Frequently Asked Questions
When is a proper time to start a student with tutoring services?
If a student is struggling in the classroom, or needs to be challenged beyond their current studies, now is the time to contact A Quantum Leap Tutoring. Early intervention is the key to success
Do you offer tutoring for advanced students?
Most people assume (incorrectly) that the only people who need tutoring are those who are falling behind in class, don’t understand a subject matter, or are failing with their grades. There are many families who recognize that our society has become more competitive, and the only way to keep their children at the top of their game is to keep them challenged beyond what is being offered in the classroom. By focusing on an advanced student’s skills and interests, a tutor has the ability to foster tremendous academic growth in a student.
How often does a student need tutoring?
The number of sessions each week depends on several factors: the score of the pre-assessment we provide, how far behind a student is in a subject area, any learning challenges the student may have, and how much additional assistance the parent feels is necessary outside of the classroom. We recommend two sessions per week because a student learns best when there is repetition and consistency in the tutoring sessions.
How long does a student require tutoring?
Our goal is to make each student a better learner and give them a stronger grasp of the material they need assistance with. Each student is unique and learns at a different pace, so the length of tutoring will vary for each student. We do not have a set length of time for a student to be with us. Instead, we work with our students until we feel they have reached the goals we set at the beginning of our process. This could be a month or a year, but is flexible because A Quantum Leap Tutoring does not require any long-term contracts.
Where do the tutoring sessions take place?
Tutoring is offered at a local library, a community center, or even the comfort of your own home. As long as we have an environment that is safe and conducive for learning, we will cater to your needs to make the location as convenient for you as possible.
Do you perform any testing for my child?
We offer pre-assessments to those students from grades Kindergarten through 12th who need tutoring in either reading or mathematics. This test helps us determine those specific skill areas that need to be focused on during tutoring. This test, called the Achieve Test, is a nationally normed test based on recognized core skills. We have correlated the scores with the Next Generation Florida Sunshine Standards so we can offer instruction matching the standards used in our public schools. We also offer testing for those individuals that are taking specialized tests such as the ACT, SAT, TABE, and GED to check their knowledge level prior to tutoring. We also offer post-assessments for our students which will determine the skills that have been mastered and those that still need continued work.
What curriculum do you use during tutoring?
We provide state-approved curriculum for reading and math for grades Kindergarten through 8th at no charge to our students. We also provide materials for most test prep courses, such as the SAT and ACT. For all other subjects and grades, we will use a combination of the student’s textbooks and other resources.
Are all of your tutors certified teachers?
No, they are not. While we feel that teachers are the best candidates to offer tutoring to our students, we also use professional tutors, professionals in their field, and paraprofessionals to work with students in a number of our tutoring programs. Our goal is to make sure we find the best overall person to work with our students, so we like to have a well-rounded variety of candidates.
How do you screen your tutors?
All of our tutors go through a series of interviews and screening services to verify their background, skill level, and credentials. We also utilize Level I and Level II background checks, and these include fingerprinting, background checks with the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), and the National Sexual Offender Registry.
What if the tutor you chose doesn’t work out?
We always do our best to find a tutor that fits each student’s unique needs. If a change in tutors is requested, we will act quickly to find a new tutor to take their place. We frequently contact our clients to see how their tutoring sessions are progressing.
What subjects do you offer for tutoring?
We provide tutoring and educational assistance in numerous subject and program areas. These include basic subjects such as math, reading, science, and study skills, all the way to specialty subjects such as statistics, chemistry, ACT and FCAT test prep. We can also work with adults who are taking the GED or TABE tests, students who are homeschooled, high school students who want college preparation assistance, and special needs students who need highly-trained assistance with any subject material. If you have a unique subject you need assistance with, please contact us to see how we can help.
What if my child needs help in more than one subject area?
If a student needs assistance in two subjects, we need to determine their ability to take multiple lessons each week in those subjects and still retain the information that is necessary. In many cases, multiple subjects may require two separate tutors because of their expertise. Again, each child’s situation is unique, so we will devise the best plan that will allow your child to succeed.
Do I have to sign a contract? If so, how long is that contract?
We do not believe in long-term contracts or a minimum amount of tutoring hours for our students to meet. Our Instructional Agreement is written to be flexible in our arrangement with you. We will help your child for as long as they need assistance. When they have reached their goals, you can walk away with no questions asked.
How much do you charge per hour? Do you offer payment plans?
You may view our hourly rates for general tutoring, test preparation help, or general assistance within any of our program offerings. We do offer discount packages in many situations depending on a family’s situation and needs. Also, we offer payment plans and packages to many of our current clients. We know each family is unique, so we will work with you to find a plan that suits your specific needs. Please ask for details.
How do you handle working with multiple children in the same family?
We work with a number of families providing tutoring to more than one of their children. If the students are all near the same age and need assistance in the same subject matter, we will tutor them at the same time for a discounted rate. If they need assistance in different subject areas and/or are far apart in age, then we would need to provide them with separate tutors. We will still offer a discounted hourly rate for each additional student to help lower your costs.
Do you offer any free tutoring programs?
Our company is a statewide provider of tutoring services under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. This program, administered in the State of Florida as Supplemental Educational Services (SES), is offered to those schools and families who qualify under the state’s standards. The program offers free tutoring services to those students who qualify, but all applications for the program must be sent to the student’s school district for acceptance. We also provide community-based tutoring programs in some areas of Florida. To see if we have a program in your area, please ask us for further details.