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I went to Back-to-School Night last night and a teacher my daughter had last year and again this year, stopped me and said, "Your daughter is like a different person." He told me that she is on track this year, passing in everything on time and much more responsible. I'm thrilled she has made such strides and have no doubt that much of her growth is a direct result of working with her tutor at Engaging Minds. My daughter has begun keeping her room clean and making herself lists of things to accomplish. She has created a spot on the dining room table where she is comfortable getting her homework done. Her tutor at Engaging Minds had her create a master schedule that includes both school and her personal life so that she can plan for homework while also being to have a social life that didn't get in the way of school first. My daughter liked that idea and adopted it immediately. She has a new and burgeoning appreciation for and interest in creating some order for herself and being productive. The bottom line is that while I had no doubt she would benefit from Engaging Minds, she is moving faster in the right direction and doing better than I ever could have hoped. She feels supported by her tutor, goes willingly and comes home in a great mood because managing her time and assignments just got a huge boost.

Stephanie M.
Parent of a 12th grader


In 8th grade my son struggled with organization and managing his increased workload. He had trouble organizing his thoughts and his writing, being able to read and pull out an organized thought flow from texts, and keeping track of assignments. He also had a hard time getting a handle on homework expectations. At Engaging Minds, my son has been working with a tutor specifically on these issues. They met several times prior to school starting and set up his assignment notebook, binders, etc., and she's given him ways to graphically organize writing assignments that really seem to be helping. She's also helping him to keep track of assignments and plan out his work. Best of all, my son is really engaged in his school work, feels smart, is on top of his homework and very proud of himself! Without Engaging Minds, I'm sure my son would still be struggling. If you have a student in need of some extra help I would highly recommend Engaging Minds!

Parent of a 9th grader


Our daughter has been meeting with a tutor at Engaging Minds weekly for this past year. She has always had difficulty with her writing assignments. Just getting the assignment would intimidate her and she wouldn't even know how to get started, much less organize her thoughts for the larger assignment. This year, though, has been different. Her tutor has used different organizers and techniques with her and reinforced them all through the year. When our daughter received her final writing assignments for this year, she started an outline right away and knew how she wanted to tackle the essay as a whole. She was confident with her ideas and supporting evidence for the larger writing assignment and came to her tutoring sessions looking for reinforcement of and guidance with what she had already started. She has grown confident in her abilities and really enjoys her sessions with her tutor. This isn't the first time she has had a writing tutor, but it is the first time that she has shown such growth in her writing and feels that much of it is a result of her work with her tutor.

Parent of a 9th grader


Engaging minds has been the most positive and effective addition to my son’s academic year. Each session his tutor helps him organize and plan for the week ahead. She then utilizes his homework to teach techniques and strategies on more efficient work habits. Engaging minds has made an enormous difference in my son’s grades and confidence.

Larry C.
Parent of a 7th grader


Our son has greatly benefited from the methods that Engaging Minds uses to help students learn how to best approach their work. His organizational skills and his ownership of school assignments have evolved. His ability to approach complex assignments--in math or writing--by breaking them down into defined components and working in an orderly manner toward an end result is continually developing. Moreover, he enjoys his sessions, and his self-confidence has grown. Through Engaging Minds, he is acquiring critical-thinking skills that allow him to master the process of how to work through any question both now in school and hopefully in the future.

Parent of a 3rd grader


Our son, a high school sophomore, has been working with Engaging Minds since early in the middle of his freshman year. He began to struggle in middle school. He was having difficulty managing his time and organizing his materials and just generally feeling overwhelmed. He went from being a consistent A-B student through 6th grade, to barely a B-C student through 8th grade. We knew high school would pose great challenges for him with all of the independent work it required. It didn't take long to see that our concerns were well warranted. He had tremendous difficulty organizing himself and planning ahead to keep up with the workload. Despite our best efforts to help in both gentle and demanding ways, he struggled mightily. Engaging Minds has helped him immeasurably over the last year. Their approach to coaching and providing tools and techniques helped him to gain some control where he thought he had none. Their expert, objective view has helped us to see that he is not lazy or incapable. What were once very emotional and tense conversations between us and our son have become much more productive and positive. He knows we are here to help him as are the people at Engaging Minds. The weekly email we receive debriefing us on their meetings provide a great view into how he sees himself doing. We are thrilled with the progress our son has made with Engaging Minds and we highly recommend them to anyone with a child who is struggling to succeed.

