1-on-1 Tutoring

We give each student a personalized match from our staff of top educators.

At its heart, Aspire Education Project is a team of the Bay Area’s most talented, experienced, and well-trained educators who are focused on one thing: their student’s best interest. Our thirty-five educators can meet virtually any student’s individual needs.

We take the time to learn about your student’s unique starting point, and then provide a tutor who is a precise match in academic background, teaching style, and relational approach. By hiring and training only the best, and staying in close communication with parents and teachers, we have earned a 98% client satisfaction rate. We take the time to get it right, in every case.

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Academic Tutoring

$85/ hour*
  • *$90 per hour for Tutor Mentors

Test Prep Tutoring

$100/ hour*
  • *Standard session is 1.5 hours

About 1-on-1 Tutoring

Is tutoring really that effective?

University of Chicago researchers compared students who were tutored one-on-one to students in a regular lecture-based classroom.

They found that, all else being equal, students tutored one-to-one performed better than 98% of students who learned via conventional instructional methods.

One-on-one tutoring is the gold standard of instructional techniques, and as we have seen over our decades of experience, is often what makes the difference between frustration and success in a tough class.

Why is one-on-one tutoring so effective? Like nothing else, it helps students:

  • Fill in small gaps in content areas their class has already moved on from
  • Prioritize the most foundational concepts, and study smart for tests instead of just cramming
  • Develop better work habits
  • Spend more time on-task, and be accountable for their work outside of the classroom
  • Improve their ability to manage their own learning

Contact us today, to be matched with a tutor by next week:
Tell us how a tutor can help your child become a better student — whether it’s some key content, time management challenges, eliminating distractions, or taking a fresh look at a unfavored subject!

1-on-1 Tutoring FAQ


Who/what do you tutor?

We tutor virtually all ages, subjects, and backgrounds. The breadth of our experience makes our team sharp, creative, and nimble. Aspire maintains a diverse cadre of educators that can respond to almost any tutoring need, from elementary to post-secondary, from low skill levels to extremely high achievers. In cases where we are not equipped to serve a student well, we will be 100% up-front and transparent about it.

I’m thinking of getting a one-on-one tutor. What does it mean for my student that Aspire is a non-profit rather than a for-profit?

Aspire has a 98% client satisfaction rate and was awarded Silver out of dozens of local tutoring organizations in a local Parent’s Choice award. That’s because our number one priority is serving the long-term best interest of each of our students. As a nonprofit, we are incorporated, structured, and motivated to deliver educational excellence above all else, which means we do not compromise on compensation and support for our tutors.

Moreover, tutors at Aspire work with a broader range of students, so they know how to teach the same subject from 10 different angles, not just one or two. By delivering excellence to students in over 40 different schools, Aspire is more experienced, more dynamic, and better at serving every individual we work with. Simply put, there is strength in diversity, and competitive advantage in knowing how to help all students succeed, not just a narrow subset.

How do your scholarships work?

Our nonprofit status also means that you are welcome to apply for a Tutoring Scholarship. The application is a simple two-page form plus your most recent tax return. Scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale up to 90% off. The extent of your scholarship is determined by your need relative to other Bay Area families alongside our current availability of scholarship funds. Please fill out a contact request form to inquire about a scholarship.

How do you select your tutors?
We conduct multiple interviews for each applicant, work through teaching exercises, check professional references, and perform the most thorough criminal background check commercially available. We understand that our superb educators are the foundation of our success. Teaching experience, strong content knowledge, insight into the academic process, and relational acumen are all required to be on the Aspire team. Beyond that, we are proud to have tutors of every type: career tutors, ex teachers, working professionals who enjoy teaching on the side, graduate students of education, and even some bright and accomplished college students. Talk to us about the best tutor for your student.
What is your tutoring philosophy?

The best way to learn something is often to teach it. Session by session, our approach is oriented around “the teach-back,” wherein a student can reverse roles with her tutor as soon as possible, and try on her new knowledge for size.

