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I wanted to let you know how grateful we are for all of EM’s support over the years. Our daughter could not have done it without your team! She graduates from high school with a 4.3 GPA, 30 combined on her ACT and a senior year where she is getting As in all 4 of her AP/honors classes. She was accepted at her three top choice colleges. Looking at how much she struggled in Middle School, this is an amazing result and one she never could have achieved alone. With deepest gratitude, thank you!

Parent of a 12th Grader

Engaging Minds has been a life changer. The structure, support and tools that they provide has helped my son immensely. His instructor has "engaged" my son in the process of his learning, allowing him to be successful. The staff is always very responsive and flexible. I would highly recommend this tutorial service.

Parent of an 11th Grader

We are very thankful to have found Megan and Engaging Minds to help our son organize his assignments and school projects. Megan's thorough breakdown of workload and tasks has been very helpful for us. We feel that while our son has a way to go in maturity and understanding of the tremendous support he is getting, Megan's attention to detail and followup has allowed us to focus on other aspects of our son's teenage endeavors. Additionally, Engaging Minds has been very willing to help with alternative techniques and tweaks that we have tried to help our son focus on his schoolwork. We are very happy with Engaging Minds and Megan's assistance and support of our son's executive function issues.

Parent of a 9th Grader

Our son has made some nice gains this year thanks to working each week with his tutor at Enganging Minds. He has been able to apply some studying strategies as well as test taking tips into his daily school schedule. She is always available to touch base with and often encourages to check in with him when he has a project due. I love that their sessions are completely focused on HIS learning style.

Parent of an 8th Grader

We are going to navigate the coming months without Engaging Minds in the hope that our son can now use the skills he learned there over the last year and a half to really thrive on his own as we prepare to send him to college. He is more confident using the tools on his own that his instructor has been teaching him. We appreciate everything that Engaging Minds and his instructor have provided him with.

Parent of an 11th grader

We’re grateful to Engaging Minds and our daughter’s instructor for making her transition to a new middle school so smooth and positive! Our daughter has found her sessions at EM to be incredibly helpful and has learned many new study strategies and time management tips – her instructor has been wonderful with her. She’s feeling more independent and is ready to try it on her own – thank you!

Parent of a 6th grader

Our son has learned so much from his tutor last year, and this year’s tutor has also gotten him to adopt really good work habits. He feels like he's ready to graduate from EM and I think he's probably right. Thank you - and everyone at Engaging Minds - for helping to get him on track.

Parent of a 12th grader

Our daughter has made huge gains by working with your tutors, learning strategies to approach her work and applying some of the techniques at home. Her confidence has improved and her ability to work more independently is amazing. Thank you!

Parent of a 5th grader

Engaging Minds has been incredibly helpful - the tutors are focused, warm and customize their approach to what each kid needs. The process with Dan at the beginning of our relationship was fantastic and reassured us that the tutor/student match would be great. Can't recommend EM enough!

Parent of a 7th grader

Our child has benefited immensely from the strategies and supports taught by her tutor at Engaging minds. Some of most beneficial strategies have included time management, editing, and proper note taking skills, among many others. This is not traditional "tutoring"...it truly is a cut above the rest!

Parent of an 8th grader

Engaging Minds has been such a great resource for my kid. She's bright but struggles with organization and other executive function skills. These skills aren't learned overnight but our tutor has week by week worked to teach a variety of techniques that have had a great impact not just on my kid's school work but on her ability to tackle projects at home as well. Although she was reluctant at first, my kid now enjoys the sessions with her tutor because she knows it's helping her be better prepared in school.

Parent of an 8th grader

Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we feel for having our son’s tutor during his 10th grade year. This past school year our son has grown in ways that would have been impossible without his tutor’s steady guidance. In addition, our tutor consistently provided wise responses to my posts on EMChat that allowed me to be a calmer and more supportive presence during challenging academic times. I believe that this is one of the most important things a parent can do for their high schooler and another reason I feel so fortunate to have EM on our "team." Thanks Engaging Minds and thanks to our son’s tutor! We are so happy we found you. 

Parent of a 11th grader

I cannot thank you enough for all the help you have given to my daughter over these past 3 years! She would not be where she is today without it. I am so thankful to Engaging Minds for providing excellent tutors who hone in on problem areas and teach students how to succeed in school by using different strategies to help them learn. Because of your help I know that my daughter will be able to advocate for herself in college if she faces challenges in her studies and use the strategies that you taught her.