Brian K.
Parent of a 10th grader


Success in school requires a student to master so many skills. Our daughter has little difficulty taking in new information and new concepts. The challenge comes when she has to figure out what concept and information is relevant to any given assignment. She was wasting so much time when it came to completing her school work because she lacked the tools to organize herself and apply the right skills to the appropriate situation. After a few months, our daughter has developed a range of skills she employs to tackle her school work in a more focused manner. There is less time spent wondering which approach is the right one and more time spent completing her work.

Andria W.
Parent of a 4th grader


My husband and I believe that one of the most important elements to learning is confidence and at Engaging Minds our son is rebuilding his confidence with the use of the new skills he is learning. We came to Engaging Minds because our son felt defeated with his learning and lacked the skills to get started and finish assignments - big or small. From the first session he was introduced to skills that he could apply immediately. He has been given a simple framework that helps him break down tasks, organize, complete and check. He can apply these skills with school work and in other areas of life including getting ready for sports. Engaging Minds is not a homework club but a skills club that uses the children's homework to show the student how to apply the skills. As parents, we can also use the framework to be consistent as he approaches any daily task including his homework. Engaging Minds has been able to start rebuilding his confidence and approach to learning step by step.

Tammy B.
Parent of a 4th grader


Our son has been meeting with a tutor at Engaging Minds since last summer. We signed him up because he was having trouble breaking down assignments into more manageable steps and following the directions given. He also had difficulty approaching his writing assignments and much of his homework resulted in conflict and tears. We have been so pleased with his progress at Engaging Minds. His instructor has taught him to use graphic organizers to plan his writing assignments and he has been shown how to check and edit his work. They have worked on math assignments with multiple steps so that he learns how to approach more complex problems. As a result, he has become much more independent in all his homework and he is no longer afraid to take some risks in his writing. Overall the tutoring has given him so much more confidence and motivation, and he greatly enjoys the sessions.

Sharlene W.
Parent of a 3rd grader


My 9 year old son has been meeting with a tutor at Engaging Minds for the last several months. He was so happy after his first session -- he was thrilled to report on the car ride home that his tutor knew all about sports and is a teacher and a sports writer. They often discuss the Red Sox and the Celtics at the outset of their sessions and then they work hard to improve my son's organizational skills in the areas of writing and reading comprehension. My son has learned to stick with one book, use a graphic organizer for his writing, pace himself when reading aloud, keep better track of his materials, etc. etc. etc. We receive consistent feedback from our tutor via email that includes the positive aspects of my son's work and the areas that he needs to work harder on. This feedback is invaluable -- we never before had this level of detail from a teacher on our son's output and overall abilities. My son is always eager to go to Engaging Minds and he is making great strides in every area. We think the experience has boosted his self-esteem as a learner and a person. Thank you Engaging Minds!

Suzanne F.
Parent of a 3rd grader


In just a few short months, Engaging Minds has helped my son become a more engaged and self-confident student. My son's tutor quickly and insightfully understood my child's learning profile and developed a plan that was tailored to his particular needs. With their help and strategies, my son's approach to his school work and the work he presents to his teachers has greatly improved. Our tutor's keen understanding of my child's specific needs creates a comfortable environment that enhances his overall academic experience. I can't recommend the program enough.

