PHILOSOPHY

“Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

At HD, we provide much more than a quick fix. We are long-term partners with our students, teaching them the value of hard work, engendering true understanding of subject matter, and preparing them to excel both during and after their time with us.

Unlike traditional learning programs, our approach to test preparation and academic tutoring is peer-based. Our success stems from students feeling that we are not typical tutors, but rather their peers, mentors, and academic coaches.

Our relationship with students allows them to communicate more freely their studying issues. As a result, students tend to be more receptive and less pressured when they work with our team. Homework Doctors believes in customizing our tutoring to each student’s strengths and weaknesses. We assess each student’s individual needs by talking with them, understanding the obstacles they face when studying, and working with their school’s curriculum. Unlike typical tutoring companies, Homework Doctors focuses on the student’s problem immediately. We do not propose systematic learning processes or additional regimented lesson plans.

We address the root cause of each student’s weaknesses, individually and on a case-by-case basis, and we deal directly with each student’s unique ability to learn. Further, we provide full time access to an academic coach. Our support system empowers students on their schedule. Indeed, we recognize that each student has both an academic and extracurricular life. Because Homework Doctors is always available, students complete their assignments without sacrificing other aspects of their lives.

We give students confidence

by providing a support system that is accessible to them on their schedules

ABOUT

Adriel Gonzalez

Adriel graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 2004 with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. After a brief stint on Wall Street, Adriel founded and built Homework Doctors. Early on, Adriel discovered that while everyone learns differently, students all benefit when they have someone to turn to for help. This peer-based approach to learning is at the foundation of Homework Doctors. Adriel created the fundamental HD approach for the math sections of all standardized tests in addition to all levels of math and physics in the classroom, and he continues to mentor and train the HD team.

  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Standardized Tests

Heather Hennigan

Heather graduated as valedictorian of Bucknell University with a degree in English. Heather serves as President and Head Tutor for Homework Doctors, managing all client relationships and ensuring effective instruction. Heather prioritizes a holistic understanding of both student and family, and she crafts and manages meaningful tutor relationships that often cover all aspects of the middle school, high school, and college experience. Heather believes that mental and emotional wellness are the foundation of academic excellence, and she fosters confidence and balance in the lives of all HD students. Heather has crafted the central HD approach to the verbal and science sections of all standardized tests, and she has experience with all levels of English and History in the classroom. Heather is particularly passionate about the college admissions process and advises students on all application components.

  • College Applications
  • English
  • History
  • Standardized Tests
  • Writing


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SERVICES

One-on-One Test Prep

Fundamentals – There is no substitute for genuine understanding of the material on standardized tests. For all entrance exams, subject tests, and AP exams, we focus on teaching principles and methodologies that enable our students to select the right answers with confidence.

Patterning – Because problem types repeat, we maintain archives of real test questions so that we can expose our students to popular and various incarnations of the same underlying subject matter. Thus, our students come to understand that a standardized test is not a random sequence, but rather a set of highly predictable questions.

Logic – We teach problem solving, not tricks. Our students can always rely on the problem-solving skills we teach to get at the right answers in high-pressure testing situations.

Mock Testing

In coordination with long-term standardized test preparation, we offer recurring mock tests to supplement the learning process. Whenever possible, we use official tests to simulate the real test experience. When official materials are insufficient, Homework Doctors uses its own material that has been written to closely mimic real questions. Mock tests are offered in a classroom filled with all the distractions you would expect to encounter on test day. Tests are scored, essays are proofed, and results are used in-session with students. Mock testing is available only to students who work within the Homework Doctors system.

Tests

  • 1. SAT
  • 2. ACT
  • 3. SAT Subject Tests
  • 4. SSAT
  • 5. ISEE

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Customized Academic Tutoring

Genuine Understanding – We do not “teach to the test”. Rather, we focus on daily preparation and genuine understanding. Because there are no shortcuts to this type of learning, our tutors inspire our students to take the long-term approach necessary to master the material at hand.

Availability – Even during unscheduled hours, we are available when our students have questions. Students are encouraged to reach us via messages, emails, and calls.

Peer tutoring – We train our students to be tutors themselves. In their final two years of high school, students raised in the HD system become tutors to our youngest students, who are very receptive to lessons taught by admired upperclassmen.