Parent of 12th grader

Thanks so much for all of your work with my son! I can see huge improvements in his time management and study skills over last year. I feel so much better about his college readiness now. I really appreciate your help!

Parent of a 12th grader

The experience at Engaging Minds has been really beneficial to our daughter. It has opened her up to the possibility of getting extra support and also given her some ideas for practical skills to apply to her areas for growth. Thank you!

Parent of an 8th grader

I knew there was something I could not give my son and that my teenager did not want from me. It was the lesson of paying attention to detail and organizing that detail. They want independence from you, the parent, and to learn separate from you. I think Engaging minds filled in for me where I saw there was a need, and I could not meet that need. I have seen my son gain confidence as a whole person and gain a positive outlook with regards to academic goals in the future. It has been the ability of an empathetic listener, a persistent tutor who has taught me a lot about my son. Thanks a million. I see massive changes in his motivation level and ability to plan and even study. This has been life changing for him!

Parent of a 9th grader

I want to thank you all for all of the help you have given our son and us over the year. You have turned homework from a nightmare that took all night to something that is simple and fairly short. I even try to implement similar techniques for homework with our younger daughter because they work so well! Thank you!

Parent of a 4th grader

Our son has only worked with Engaging Minds for a short time but he has a great attitude about the work he and his tutor do together. I feel confident about him starting high school in the fall since he's had these lessons and learned some organizational skills. Thank you!

Parent of an 8th grader

As a development pediatrician, I refer children for executive function tutoring on a regular basis. My son recently completed six months of tutoring at Engaging Minds to help with AP classes and college applications, and for the first time in his educational career, this tutoring really helped. We are optimistic about him bringing his new-found organizational, test prep and written expression skills to Tulane in the fall!

Parent of a 12th grader

I wanted to take a minute to tell you how awesome our daughter's experience has been at EM! Her tutor has helped her so much with her organization, skills and most importantly, her confidence. She never complains about going and even tells me which assignments she is going to save to do with her tutor because "[my tutor] always has good strategies." In just this short time, she has made a lot of progress towards becoming a more effective and efficient learner.

 

Parent of a 5th grader

Our instructor has such a clear grasp on who our son is – his strengths and his challenges. The clear and consistent communication has been incredibly helpful – we know exactly what he's working on, and why. Amazing. At Engaging Minds I feel like there’s a plan – goals, strategies, and things for us to look out for to help him. Our son has gained self-confidence and learning strategies that he can use now and in the future. We are so glad to have found Engaging Minds.

Parent of a 5th grader

I couldn’t be more pleased with my son’s instructor and the Engaging Minds program. This is such a unique program where children learn how to learn. My son is developing skills that will benefit him throughout his life. The best part is that every session is engaging and fun!

Parent of a 3rd grader

Our second grader has been working with Engaging Minds on strategies for writing -- planning the paragraph, defining the topic, and writing sentences that are clear and that support the thesis. In school, he and his classmates had to interview immigrants and then write a paragraph about their experiences. When we read his paragraph -- wow! We saw his hard work at Engaging Minds really paying off. He's gotten a real boost in strategies for approaching challenging assignments.

Parent of a 2nd grader

I enrolled our son in Engaging Minds because writing was a struggle for him. He floundered with the initiation, organization, and completion of even the simplest writing assignments at homework time. After working with his instructor for only a couple of months, I'm so pleased with the changes. Recently, my son came home from school and told me that this homework was to write a paragraph about a recent field trip that they took at school. I told him that he didn't have to start right away, but I wanted him to begin thinking about what he might like to write about. Without skipping a beat, he said to me, "mom, this is an easy assignment if you have the right graphic organizer." I love that this program has given him the right tools to approach his assignments with confidence and a good attitude.

Parent of a 4th grader

A tutoring service targeting executive functioning was the perfect fit for us. Our sixth grader was emotionally overwhelmed by homework. Long-term projects and writing assignments were like torture, and our efforts to help resulted in nightly battles. With his instructor, he is learning to be more confident and independent. Working together, they practice all the skills required to execute a piece of work: organizing, prioritizing, getting started, gauging time, following through. They focus on choosing the best strategy for studying rather than specific content. Homework gets done along the way, but it's all about how he did it and how he'll approach it next time.

