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The Tutor Group™

#1829 - 3230 Yonge Street.
Toronto, ON M4N 3P6 Canada
(Mailing Address Only)

T: 416-221-0018
F: 416-221-0057
Contact the office by email


FAQ

at The Tutor Group

  1. How long have you been involved in education consultation and tutoring?
  2. How do you select your tutors? Are all your tutors Ontario-certified teachers?
  3. What subjects, levels or age ranges do you tutor?
  4. What makes TTG tutors different or special?
  5. How is the tutor assigned and what happens next?
  6. How does the TTG office assist its tutors?
  7. How can I request a tutor?

One advantage to being tutored at home: working in non-traditional seating positions.

How long have you been involved in education consultation and tutoring?
The Tutor Group™ has provided in-home quality tutoring services to Greater Toronto Area families since 1979. Janyce Lastman has been operating her education consultation practice specializing in school placement since 1985, and case management services since 1990.

How do you select your tutors? Are all your tutors Ontario-certified teachers?
Our tutors are professional, self-employed, interesting and dedicated people who appreciate a collegial and respectful work environment. Our tutors work one-on-one from the student's home or school.

Though many TTG tutors are certified Ontario teachers, others are not. Possession of an Ontario Teaching Certificate is no indication of skill within a one-to-one setting. Some of our most popular and successful tutors over the years have been trained under other systems (eg. Montessori, Early Childhood Educators), while others were educators or related professionals from across North America or around the globe. Some are local specialist professionals in related fields (eg. social work, psychology, French translation, mathematics or computer science) who also enjoy tutoring.

We carefully select tutors for their ability to relate well to families, children, teens and young adults, as well as for their mastery of subject matter and flexibility in teaching methods. Families are provided with a biographical summary about their tutor including education, experience, instructional style and interests.

Diverse faces of students tutored in ESL (English as a Second Language).

What subjects, levels or age ranges do you tutor?
We cover a wide variety of subjects from Kindergarten to Gr.12 as well as some post-secondary and adult education courses. Our tutors focus on core areas including Maths, Sciences, English, French and Social Studies as well as English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and Special Education and can support study and organization skills, time and project management, essay writing and notetaking, etc. TTG tutors provide classroom support, enrichment, remediation or some combination of the three. Some of our tutors also have backgrounds in visual or performing arts, cutting-edge technologies , or other languages and cultures.

We welcome and are experienced with students with special learning or other needs. Adult upgrading and support in selected post-secondary subjects is available. A unique program in test-taking skills for children, teens or adults is also available to qualified students.

We do not offer, nor do we recommend “cram tutoring”. Short term, intensive assistance just before a big test or exam reinforces poor study habits, decreases student accountability by promoting rescuing, and is rarely effective. We wean our students from support when they are ready, some quite gradually and others directly, thus encouraging them to become lifelong independent and successful learners.

What makes TTG tutors different or special?
TTG tutors use individualized student programming, provide regular oral and written review of student progress to parents (and directly to older students), and receive regular supervision from the Group's Director Janyce Lastman. They enjoy their work and work in this capacity by choice.

We find that the in-home model offers many advantages. Students feel more comfortable on their own "turf", parents are relieved of the transportation burden, and the tutor can model appropriate study skills, help to re-organize study space etc. in real time. In addition, our parents report they feel more connected to the tutorial process with the opportunity for feedback before and after each session.

To maximize value from the tutoring experience, we recommend periodic communication as needed between tutor, classroom teacher(s) and other tutors, support professionals, therapists or coaches etc. involved in assisting the child and family. We also require and carefully review each student’s education records, request periodic updates of new records while tutoring continues, and strongly recommend the tutor be given access to any "Blackboard"-type website or other on-line homework site, parent communication e-newsletter etc. provided by the student's school.

Prior to starting tutoring with a new student, we provide our tutors with a detailed historical and functional summary of the student's educational history, personality, interests, special needs etc. based on the tutoring intake, as well as copies of recent report cards, assessments, work samples and standardized testing results supplied by families.

Mentor-tutoring can also be very effective in reaching the reluctant, shy or anxious younger child.

How is the tutor assigned and what happens next?
Our Director matches specific teaching skill areas, student-tutor compatibility, student likes and dislikes, geographic area and time slots available. We do our best to honour special requests from clients, and strive to complete referrals within 48 business hours after the initial intake process and receiving the materials we request. Ours is a personalized service, so TTG tutors expect to go above and beyond. Director Janyce Lastman provides periodic case review and supervision to all tutors, and offers education consults (additional charges apply) for TTG students or their families where requested. The TTG office provides professional development for our tutors, conducts periodic tutor evaluations, facilitates communication between clients and other professionals, and handles our paperwork.

TTG provides a free introductory meeting between tutor, parents and student. At that meeting, short and long-term goals are clarified, at which point an initial program is formulated and the tutorial schedule for the term can be set. Regular tutorials average 90 to 120 minutes per session once to twice weekly, but must be a minimum of 90 minutes each session as per TTG policy.

Some families prefer to combine a formal lesson with their first meeting; if so, fees apply for instructional time only.

How does the TTG office assist its tutors?
Office staff and Director support TTG tutors in several ways: initial and ongoing programming and planning; provision of supplementary materials and resources both hard-copy and virtual; guidance in terms of new or alternative instructional methods and effective strategies; support with client management skills; periodic professional development etc. Our tutors make use our extensive resource library for sample textbooks, practice tests and exams, curriculum guides, etc. and also share their expertise amongst each other.

Ziny Kirshenbaum runs the TTG office. She handles all our paperwork, from issuing annual tuition and special needs receipts, to collection of consent forms and distribution of information for opening or updating files, as well as safeguarding client privacy around the same information.

How can I request a tutor?
Direct inquiries are welcome from families or adult students; referrals through teachers and other professionals are also common. Contact Ziny in our office. Please note that as the school year progresses, our tutors may have decreased availability in their caseload for the semester or year, and less flexibility with specific time slots.