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Tutoring Roulette

by W. Sam Emara

One of the main reasons that tutoring is effective is because it is one-on-one. It’s no surprise then that who the tutor is is important. This is a personal type of service where on a weekly basis a tutor is supposed to figure out what a student does not understand and help them to comprehend it in a way that is in-line with that student’s specific learning style. Finding the right match is critical to the effectiveness of the sessions.

 A good match between a teacher's teaching style and a student's learning style can mean the difference between a new found passion for a subject and a year of struggling to succeed. This is true for a class teacher with twenty students at a time, and even more so for a tutor with just one student a session. Reaching a schoolchild in a way that is specific to that student is key to earning their concentration and eventual apprehension of material long-term. Naturally, not every tutor is best suited to teach a given student.

Don’t gamble with who will end up tutoring your child

When people hire a large tutoring conglomerate like Princeton Review and Kaplan, they are hiring the company not a tutor; you never know with which tutor your child will end up. It really doesn’t make much sense to leave who your child’s tutor will be to chance. It makes more sense to hire a specific tutor to teach the material to your specific son or daughter. A tutor whose approach to teaching is a good match to the student’s learning style, not a repeat of the lowest common denominator teaching that likely already happens in the classroom. It’s just not possible to make a lesson appeal perfectly to the learning styles of every student in a twenty-student (or more) class. If that model is not working for your child, then choosing the right tutor is important. Having an in-depth conversation with prospective tutors about how they teach and how they would address the specific academic challenges and goals of your child is good way to determine if there’s a fit. Whether your child is struggling to keep up in class or vying for the valedictorian position, who the tutor is should not be left to chance.

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NYC Lab School
Chosen by his High School teachers to tutor peers.
W. S. Emara tutors New York City students from K–12 in-person, and online via skype video calls for those outside NYC.
New York University Medical Center Microbiology Research Laboratory
Design and perform experiments in infectious disease as a member of the lab group of Department of Medicine Chairman Martin J. Blaser, MD.
Recieved email:
Accepted into Columbia University
Continued to tutor students and conduct research as a premed biology major.
Publishes article on microbiology research
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Emara Academic Solutions™
Returned to NYC to continue his tutoring practice.
Friedrich-Engels Gymnasium Senftenberg, Deutschland
Taught English to students from grades 9 to 12 in German High School.

Revitalized English department, streamlining the ambitions of the students and the requirements of standardized testing into a contemporary curriculum.
Internship in Building Community
Facilitated the livelihood of students enrolled in Columbia University’s High School Summer Program as a Resident Advisor.

Coordinated and supervised extracurricular activities for students throughout NYC.


Larisa F.
(tutored regularly from September ’05 to June ’08 in Math and Chemistry)
"I walk into a session not even knowing how to start a type of problem, and I leave able to solve any version of it."
Dan B.
(a Writing client in January’09)
"He’s just so good at it… he’s like a machine, you give him a writing prompt and out comes an A paper."
Ben T.
(tutored regularly from August ’06 to June ’07 in Math and then College Admissions Essay Writing)
"[W. S. Emara] was involved and interested in my success. While other tutors I’ve had were impersonal time-watchers, my Emara Academic Solutions sessions wouldn’t even start until after some time talking with the family."
Ina R.
(mother of two students tutored in English in ’07)
“Besides the immediate results of higher English grades, the more striking results were long-term. Both of my children became more engaged students that take pride in their work raising scores in more than just English class.”