Parent of a 6th grader

My 11 year old son has been working with an instructor from Engaging Minds for a few months now. They made an immediate connection and my son really enjoys their time together. I'm grateful for Engaging Minds' careful consideration in making the match. It's still early to see huge changes, but my son is noticing already that his writing is becoming more thorough; he's learning skills to carefully consider exactly what is being asked of him and that in turn is helping him to answer questions completely. He is also doing a better job of organizing his binder and keeping his assignments and papers in their proper places. I'm thrilled that my son has someone to work with one-on-one who is looking specifically at how he's approaching problems, helping to organize his initial responses and follow through on his answers. All these steps are helping my son develop into a more efficient, thoughtful and ultimately more satisfied and motivated student.

Parent of a 5th grader

We came to Engaging Minds because we thought our son could use some help managing the demands of high school in terms of time management and prioritizing his work. He works with his instructor on keeping his binders and folders neat and organized, and she checks that he is taking coherent notes in class so that he clearly knows what he has to do for homework. Sometimes they even work on organizing his thoughts for an English paper. The feedback we get after each weekly session is extremely thoughtful, relevant and helpful. Truthfully, I was a little afraid that my son would resist another hour of work on top of his long school day, but he really looks forward to meeting with his instructor. When I told him that he would have a week "off" from EM for an upcoming holiday, he actually asked me to re-schedule for another day. I have no doubt that our son is learning valuable life skills that will serve him well in college and beyond.

Parent of a 9th grader

My son started with Engaging Minds in July, because writing assignments were so torturous—not just for him, but for the whole family. He immediately bonded with his instructor, and actually looks forward to seeing her each week. By the time he started school in September, he had already made noticeable progress. He no longer feared and hated writing assignments, and homework time became more pleasant for everyone. The school’s learning specialist is amazed at the progress he has made in 6 months, and I am thrilled.

Parent of a 4th grader

In just a few short months, Engaging Minds has helped my son become a more engaged and self-confident student. My son's tutor quickly and insightfully understood my child's learning profile and developed a plan that was tailored to his particular needs. With their help and strategies, my son's approach to his school work and the work he presents to his teachers has greatly improved. Our tutor's keen understanding of my child's specific needs creates a comfortable environment that enhances his overall academic experience. I can't recommend the program enough.

Parent of 9th grader

My 9 year old son has been meeting with a tutor at Engaging Minds for the last several months. He was so happy after his first session -- he was thrilled to report on the car ride home that his tutor knew all about sports and is a teacher and a sports writer. They often discuss the Red Sox and the Celtics at the outset of their sessions and then they work hard to improve my son's organizational skills in the areas of writing and reading comprehension. My son has learned to stick with one book, use a graphic organizer for his writing, pace himself when reading aloud, keep better track of his materials, etc. etc. etc. We receive consistent feedback from our tutor via email that includes the positive aspects of my son's work and the areas that he needs to work harder on. This feedback is invaluable -- we never before had this level of detail from a teacher on our son's output and overall abilities. My son is always eager to go to Engaging Minds and he is making great strides in every area. We think the experience has boosted his self-esteem as a learner and a person. Thank you Engaging Minds!

Parent of a 3rd grader

Our son has been meeting with a tutor at Engaging Minds since last summer. We signed him up because he was having trouble breaking down assignments into more manageable steps and following the directions given. He also had difficulty approaching his writing assignments and much of his homework resulted in conflict and tears. We have been so pleased with his progress at Engaging Minds. His instructor has taught him to use graphic organizers to plan his writing assignments and he has been shown how to check and edit his work. They have worked on math assignments with multiple steps so that he learns how to approach more complex problems. As a result, he has become much more independent in all his homework and he is no longer afraid to take some risks in his writing. Overall the tutoring has given him so much more confidence and motivation, and he greatly enjoys the sessions.

Parent of a 3rd grader

My husband and I believe that one of the most important elements to learning is confidence and at Engaging Minds our son is rebuilding his confidence with the use of the new skills he is learning. We came to Engaging Minds because our son felt defeated with his learning and lacked the skills to get started and finish assignments - big or small. From the first session he was introduced to skills that he could apply immediately. He has been given a simple framework that helps him break down tasks, organize, complete and check. He can apply these skills with school work and in other areas of life including getting ready for sports. Engaging Minds is not a homework club but a skills club that uses the children's homework to show the student how to apply the skills. As parents, we can also use the framework to be consistent as he approaches any daily task including his homework. Engaging Minds has been able to start rebuilding his confidence and approach to learning step by step.

Parent of a 4th grader

Success in school requires a student to master so many skills. Our daughter has little difficulty taking in new information and new concepts. The challenge comes when she has to figure out what concept and information is relevant to any given assignment. She was wasting so much time when it came to completing her school work because she lacked the tools to organize herself and apply the right skills to the appropriate situation. After a few months, our daughter has developed a range of skills she employs to tackle her school work in a more focused manner. There is less time spent wondering which approach is the right one and more time spent completing her work.

