Private Mandarin Chinese Tutoring
Since 2005, we have helped students improve their confidence and grades in Mandarin Chinese, AP Chinese, and SAT II Chinese. Our clients have even included other professionals in the field of education - teachers, Ivy League professors, and members of the Princeton University administration. Whether your child is struggling or simply looking for enrichment tutoring, our exceptional Chinese tutors will create a customized approach tailored specifically for your needs. After each session, you'll receive a detailed progress report to track your child's improvement (view a real recap from one of our Chinese tutoring sessions).
Please visit our testimonials page to read what other parents have said about our amazing tutors. We receive messages like these every week!
Why Princeton Tutoring?
The BEST Mandarin Chinese Tutors – Our rigorous recruiting and testing process ensures that we have the best tutors in Chinese as well as all other subjects. Our tutors are former valedictorians, founders of volunteer groups, and top athletes, who are deeply engaged in a multitude of activities and will bring that same high-level commitment to your child’s education.
The Most Effective Matching Process – No need for you to scroll through dozens of potentially unqualified tutor profiles. Our experienced staff will match you with the tutor who will be the perfect fit for your child’s unique needs.
Post-Tutoring Recaps – Session summaries keep you in the loop, help you track progress, and give you peace of mind.
Satisfaction Guaranteed – We have an impressive track record of increased grades and confidence, and many of our clients are returning customers or referrals. This is why we can offer the best guarantee in the industry.
What further differentiates us from the competition is our genuine desire to help your child succeed. Both Kevin and I started tutoring in high school and continued throughout our college years at Princeton and beyond. We chose to tutor because it was extremely rewarding and something we truly enjoyed.
Princeton Tutoring was born out of the early successes of our former clients and our desire to provide high-quality tutoring to other families. We understand better than most what parents are looking for, what children need, and which qualities make the best tutors.
Thank you for considering us. We look forward to speaking with you and working with your child to help fulfill his or her academic potential.
Why Do Students Struggle with Mandarin Chinese?
Mandarin Chinese can be one of the most difficult languages for English speakers to learn. This is because the language is so different from English. Chinese is a tonal language, meaning that a single syllable can have four, sometimes five different meanings depending on which pitched tone is used. In addition, there are many sounds in Chinese that do not exist in English, which makes forming some of the sounds feel unnatural. All these factors make Chinese pronunciation difficult for many English speakers.
The Chinese writing system is also notoriously difficult for those used to the English alphabet. Chinese does not have an alphabet. Instead of memorizing a small set of Roman letters, which can be combined to form different words, words are represented by characters. The character for every word must be memorized. This means that learning to read and write Chinese requires a tremendous amount of rote memorization. It is difficult to look at a word and make an educated guess about what it is, or to “sound it out” – you either know it or you don’t.
Because Chinese requires so much memorization and repeated drilling to get an “ear” for the tones, learning it is often a matter of sheer hours put in. It takes a lot of time to learn the language – more than students get in the classroom. Tutoring in a one-on-one setting puts the student at ease and facilitates more conversation. And of course, the best way to learn how to speak is…more speaking! Our tutors encourage students to speak and to make mistakes. If possible, we like to conduct tutoring sessions entirely in Chinese.
Our stellar Mandarin Chinese tutors have helped many students improve in class and grow comfortable with the language. Some of our tutors have studied in China, or come from Chinese-speaking backgrounds. Some have played leading roles in school Mandarin clubs and won academic awards for their Chinese.
How Princeton Tutoring Can Help
- Understand Your Needs
- You will have a consultation with one of our partners or directors, all of whom are experts in education.
- We will identify your goals, and learn more about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, personality, and interests.
- Make a Perfect Match
- Our partners have more than 15 years of experience matching clients to the right tutors – and we are VERY good at it.
- Customized Chinese Tutoring
- Each tutoring session is tailored specifically for your child’s unique needs.
- While working through homework problems and preparing for tests, your tutor will explain confusing concepts and address any gaps in fundamental knowledge.
- Proper study skills, organizational skills, and learning techniques are emphasized and reinforced at every session.
- Post-Tutoring Recaps
- After every tutoring session, you will receive a detailed progress report to keep you informed.