Todd S.
Parent of 9th grader


My son started with Engaging Minds in July, because writing assignments were so torturous—not just for him, but for the whole family. He immediately bonded with his instructor, and actually looks forward to seeing her each week. By the time he started school in September, he had already made noticeable progress. He no longer feared and hated writing assignments, and homework time became more pleasant for everyone. The school’s learning specialist is amazed at the progress he has made in 6 months, and I am thrilled.

Parent of a 4th grader


We came to Engaging Minds because we thought our son could use some help managing the demands of high school in terms of time management and prioritizing his work. He works with his instructor on keeping his binders and folders neat and organized, and she checks that he is taking coherent notes in class so that he clearly knows what he has to do for homework. Sometimes they even work on organizing his thoughts for an English paper. The feedback we get after each weekly session is extremely thoughtful, relevant and helpful. Truthfully, I was a little afraid that my son would resist another hour of work on top of his long school day, but he really looks forward to meeting with his instructor. When I told him that he would have a week "off" from EM for an upcoming holiday, he actually asked me to re-schedule for another day. I have no doubt that our son is learning valuable life skills that will serve him well in college and beyond.

Michele W.
Parent of a 9th grader


My 11 year old son has been working with an instructor from Engaging Minds for a few months now. They made an immediate connection and my son really enjoys their time together. I'm grateful for Engaging Minds' careful consideration in making the match. It's still early to see huge changes, but my son is noticing already that his writing is becoming more thorough; he's learning skills to carefully consider exactly what is being asked of him and that in turn is helping him to answer questions completely. He is also doing a better job of organizing his binder and keeping his assignments and papers in their proper places. I'm thrilled that my son has someone to work with one-on-one who is looking specifically at how he's approaching problems, helping to organize his initial responses and follow through on his answers. All these steps are helping my son develop into a more efficient, thoughtful and ultimately more satisfied and motivated student.

Stacey B.
Parent of a 5th grader


A tutoring service targeting executive functioning was the perfect fit for us. Our sixth grader was emotionally overwhelmed by homework. Long-term projects and writing assignments were like torture, and our efforts to help resulted in nightly battles. With his instructor, he is learning to be more confident and independent. Working together, they practice all the skills required to execute a piece of work: organizing, prioritizing, getting started, gauging time, following through. They focus on choosing the best strategy for studying rather than specific content. Homework gets done along the way, but it's all about how he did it and how he'll approach it next time.

Terri W.
Parent of a 6th grader


I enrolled our son in Engaging Minds because writing was a struggle for him. He floundered with the initiation, organization, and completion of even the simplest writing assignments at homework time.  After working with his instructor for only a couple of months, I'm so pleased with the changes. Recently, my son came home from school and told me that this homework was to write a paragraph about a recent field trip that they took at school. I told him that he didn't have to start right away, but I wanted him to begin thinking about what he might like to write about. Without skipping a beat, he said to me, "mom, this is an easy assignment if you have the right graphic organizer." I love that this program has given him the right tools to approach his assignments with confidence and a good attitude.

Becky R.
Parent of a 4th grader


Our second grader has been working with Engaging Minds on strategies for writing -- planning the paragraph, defining the topic, and writing sentences that are clear and that support the thesis. In school, he and his classmates had to interview immigrants and then write a paragraph about their experiences. When we read his paragraph -- wow! We saw his hard work at Engaging Minds really paying off. He's gotten a real boost in strategies for approaching challenging assignments.

Ted F.
Parent of a 2nd grader


I couldn’t be more pleased with my son’s instructor and the Engaging Minds program. This is such a unique program where children learn how to learn. My son is developing skills that will benefit him throughout his life. The best part is that every session is engaging and fun!"

Daryl S.
Parent of a 3rd grader


Our instructor has such a clear grasp on who our son is – his strengths and his challenges. The clear and consistent communication has been incredibly helpful – we know exactly what he's working on, and why. Amazing. At Engaging Minds I feel like there’s a plan – goals, strategies, and things for us to look out for to help him. Our son has gained self-confidence and learning strategies that he can use now and in the future. We are so glad to have found Engaging Minds.

