How is ActiveMinds
Tutoring different from a learning center?
At ActiveMinds Tutoring, our tutors come directly to you. You don't
need to drive anywhere! Our dedicated and qualified tutors will design
a program for your child that is based on their school's curriculum,
not a pre-determined program that may not relate at all to what your
child is working on in school. We will also interface with your child's
teacher, if necessary; to be sure your child is on the right track.
Are there any assessment
tests my child must take before being tutored by ActiveMinds Tutoring?
No, assessment tests (which can cost up to $200.00 in a learning center
environment) are not a prerequisite in order for your child to be
Do your tutors know the
Everyday Math and Open Court programs?
Yes, all of our tutors are familiar with the Everyday Math program, a
teaching approach that provides “home links” for the student to work on
as homework. Our tutors also can tutor the Open Court program - reading
Tutoring supply any learning materials for the tutoring sessions?
We highly recommend that your child bring home their school books or
any other materials they are working on in their class that relates to
the subject(s) we are tutoring. In some cases our tutors will provide
materials if it complements what your child is learning. However, we do
not provide a curriculum. We will help you attain materials from your
child's school, if necessary, or direct you to several resources where
you can purchase the appropriate books, etc.
Does tutoring always
take place in my home?
Yes, we come to you at your convenience. We require that a parent or
guardian over the age of 21 be at home for the entire tutoring session.
For student's over the age of 16, we offer tutoring at your local
library, however, we highly recommend having the tutor come to you. Ask
for more details about this option during your complimentary
What are your tutors'
Our tutors are full-time credentialed teachers, substitute teachers,
retired teachers or honors college students with at least two years of
one-on-one tutoring experience. We check all references, obtain
background checks and personally interview every tutor.
What if my child
doesn't like the tutor?
If, after the first session is complete, you do not think the tutor is
a good match with your child, you will not be charged for the session
and another tutor will be contacted.
Are there a minimum
number of sessions for which I have to commit and how long is each
No, we do not have any long-term contracts, however, we strongly
suggest a minimum of four sessions in order to really see progress. The
minimum amount of time for each session is one hour.
Do your tutors work
with learning disabled or special needs children?
Yes, many of our tutors are Special Needs certified and will be able to
work in conjunction with your child’s I.E.P. or 504 Plan.
I home school my
child. Can you help me?
Yes. If the student is being home schooled, we will provide a
credentialed teacher or a certified tutor, depending on which type of
home school program he/she is receiving.
I have more than one
child. Can you tutor all of them at the same time?
All of our tutoring is facilitated through one-on-one sessions. In
order for our tutors to be effective, and for the students to benefit,
we do not provide group subject tutoring. During the complimentary
consultation, we can discuss the most cost-effective way for all of the
students to be tutored individually.
How long do I have to
wait to get a tutor assigned to my child?
After we meet with you, our Director will contact one of our tutors
within 48 hours. We will call you to tell you about the tutor. The
tutor will then call you to introduce themselves, get directions to
your home and establish a schedule that works for you.
Do you tutor students in
Yes, we have tutors who are very capable of tutoring college level
courses. Requests for college level tutoring have increased
dramatically in the last year and we can provide an experienced,
credentialed teacher or professor. College students can be tutored on
campus or in the library.
areas do you service?
We have tutors available in Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties.
Please refer to our Home
page for specific cities & towns. If your city or town is not
listed and you live in the general area, please contact us anyway, we
will do our best to help you find a tutor.
Do you provide test
preparation for the SAT and ACT tests?
Yes, we will help your student prepare for both exams. We highly
recommend that you contact us at least six weeks before the test so our
tutors have enough time to help the student prepare. Although we only
require one hour a week of tutoring, our experience has been that two
hours a week for test prep is the most effective.
Do you accept major
Yes. You can give us your credit card number at the complimentary
consultation and we can set up automatic monthly or bi-weekly payments.
If you prefer to pay by check, no problem. You always have the option
to change your preferred method of payment... or just call or e-mail us
and we’ll make the appropriate switch.
How do I get started?
You can contact us at 617.663.5700 or 617.227.2225 Eve/Wknds
or email us at
Our Director will set up a complimentary
consultation that will be conducted in your home or our Newton office.
This is an informal meeting with you and your child. Please have all
relevant schoolwork, progress reports, report cards and testing results
(if applicable) available for this meeting.