The best tutors relate easily to young people, know their material and content well, and intuitively “switch things up” rather than default to the standard instructional methods. A re-run during tutoring of whatever happened in the classroom, isn’t helpful for many of our students. This is where The Tutor Group’s tutoring approach really shines.
TTG’s tutors are real people – interesting, creative and often quite entertaining. Really! Check out our About Us section: our tutors have never quite lost touch with their “inner child”. This helps them reach in, not just teach to or preach at their students.
On a serious note: you will receive your tutor’s professional biography at the time of the referral. This summarizes the tutor’s education, experience, teaching style and current interests. As well, all TTG tutors have valid, locally obtained vulnerable-person police-checks.
In sum, TTG tutors are professional, experienced, effective educators and instructors who can (and do!) connect with their students – and enjoy doing so!
We support Kindergarten through Gr.12 core academic subjects like Maths, Sciences, English, French, Social Studies or ESL plus many post-secondary and adult education courses. Tutors can offer specialized support for Special Education*, study and organization skills, project management, essay writing and notetaking from texts, plus explicit training in test-taking skills* and life coaching* (eg. for social skills, self-regulation and problem solving; independence and daily life skills; post-secondary readiness, job and career planning etc.)
We welcome students of all ages with special learning needs, as well as adults trying to upgrade skills or improve literacy or numeracy.
At The Tutor Group, we respond quickly but won’t take shortcuts. We also don’t support “cram tutoring”. Short term, intensive support just before a big test or exam reinforces poor study habits and promotes rescue over accountability. It isn’t ethical, doesn’t work and won’t be accommodated. Instead, we encourage families and students to see the looming assignment or exam as direct motivation to undertake ongoing tutoring support instead.
Effective tutoring can’t be rushed.
Before the initial meeting, your tutor will have reviewed a case summary including special directions from Janyce, along with report cards and other relevant material. The tutor’s professional biography is sent to you before the introductory meeting. TTG provides a free introductory meeting between the tutor, parents and student in your home. At that meeting, short and long-term goals are clarified, an initial program is formulated and the tutorial schedule for the term is established. Some families prefer to combine a formal lesson with their first meeting; if so, fees apply for instructional time only.
Regular tutorials must be a minimum of 90 minutes each session, and minimum once weekly as per TTG policy, but may occur more frequently or last longer, depending on the situation. Mentor tutoring has a similar minimum, but timing and frequency vary considerably after that.
Finally, our “Policies and Procedures” memo lays out all steps out in greater detail (sent out with our introductory materials), and we’re available by phone or email for further questions.
TTG tutors must continue their professional development while working with us, and the office also informs them of additional training opportunities, circulates new resources etc. Our tutors also use our extensive resource library for sample textbooks, practice tests and exams, curriculum guides, etc. and are generous in sharing their expertise with each other. The office conducts annual tutor evaluations, assists with any communication or administrative issues arising, and handles all paperwork.
Janyce Lastman, TTG’s founder and Director, is responsible for the tutor-student match, provides all TTG tutors and mentor-tutors with regular case supervision and is the go-to source for questions or issues arising. Janyce can provide education consultations to TTG students and families on request (additional charges apply).
Please note that as the school year progresses, our tutors have decreased availability in their caseload either for the semester or full year, so we may have less flexibility to meet a specific time slot. We suggest keeping a few possible time slots or choices of days as options. Arranging for “head-start” summer support or gap year (daytime) tutoring is another way to increase availability.