Alan has been an incredible mentor for our kids and friend to our family. He worked with our daughter through the entire college process, taking the time to get to know her and helping her put together a “plan of attack”. It was so nice to have someone helping her and assuring us that the process was moving along at an appropriate pace. He was a calming influence for all of us. Alan also tutored our middle school aged son on a weekly basis and was instrumental in helping to build his confidence as a student and young man. When we decided to explore private school for our son, Alan was invaluable as a sounding board and guide through the application process. They spent a significant amount of time brainstorming and editing his application essays and discussing which school would be the right fit. We 100% recommend Alan to others who are in need of tutoring/college prep services.
“Alan took the time to get to know our son and was able to get him to think as clearly as you can expect a 17-year old to think about what he wanted out of college. And here was the crowning glory: the acceptances have come in steadily and our son is now faced with the difficulty of choosing among a bunch of great options. What is most important is to emphasize at every step of the way the assistance was targeted and specific. There was no excess, which meant the costs were reasonable and the value. It’s a remarkable group of people providing a great service.”
“We couldn’t be happier about our experience working with Evolve! Alan worked with two of my kids helping them through the college application process. He was able to tailor a program for each of my two very different students and make the process actually enjoyable for everyone including me! Alan even taught my son how to tap the sugar maple trees in our yard to make syrup!! He went above and beyond and our family felt that we made a friend in the process. I couldn’t recommend Alan and Evolve more highly!”
“At first, I was not enthused by the whole concept of having a tutor, but that has changed for me. The typical tutoring experience that most people expect is not the case here. The time we spend goes further than schoolwork. We have a relationship and friendship that I value very much. The tutoring has not only helped me in the classroom but also grow as a person as we explore life beyond the textbooks.”
Taro G./ Student (Wayland, MA)
“As a special educator and therapist, I am discerning when it comes to getting help for my children. Finding Evolve to work with my 7th-grade son became a mentoring relationship that lasted six years and greatly contributed to his academic and personal growth. Our tutor’s understanding of adolescent development and talent at building mentoring relationships, allowed him to present material in ways that helped my son own his learning style. Rather than simply getting work done, the approach was attentive to issues of self-esteem and independence. When my son went to college, he was prepared to take responsibility for his learning needs in a mature way.”
Margie Schaffel, MEd. LICSW (Newton, MA)
“I had worked with a couple of other tutors before my parents had me meet with Evolve. I wasn’t happy about it because tutoring hadn’t worked in the past. Alan promised that he would match me up with a tutor who would not only help me with my schoolwork but would be someone I would actually like! I was still hesitant, but agreed, and am really glad that I did. My tutor and I got along great, she helped me with my studies, and also with my test anxiety, which was really holding me back. I am now entering my Senior year, my confidence level is higher, and I also have more colleges that I can now apply to. This has been a better experience than I could have ever hoped for.”
Julia R./Student (Wellesley, MA)
“I can’t thank you enough for the coaching, modeling, and caring you provided to my son for the past two years. I thought that I was hiring a tutor to support Alex academically, but, in fact, you’ve done much more than that both for him and for me. You’ve really been a life coach. I still can’t get over the fact that Alex looks forward to your time together, even though your focus is on his schoolwork. Under your thoughtful tutelage, he has grown in confidence, accomplishment, and maturity in the choices that he makes. Your relationship, rather than simply the work that you do together or the knowledge that you impart, has been the key to his success.”
Robin Atlas, M.D./Parent (Brookline, MA)
Evolve Tutoring was a lifesaver for our family! We engaged Alan and his team to work with our son during his final three years of high school when he was struggling with time-management issues and assessment anxiety. His coach was just terrific. He established a wonderful bond with our son (who is now a junior in college) that helped keep him on track with assignments, exams, and college application advice.
Mary Jo Benjamin
We have worked with Alan and Evolve since our son was admitted to a private school. His math test score wasn’t great and we obtained a great tutor the summer before he entered. That was all it took. Our son’s confidence skyrocketed and he has been excelling in math ever since. We had a similar experience when he stumbled a bit in biology. In both instances Evolve’s tutors worked closely at improving skills which in turn improved confidence and then performance. We later had a coach work with our son in preparing for the ACT. As was true for his high school tests, our son was not a great test taker. The tutor worked with him to improve his skills, which, again, improved his scores dramatically. The best, however, was the direct coaching Alan himself did as our son applied to college. Alan took the time to get to know our son and was able to get him to think as clearly as you can expect a 17-year old to think about what he wanted out of college. And here was the crowning glory: the acceptances have come in steadily and our son is now faced with the difficulty of choosing among a bunch of great options. What is most important is to emphasize at every step of the way the assistance was targeted and specific. There was no excess, which meant the costs were reasonable and the value. It’s a remarkable group of people providing a great service.