STUDENT FAQ'S


Do I need tutoring?
Tutoring is not just for students who are falling behind in class or need to prepare for a standardized test. Tutoring is also helpful to get ahead in your studies or to learn to learn on your own! CogniTutor specializes in this type of tutoring that you will not get from other tutoring companies. With CogniTutor, you will learn to be an independent learner (without a teacher!) and these skills can be applied to anything else you learn in the future!

Which subjects and ages does CogniTutor teach?
CogniTutor works with all academic subjects and ages. We also have tutors who teach music lessons. Our youngest student has been 3 and our oldest has been 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 improve their weaknesses.

How much does tutoring cost?
Price varies based on a few variables. Prices are as low as $25/hour. Prices are lower for group sessions and online sessions.

Where can I get tutoring?
Tutoring can be at your house, school, online or public location like a public library.

What hours can I get tutoring?
When you get tutoring depends on your and your tutor’s availability. We understand that our students have busy schedules so our tutors are flexible.

What are the tutors’ qualifications?

Tutors are college students who work full-time as learners. They either major in the subject they teach or understand the material and did very well when they took the class. Before working with CogniTutor, they must have at the very least a 3.0 GPA. Most of the time, our tutors are in the Honors College which makes them some of the smartest in their universities. If they tutor a standardized test, then they are at least in the 95th percentile.


How does it work?

Students sign up, are assigned a tutor, given an email and text message reminder for the session, are sent a session report describing what happened during the session and what the homework is, and charged for the session.


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 them 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 and affordable!

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?
Our tutors are college students so they are the experts of learning. Some of them have these learning disabilities and learned first-hand different strategies that work for them.

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 12 hours in advance. This allows your tutor enough time to find another day or time to reschedule your session. Cancelling within 12 hours of the session will result in you being charged for half of the session. If you do not show up to the session, you will be charged for the whole session.


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 put in your information and get matched with one of our tutors! Click here for us to call you.