Frequently Asked Questions
What is Academic Remediation?
Academic remediation is the reteaching of concepts that the student has failed to learn before. We specialize in helping bright students who are falling behind whether it's due to COVID, environmental changes, or a specific learning disability (SLD).
Academic remediation is not homework help or a short term solution. Our aim is arm these students
with the tools they need to succeed in their education and life.
What's the First Step to Get Started?
To know where your student's gaps begin, we will first complete an assessment with your student in a local office, or online if necessary. This process not only helps us understand where your student is academically, but also gives insights into gaps they might have in their learning, as well as allows us to observe their cognitive skills.
Depending on the student, this usually takes about an hour to complete. When finished, we'll go over the results together and discuss options going forward.
If you're ready to move forward, please request a consultation so that we can direct your inquiry to the appropriate location.
How Long and How Often are Tutoring Sessions?
Each tutoring session is a professional hour which equates to 50 minutes of explicit instruction and 5 minutes at the beginning and end for our instructors to regroup, make notes, speak with parents, etc.
How often your student sees their instructor is determined by their learning struggles which we will see in their initial assessment. Depending on the severity of their gaps and financial considerations, our recommendations typically vary from 2-4 times per week.
As far as how long your student will need tutoring, we recommend at least 6 months to start to see real progress. Our goal is to remediate the student and close the gaps in their learning, not to simply push them along just enough to get by.
What are my Tutor's Qualifications?
While our instructors have varying education and background, every KoolMinds instructor goes through an extensive proprietary training process before taking students. Tutoring or teaching experience and time spent working with children are requirements of the position as well.
Instructors also go through a background check and fingerprinting process before retaining employment with KoolMinds.
Should We Do Cognitive Skills or Tutoring First?
Which program to begin first really depends on the student, their age, maturity level and the time commitment your family is comfortable making. We typically recommend age 8 to start the cognitive program as well as mastery at a certain reading level.
Occasionally, we will do both programs concurrently if that is feasible for the family and tolerable for the student.
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