Parent of a 4th grader

Our son, a high school sophomore, has been working with Engaging Minds since early in the middle of his freshman year. He began to struggle in middle school. He was having difficulty managing his time and organizing his materials and just generally feeling overwhelmed. He went from being a consistent A-B student through 6th grade, to barely a B-C student through 8th grade. We knew high school would pose great challenges for him with all of the independent work it required. It didn't take long to see that our concerns were well warranted. He had tremendous difficulty organizing himself and planning ahead to keep up with the workload. Despite our best efforts to help in both gentle and demanding ways, he struggled mightily. Engaging Minds has helped him immeasurably over the last year. Their approach to coaching and providing tools and techniques helped him to gain some control where he thought he had none. Their expert, objective view has helped us to see that he is not lazy or incapable. What were once very emotional and tense conversations between us and our son have become much more productive and positive. He knows we are here to help him as are the people at Engaging Minds. The weekly email we receive debriefing us on their meetings provide a great view into how he sees himself doing. We are thrilled with the progress our son has made with Engaging Minds and we highly recommend them to anyone with a child who is struggling to succeed.

Parent of a 10th grader

Our son has greatly benefited from the methods that Engaging Minds uses to help students learn how to best approach their work. His organizational skills and his ownership of school assignments have evolved. His ability to approach complex assignments--in math or writing--by breaking them down into defined components and working in an orderly manner toward an end result is continually developing. Moreover, he enjoys his sessions, and his self-confidence has grown. Through Engaging Minds, he is acquiring critical-thinking skills that allow him to master the process of how to work through any question both now in school and hopefully in the future.

Parent of a 3rd grader

Engaging minds has been the most positive and effective addition to my son’s academic year. Each session his tutor helps him organize and plan for the week ahead. She then utilizes his homework to teach techniques and strategies on more efficient work habits. Engaging minds has made an enormous difference in my son’s grades and confidence.

Parent of a 7th grader

Our daughter has been meeting with a tutor at Engaging Minds weekly for this past year. She has always had difficulty with her writing assignments. Just getting the assignment would intimidate her and she wouldn't even know how to get started, much less organize her thoughts for the larger assignment. This year, though, has been different. Her tutor has used different organizers and techniques with her and reinforced them all through the year. When our daughter received her final writing assignments for this year, she started an outline right away and knew how she wanted to tackle the essay as a whole. She was confident with her ideas and supporting evidence for the larger writing assignment and came to her tutoring sessions looking for reinforcement of and guidance with what she had already started. She has grown confident in her abilities and really enjoys her sessions with her tutor. This isn't the first time she has had a writing tutor, but it is the first time that she has shown such growth in her writing and feels that much of it is a result of her work with her tutor.

Parent of a 9th grader

I feel like my son is getting so much out of his time at Engaging Minds. I am so pleased with all of the skills that are covered in his weekly tutoring session. It's great that he is able to get through so much of his homework, but I am even more pleased to see that there is so much teaching and instruction and skill-building going on. It is evident that the amount of explanation at school is not enough for him and that makes the time he spends with his tutor that much more valuable. It is wonderful to hear on our ride home from tutoring that my son feels better about what he is working on in school because his tutor was able to clarify and explain it to him in a way that he understood. Thank you, Engaging Minds!

Parent of a 6th grader

My son has been attending Engaging Minds to work on his organizations skills. His skills in this area have improved and he has become more independent and confident. We look forward to continuing working with Engaging Minds and are thankful for their support!

Parent of a 9th grader

We could not be happier with our son’s tutor at Engaging Minds. He and his tutor have a wonderful rapport and even though she works him hard, he loves to go. In only a few short months he has made great strides. We look forward to continued growth.

Parents of a 10th grader

My daughter's ADHD diagnosis came with many suggestions of how we might support her learning efforts. Our pediatrician pointed us toward Engaging Minds. We were somewhat hesitant to enroll our daughter in tutoring that wasn't content or curriculum driven. Our hesitation turned to skepticism when multiple sessions seemed to be spent on having our 10 year old design her own planning system. I was curious that no one at EM seemed to think this was a waste of time considering her school had issued a perfectly adequate school planner. I kept my thoughts mostly to myself and waited...in hopes that they actually knew what they were doing. And they did! My daughter has gained organizational and study skills that she can implement in any number of different academic areas. Engaging Minds has transformed her as a learner. In acquiring skills, not only has her academic performance improved, but she has made great gains in self confidence. And that's been a game changer. As a parent, I appreciate the detailed feedback that I get from my daughter's tutor through EMChat. Everyone at Engaging Minds is accessible and involved. I find them exceptionally receptive to learning about my daughter from us and from her teachers. As a result, they know my daughter very well and have built a very good relationship with her and with us. I consider the folks at Engaging Minds important resources and supports as we consider future educational decisions. Thank you!

