Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive. If there's something you want to ask that isn't answered below, please email email@example.com.
What is academic coaching?
Unlike other agencies, Hampton Tutors offers academic coaching. Academic coaching differs from tutoring in three key ways:
Contact between sessions. Our sessions don’t just end when the time is up. Our coaches are contactable between sessions, available for proofreading, or answering questions via text. Coaches can check in with students to help them stay on top of their work.
Underlying skills. Our goal is to make our students independent, confident, and self-sufficient. Coaches can work with students on Executive Function, work planning and time management while also helping them with their homework. We teach students the skills they need to help themselves. Our aim is to create self-assured, self-advocating, and academically rigorous students.
Management. We have experience working with therapists, school counselors, and other key individuals in a student’s life. Our coaches can liaise directly with these individuals (with your permission) to help best coordinate a student’s learning.
How do you select your coaches?
All of our coaches have a strong academic background. Many have Ivy League (or equivalent) degrees, most have postgraduate degrees, and all have experience teaching, tutoring, or coaching. However, the most important characteristic our coaches have is the ability to form good relationships with students. While most of our coaches have advanced degrees from top universities, it is the empathetic abilities they have that mark them as standout candidates. Each of our coaches has a different academic and professional background. However, each of them is able to deliver high-quality academic coaching in an effective manner. For more information, see our Coaches page.
Are all your coaches background checked?
Yes, all our coaches pass a full federal background check run by Alliance 2020. If you wish to see a copy of your coach’s background check, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What age students do you work with?
We work with students of all ages, from Elementary School to postgraduate (and adult learners). However, the bulk of our students are at the middle- and high-school levels.
What experience do your coaches have with learning difficulties?
We have extensive experience working with students will learning difficulties. Many of our coaches have formal backgrounds in Special Education. Most also have experience working with students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, anxiety, or other learning difficulty.
We run seminars for coaches at regular intervals, particularly focusing on the most common learning difficulties our students face: anxiety and ADD/ADHD.
In addition, we have worked in collaboration with a number of therapists throughout Seattle. When we work in partnership with a therapist, we coordinate our sessions to dovetail with the student’s therapy. Many students with underlying psychological issues see symptoms manifest in a school environment. We can communicate directly with therapists (with your permission) to help manage a student’s learning experience.
How do I get started?
The easiest way to get started is to submit an enquiry form on our contact page. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 206-693-4101 or email email@example.com. We’ll then get some information from you to find out how we can best help you.
Once we’ve done that, and based on your information, we will match you with two of our coaches, sending you their profiles via email. If you know which one you’d like to work with, we can set up an first coaching session. Alternatively, you can have a half-hour trial session with both coaches to determine which one is the best fit. After that, we can book you in with the coach you decide for a first session.
Is there a fee for trial sessions?
We don’t charge for half-hour trial sessions, nor for any of the process before the first coaching session. You'll receive your first bill only after your first coaching session.
Is there a minimum commitment in terms of sessions?
No. Our coaching is tailored to the individual student; we don’t like to take a ‘blanket’ approach.
How long are coaching sessions?
Again, this depends on the individual student, based on input from the coach. The usual format is for hour long sessions, but shorter or longer sessions may be appropriate in various circumstances.
Will coaches travel to my home?
Yes, we offer in-home coaching at the same hourly rate. We can also coach students in our UDistrict offices, in school (contingent on the school’s permission), or in a mutually convenient library or coffee shop.
How will I know how my child is progressing? Will I get status updates or reports?
After every session with one of our coaches you will get a full report of the lesson. You can access these through our platform - TutorCruncher (you will be assigned a login upon scheduling a first coaching session). We can also make session reports available to any other individuals working with a student. (N.B. Reports will be available only to the parent/guardian unless we receive express permission from the parent/guardian. We will not share reports without your consent.)
Does the cost of academic coaching only include tutoring?
No. Students can contact the coach in between sessions at no extra cost. Coaches are available for proofreading, can answer texts and/or emails between sessions at no extra cost. (N.B. This is based on a fair usage policy.)
What kind of exam preparation do you offer for the SAT, ACT, GRE, etc.?
We offer one-to-one coaching for all standardized test preparation, from the ISEE/SSAT, to SAT/ACT, to the GRE. We also run regular small-group classes for the SAT and ACT, which can be viewed and booked on our Classes page.
As part of any coaching, or in advance of classes, we can consult on test options, helping students choose between the SAT and ACT, and advising on the best test dates.