Home Learning Services
Our expert tutors have studied pedagogy and understand the difficulties young children have in navigating a new academic environment. This makes them uniquely qualified in helping the way your child learns by applying different methods and techniques of teaching and delivering them in a one-on-one setting. Our tutors understand that creating good study habits at this time in a child’s life can be most important to their future success. This means that our tutors come with a variety of tools to help each child’s individual learning process. We provide in-home or virtual tutoring to families throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond. We also provide in-home or virtual tutoring for small groups up to 6. If you and some friends or parents in the same class want to arrange for a small group to be taught together, we are more than happy to help!We Offer:
- Foreign Languages
- Current Curriculum Upkeep
- Test Prep
Foreign Language Classes
Tutoring for PreK-12th
ISEE/HSPT Test Prep
ISEE/HSPT Prep for students grade 5-12
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE®) is an admissions exam used for entry to many independent, private, and boarding schools in the United States. The ISEE® is developed and administered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB).
The ISEE® has three levels:
Lower Level: for entrance into grades 5th and 6th
Middle Level: for entrance into grades 7th and 8th
Upper Level: for entrance into grades 9th-12th
All levels consist of five sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics Achievement, and an unscored 30-minute essay sent to the applicant’s school.
The ISEE® is intended to measure a student’s ability to learn as well as assesses a student’s strengths and weaknesses in mathematics and reading.
Other schools require a HSPT (High School Placement Test). The HSPT® is a comprehensive placement test for eighth graders for placement in Private High Schools.
Having worked with students across the world (many of our students are often being relocated from other states/countries), The Whitney Guide team is able to see where the student’s strength and weakness in testing lies. Our tutors work individually with these students to strengthen areas of weakness and to prepare them for the very important writing portion of the ISEE® and HSPT.
Our Happy Parents
“My son was having difficulty with standardized exams. He knew most of the material but had trouble proving it in testing situations. We practiced at home but 11th grade material is difficult for someone who hasn’t been in school for such a long time so I was no help to him! He began test prep with one of Fiona’s tutor in their HLS program and we noticed a difference in his scores not long after beginning the lessons. After several months he started to excel and his confidence grew through the roof. This test taking skill is going to help him finish high-school with strong grades and continue to help him through college and life. Thank you Fiona and the team!”
“My daughter was in 6th grade about to start the application process for 7th grade when we met Fiona. We knew she was going to have to take the ISEE exam and we also knew the weight it held for getting into a school. We heard from friends how hard this test was for their children and how much pressure it put on them. I wanted to make sure our daughter was confident and ready. Fiona’s team worked with her for several months preparing her for this test. We saw her practice scores when they first started working together and could see the progress along the way. When it was time for her to finally take the exam we all felt so much more at ease and knew she was ready. After the test was over our daughter told us she felt really good about how she did and nothing on the test took her by surprise. When we saw her scores we were blown away!! She did amazing and ended up getting accepted into the school we all wanted.”
“My 2nd grader was really struggling with math. He just couldn’t grasp any of the concepts and it was really affecting his self-confidence. He started acting out a bit in class when he couldn’t understand something and was too embarrassed to ask for help. It really hurt us as parents to see. Thanks to Fiona’s amazing tutoring program he has made a total 180. Not only is he now excelling in Math, but he has become more confident in class and outside of it. I’m so happy we choose Fiona Whitney’s HLS program.”
“I want to start by saying Fiona is a miracle worker! I know many parents who believe their children are strong willed, but they have not met my daughter! I was introduced to Fiona through a mutual friend who had great results with her P’s and Q’s class. I was a little hesitant at first but decided to give it a try, why not? I noticed a difference in her manners after just the first couple of sessions. We continued her classes for several months and once it came time to apply to Kindergarten, I was no longer worried how she would do during assessments. I get compliments all the time now on how polite my daughter is! We ended up getting accepted into multiple schools! Thank you, Fiona!”
“I can’t thank Fiona Whitney enough. I have twins, a boy and a girl, and enrolled them both into her P’s and Q’s class to help better prepare them for the transition from preschool to kindergarten. We had just moved to Los Angeles from Korea and they were struggling with their English as well as getting adjusted to life here. I put them in a preschool that I adored but I just felt they needed extra one on one help. Fiona and her team went above and beyond with their service, keeping me up to date and involved along the way. I noticed how quickly their English improved and we got accepted into our dream school and my children are thriving and even advanced in some areas in Kindergarten now thanks to this program.”
“Thank you so much for all of your incredible help, advice and support- you really are the very best. We’re so excited for the girls to start school. What an amazing thing you’ve done for us! You’ve taken something so stressful and turned it into a fast, fun adventure with a perfect ending.”
“When we moved here from England, we hired Fiona Whitney to help us in our search for the right school for our two children. Once we had narrowed our choices down to 7 schools with her help she looked over our applications and made sure we got them in on time and met all the other various deadlines concerning interviews and child assessments and since we were out of the country she helped us schedule them all in ten days which was incredibly efficient! She set up meetings with the key people at each school, arranged private tours which she accompanied us on which helped us feel right at home. Once we settled on our top choice school she made sure we got it. We could not have done this without her.”
“We were moving to Los Angeles from New York and consulted with Fiona Whitney. She told us which schools to consider based on what she learned about our family and children. She did all the legwork with appointment setting and making sure we got our applications in on time. She placed our child in the perfect school using her very good relationships with all the school admission heads. We are so happy here, all thanks to Fiona! We highly recommend her.”