TwinCites Tutoringis a 501(c)(3) non-profit, dedicated to improving the academic performance of immigrant and low-income students throughout the community. Year round and seven days a week, we bring top-quality supplemental educational services to hundreds of students at all grade levels. Our mission is to train the children of non-native speakers in the English language arts, to raise their grades and test scores in all school subjects, and prepare them for each new challenge as they progress through their academic careers. Over the past five years, TwinCities Tutoring has helped hundreds of young adults from all corners of the globe improve their English language skills and prepare for success after high school. Our students come from India, China, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East and East Africa. Most arrive with a limited knowledge of English, but are able to receive the help they need and develop their skills with our guidance.
What We Do: We match smart, passionate volunteers with students of all ages and ability levels from our extensive network of client families. Tutoring is done on a group and individual basis with all tutoring materials provided. We tutor all subjects and grade levels, from early childhood literacy to advanced writing and mathematics. Please see Our Programs for more information.
History: In 2010-11, we were tutoring primarily foreign exchange students and business professionals looking to improve their writing skills. At the same time we were helping a dozen neighborhood Somali kids. In 2012, word began to spread in the Somali community; at-home family tutoring quickly became a full-time occupation. With constant support and encouragement from a core group of families, we began piecing together a company that could help an ever growing client base. In June of 2013, we incorporated as TwinCities Tutoring and filed for non-profit status. Since its founding, TwinCities Tutoring has helped more than 1300 K-12 students and countless adults. We are grateful to all the many families that have built the company with us.
Among Students coming to us for the first time, only 33% test proficient in reading and only 35% test proficient in math. With just 40-50 hours of intensive tutoring, we can raise the grades and test scores of under-performing students by 30%, helping students pass their courses and spring assessments, sometimes for the very first time.
Teaching Kids to Teach Themselves
Our goal is to increase learning independence by providing students with learning tools, not answers; we teach our students not what to think, but how to think. We work on improving our students’ confidence in their own abilities and thereby their self-reliance too; better school grades and test scores result from our students becoming fully independent and self-motivated learners.
Learning, “an Emergent Phenomenon”
To that end, we teach our children what recent TED Talk winner Sugata Mitra has said of the learning process: “Education is a self-organizing system, where learning is an emergent phenomenon.” Our students are taught to take responsibility for their educations rather than wait for a tutor’s instruction and assistance. This is especially important where teachers and resources are limited.
What Students Get
Students receive one to two sessions each week, depending on their needs, with each session lasting usually two hours. Students 3rd grade and lower receive shorter sessions and are assigned less homework. Each student receives free access to our suite of e-learning courses.