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Grades 6-8

Reading Tutoring For Middle School


The early adolescent years bring a lot of developmental changes for children. Their growing cognitive abilities mean they can handle texts that are more sophisticated in form and content than those they read in elementary school. Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade also develop new interests, and because they are especially keen at this age to seem knowledgeable to the people around them, look to learn more about those interests through reading. Some of their interests are personal, reflecting the transformation they are experiencing individually and socially, and others are external, pertaining to events and issues in their community and beyond. The reading young teens do is both a mirror that helps them see with more clarity the changes they are going through, and a window through which they can explore a world that suddenly seems both more interesting and more complicated than they had realized.

In middle school, the teaching of reading often splits into two branches. Children are expected to develop high-level reading comprehension skills not only in English/language arts, but also in content areas such as Social Studies. Many schools combine English and Social Studies for this age group, referring to this blended approach as Humanities


To support them as readers, our tutors teach middle school students the comprehension strategies they need to navigate the challenging texts they are assigned to read in their reading or language arts/ELA classes, be they short narrative and nonfiction texts or long novels or plays. Tutors focus on helping students develop their own ideas about the texts; support these ideas with details from the texts; and communicate their thinking both orally and in writing.

Our master tutors help students in sixth through eight grade excel at reading literature with the goal of analyzing for theme, and at reading non-fiction with the goal of synthesizing information. They are well-versed in teaching children to recognize, name and extend their own lines of thinking about texts. Tutors give students strategies for doing well on standardized assessments that require them to write short and extended responses to literary and expository texts, and help them prepare to participate meaningfully in class discussions.

Our master tutors are knowledgeable about to the many books that hit the right spot for early adolescents, that is, not too babyish nor too mature. Because our tutors get to know your child, they can help them with independent reading required by their teachers through recommending books in various genres that they know will be of high-interest to your child.


What We Provide

Academic Support Tutoring


  • Helps students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade successfully complete reading homework and assignments in their reading, English/language arts, social studies or Humanities classes
  • Gives them the tools they need to read and think deeply about demanding narrative and nonfiction texts
  • Builds their proficiency in reading comprehension
  • Supports them in writing responses to reading, such as essays, papers and online correspondence, by teaching them to collect ideas as they read with an eye toward later tying them into a piece of writing
  • Enhances their ability to participate in class discussions by teaching them how to sift through their reading in anticipation of needing to have things to talk about be it in person or online
  • Upgrades and compliments reading instruction they receive in school in English/ELA, Social Studies and Humanities
  • Replaces any reading instruction their classroom teachers are unable to provide
  • Expands their confidence as readers and their capacity for enjoying books
  • Facilitates student development of a robust independent reading life
  • Gets students ready to read at the high school level

Enrichment Tutoring


  • Teaches children, through customized courses of study outside of school assignments, to delve into reading about topics of great interest to them; or in a particular genre they enjoy, such as fiction, memoir, literary non-fiction, argument, journalism, poetry or graphic novels
  • Offers high-level reading work beyond their classroom curriculum, giving them an opportunity to dive into an area they are passionate about and/or preparing them for the demands that will be placed on them as readers in the future
  • Boosts their oral communication skills and engagement with books
  • Propels students to be independent thinkers, come up with their own lines of thinking and back them up with evidence
  • Helps them develop autonomy and reach their full potential as readers

Small Group Book Clubs


  • Custom-designed courses for two to five students who have similar interests as readers and would like to share a reading experience with their peers
  • Tutors can organize book clubs around the participants’ favorite author, book series, topic or genre
  • It’s developmentally important for early adolescents, for whom socializing is so important, to read mutually-selected books together
  • Research shows that comprehension and conversation go hand in hand, and so when kids interact socially around a text their comprehension deepens
  • Time spent engaging with high-interest books with their peers increases the chances they will grow into lifelong readers
  • Children practice formulating new theories about books and sharing their ideas
  • Students learn how to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Tutors conduct an individual, one-on-one reading conference with each student during each book club session
For individual students in grades 6-8, we recommend hour-long tutoring sessions.
For book clubs, we recommend sessions of one to two hours, depending on the size of the group.
Group discounts may be available.
Middle school reading instruction often includes a writing component,
though writing assignments do not necessarily include a reading component.
In consultation with your child’s tutor, you can select
tutoring that supports your child in reading, in writing, or in both.
Middle School students read and write in classes other than
English/Language Arts, such as Social Studies and even Science.
And many schools blend together
instruction in English and History and call it Humanities.
Our tutors help students with all assignments that involve reading or writing in any subject.