It’s all founded on a good interpersonal connection. Knowing the material is one thing; knowing how to teach it is another. Deeper still is knowing what relational approach will foster a productive partnership over time. Aspire tutors work on all three levels.

Above all, we measure success by independence, and endeavor to work ourselves out of a job with every student we serve. This means that we are not homework do-ers. Rather, we form partnerships with our students to help them define and achieve their goals.

Do you work with students with learning differences/disabilities?

Yes. Although our tutors are not educational therapists, we are skilled customizers and can adapt to many student needs. Our staff Phd Educational Psychologist can for a $100 fee provide a close review your psychoeducational assessment, 504 plan, or IEP and make concrete, actionable recommendations for successful tutoring. Our tutors are trained and experienced in working with ADD/ADHD, executive functioning issues, working memory challenges, processing speed differences, and other differences.

In every situation we bring a willingness to understand and serve your student’s unique needs. We will always be transparent about what we can and can’t do, and won’t commit to serving your student if we don’t have the specialization or expertise to do so.

Logistics

What are your rates and how do you charge?

$85/hr for one-on-one Academic Tutoring

$90/hr for work with our team of more experienced Tutor Mentors

$100/hr for Test Prep – AP, ACT, SAT, High School Admissions, and others.

Private tutoring is securely charged by Credit Card.

What about scholarships?
  • Full scholarship is 90% off the above-listed rates. Please contact us to receive our two-page Scholarship Application.
  • If you are a nonprofit, school, or district serving underprivileged students, please see our Classes & Workshops page for information on institutional partnerships with at-cost pricing for tutoring and test prep.
What if I’m not satisfied with your services?
Simply let us know, and we will match you with another tutor based on your feedback. 98% of matches are successful but if you still are unsatisfied we will provide up to three sessions credit.

In every situation we bring a willingness to understand and serve your student’s unique needs. We will always be transparent about what we can and can’t do, and won’t commit to serving your student if we don’t have the specialization or expertise to do so.

Where does tutoring take place?

Generally, in the location of your choice. Often this is the home, but just as common is tutoring on-site at schools, in libraries, and other suitable venues. In some cases our ability to offer choice of location may be limited, in which case we will let you know which options you have and stand by those options.

How long is a tutoring session?

The standard academic session is one hour long, and standard test prep session is 1.5 hours. However, we’ll work with you to determine the standard session length and time for your tutoring, along with structuring in any breaks.

How many sessions do you recommend?

We’ll determine the plan together. Some students need just a few hours of attention to conquer a tough concept or test, while others receive regular support throughout the academic year, sometimes even with multiple meetings per week. We’ll work with you to establish a safe minimum and scale down from there.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that things come up, and as an organization we work hard to be flexible around the needs of our clients. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Session is billed at 60% of regular rate if cancellation is within 24 hours
  • Session is billed at 100% if cancellation is 30 minutes or less before the session
What subjects do you tutor?

With over 50 experienced and talented educators on our team, Aspire tutors in virtually all ages and subjects. If we don’t have the expertise to help, we won’t be shy in informing you. We also do SAT/ACT Test Prep.

Tutoring or homeschooling in small groups?

We successfully work with small homeschool groups, friend groups, or class groups, all at major discounts. Please contact us to learn more.

What is your tutoring philosophy?

The best way to learn something is often to teach it. Session by session, our approach is oriented around “the teach-back,” wherein a student can reverse roles with her tutor as soon as possible, and try on her new knowledge for size.

It’s all founded on a good interpersonal connection. Knowing the material is one thing; knowing how to teach it is another. Deeper still is knowing what relational approach will foster a productive partnership over time. Aspire tutors work on all three levels.

Above all, we measure success by independence, and endeavor to work ourselves out of a job with every student we serve. This means that we are not homework do-ers. Rather, we form partnerships with our students to help them define and achieve their goals.

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