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Tutoring Services in Minneapolis-St. Paul

by Megan Torrini

The school year is more than half over and the struggles your child has been facing these past few months have not gone away. Now is a great time to evaluate how your child is performing in school, and to hire a tutor if need be. If your child is having a little difficulty or just needs a bit of enrichment, the Minneapolis-St. Paul area has plenty of options. Private tutors as well as large companies that offer tutoring services are available throughout the metro area for kindergarten through college age students.

If you feel your child does indeed need some one-on-one attention, you'll first have to decide if you'd prefer a private in-home tutor or if you are willing to send your child to a tutoring center. Many parents have such hectic schedules these days, that they may prefer in-home tutoring.

Kumon Math and Reading Center
K-12 Tutoring Service

There are 12 Kumon Math and Reading Center located in and around the Twin Cities area. Created over 50 years ago by Toru Kumon, the Kumon Math and Reading Center uses a unique approach to help students master the art of studying. Known more as an instructional method rather than a tutoring service, Kumon strives to instill discipline and implement structure to help students develop the skills needed to succeed on their own.

Huntington Learning Centers
K-12 Tutoring Service

With 11 centers located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Huntington Learning Center uses personalized learning programs to assist children in developing the skills needed to improve their academic performance, learn and succeed. Huntington Learning Centers offer tutoring services in all academic subjects and age levels, as well as test preparation.

Sylvan Learning Centers
PreK-12 Tutoring Service

Nine Sylvan Learning Centers can be found within approximately 30 miles of downtown Minneapolis. The tutors at Sylvan teach students the fundamental skills needed to improve academic performance. The certified tutors at Sylvan facilitate a personalized learning program to help your child catch up and stay on track to reach their full potential.

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
K-College Tutoring Service and Guidance

Though it seems most tutoring services are structured around K-12 test preparation, there is a metro area tutoring service designed for the older students. College bound students wanting to score higher on the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests and AP exams can find assistance at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Located in St. Paul, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions provides on-line test preparation and classroom courses, as well as private tutoring. Kaplan also provides other educational and career tutoring services, including preparation for test relating to such fields as medical, dental, business and more.

With the wide range of resources found at Kaplan, the company also offers information and test prep materials for state administered skills tests for students in K through grade 8. At the high school level Kaplan provides resources for all the standardized tests, including the GED.

Many if not all the tutoring centers mentioned in this article also provide in-home tutoring. However, there are also many online listings for private tutors located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. "In-home" tutoring can actually be done elsewhere, such as a public library, a school room, a quiet café or coffee shop, and arrangements can even be made for tutoring done at the parent's office. For parents who choose to hire a private in-home tutor, take the time to research and interview different applicants to find the most qualified tutor in your area.

When interviewing potential in-home tutors, request a resume and references. Talk about the tutor's past and most recent work experience and attempt to get a sense of how they interacted with their students. Discuss your expectations and ask questions to determine if the tutor would be able to meet those expectations. The resources at Wyzant (www.wyzant.com), Tutors Teach (www.tutorsteach.com) and Care (www.care.com) provide the information needed to find an in-home tutor in the Minneapolis- Twin Cities area.

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