Tutoring Company Founder Ann Dolin

Ann Dolin, President and Founder, Educational Connections Tutoring and Test Prep

Featured Professional Series: The second Monday of every month, we feature one of our favorite educational consultants, psychologists, or professionals in a related field. We ask everybody the same five questions, designed to show you why we like them and to help you decide whether they’re a good fit for your needs.

H f you’ve never heard of study skills before and would like to compare our services to those of another provider, or if you think you need a standard “tutoring” company rather than somebody who calls himself a “study skills specialist”, take a look at what Ann Dolin of Educational Connections Tutoring and Test Prep offers. We’re both on the board of WISER, and if one of us isn’t quite what you’re looking for, there’s a good chance that the other one is exactly what you need!

How did you get into this field?

I was a teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools, and on the side, I’d drive to kids’ homes and tutor them. Over time, I realized this was my calling in life, helping kids one-to-one. I quit my job and took a leap of faith by starting my own tutoring company.

What do you love about the work?

I love pretty much everything when it comes to helping kids and parents. Certainly, seeing kids’ grades and confidence improve is inspiring, but I also love working with parents, to help them dial back their stress level surrounding academic performance.

Why do people hire you?

Parents value the one-to-one attention for their kids. We also employ about 125 tutors and work hard to create an ideal match for each child. Not only do we look for the tutor with the right background, schedule and ability to travel to the students’ home, but more importantly, the personality. For most of our students, this is the most important factor when it comes to “fit”.

How do you feel about study skills?

Study habits are vital. Many students can do well in school up to a point, but when the material becomes harder and there’s just more of it, kids must have the ability to organize, plan and study efficiently. Without these skills, they will be hard-pressed to meet their potential.

What’s your favorite piece of advice to give students?

Use Sundays to look ahead to your week. Take time to see what’s coming up and how you can break it down in order to get it all done. Most kids just show up on Monday, often unprepared. Don’t let that be you.

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