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Confidence builders

We provide in-home tutoring from certified teachers who prioritize building a student’s confidence through tailored personal attention. Whether your child is struggling or already has excellent grades, our end goal is improved confidence in and out of the classroom. Using proven teaching techniques and methodologies that are best suited to the individual student is the first step in helping your child achieve their goals. Then through open communication with our parents and students, we ensure ongoing progress. The final step is increased confidence through better comprehension, improved grades, and, ultimately, academic success.

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Certified teachers & Educational Experts

We believe in the power of education. You can always be confident that your child is being instructed by the most qualified individuals, as we only hire professionally certified teachers and exceptional human beings. Each of our tutors have the experience and qualifications to make sure your child succeeds; identifying roadblocks, working to achieve better results and introducing new approaches to learning. Rest assured that your tutor is not only knowledgeable with the subject material, but also knows how to effectively teach it – an important distinction that could make all the difference for your child.

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Flexible, in-home & online tutoring

Our tutors work 7 days a week and around your family's schedule. Between extracurriculars, life, work and play, we guarantee that we will find a time for tutoring that is convenient for you and your child. Many of our tutors are extremely versatile and are able to teach across a variety of grades and ages. This can be helpful in scheduling for your family, as the same private tutor who you know and love could work with multiple siblings in the same home.

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Personal attention

We are not the teacher at the front of the classroom—we are the smart friend who can explain things in a way that is easy to understand. We offer the highest level of service and professionalism while aiming to form a personal bond with your child. Part of our teaching philosophy is recognizing every student is different and has a different style of learning. We work with each individual family to create a personalized approach that fits their tutoring needs. This includes everything from the tutors we put forward, to teaching methodologies, to programs used, to homework and follow-ups.

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our story

In 2000, Carly Dougherty was busy using her free time outside of university to offer students private tutoring. She found herself almost always fully booked, with demand far greater than she could ever cope with on her own. Her passion for tutoring and helping children grew further after she obtained her Master’s Degree in Child Psychology. The increasing demand for effective tutoring services and Carly’s passion led her to found Prep Academy Tutors with the mission to help children improve their school experience and achieve their academic goals.

After noticing the proven effectiveness of her approach, Carly and her husband Adrian assembled a dream team of like-minded individuals and opened Prep Academy Tutors across North America.

The power of

a great tutor


The power of

a great tutor

We believe wholeheartedly that a great instructor can make all the difference in a child’s education. Our elite team of certified teachers recognize that every student learns differently, so you can trust that your child is getting the individual instruction they need.

We recognize the power of tutors working alongside students; helping them learn in a way that lecturers may not be able to. Our method is not stuffy or unapproachable. We are not the teacher at the front of the classroom—we are the smart friend who can explain things in a way that is easy to understand. Learning can be fun if it’s done the right way!

We provide private tutoring services for elementary school, high school and university prep in math, science, English, French, and every subject in between. Our goal is to make sure your child has the tools and confidence to score straight A’s—while enjoying the process!


every child

learns differently

We recognize that no two students will learn exactly the same way. In fact, teachers are also naturally different in the way that they teach. For every student’s learning style, there is an ideal teacher. We ensure that our team of teachers are trained in a variety of different instructional techniques for this very reason, combining new-school learning with old-school values.

For example, we have tutors who teach using the Wilson Reading System and others who teach the Direct Instruction Reading Mastery program. For math, we have tutors who are trained in the Singapore Math philosophy and others who employ JUMP Math.

The idea behind our variety is some students may excel at one learning style and not another. By providing multiple options for students, we can ensure that we pair them with the best tutor for their needs. Prep Academy Tutors acts as a “matchmaker” between students, tutors, and programs, ensuring that our students are learning in the most effective way possible.

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Prep Academy Parents and Students

Don’t just take our word for it. Hear from the families and students our professional tutors work with.


How long are tutoring sessions?


At Prep Academy, our minimum session length for in-home tutoring is 60 minutes, and we feel this amount of time is appropriate for students in JK-Grade 6. Many of our older students will have sessions for 90 or 120 minutes, as this allows the tutor to dive more deeply into the material being studied. Online tutoring sessions have a minimum length of 30 minutes.

No problem at all! At Prep Academy we pride ourselves on having teachers with a variety of different personalities and teaching styles. If the teacher we initially suggested is not the perfect match for your son or daughter, don’t worry about it! We would be happy to suggest a different tutor who will likely be better suited. We are committed to finding each and every student the perfect tutor match!

No! We never ask our Prep Academy Tutors clients to sign a contract or to commit to a certain number of hours in the form of pre-paid lesson blocks. Instead, we simply bill you at the end of each month for the tutoring hours you have used. As long as you are happy with our services, we are thrilled to have you on-board as a client, but we will never tell you how many hours you “must” have with a Prep Academy Tutor!

At Prep Academy Tutors we ask that you provide us with at least 48 hours notice if you would like to cancel a session.  If your student becomes unwell on the day of the tutoring session, we will find a mutually agreeable time to make up that session before the end of the month.

At Prep Academy Tutors, we do not have one “standard rate” for tutoring services. Instead, hourly tutoring prices have a range, based on teacher qualifications, experience and the amount of time the tutor has been with Prep Academy. Please contact your local Education Director to find out more about specific pricing options.

We pride ourselves on having a billing system that is professional and hassle-free. At Prep Academy Tutors, you never pre-pay for our tuition services. Instead, we will send you an online invoice at the end of each month that details the attended tutoring hours during that month. Once you have had a chance to review the invoice, we will process the payment on your credit card.

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