PRIVATE LANGUAGE TUTORING
Since 2005, we’ve helped students improve their confidence and grades in all types of languages.
We’re especially proud of the fact that other educators (teachers and professors) and high profile members of the Princeton University Administration trust us with their children’s academic success and recommend our services to others.
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What parents say about our Language tutors
Our team includes award-winning Princeton University undergrads and Master’s/PhD graduates who are rigorously screened and are extremely effective at communicating the material.
A quick “case study”:
The parent of a ninth grader at the Lawrenceville School contacted us help her son improve his French skills.
He was generally a very good student, but had been struggling with a higher-level French class mostly reserved for sophomores and juniors.
We matched the son with Nina, a chemistry major at Princeton University who grew up in a French-speaking family and had studied the language for seven years.
After their first session, the mother wrote us:
“Nina, Thanks so much for this. We look forward to seeing you next week also. Stephen really liked your tutoring style.“
We receive messages like these every week.
We regularly track progress
Progress reports are shared after every session so you always know what’s going on.
A Real-Life Example:
Time Tutored: 15:00 – 16:00
Next Scheduled Session: Tue, 05/05 3:00 PM (Online)
I began our session by quizzing Marcus on his assigned vocabulary words. Marcus is doing well and improving his ability to conjugate in the past preterite tense now, even with irregular verbs. His spelling is improving and when he speaks he is effectively including proper conjugations in conversations.
Next, we reviewed the writing exercise he had for homework. I had Marcus select a Spanish article from BBC Mundo, read it, and write a 6 paragraph summary. I had Marcus read both his paragraph and parts of the article out loud to practice his verbal skills. Marcus struggles a bit with accents and proper pronunciation, so next lesson we will focus on his pronunciation. Marcus successfully wrote his paragraph using proper conjugations, verb agreement, and the use of “ser” vs. “estar”.
The majority of our session was spent on a “Mandatos” lesson. “Mandatos,” or commands/ imperative mood, is the unit Marcus’ Spanish class is currently studying. I provided Marcus with an outline of affirmative informal commands, negative informal commands, and how to incorporate the present subjunctive in the negative commands. We practiced how to use object and reflexive pronouns in the commands and I gave Marcus multiple practice questions to translate. For affirmative commands, Marcus will keep the verb in the third person and place object and reflexive pronouns after the verb. On the other hand, for negative commands, Marcus will use the present subjunctive form of the verb and place pronouns before the verb. Next week we will practice how to create more complex sentences that involve both affirmative and negative commands in the same sentence.
Assignments for Next Week:
Marcus’ assigned homework to be completed prior to our next session is as follows:
- Conjugate the below 5 verbs in present, preterite, and imperfect tenses: Decir, Escribir, Haber, Oir, Pensar.
- Translate the meaning of each verb in English.
- Write 5 sentences using 2 verbs in each sentence.
- Select an article in Spanish from BBC Mundo. Read the article out loud and practice pronunciation. Next session, Marcus will read aloud the entire article and I will evaluate proper accents.
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Addresses common student issues
A deep understanding of the subject matter allows us to personalize our approach.
Why are languages important?
Many students come to us for support with their language classes, AP exams, SAT Subject tests, or simply for enrichment.
Why do some students struggle with languages?
Learning a new language isn’t easy! Grammar, gender cases, tones, and vocab can present different challenges for different students. On top of that, speaking and listening skills require lots of practice.
"Kirsty has just had her 4th session with Heather. We are very happy and wish to continue... I will be in touch in next couple of days to organize payment for more sessions...Thanks again for putting Kirsty with a great tutor."
K.K., Parent of 10th Grader
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We’ve produced consistent results over the past 15 years by combining a deep and nuanced understanding of the material, truly world-class tutors, and exceptional customer service.
What else differentiates us?
- Smaller boutique company
- Obsessive attention to quality
- Never any high pressure sales tactics
- Trusted resource with a strong reputation
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