Parent of a 5th grader

Thank you for your dedication, patience and persistence with our son. It definitely paid off! We went from "homework hell" to independently problem-solving the best time to complete homework based on the day's activities along with independent completion of homework. If that's not success, I don't know what is! Furthermore, our instructor got our son to not protest about coming to EM (huge feat!!) and developed a wonderful rapport with him. He definitely has more confidence about his abilities to break tasks down and we have seen a HUGE change at home in his approach to schoolwork and management of his time and materials. We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Thank you!

Parent of a 4th grader

My son would not have made it through 8th grade in one piece without the help of his tutor at Engaging Minds. My son's tutor was able to help him break up long-term assignments into manageable pieces (both for him to do, and me to understand) and coached him through each step of the process. When he first came to Engaging Minds he had no organization skills and a very difficult time with any writing assignments. By the end of the year - even though he still didn't enjoy writing - he could sit in a room with his tutor and crank out a writing assignment with only a few prompts or helpful suggestions. I would highly recommend Engaging Minds to any family who has a child that is struggling with school and/or homework. Sending my son there twice a week was one of the smartest decisions I have made for my child.

Parent of a 8th grader

I wanted to let you know that your program literally changed our daughter. She has improved in all areas of school and now really enjoys learning. I am blown away by what a difference just a year has made. Thank you!

Parent of a 4th grader

We are so thrilled with our son's continued progress and the supportive group that is invested in his academic growth! Thank you for helping him to learn to become a productive and organized student.

Parent of a 4th grader

This is the second year that our daughter has been working with a tutor from Engaging Minds. She has a good rapport with her tutor and is developing a more positive attitude toward school. While it is still a challenge for her to complete her work consistently, she has greatly improved. And as her parents, we've been able to step back from the homework process, which has greatly improved our relationship. We have recommended Engaging Minds to others.

Parent of a 11th grader

We came to Engaging Minds on referral from our physician to help our twin girls develop stronger organization and planning skills. After an initial consult, it became clear that the mission of EM extends far beyond just that, and we determined that our older son could also benefit. With three kids (two 9th graders and an 11th grader) now attending sessions each week, we have seen many pockets of success, ultimately seen in improved performance at school and how they approach their work. Each of the talented, dedicated tutors are very bright, thorough and so capable of understanding the learning styles of the kids so well, and offer many different strategies and techniques around planning, organization, critical reading and analysis and writing. As they had told us, changes will not happen overnight, but they will happen… and they have! The folks within the entire organization are wonderful to work with, and we appreciate the detailed follow-up notes from each session. We look forward to seeing more continued growth in our kids – skills that will last them a lifetime!

Parent of a 9th grader

We couldn't be more pleased with our experience with Engaging Minds. Our daughter was carefully matched with a tutor who would likely work well with her, and she has been wonderful! Our daughter has been steadily learning to plan and track her work, both in longer projects like papers, as well as in setting a schedule for reviewing a topic leading up to an exam. Each week after a session, we receive a secure message from the tutor describing in detail what she and our daughter worked on, what they accomplished, ways that we can help her, and plans for next steps. The tutor has also been very receptive when we've suggested particular topics to focus on for a session, such as planning out the work on a particular paper, or for a specific test. Finally, we've found Dan Levine, the founder and owner, to be extremely responsive to questions, and a great source of advice on working with our daughter. Engaging Minds shows a strong commitment to the success and well-being of our child, and it shows in multiple ways, especially with her growing study skills and confidence in her ability to get her school work done effectively.

Parent of a 9th grader

Our daughter is in her second year working with her tutor at Engaging Minds and we have all been quite pleased with the results. Currently a 5th grader, our daughter has thrived since she began working with her tutor last year. She has always possessed the intellect, but lacked in self confidence and needed the direction and attention that Engaging Minds has provided in spades. She literally loves the time she spends working with her tutor and this is reflected in the detailed reports we receive from the tutor following each session. These reports provide insight into our child and her thought process and frankly, validate the entire process and experience. The care and consideration shown by founder Dan Levine and his staff, is much appreciated. The results in school have been noticeable by us and our daughter's teachers. Engaging Minds has been and continues to be a very positive experience for our family and I urge anyone considering them to give them a try.

