Private Tutoring in Northern Virginia: An FAQ Interview with Amanda Medders and the Staff of Tri-Ed Tutoring

Monday, April 21, 2008

About Private Tutoring

EverythingAshburn.COM is pleased to personally know about a private tutoring company offering its services to the residents of Northern Virginia, and with permission from the company owner, we’re reprinting an interview that includes answers to frequently asked questions about private tutoring.

What is your “Mission Statement”?

The Mission of Tri-Ed Tutoring, LLC is to provide individualized instruction to its students in order to give them the confidence and skills needed for academic success. At Tri-Ed Tutoring, LLC, we believe that every student can succeed and it is our job to help them realize their abilities and accomplish their goals.

Tell us about the History of Tri-Ed Tutoring?

Tri-Ed Tutoring, LLC was founded by Amanda Medders. She holds a Master’s in Teaching and is licensed to teach in the state of Virginia. Amanda has over five years of tutoring experience and is a member of the National Tutors Association. She is an experienced tutor dedicated to helping her students succeed and expects the same level of dedication from all of the tutors on the Tri-Ed team.

Tri-Ed Tutoring, LLC offers one-on-one tutoring for all subjects and grade levels including SAT test prep. We currently have tutors available in all Northern Virginia and DC metro areas, and are expanding further South to Richmond in 2008/2009, North to Baltimore, Maryland in 2008 and up through Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2010.

We work around your busy schedule to find a time and location that is convenient for you. You pick the spot, whether it be your home, a library, the local book store, or your favorite Starbucks or WIFI friendly restaurant and our tutors come to you! For that reason, working with a private tutor is not only fun and rewarding academically, we take the stress away from parents and students, too.

Where does private tutoring take place?

The tutoring can take place in the student’s home, a public library, after-school facility, bookstore, etc. The tutor and student decide on a location where there will be a limited amount of distractions.

How many days a week should the tutoring take place?

This varies greatly between students. Most students start out with one hour a week per subject area that they would like to cover. If the student needs a significant amount of remedial work to catch him or her up, he or she may want to start out with 2-3 hours per week. The amount of hours per week can be increased or decreased at any time based on the student’s needs.

What do you work on during the tutoring sessions?

During the first session, the tutor will get an idea of what the student is working on in class and what the student’s strengths and weaknesses are. The tutor will do this by reviewing the work that the student has and his or her current lessons. It is a good idea for you or your child to have past tests and quizzes, report cards, comments from the teacher, or other information that would be useful for understanding the student’s needs during the first session. With parent’s permission, the tutor can contact the student’s teacher to better align the sessions with the classroom curriculum. After the tutor has a better idea of where the student is, the tutor may work on current class work, organization, study skills, remediation, enrichment, etc.

What qualifications do your tutors have?

All of our tutors have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Our tutors include graduate or professional school students, certified teachers, and professionals with a love of teaching. The common thread between all of our tutors is their expertise in their subject matter and their desire to help their students succeed.

How is a tutor chosen?

The tutor is chosen based on the student’s needs. This includes information about the grade level of the student, location of the tutoring, subject(s) needed, preferred schedule, any special needs that the student may have, etc.

What if the tutor is not a good match for my son or daughter?

At Tri-Ed, we feel that one of the most important keys to success through tutoring is having a tutor that is a “good match” for the student. This means that a tutor should be able to effectively convey his or her message in a way that the student understands as well as be able to motivate the student to want to learn the material. If you do not feel like a good match has been made, please contact us at any time to discuss this issue.

How do I know if my son or daughter needs a tutor?

There are several signs that your child would benefit from a personal tutor. Some signs include:

  1. a sudden drop in the student’s grades,
  2. difficulty completing homework assignments,
  3. incomplete homework or class work,
  4.  lack of confidence or strong dislike of the subject matter,
  5. weak study skills,
  6. test anxiety and/or
  7. poor organizational skills.

A personal tutor can help target a student’s weak areas and help them work to improve in those areas.

What type of payment do you accept?

When you sign up for tutoring, you will receive an invoice for the hours that you intend to use during the remainder of that month. Every month after that, you will receive an invoice due at the beginning of the month for the hours you will use. (Ex: If you would like a tutor for 1hr/wk, you will be billed for 4 hrs. due on the first day of that month.) If you prefer to pay by check or money order, an invoice will be mailed to you. If you prefer to pay by credit or debit card, an invoice will be e-mailed to you. Tutoring sessions can be cancelled with no penalty 24 hours notice.



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