STUDENT FAQ'S


Do I need tutoring?
One-on-one tutoring is great for students who are falling behind in class or need to prepare for a standardized test AND also for students looking to get ahead, become independent learners, or learn a new skill or hobby! Unlike most tutoring companies, CogniTutor focuses on helping you to become a proficient learner. These learning skills will not only help you achieve your short-term goals, but will serve you as you take on new challenges long after you’ve finished school! 

Which subjects and ages does CogniTutor teach?
CogniTutor has tutors available for all academic subjects and most musical instruments. We’ve taught students anywhere from 3 years old all the way to 70.

What is the CogniTutor method?
CogniTutor helps students learn their material while learning to learn. Students are matched with a relatable mentor who will help them learn critical thinking skills, reading comprehension, memory strategies, test-taking skills, time management, and strengthen their weaknesses.

How much does tutoring cost?
Prices vary based on a few factors, but start as low as $25/hour. Discounts are available for group sessions.

Where can I get tutoring?
Tutors are available to meet you at your house, school, online or in a public location such as the local library.

 

What hours can I get tutoring?
When you meet for tutoring is largely up to you. We will work to match you with a tutor that can work around your busy schedule.

What payment options/methods are accepted?

We accept credit/debit card, ACH and check payments. Students are billed per session and payment is due once each session is complete.  If sending a check, the payment for the month must be received by the 25th of the month before session.


What are the tutors’ qualifications?

Our tutors are required to place in the 97th percentile on the SAT/ACT and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Additionally, they must either be majoring in or have performed exceptionally well in the subjects they tutor. Many of our tutors are members of the Honors College at their respective universities, ranking them among the very best of their peers.


How are tutors selected?

Each tutor must demonstrate an ability to teach and overcome obstacles before being considered for CogniTutor. Once hired, tutors will complete a detailed training program and receive regular re-training to maintain their skills and methods.


How does it work?

After signing up, students will be:

  1. Assigned a tutor based on student’s needs
  2. Given a pre-assessment and work with their tutor to develop a personalized tutoring plan
  3. Sent a session report following the session that includes detailed session notes and the assigned homework
  4. Regularly meeting for tutoring and altering tutoring strategy as needed
  5. Given a post-assessment


How often and long do I need tutoring?

Students learn at different speeds so they have different needs. Typically, we suggest 1.5 hour long sessions once or twice a week for the length of your class. If you are preparing for a standardized test, you may need 4 months of tutoring. Music lessons are typically 30 minutes long.


How much will my score increase?

Score increase depends on how much work you put into learning. Our students increase the most when they are attentive during tutoring, complete their homework, ask their questions, and attend tutoring every week.


Is online tutoring less effective than in-person tutoring?
We have not had any students complain about online tutoring. In fact, students like the online tutoring option because it is so convenient, affordable, and you can record the sessions for later use!

Is group tutoring less effective than individual tutoring?

Both types of tutoring have their pros. Individual tutoring is great because students get one-on-one attention and can move through the material at their own pace. Group tutoring is sometimes preferred because students have study partners to help them learn the material and the tutoring is more affordable.


How do I know if my child is making progress?

Progress can normally be measured by test scores and assessments. Sometimes students need to go back to the basics, which isn’t what they are tested on. In these cases, it may be difficult to measure progress since students need to learn the basics before learning material they are tested on. Please reach out to your tutor or CogniTutor if you have more questions  about this.


Does CogniTutor offer free tutoring and scholarships?

CogniTutor offers scholarships and has partnered with organizations to provide free tutoring to veterans and foster children. Even if a student is not sponsored, our rates are very affordable.


Can you help my child if he has ADD, ADHD, or other concentration problem or a learning disability?
We are up-to-date on the latest neuroscience research and our teach has ample experience trying different strategies to find what works for each individual student.

What happens in a session?
Your tutor will go over your homework with you and ask if you have any questions. Then, you will learn new material and practice it with your tutor to help you feel comfortable with the new material. While learning the new material, your tutor will show you how to approach it and different strategies to memorize it. You will have a break halfway through the session to give your mind a break. At the end, you will be assigned your homework.

How am I matched with a tutor?
Your tutor will be picked based on your specific needs. He/she will be an expert in the subject you need help with, will be close by, and free during your available hours.

Do students like their tutors?

Our students love our tutors because they are college age so they are relatable, fun, and act as mentors or older siblings. Our tutors plan sessions to involve students’ interests and use real life examples to teach. Sessions can include games and videos that keep students interested and learning!


Do tutors work with teachers at school?

If you would like our tutors to work with teachers at school, then they are willing. Sometimes tutors receive assessments, suggestions, and grades from teachers so tutoring sessions are more effective.


Do you conduct assessments?
Yes! During the first session, we will complete a pre-assessment and will take the same assessment during the last session. This helps us keep track of how much our students improve during tutoring.   

What if I need to cancel a session?

We ask that you cancel sessions before 6 hours in advance. This allows your tutor enough time to find another day or time to reschedule your session. Cancelling within 6 hours of the session or not showing up to the session will result in you being charged for the whole session or 1 hour of the session (whichever is less).


What if I’m unhappy with my tutor or my tutoring session?

Our tutors do their best to help students and make the session enjoyable. You will get a call after the first session to see if you have any questions or concerns. If you have a problem that cannot be resolved with the tutor, then you will be reassigned to another tutor.


Who are CogniTutor’s partners?
CogniTutor has partnered up with different organizations to provide the best opportunities for our students.  These partners include nonprofits to provide free and discounted tutoring to students such as foster children. CogniTutor has also partnered with the Veteran’s Affairs to provide free tutoring to veterans. CogniTutor works closely with schools and school districts to  help as many students as possible.

How do I sign up?
Click here to get matched with one of our tutors! Click here for us to call you.