Parent of a 5th grader

Engaging Minds has been a very valuable experience for our son. Tensions at home about his homework, grades and lack of organization were at an all-time high. We were all frustrated with each other, our son was extremely stressed out, and we felt that anything we did as parents never quite helped and only added to the stress and frustration. We heard about Engaging Minds and brought him to the initial meeting, not quite kicking and screaming, but he was certainly extremely unhappy about going. We met with Dan Levine and he was able to immediately connect with our son in an honest and personal way. At the end of the meeting we let our son make the choice if he'd start with Engaging Minds, he decided to give it a try. It’s been a wonderful experience for him. He and his instructor have an excellent rapport, he feels extremely supported by her, and he feels that the sessions are helpful. His instructor has great organizational ideas, but when a system doesn't work or our son doesn't comply, the instructor always wants to know, listens to him, and has another suggestion or strategy for him to try. Though the line to progress is not a straight line up, we have seen better grades and most importantly a much less stressed out kid. Not only that, our son looks forward to these weekly sessions and never complains about them. I know that sounds like it couldn't be true but it really is! My only regret, is not starting him with at Engaging Minds earlier in his school career.

Parent of a 10th grader

My wife and I have been very pleased with the Engaging Minds experience. Reading has been a challenge for our first grade son and so he was resistant to practicing with us at home. Enganging Minds was recommended to us by other parents in our grade school...and the program has been great for our boy. Each week he approaches his scheduled session with an unusual willingness to work with his teacher. He leaves feeling more confident and being more open to reading with us at home. Following each session, we receive a very detailed and personal report regarding exactly what reading he did, which types of words he struggled with and strategies he was given to improve in challenge areas. It's great to have such knowledge of his progress and some of the tips we receive help us better work with him when he is at home.

Parent of a 1st grader

My son called me on the way home from his session this week -- he couldn't WAIT until he got home to tell me how helpful his tutor is to him right now with his college essays. He didn't want to stop working but the clock ran out! He is feeling much better and more confident working with her. Your services are making a big difference for him all around. We are so glad we found you guys!

Parent of a 12th grader

We have been really blown away with the progress our son has made. He was diagnosed with ADHD and it was showing up most dramatically in the way his math grades were slipping from A's and B's to D's and F's as the complexity of the problems progressed throughout his 5th grade year. Engaging Minds came highly recommended to us and I felt like we had made a smart choice as soon as I walked through the door. Our son's tutor has forged a lovely, engaged, attentive, and caring relationship with him. I can hear the tone of their voices through the door as they work, and I can feel how engaged his mind (and spirit!) actually is! As a parent who was struggling to try to help -- and was perceived by my son as being a nag and "unnecessarily in the way," I have been delighted at the way the emphasis has shifted away from "me trying to get my kid to do something" and onto his being in the capable hands of a really talented professional who draws him out and calls him up to higher levels of delivery within himself. But the best part is - the proof is in the pudding! His school work is highly organized this year, and his grade in math has been a solid A+ (literally!!) all term long!

My son and I are BOTH happier with the "burden" of checking in about grades and schoolwork being lifted off of our relationship and into professional, caring and capable hands! I have noticed that he and I are "hanging out" more and enjoying one another's company more and seeking each other out more. YOU CAN'T PUT A PRICE TAG on that! Engaging Minds is worth every penny on so many levels -- especially the way the good feelings are spreading out into our everyday interactions and helping them to expand into a greater good feeling. THANK YOU!

Parent of a 6th grader

Thank you for doing such a great job with my son. His guidance counselor at the school cannot believe the difference in his confidence level and decreased anxiety. I am so happy we made the transition to Engaging Minds. It has really made a difference in my son's self confidence, anxiety and grades. Thank you!

Parent of an 11th grader

We started our son at Engaging Minds at the beginning of his 5th grade year with our primary goal to help him to better organize his thoughts for assignments that involved a written response – something our son found tremendously frustrating and we had been having very little success in helping him with at home. Through his work with the tutors at EM, he has definitely worked on these skills, but also learned strategies he’s been able to apply to organizing all of his work, how he studies for tests, and how he manages his time and focus. Dan Levine took the time to really get to know our son and our goals for him and the tutors he recommended have been a great match. Because of some scheduling constraints, we’ve worked with two different tutors so far and both of them have been very talented in quickly identifying our son’s learning style and challenges and building rapport. The feedback we get after each session through EMChat is incredibly thorough and much appreciated. We learn more from that about what our son is working on than any feedback we’ve gotten from his school. We highly recommend Dan and his team at EM and look forward to working with them into middle school and the future.

