Every Tutor Doctor course of tutoring is tailored for the needs of the individual student. Our tutors are subject matter experts who are graduate or undergraduate students, teachers and professional people. All have a passion for their subject and are selected for their personal attributes that make them great tutors. We have experience with all of the subjects studied at high schools, most especially Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, French, Spanish, Mandarin.
We also combine specific subject needs with components from the following options. You the parents decide on the course content based on our recommendations.
As the High School years progress, students need to develop good study skills and habits. Without direct help, most students will develop these skills too late, when poor study skills are limiting their progress. With a program of study skills development combined with tutoring in Math or Language Arts for example, Tutor Doctor can help your child grow into an accomplished student without stress.
Tutor Doctor’s Study Skills techniques include help with note-taking, organization of information and school work, avoiding procrastination and distractions, planning and prioritization, proactive decision-making and effective communication. One of the highest priorities is in test preparation.
Special needs students learn differently. Although many are challenged in one way or another with learning the “regular” way, most have special talents and some have extraordinary talents. With appropriate care and attention, these students can start to glimpse their potential and start to work with passion instead of being left on the margins of the class.
Tutor Doctor has tutors with training and experience with students with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning differences. We see all these students as special and we work hard to help them unlock their own special potential. We will engage in regular consultation with the parents and regular communication with the teacher.
Many ESL students come to Canada with superior academic basics, especially in Math. However, learning in other countries is generally very different from learning in Canada. Without one-to-one guidance, students can become discouraged. While they are struggling to master English in an ESL class, they are not able to learn in Science or Social Studies. They have not yet learned the special vocabulary of these subjects, and they don’t know what is expected of them, especially if they don’t understand the questions in their homework.
Tutor Doctor can help with English for ESL students. At the same time we can provide the guidance that will get your student learning effectively in the shortest time possible. We will help with extended vocabulary, curriculum discussion, homework support and communication with the teacher to ensure alignment with the classroom needs.
The trend towards the use of online courses is increasing every year. Student success at online studying is mixed, and many find it very hard to succeed without the leadership of a classroom teacher. Although online schools provide all materials and basic support, most students learn less well when there is limited access to a teacher. Support from a Tutor Doctor tutor can make a huge difference. The tutor not only provides the subject matter knowledge, but also acts as coach and leader through the challenge of planning and executing all the necessary steps of the course.
Tutor Doctor places a priority on ensuring its tutors are best equipped to coach our students to maximize their exam marks. We have a toolkit to help tutors identify each student’s exam preparation needs, plan the exam preparation period and perform their very best on exam day. We carefully consider past papers and frequently asked questions, and guide the student through extensive practice questions. Exam preparation as a focus of tutoring can be combined with any subject or combination of subjects.
Whereas most students are studying towards a provincial or school exam, we have tutors who are experienced tutoring for entrance exams, especially the SAT Reasoning Test and the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
Tutor Doctor offers tutoring for all aspects of Language Arts: for reading, comprehension, spelling, grammar, handwriting, vocabulary, composition and advanced creative writing.
For students who will progress to be successful at a university level, the ability to express themselves clearly in a written English essay is critical. Students who write good essays progress further. So Tutor Doctor emphasizes essay writing as a key skill throughout high school. We believe that the ability to write essays should be introduced earlier in our schools and the standard should be higher. Too many students progress to universities without this key skill, and they struggle later.
This is an ideal subject area to combine with exam preparation and study skills development to ensure rapid progress in high school years.
Many students study in summer school, either to retake a course in which they did not do well, or to pre-take a course in a higher grade. Summer school is very fast-paced and material is covered with little chance for review. Tutor Doctor can increase your results through regular support during summer school. A tutor will answer all the questions you could not ask in class and fill in the gaps in your understanding.
More and more students are considering American universities for their undergraduate degree studies. Those universities look for high scores in the SAT Reasoning Test to compare students from different academic backgrounds. Students have many options for preparing for the SAT, including self-study and some expensive academy options. Tutor Doctor focuses on helping with the underlying skills required to succeed with the SAT, rather than focusing on a short orientation course. Many people think that preparation for the SAT involves practicing some special method to do with the nature of the test itself. In reality success in the SAT comes mostly from proficiency in fundamental Mathematics and Language Arts skills with a special emphasis on logical thinking (reasoning) and essay writing.
Tutor Doctor will help your student develop improved fundamental skills, and then build confidence in the test-taking process through extensive practice with many sample test questions.