"I was pleased to find a study skills class for my daughter as she is about to enter middle school. Organizational skills are difficult for her, and I wanted to give her a head start in learning essential skills before starting 7th grade. The course materials provided by Carolyn are excellent. I was thrilled when I saw my daughter apply her new organizational skills to her out-of-control bedroom. She wrote a clean-up plan, breaking down the the big job into small steps. It is a "work in progress," and she can refer to her work plan so she can keep making progress toward her goal."


"I also just wanted to thank you for everything you did for me, I never really got a chance to tell you that. I think of you not only as my teacher, but a friend. The best memories I have with you is when we just sat at your desk talking. You didn’t just teach me how to write a good paper, but you taught me much more important things about life. I really do miss the Monday nights we spent together. I know I would drive you crazy a lot of the time, but you stayed with me and helped me grow into the person I am now. I will always be thankful for the time you gave me."

-Jon Leener, Univ. of Wisconsin

"Carolyn is a tutor that not only helps your kid excel in school, but also your kid loves so much she never wants to stop going."


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How It Works

My students

Generally, parents come to me when their child is experiencing learning difficulties.

  • You may not need a formal evaluation to know your child is struggling to read at the necessary level, or is falling behind due to poor organizational or study skills.
  • You may have consulted an educational psychologist and been told your child is having difficulty with reading, memory, visual perception, executive function, or processing.
  • You may have received a diagnosis of attention deficit (ADD / ADHD) or dyslexia.
  • If this is where you are right now, it’s natural to feel anxious about your child’s future. Most importantly, you should know there are strategies we can use to overcome these challenges.

In the past 25 years I’ve helped many kids in these situations and I know I can help your family too.

My approach

My work is underpinned by two principles.

#1: To be successful, teaching must be dynamic and adaptive.

Although I have a range of teaching tools and methodologies I can call upon, the process is ultimately shaped by your child’s needs and learning strengths. There will always be a way teach your child, my most important task is to find the way that works best.

#2: No child can be forced to learn.

The teacher-student relationship must be built on mutual trust, respect and choice. Before we begin, I like to meet with your child so we can both decide if we are a good fit. Your child’s opinion has equal importance in this, and all decisions made throughout our relationship.

At all times, I encourage my students to share their thoughts, feelings and needs, and I listen carefully without judgement. They are an equal partner in their own learning, and their success.

I also find students are motivated by the fact we use their homework as a learning vehicle. They see the immediate application of their new skills and strategies, and also have the satisfaction of getting the necessary work done rather than have it still waiting for them when they get home.

The practicalities

Tutoring sessions take place after school hours in my  office in Warrenton, VA.

To check scheduling and availability, contact me at (301) 512 4914 , (540) 675 1211, or carolyn@blueridgetutor.com.