Options for Extra Help

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Occasionally a student will benefit from help provided through one-on-one work with a teacher, homework clubs, study hall, peer tutoring, or professional tutoring.

Teachers are available for extra help. These sessions are arranged during common free periods in the Upper School and before or after school in the Lower and Middle Schools.

Scheduled Group Sessions

Lower School
Homework club is on Tuesdays from 3:20 to 5 p.m. in the 5th grade classroom with Sue Sacks and Sara Dier.

Middle School 
Study halls are on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Parallel Universe classroom and the MS library. Sara Dier proctors study halls with assistance from Upper School students. Study halls are ideal for Middle Schoolers who need additional support with study skills or homework. 

Upper School
Writing Lab (US lunch period)  Senior tutors aid students in their writing. Writers in ALL CLASSES of ALL STAGES are welcome in the writing lab, which is staffed by 12 knowledgeable, helpful, eager senior tutors.

Math Café (US lunch period)  Students in all math classes are encouraged to stop by the math café for help with homework, problem-solving, and deepening understanding. Math teachers rotate through at lunchtime to provide one-on-one or small group assistance.

Student Peer Tutors

Another option for MS students is Upper School study buddies. Scheduled through the TLC, this is an alternative to formal tutoring. Upper School study buddies can help in specific subject areas or with general study skills and organization. Middle Schoolers tend to enjoy the mentoring relationship with Upper School students. Upper School study buddies work for your family and are expected to communicate with Middle School teachers.

Professional Tutors for All Grade Levels

Sometimes expert tutors are best suited for remedial assistance. Tutors often engage collaboratively with parents, learning specialists, and teachers. Tutors are independent contractors, employed by families. Successful tutors establish personal rapport and act as nurturing and empowering advocates. 

Effective Tutoring Relationships 

  • Tutoring begins with a referral from teachers or a learning specialist. Referrals allow us to match a student’s learning needs with tutor expertise. Self-referrals for tutoring are less effective.  
  • Successful relationships with tutors depend on excellent communication among students, parents, and teachers. Frequent and thoughtful email is critical in this regard.   
  • The TLC provides a list of vetted (including background checks) and approved tutors. Successful Catlin Gabel tutors combine subject-specific knowledge with general pedagogical knowledge. Some tutors have a deep level of expertise with a wide range of learning styles and abilities. 
  • Tutors do not typically work with students during scheduled class times. They meet during free periods or after school.