by Jennifer Frakes

Tutor Doctor is a one-to-one tutoring service that is designed to improve students’ knowledge of academic subjects, build confidence and create enthusiasm for learning. “We strive for our students to really understand the material. Once a student fully understands the concepts, performs well on homework and tests, and receives top grades, his or her confidence soars and along with it his or her enjoyment of learning,” explained Christopher Lien, owner of Tutor Doctor San Diego County. Tutor Doctor has over 70 tutors in San Diego County that provide academic coaching for all age groups in all academic subjects, including standardized test preparation. Tutor Doctor also works with students with learning differences, such as ADD/ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Matching students to the right tutor for their needs is an integral component in Tutor Doctor’s methodology. “We offer a free consultation and assessment before we match a student with a tutor. It is very important for us to get to know the student and family,” stated Lien. By taking time to understand a student’s personality, needs, and learning styles, plus knowing his tutors’ strengths and approaches to teaching, Lien is able to create a “magical match” between a student and tutor. An additional and important advantage for families is tutoring sessions take place in their homes and on their schedules, not an arbitrary day or hour which conflicts with other activities.

Many students turn to Tutor Doctor to prepare for the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests. According to Lien, test preparation and academic coaching are personalized for each student’s ability. The tutor applies customized focus on subject matter and skills which require specific individual improvement. Tutor Doctor also provides each student with grade-level appropriate executive skills training, which focuses on study skills, test-taking strategies, time management, project planning, and proper note taking. These skills are not emphasized in many schools, hence parents have voiced great appreciation for this additional benefit from the Tutor Doctor.

Although many of Tutor Doctor’s tutors are credentialed teachers, Lien is quick to point out there is more to a great tutor than a credential. “We look for people who have subject matter expertise, prior teaching or tutoring experience, an excellent track record of student success, clear communication skills, and proven ability to connect with students,” said Lien.

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