Parent of a 6th grader

Our son has been working with Engaging Minds for a little more than a year and is now progressing toward handling his school work in an independent fashion. He has learned many strategies and skills for understanding his school assignments and coming up with a plan for how to manage his time to complete his school work around a busy sports schedule. He has worked with other tutors in the past which were helpful in getting assignments completed, but we certainly feel that Engaging Minds is teaching him the tools to be able to handle all of his school work on his own in the near future. He has progressed from being on an IEP in his early years, to then starting school years below that current grade level, to now having achieved the honor roll in 2/3 marking periods this past year. More importantly he is gaining confidence in being able to manage his time and school work. His Engaging Minds tutor is great, and he actually looks forward to his sessions so that he can work through his plan over the next week. I would highly recommend Engaging Minds to any parents who want their child to excel in school and life.

Parent of a 7th grader

Our daughter started with Engaging Minds during the 8th grade and is now in 10th grade. Her confidence in writing has grown by leaps and bounds. Our daughter's organizational skills and efficiency have also markedly improved. Her tutor understood her learning style from the start which has allowed her to make these gains and become a more independent and confident student. She no longer dreads her writing assignments. We are quite pleased with Engaging Minds and would highly recommend them.

Parent of a 10th grader

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all you do! Our son looks forward to coming in, and I know he walks out feeling proud and accomplished. I enjoy reading the updates and hearing about the strategies you are teaching him. Your warm and enthusiastic manner has won him over! Thank you so much!

 

Parent of a 5th grader

Thanks for your continued detailed updates. Our son seems to be more organized and less stressed in the past couple of months, so we are really pleased with the progress and work you have done with him. Thank you!

Parent of a 11th grader

My son is beginning to wind down his time with EM. You have helped him tremendously! He's better organized with his writing and feels far more confident about school. He's now getting A's across the board! I greatly appreciate your invaluable assistance – for two of my children over the years!

Parent of a 7th grader

With the help of Engaging Minds, our son has become a confident Senior in high school who has just about completed the college application process. He is handling his responsibilities, and he did very well in Q1 at school. Engaging Minds has been the difference between success and failure for him. We cannot speak more highly of an organization, and will always be a reference. At this time, Dylan needs to stand on his own; thank you for putting him on the right path!

Parent of a 12th grader

It is with GREAT excitement I share about our fabulous experience with Engaging Minds. We recently discovered Engaging Minds. Ever since my daughter's first meeting with her tutor, we were completely WOWED by her experience! My daughter left the session feeling confident, heard, connected and believe it or not, truly looks forward to her weekly visits at Engaging Minds. The attention that the tutors provide for each student is phenomenal. As a parent, I also enjoy receiving an email of what they accomplished during the session, how my daughter is progressing, and other areas of feedback that we should be paying close attention to. This has been such a crucial part in not only my daughter's educational development but also a huge boost of confidence with her performance in the classroom. I believe this is one AMAZING investment her future! I am so impressed with the personal connection and I am thrilled that we will continue this relationship with Engaging Minds throughout her years in public school! Thank you, Engaging Minds, for playing an instrumental piece in bettering my daughter's academic future!

Parent of a 4th grader

Engaging Minds has been a wonderful place for my son. They have done a great job improving his executive functioning and organizational skills. They are always flexible and accommodating to meet with him not only during his scheduled time, but also whenever he needs an extra appointment to work on an assignment with an upcoming due date. Even my son sees the value in this, as most times, it comes from him to ask to make an extra appointment to work on a project. The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging. They are also very good at communicating with the parents after each session, so we are always very well informed about what he's working on. I highly recommend Engaging Minds!

Parent of a 10th grader

Our daughter, currently a high school sophomore, has been working with Engaging Minds since freshman year. She was an A student in 6th and 7th grade and started struggling in 8th grade with completing writing assignments and general organizational skills. After determining that she had executive function problems, we contacted Engaging Minds. Engaging Minds has been a great help over the last year. Their approach to coaching and providing tools and techniques helped her to gain control of her academic life and give her more confidence in her abilities. Engaging Minds has been a valuable resource for our daughter. Their comprehensive emails after every session help us understand how to better support our daughter at home. We are very happy with the Engaging Minds staff and have recommended them to many friends and acquaintances.