Marcia B.
Parent of a 5th grader



"I feel like my son is getting so much out of his time at Engaging Minds. I am so pleased with all of the skills that are covered in his weekly tutoring session. It's great that he is able to get through so much of his homework, but I am even more pleased to see that there is so much teaching and instruction and skill-building going on. It is evident that the amount of explanation at school is not enough for him and that makes the time he spends with his tutor that much more valuable. It is wonderful to hear on our ride home from tutoring that my son feels better about what he is working on in school because his tutor was able to clarify and explain it to him in a way that he understood. Thank you, Engaging Minds!"

Cynthia F.
Parent of a 6th grader


"My son has been attending Engaging Minds to work on his organizations skills. His skills in this area have improved and he has become more independent and confident. We look forward to continuing working with Engaging Minds and are thankful for their support!"

Lisa K.
Parent of a 9th grader


"We could not be happier with our son’s tutor at Engaging Minds. He and his tutor have a wonderful rapport and even though she works him hard, he loves to go. In only a few short months he has made great strides. We look forward to continued growth."

KJ and RM
Parents of a 10th grader


"My daughter's ADHD diagnosis came with many suggestions of how we might support her learning efforts. Our pediatrician pointed us toward Engaging Minds. We were somewhat hesitant to enroll our daughter in tutoring that wasn't content or curriculum driven. Our hesitation turned to skepticism when multiple sessions seemed to be spent on having our 10 year old design her own planning system. I was curious that no one at EM seemed to think this was a waste of time considering her school had issued a perfectly adequate school planner. I kept my thoughts mostly to myself and hopes that they actually knew what they were doing. And they did! My daughter has gained organizational and study skills that she can implement in any number of different academic areas. Engaging Minds has transformed her as a learner. In acquiring skills, not only has her academic performance improved, but she has made great gains in self confidence. And that's been a game changer. As a parent, I appreciate the detailed feedback that I get from my daughter's tutor through EMChat. Everyone at Engaging Minds is accessible and involved. I find them exceptionally receptive to learning about my daughter from us and from her teachers. As a result, they know my daughter very well and have built a very good relationship with her and with us. I consider the folks at Engaging Minds important resources and supports as we consider future educational decisions. Thank you!"

Sarita U.
Parent of a 5th grader


Thank you for your dedication, patience and persistence with our son. It definitely paid off! We went from "homework hell" to independently problem-solving the best time to complete homework based on the day's activities along with independent completion of homework. If that's not success, I don't know what is! Furthermore, our instructor got our son to not protest about coming to EM (huge feat!!) and developed a wonderful rapport with him. He definitely has more confidence about his abilities to break tasks down and we have seen a HUGE change at home in his approach to schoolwork and management of his time and materials. We have thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Thank you!

Kelly G.
Parent of a 4th grader


My son would not have made it through 8th grade in one piece without the help of his tutor at Engaging Minds. My son's tutor was able to help him break up long-term assignments into manageable pieces (both for him to do, and me to understand) and coached him through each step of the process. When he first came to Engaging Minds he had no organization skills and a very difficult time with any writing assignments. By the end of the year - even though he still didn't enjoy writing - he could sit in a room with his tutor and crank out a writing assignment with only a few prompts or helpful suggestions. I would highly recommend Engaging Minds to any family who has a child that is struggling with school and/or homework. Sending my son there twice a week was one of the smartest decisions I have made for my child.

Karen J.
Parent of a 8th grader


I wanted to let you know that your program literally changed our daughter. She has improved in all areas of school and now really enjoys learning. I am blown away by what a difference just a year has made. Thank you!

Jon G.
Parent of a 4th grader


We are so thrilled with our son's continued progress and the supportive group that is invested in his academic growth! Thank you for helping him to learn to become a productive and organized student.

Alexandra S.
Parent of a 4th grader


This is the second year that our daughter has been working with a tutor from Engaging Minds. She has a good rapport with her tutor and is developing a more positive attitude toward school. While it is still a challenge for her to complete her work consistently, she has greatly improved. And as her parents, we've been able to step back from the homework process, which has greatly improved our relationship. We have recommended Engaging Minds to others.

