Question from a parent today:

Does my child need a tutor for the ISEE or can we just go through a review book?

Answer from Private School Authority Master Tutor Nick Ordway:

Any student can choose a review book over a tutor.  I myself never had a tutor and always tutored myself when I was young. The difference is that not all students have the level of discipline needed for self-monitoring.

As a tutor, I try to give students a structure to their studies, help them understand difficult concepts, and inject a note of fun and relaxation into an otherwise stressful situation. I can’t determine from afar whether a student could learn from a book alone or needs a tutor.  I will say that generally speaking, most students at the middle school level would probably benefit from having a tutor because of their shorter attention spans and general immaturity.

To book Nick for ISEE prep, or math and writing support (key areas on the ISEE and SSAT), call 212-712-2228 or email ISEE NYC Tutor