One-on-One Tutoring and Coaching Services
At Your Convenience, On Your Schedule

Testimonial Melinda LorenzWhen students know how to study, they get better grades. It’s that simple.

S4’s tutoring services teaches evidence-based study skills and executive functioning strategies – the same taught in S4’s workshops – using your student’s actual school materials and subject matter.

Your student will learn skills, tools, and strategies, and how to study in the classroom, and at home, as well as how to use and apply them across all of their academic subjects. As a result, your student will experience the real-life benefits of knowing how to study more effectively and efficiently.

In addition, because this service is highly personalized and customized, your student will benefit by increased subject matter review, comprehension and retention – critical when prepping for tests and finals.

S4 Tutoring also focuses on teaching executive functioning strategies: planning, organization, task initiation, sustained attention, goal-setting, decision-making, and problem solving – all important components of academic success.

We can also work with your student on their specific assignments, including test and exam prep, and writing.

Finally, by working with your student over time, we will establish a rapport, rhythm, and expectation. Teaching independence and self reliance, your student will become responsible for their own learning, so you no longer have to.

S4’s tutoring and coaching services, are offered in six-hour packages, in increments of one or 90-minute sessions. Time, dates, and location are at your student’s convenience, including Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, please email or contact us at 203-307-5455.

Signs That Your Student Would Benefit From S4 Tutoring Services
  • Works hard, but still receives mediocre grades, or bombs tests
  • Takes a long time to finish what should be a basic homework assignment
  • Procrastinates or gets easily distracted during homework
  • Seems be losing motivation, or appears stressed and anxious about school
  • Frequently expresses frustration with particular teachers or subjects
  • Homework sessions turn into meltdowns

Writing Tutoring

Would your student benefit from stronger writing skills?

12 Ways to Start a Sentence is S4’s newest writing workshop, taught privately in one-on-one sessions. Although most students know that every sentence requires a subject and a verb, most do not know how to vary their sentence formations to improve fluency and generate interest.

This program teaches the important compositional skills of sentence variety and structure.

In addition, to 12 Ways, we also provide tutoring in the four principal types of writing:

  • Expository
  • Persuasive
  • Narrative
  • Descriptive

For more information about this program, click here.


Can’t Make a Scheduled Workshop?
We’ll Bring the Workshop to You

Schedule a Workshop for your student and their friends!

For groups of seven or more, S4 is easily able to customize a workshop for your student and their friends, scheduled at a time and location convenient to the group: on the weekends, after-school, or during a school break.

In three 2.5-hour sessions, students will learn evidence-based easy-to-implement strategies and systems to be active, engaged and successful in school, including:

  • How to study
  • Organize
  • Manage time
  • Prepare for tests
  • Use executive functioning strategies

Learn more by calling Michelle at 203-307-5455, or by emailing: michelle@s4studyskills.com.

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According to The US Department of Education: Tutored students increased an average of 2.1 grade levels over the year in comparison with non-tutored students who increased a 1.0 grade level.


College Essay Writing

In the college essay coaching program, S4 teachers work one-on-one with students to help them craft essays that will stand out to university admissions officers. Whereas the college application outlines an applicant’s credentials, like GPA and SAT scores, the college essay showcases an applicant’s individuality — one’s unique characteristics, personal interests, and communication skills.

In the coaching sessions, S4 teachers guide students through a writing process that includes:

  • Analyzing essay prompts and pinpointing the criteria that admissions officers use for evaluation
  • Choosing a meaningful theme and narrowing the topic
  • Determining an effective essay structure
  • Researching colleges to make essays specific
  • Brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revision, proofreading, and editing

Our goal is to ensure that students’ college essays are clear, concise, truthful, sincere, vivid, coherent, unique, and memorable. We want students’ essays to demonstrate a firm grasp of grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and rhetoric. Above all, we want students to feel confident that their college essays will genuinely intrigue the audience and separate their application from the pack.

For more information, please email or contact us at 203-307-5455.