Janet B.
Parent of a 11th grader


We came to Engaging Minds on referral from our physician to help our twin girls develop stronger organization and planning skills. After an initial consult, it became clear that the mission of EM extends far beyond just that, and we determined that our older son could also benefit. With three kids (two 9th graders and an 11th grader) now attending sessions each week, we have seen many pockets of success, ultimately seen in improved performance at school and how they approach their work. Each of the talented, dedicated tutors are very bright, thorough and so capable of understanding the learning styles of the kids so well, and offer many different strategies and techniques around planning, organization, critical reading and analysis and writing. As they had told us, changes will not happen overnight, but they will happen… and they have! The folks within the entire organization are wonderful to work with, and we appreciate the detailed follow-up notes from each session. We look forward to seeing more continued growth in our kids – skills that will last them a lifetime!

Liz M.
Parent of a 9th grader


Our daughter is in her second year working with her tutor at Engaging Minds and we have all been quite pleased with the results. Currently a 5th grader, our daughter has thrived since she began working with her tutor last year. She has always possessed the intellect, but lacked in self confidence and needed the direction and attention that Engaging Minds has provided in spades. She literally loves the time she spends working with her tutor and this is reflected in the detailed reports we receive from the tutor following each session. These reports provide insight into our child and her thought process and frankly, validate the entire process and experience. The care and consideration shown by founder Dan Levine and his staff, is much appreciated. The results in school have been noticeable by us and our daughter's teachers. Engaging Minds has been and continues to be a very positive experience for our family and I urge anyone considering them to give them a try.

Scott K.
Parent of a 5th grader


We couldn't be more pleased with our experience with Engaging Minds. Our daughter was carefully matched with a tutor who would likely work well with her, and she has been wonderful! Our daughter has been steadily learning to plan and track her work, both in longer projects like papers, as well as in setting a schedule for reviewing a topic leading up to an exam. Each week after a session, we receive a secure message from the tutor describing in detail what she and our daughter worked on, what they accomplished, ways that we can help her, and plans for next steps. The tutor has also been very receptive when we've suggested particular topics to focus on for a session, such as planning out the work on a particular paper, or for a specific test. Finally, we've found Dan Levine, the founder and owner, to be extremely responsive to questions, and a great source of advice on working with our daughter. Engaging Minds shows a strong commitment to the success and well-being of our child, and it shows in multiple ways, especially with her growing study skills and confidence in her ability to get her school work done effectively.

Harold P.
Parent of a 9th grader


Engaging Minds has been a very valuable experience for our son. Tensions at home about his homework, grades and lack of organization were at an all-time high. We were all frustrated with each other, our son was extremely stressed out, and we felt that anything we did as parents never quite helped and only added to the stress and frustration. We heard about Engaging Minds and brought him to the initial meeting, not quite kicking and screaming, but he was certainly extremely unhappy about going. We met with Dan Levine and he was able to immediately connect with our son in an honest and personal way. At the end of the meeting we let our son make the choice if he'd start with Engaging Minds, he decided to give it a try. It’s been a wonderful experience for him. He and his instructor have an excellent rapport, he feels extremely supported by her, and he feels that the sessions are helpful. His instructor has great organizational ideas, but when a system doesn't work or our son doesn't comply, the instructor always wants to know, listens to him, and has another suggestion or strategy for him to try. Though the line to progress is not a straight line up, we have seen better grades and most importantly a much less stressed out kid. Not only that, our son looks forward to these weekly sessions and never complains about them. I know that sounds like it couldn't be true but it really is! My only regret, is not starting him with at Engaging Minds earlier in his school career.

Lauren H.
Parent of a 10th grader


Engaging Minds Boston Learning and Tutoring Center
188 Needham Street • Suite 215 • Newton, MA 02464
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