives tutoring if they wish. Alternatively, many parents take advantage of the opportunity to multi-task and shop at nearby stores while we work with their child.
Q: Who are your tutors?
A: We believe your child deserves our best. Therefore, every one of our tutors undergoes a thorough and multifaceted interview process requiring a background check and a competency test. Once hired, our recurring performance evaluations and professional development ensure our tutors are always reaching their full potential.
Q: How do you evaluate the competency of your tutors?
A: All of our tutors must pass our tutor competency test. Unlike other organizations that merely rely on a tutor’s self assessment, or rely on high school or college credentials, we require our tutors to take and pass our competency test. This test focuses not just on getting the answer right, but also on the specifics of approach and procedures as required by state specific Standards of Learning (SOL). We also conduct thorough background checks on all of our tutors.
Q: What if my question is not on the Frequently Asked Questions page?
A: As educators, we welcome and encourage your questions! Please contact us with your question and we will provide you with a timely and informative response.
We believe that children are born with an innate curiosity and ability to learn. We understand that each child has a different learning style. That is why we create a Hometown Learning Path℠ unique to each child we tutor based upon our extensive assessment methodology.
Some students are simply bored at school and need enrichment to maintain their curiosity and motivation. Others need a leg-up on a specific concept or concepts in order to move forward successfully in their academic endeavors.
We believe children learn best in an environment that is supportive and encouraging.That is why our tutors are experienced and certified. Our tutors bring with them an ability to engage your child and create a safe environment for them to expand upon their skills and knowledge. To that end, several of our tutors having Master's Degrees and years of teaching experience.
We invite you to call our office or just drop in our center. We are here to be of service to you.
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HOW WE WORK
At Hometown Learning Centers ®, we make every attempt to help you help your child by offering flexibility, affordability and quality in our tutoring practice. For example, our packages allow you to bring your child to unlimited weekly sessions. For those of you who have schedules that prohibit this time commitment, we offer distance learning options in addition to in-person tutoring so that we can maintain the flow of learning and the interaction between the student and tutor that is so important to learning progress.
We also love homeschoolers, and work with them to establish a learning path that meets the requirements homeschool parents are attempting to achieve.
Don't hesitate. Call us any time at 540-504-7040