‘Tutor Doctor’ makes tutoring easier for studentsWritten by Aya Khalil | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterville resident Corina Pfleghaar doesn’t give out lollipops after a visit; she’s already delivered hope.
Pfleghaar started a Tutor Doctor franchise in April. What’s different about Tutor Doctor is the tutors go to the students’ homes, she said. They don’t come to the tutors.
“We do consultations to match tutors with students and try to get students to be able to interact with the tutors, so they can help them build a relationship and get the most out of their study skills and comprehension,” Pfleghaar said.
“A lot of students are shy and don’t want people to know they are being tutored. This way it’s done in their own home,” she said.
Meanwhile, parents go on with their chores, and there’s no need for extra driving, she said.
Tutor Doctor offers summer programs because a lot of students forget what they learned over the previous year, she said. Many of the tutors are already teachers, and all tutors are trained and certified.
“Students go eight weeks without education and that’s a lot,” Pfleghaar said. “Kids lose an average month of learning during the summer.”
Usually the tutoring is twice a week for an hour each time. Some families with more than one student split the time among their children. ACT and SAT prep are also available.
Pfleghaar, who worked 22 years in the medical field and owned a business with her husband, saw the need for such a tutoring business. After all, she raised three children of her own.
“I like the idea of tutoring at home,” she said. “I think that’s a unique idea. I really strongly believe parents need help with children, especially when parents are busy.”
Will Kanwischer has been with Tutor Doctor for three weeks.
“So far, he likes it a lot; he’s very comfortable,” said his father, Charlie.
“You can choose the area of expertise of the tutor,” he said. “The tutor talks to Will about math, works with the school teacher [and] contacts the teacher to see what assignments and lessons they have.”
Charlie plans to keep the Tutor Doctor for Will through the summer. He pays $40 each session and thinks it’s a reasonable price.
“It’s a great service and we’re very pleased so far,” he said.
For more information, go to www.tutordoctor.com or call (419) 297-0511.