Frequently Asked Questions
"The kids love coming to TRA and they enjoy everyone and the love of learning that encourages them to do their best!" - Clare P. (Parent)
"We are so thankful for all you have done fo Giana! Her confidence has grown
so much and she LOVES to read!" - Laurie C. (Parent)
Where is The Right Approach to Education office located?
We have two locations in San Mateo County. Our San Mateo office is located in the Laurelwood Shopping Center located on 1206 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA Suite D. The office space is located near the Belbien Day Spa and Piazza's Fine Foods.
We do not tutor outside of our offices, but video conferencing (ex. Skype) sessions are available
What are your fall/spring hours of operation?
We are open Monday - Friday, 12:00 – 8:00 pm. Sundays and Saturdays are by appointment only.
What are your hours of operation during the summer?
Regular summer hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
(5:00 - 8:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday sessions are by appointment only)
What kinds of tutoring programs does TRA offer?
TRA offers a variety of options for tutoring programs including one to one and two to one sessions, small group lessons of up to four students, test preparation classes, and drop-in homework help. If students are looking for support in a specific area, we are always open to creating and tailoring a class specific to their needs.
What kind of training do TRA teachers have? What specialties do you cover?
We are a team of certified teachers and/or experts in our fields. Our teachers are remarkable individuals who come from renowned universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the London School of Economics to name a few. We specialize in all subject areas at the K-12 and college levels. Our higher course specialties include, but are not limited to, calculus, statistics, English, social studies, and science.
I want my child/student to have individual attention from your teachers.
Can TRA provide that?
Yes. We focus on tailoring one to one sessions to the individual’s needs and learning style. Each student can expect a personalized approach that supports and strengthens his or her understanding of the subject at hand.
Does TRA offer bilingual services for various languages ex. Spanish?
Yes. We take pride in our diverse staff; one of our teachers are fluent in Spanish, one is fluent in French and German.
Can TRA work with my child's teacher?
Absolutely. We are happy to establish a connection with teachers via email or telephone in order to create a support system for our students. Our tutors will reach out and maintain regular communication with a child’s teacher per the family’s request.
Can you clarify your sliding scale?
In order to be more accessible for all members of the community, our rates are offered on a sliding scale* (please call us at 650-525-1583 for our prices). No matter which rate families are able to pay, we guarantee that everyone will receive the high-quality teaching we provide.
*Families with an annual household income of $200,000 or more are encouraged to pay the maximum amount of the sliding scale.
What do you mean by alternative teaching methods?
Our approach integrates all learning styles. We teach using movement, visual aids, music, art, and hands-on activities. We also utilize Waldorf and Montessori techniques, when applicable.
How long have you been in business?
The Right Approach opened its doors to the community in 2010 and has been growing exponentially ever since. We work with more than 50+ Bay Area schools and we currently support over 600 families.
Do you have any special offers for families new to TRA?
TRA offers a referral program for our families. For every new student who books four or more sessions with us because of your referral, we will provide a complimentary, one-hour session for one child in your household.
How often does my child need to attend sessions at TRA?
Based on your academic goals for your child, we create a plan tailored to meet the individual’s needs. Sessions are generally one hour in length and most students come to see us once weekly for single subject support. Students with multiple academic goals require additional sessions. However, the frequency of meetings depends on individual objectives. We recommend consistency in order to see results.
Do you offer summer sessions and subject support during the summer?
Yes. Summer is one of our busiest times, and we recommend booking in advance. Registration for our summer programs starts in March. Please download our summer schedule here: Download Schedule
How can you motivate my child to love learning again?
When parents describe to their peers what we do, we are often described as mentors. This is because we do not apply a ‘one size fits all’ methodology to our students. We take the time to get to know each child and work to pinpoint what he or she needs as an individual learner. Our students enjoy their sessions and feel proud of their accomplishments. As a result, they feel motivated to continue learning and growing academically and beyond.
Can you help students with learning disabilities?
Yes. Our techniques for supporting students with learning disabilities have a remarkable success rate. We work with students with ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder), Auditory/Visual Processing Problems, and ESL/ELL (English as a Second Language). Regardless of your child's abilities, we will find the right plan for him or her.