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Frequently Asked Questions

Why In-Home Tutoring?

Rather than driving your child to a learning centre, tutoring is done in a familiar learning environment, your home, where the student is most comfortable and distractions can be minimized. The student gets individualized attention while saving time for parents and ensuring that tutoring is done according to your preferred schedule.

Why 1-to-1 tutoring?

Your child deserves the undivided attention of the tutor, which is not possible when the tutor is responsible for working with several students at the same time. Working one-to-one allows us to focus on the student’s specific needs and tailor instruction to fit his or her pace of learning and unique learning style.

How is Above Grade Level different?

Above Grade Level uses Research-Based Best Practices as recommended by leading experts in tutoring.

These recommendations include:

In-home tutoring – Rather than driving your child to a learning centre, tutoring is done in a familiar learning environment, your home, where distractions can be minimized.

Use of diagnostic tools – Our skill assessments in math and English are developed by experts in the field of education.

Trained and qualified tutors – Our tutors are screened and tested to ensure their ability to teach the subjects assigned to them. Tutors are either credentialed teachers or specialists with university training in the subject.

Tutoring methods that engage the student in an active learning process – Our multi-sensory approach using a structured curriculum ensures maximum learning outcomes.

Mentoring students on how to learn – We not only teach the subject matter, but how to become a more effective learner as a life-long skill.

Tracking session to session progress – We provide regular feedback to parents to ensure you can see the progress your child is making.

Use of continuous feedback – Students receive constant feedback so they know immediately how they are doing.

Formal and informal assessment throughout tutoring – Students are consistently tested to ensure that they are building the foundation of concepts needed for long-term success.

Why are structured assessments important?

At Above Grade Level, we believe that an effective tutoring program should begin with an accurate assessment of your child’s academic strengths and problem areas. So, we provide a comprehensive assessment developed by experts in the field of education. This ensures that we can identify the areas where your child may have missed critical skills or needs special attention. The curriculum is structured to fill-in any gaps so future success can be assured.

Unlike the assessments offered by many other tutoring companies, which they have developed themselves, the assessment we use was developed by experts in the field of education and keyed to your child’s school curriculum at each grade level. This gives us a detailed picture of how your child is doing in each of the areas that he or she will be expected to master in school.

This assessment has a value of $150, but we offer it free of charge so you can see precisely where your child’s strengths and problem areas are in areas such as math and English. The assessment takes about 30-45 minutes and is taken by your child on-line at a time that best suits your family schedule. We then arrange for a free in-home consultation to discuss the results in detail with you. There is no cost or obligation for this consultation and whether you choose to arrange for tutoring for your child, or not, you will be much better informed about his or her learning needs.

How many tutoring sessions will my child need each week?

The number of tutoring sessions depends on the needs of the student. Once the assessment is completed, we can design a curriculum and suggest how many sessions may be needed to address the areas where the student needs our help.

When can I have a tutor come?

Tutors come to your home to work with your child according to the schedule that works best for the student and your family.

How long are the learning sessions?

Sessions may be one to two hours, depending on what works best for the student and the learning program.

What training do the tutors have?

Our tutors are screened and tested to ensure their ability to teach the subjects assigned to them. Tutors are either credentialed teachers or specialists with university training in the subject.

Have any more questions?

Please call your local Above Grade Level or email us via the contact form.