Yale Tutors Testimonials and Case Studies

Case Studies: Short and Long Term Engagements.

Here are the stories of two of our past students (names changed). Whether you want a long-term partner in your child’s education or you need a tutor for a difficult class just for now, we can work with you. We should add that we can’t take much credit for the success of either student–both worked very hard and were naturally brilliant kids. We can take credit for being there to guide and support them (they’re still kids after all), and this, we feel, helped them achieve their best.

Short-term Test Prep Case Study: Jack.

Jack called us in late March, a month before he was scheduled to take the SAT I exam in May. His family had a limited budget, and there was also limited time (4 weeks) before the exam. We worked with him for an aggregate of 8 hours–a 2-hour session every week covering all three sections of the SAT intensely. Based on his March test results, Jack did equally well in all three SAT sections so we didn’t bias preparation for any particular section. Jack followed-up each session with six hours of homework on his own (four hours doing a practice test and two hours of additional problem sets). He worked very hard and called his tutor during the weekend (outside of sessions) for guidance as to math problems they weren’t able to cover during the session and which he just couldn’t get on his own (Jack was dedicated; so were we). Results: 50 point improvement in the math section, 60 point improvement in critical reading and a 60 point improvement in the writing section for an aggregate of a 170 point improvement over his score in March.

Long-Term High School Tutoring/College Preparation Case Study: Jill.

We began working with Jill when she entered high school in the 9th grade and continued working with her through her graduation in the 12th grade. She was bright and motivated, and hoped to attend a competitive college. Academically, she worked with us consistently in writing and in other subjects only when she had difficulties. In chemistry, for example, we had only one or two sessions with her which almost miraculously turned Jill’s situation around. After a tutor brought clarity to some of the general ideas of chemistry, chemistry began to make sense to Jill and her average improved from a C to a B+ by term end. We worked with her intensely over all four years on her writing skills, essay preparation in general, and specifically revising and editing just about each of her papers for her english and social science courses.

She achieved a 90 or better average in just about every class with a 95 or better in most classes. We developed a test-taking schedule with her, and tutors worked with her to insure full preparation for the SAT I and SAT Subject tests. She scored 700 or over on every section of the SAT I and on every SAT Subject test. Lastly, we worked with her on her college essays. She came to us with essays she had labored over during the summer before her senior year in high school. We felt that these initial essays didn’t represent her best writing and requested she write more. She, hesitantly, complied (she was rather attached the first essay she wrote). She eventually produced what we considered to be two exceptional essays, one about a travel experience and another about one of her activities. Outside of her academic work, she participated in dance and medical research throughout high school and was an author of a published medical paper. Results: Extremely successful high school education. Accepted early decision to Harvard; Accepted regular decision to Yale and Michigan.


Here are a few testimonials from our clients.

From the parent of an 9th grade French student:

“…dedicated…an excellent teacher…my daughter got a perfect score on her competency test…affordable…”

From the parent of an 8th grade student:

“…worked very hard…strict…but with a sense of humor…amazing…”

From the parent of an 5th grade reading and writing student:

“…knowledgeable…infective enthusiasm…my daughter is reading independently…she’s excited to learn…”

From an adult essay advisory student:

“…I hired a tutor to advise me on my business school application essays and personal statement…followed almost all his advice…on the strength of the essays I was wait-listed at 3 of my top 5 choices…I was not accepted because of my GMAT score…had I signed up for GMAT tutoring I am certain I’d be at a top business school now…”

From the parent of an SAT critical reading section student:

“I made a mistake initially going with another tutoring firm…math scores were high but reading scores were low…[in] just one month [of tutoring]…reading score improved 180 points on the second test…we’re very happy.”

From a college chemistry student:

“I was hoping for a B [in my college chemistry course]…great tutor who was always really well-prepared with lots of study sheets…pushed me…surprised to get an A…would recommend Yale Tutors to any friends who needed tutoring.”

From the parent of a high school student:

“We used Yale Tutors throughout [our children’s] high school careers…extremely happy with the service…especially that they were always there, any day anytime, to speak to me and support me and [our children]…”

There is more…if you’d like to communicate with one or more of our past or current clients, we can provide references upon request.