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ASHLEY TUTORS EDUCATES AND ENTERTAINS
Ashley Tutors has an energetic team using innovative teaching techniques
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. – Ashley Tutors (www.ashleytutors.com) launched in October 2007, offers one-on-one in-home academic tutoring to Washington, D.C. area students in grades kindergarten through 12. While other tutoring centers use their own curriculum and parents must travel to their location, Ashley Tutors develops unique, individualized strategies to meet the needs of each of its students in the comfort of their own home. From a fourth grader raising his reading level in three months to a Spanish II student improving her grade from a D to a B, parents are already seeing results generated by the energetic and experienced team of dedicated tutors who put to practice the Ashley Tutors motto: LIVE! Learning Is Very Entertaining.
Franchised tutoring centers generally have a 1-4 student ratio and do not pair the same tutor with the same student every session. Ashley Tutors, which strives for open communication and continuity between the student, parent and tutor, offers one-on-one consistent help with the same knowledgeable tutor. The fact that the parent does not have to travel with their child to another location allows for the tutor and parent to discuss the progress and set goals after each session. After every meeting, the instructor sends an e-mail “report card” to the parent discussing the student’s outlook, energy, and offers teaching tools so the student can carry the momentum from the session into the classroom. In addition to facilitating constant communication between the tutor and parent, Ashley Tutors frequently speaks with their student’s teachers to determine the teacher’s goals, their experience with the student in the classroom, and assure them that Ashley Tutors wants to support the teacher in anyway they can.
That approach usually involves the use of kinesthetic learning, a method of teaching in which a student carries out a physical activity, rather than listening to a teacher talk. According to Oregon State University professor Muneera Spence, an estimated 45% of students are kinesthetic learners who thrive in learning situations when they role play, build dioramas or even perform historical re-enactments.
“I encourage the tutors to fill their session with entertaining and physical activities to help her students learn,” said Josh Chernikoff, a life long Montgomery County resident and the Ashley Tutors team member in charge of finding the most qualified educators. “I have a meeting with each student and parent in their home before we start the tutoring, and the majority of the students I interview learn more when they do and discover, as opposed to just listening. Kinesthetic learning is a great and successful tool to make learning entertaining.”
Another key to the Ashley Tutors difference is the desire of the team of tutors to relate to their students. Chernikoff has seen it firsthand; when students trust and communicate with their instructor, the teacher is able to motivate the student and achieve academic success faster.
“Our tutors are able to have a lot more interaction and freedom when teaching as opposed to regular school teachers or retired teachers who tutor,” said Chernikoff, who does an extensive criminal background check on each tutor and provides each tutor with information about the Ashley Tutors’ unique instructional methods. “The team that represents Ashley Tutors is fresh faced, innovative and always looking to get their students energy level flowing.”
This unique approach to tutoring already has supporters from Bethesda to Gaithersburg. “Ashley Tutors really identifies the strengths and needs of each student,” said a Great Seneca Creek Elementary School parent.
“I watched Ashley Tutors work wonders for my son,” said a Bethesda Chevy Chase High School parent. “His grades are up and so is his confidence in and out of the classroom.”
ABOUT ASHLEY TUTORS: Ashley Tutors is an in-home one-on-one tutoring service covering all subjects offered to students in grades Kindergarten through 12 in Montgomery County, Maryland. Guided by Montgomery County resident, Josh Chernikoff, Ashley Tutors is staffed with exceptionally passionate and driven tutors who all have tutoring experience. Ashley Tutors sets itself apart from other tutoring centers as an in-home service that makes learning fun for its students, and helps students find their way to success in academics and life. L.I.V.E. Learning Is Very Entertaining!
Ashley Tutors provides one-on-one tutors for students in Montgomery County, Md., including Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Chevy Chase; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church. Ashley Tutors provides instruction in Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Pre-calculus, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Economics, Government, History, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, English, Literature, Journalism, Reading, IT Training, Math, Writing, History and Science.