Parent of a 10th grader

My daughter began working with Engaging Minds in November of her 8th grade. In the first session, her tutor worked with her to identify her strengths and weaknesses in a fun and engaging post-it note exercise. Not only did this win my daughter over, but it was a valuable assessment that got at the root causes of why she was struggling to manage her homework. Very quickly she was less stressed about school and was much better positioned to complete her assignments on time. Now, four months into her freshman year, my daughter has just recently taken complete responsibility for her homework (meaning I no longer need to be involved at all). We are both happy about that. She is currently working with her tutor on improving her planning skills and learning how to break assignments down.

My daughter’s feedback about why she likes Engaging Minds: the one-on-one attention; the way her tutor helps her to break everything down into manageable tasks; and the fact that they have every office supply you could want to help you organize and get the work done (her favorite store is Staples, so make what you will of that last one).

Parent of a 9th grader

I can’t say enough good things about Engaging Minds. When I initially spoke with Dan Levine about tutoring for my 9 year old daughter, I had a very positive gut reaction. I am happy to say that my experiences at Engaging Minds over the past three months have fully supported my instincts. My daughter LOVES her tutor. She leaves every session with her tutor looking happy, relaxed, and with a huge smile on her face. Homework has been a source of tension and misery for us for a while. Third grade, however, was a new low in the amount of time it took my daughter to complete the work in addition to the numerous tears and tantrums. This year, thanks to Engaging Minds, I have seen many positive changes in my daughter’s homework experience. Working with a tutor has reduced some of the tension in my relationship with my daughter because we both know there is one night a week when homework will get done without conflict. It has lifted a load off my shoulders and I feel calmer and more patient when I do help her with her homework. My daughter seems more open to my suggestions when she runs into problems and sometimes she even takes my advice! I sent my daughter’s tutor an e-mail describing one night’s homework experience as “great.” A word I have not used to describe homework in at least two years. Overall, I have seen my daughter’s confidence in her abilities grow. She has become more flexible in her approach to problems and she is more amenable to receiving help. My only regret is that we did not have Engaging Minds as a resource until this year. I am so grateful for all that my daughter’s tutor has done for her. I highly and unequivocally recommend Engaging Minds!

Parent of a 4th Grader

Thank you so much for all your help with our son while he was a sophomore. He has taken the skills that he learned at Engaging Minds and continues to use them everywhere: in high school, while he was in an intense summer program at NYU, and especially during the college application process. He was able to be finished with all his college applications by Thanksgiving, which is so early. Not only does he use his organization skills for school related things, he uses them for managing his band! We are happy to let you know that he was accepted to his first choice University and has already decided to go there for its Music Industry program.

Just to remind you, our son was ready to drop out of high school when we brought him to Engaging Minds! Thank you so much for all your work!

Parent of an 12th grader

In 8th grade my son struggled with organization and managing his increased workload. He had trouble organizing his thoughts and his writing, being able to read and pull out an organized thought flow from texts, and keeping track of assignments. He also had a hard time getting a handle on homework expectations. At Engaging Minds, my son has been working with a tutor specifically on these issues. They met several times prior to school starting and set up his assignment notebook, binders, etc., and she's given him ways to graphically organize writing assignments that really seem to be helping. She's also helping him to keep track of assignments and plan out his work. Best of all, my son is really engaged in his school work, feels smart, is on top of his homework and very proud of himself! Without Engaging Minds, I'm sure my son would still be struggling. If you have a student in need of some extra help I would highly recommend Engaging Minds!

Parent of a 9th grader

I went to Back-to-School Night last night and a teacher my daughter had last year and again this year, stopped me and said, "Your daughter is like a different person." He told me that she is on track this year, passing in everything on time and much more responsible. I'm thrilled she has made such strides and have no doubt that much of her growth is a direct result of working with her tutor at Engaging Minds. My daughter has begun keeping her room clean and making herself lists of things to accomplish. She has created a spot on the dining room table where she is comfortable getting her homework done. Her tutor at Engaging Minds had her create a master schedule that includes both school and her personal life so that she can plan for homework while also being to have a social life that didn't get in the way of school first. My daughter liked that idea and adopted it immediately. She has a new and burgeoning appreciation for and interest in creating some order for herself and being productive. The bottom line is that while I had no doubt she would benefit from Engaging Minds, she is moving faster in the right direction and doing better than I ever could have hoped. She feels supported by her tutor, goes willingly and comes home in a great mood because managing her time and assignments just got a huge boost.

Parent of a 12th grader