Online Tutoring

If we can’t come to you in person, then you can come to us online. Tutoring online works best as a supplement to in person sessions. Students learn best when they can solve problems and develop ideas on their own. Yet, working on their own, students sometimes have questions to which they don’t know the answer. Meeting us online provides a solution.

Top-Quality Editing

Our editors graduated from the best universities in the United States. With degrees in various fields and experience in tutoring, education, and writing, our editors provide top-notch review for all types of written work.

  • 1. Research papers
  • 2. Creative Writing Assignments
  • 3. Case Studies
  • 4. Book Reports
  • 5. Essays
  • 6. Lab Reports

College Admissions Consulting

Applications - In the early stages, well in advance of the summer before senior year, we spend time with the student mapping out a strategy, talking about all the moving pieces of the application: classes, grades, test scores, extracurriculars, sports, essays and supplements. We help optimize the package to present the student as the best possible applicant. In addition, we help the student decide which colleges and universities are best and what individual chances are of getting in.

Essays and Supplements - You author your own essays; we coach you through the process. We encourage you to make improvements based on more and better details, better lessons, and better narrative. We like focused essays that aren’t about “diversity” and “well-roundedness”. We need for your essay to stand out. The editing is a back-and-forth process that usually takes a few weeks. We optimize your message across all your written work, focusing not only on your primary college essay, but also on the supplements and shorter blurbs that are all important parts of the complete package.

Interview Coaching - Our interview preparation is based on years of coaching students through the process at various schools. We know typical questions that admissions officers and alumni interviewers ask, and we can help you formulate your core story in response to those questions. For example, we prepare strong answers to the “Why [this particular school]?” question. We understand your particular needs in terms of presentation and style, and we practice with you to help you appear calm and confident.

Elementary Enrichment

We try hard to instill a passion for exploration, growth, and learning in our younger students. Though the underlying goal is to develop those academic skills that will serve students as they progress into high school, we encourage young students to focus on their own interests, and we use those interests as tools to cultivate the academic message.

We give students confidence

by providing a support system that is accessible to them on their schedule.

AREAS OF STUDY

TEST PREP

    Entrance Exams
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • SSAT
  • ISEE (all levels)
    SAT Subject Tests
  • Literature
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Math Level 1
  • Math Level 2
  • Biology E/M
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • French
    AP Exams
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Computer Science A
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Physics B
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • U.S. History
  • World History

ACADEMIC TUTORING SUBJECTS

    History
  • U.S. History
  • Social Studies
  • World History
  • European History
  • Politics
    Math
  • Elementary
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus (differential,
    integral, multivariable)
    Economics
  • Micro
  • Macro
    Science
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
    Language
  • Spanish
  • French
    English
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Grammar, usage, mechanics
    Technology
  • Computer Science
TESTIMONIALS
  • “I just started college, and I honestly wouldn’t be here without the help of Homework Doctors all these years. I’ve worked with the same tutor since 9th grade, and we still stay in touch. It was so helpful to have someone I knew support me when I was nervous about high school in the beginning, and then stick with me through test prep, college essays, and everything else along the way. I’d recommend HD to anyone.” – Student

    “We first started with HD when our daughter was in 7th grade. HD helped her prep for her ISEE exams and her later transition into high school. She currently works with two HD tutors for school help, and we just started the SAT/ACT process. We’ve even had a conversation about college application and admissions planning. It feels amazing to be so ahead of the game and have tutors we trust already. I’m so grateful that we have HD for all of these stressful and important decisions coming up!” – Parent

    “We have three children in high school, and all of them work with HD tutors who are so compatible with their different needs and personalities. Knowing that all of our kids get help from a company that clearly cares about getting to know us and doing the best for our family has been of the most helpful and reassuring parts of the past few years. Homework Doctors is incredible for school needs and for managing the bigger picture. This is so much more than tutoring!” – Parent

    “Working with HD for Calc help has been one of the best decisions I’ve made all year. I’ve always been really good at math, but having someone available to me whenever I need a session, or even just a quick call or text about a specific homework problem, has helped me keep up with the course and get even better grades.” – Student

NEWSFEED
  • All
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Online education
  • MOOCs
  • College applications
CONTACT
973.270.4953
heather@homeworkdoctors.com



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