Finding Just The Right Tutor Who Is Suitable For Your Child Is Of Utmost Importance With The Learning Coach Approach

There is no question that a good "personal tutor" otherwise known as a "learning coach" can make all the difference in the world for your child, whether he/she is struggling or excelling in his/her current studies. Therefore, when it comes to the selection of a suitable tutor for your child, please rest assured that I will not compromise on the qualifications of the instructor. I want to make sure that the tutor is someone who will not only help achieve your desired outcomes, but who will also have the right personality to make the entire process rewarding and enjoyable for your child and your family. 

Robert Kirwan
Professional Learning Coach


The Learning Clinic Education Centre offers parents and their children a program that is totally different from anything else you will find in the entire area. There are so many added benefits to working with a personal "Learning Coach" from The Learning Clinic that you will sometimes feel as if the tutor is more like a “family friend”, and not a professional service provider.
The Learning Clinic provides your child the full undivided attention of a personal tutor. Some tutoring franchise centers have a policy where your child will be required to share a tutor with two or three other students. With The Learning Clinic your child will always have the benefit of one-on-one personalized instruction. Not only will we provide you with a tutor who is qualified to help your child with his/her curriculum needs, we will find one who is also compatible to the personality of your child. We feel that having a tutor you enjoy being with and who shares some of your own personal interests could make all the difference in the world. We set the stage for success by finding the best available match for your child so that there is an instant bonding and the learning process is able to move forward.
A tutor will come right into your home so that you don’t have to disrupt your family schedule by going to an instruction center. We want to make the learning process as convenient as possible for the entire family. By arranging for a tutor to come to your home to meet with your child, the rest of the family can go about their normal routines without disruption. It also means that one or more of the parents are present at all times and can be assured that the tutor is accomplishing the desired goals and objectives with their child. We recommend 90 minute long sessions session so that your child has the benefit of receiving instruction in a relaxed manner. It also allows parents time to discuss the progress of the child. The 90 minute session is broken up into small manageable segments in order to keep the student interested and fully focused. It also allows us time to work on immediate problems as well as progressive long-term skill development.
You and your child’s tutor will work out a schedule that is convenient to everyone. Each week may be different and you can even schedule sessions as often or as little as you wish. We know that families are involved in numerous activities today and we don't want your tutoring schedule to interfere with other important family activities. Our tutors will cooperate with you at all times to make sure that the time and day of the sessions is the most convenient and beneficial for everyone involved. Furthermore, you can schedule sessions as often as twice a week or as little as once a month, depending on the needs of your child.
Because The Learning Clinic is a private practice, we are not required to use “packaged” programs prepared by head office as is the case with many franchised tutoring companies. Instead, we find out what your child is doing in class and help him/her develop the skills that are needed right now. This means that your child gets a personalized instruction program that is absolutely geared to his/her needs. As we are helping your child cope with the demands of the current school program, we are working on skills that will help your child in the future. This approach allows us to work with students from Junior Kindergarten right through to University and College. We help your child learn what he/she needs to know in order to succeed in the school program.


We don't want anyone to feel "trapped" at The Learning Clinic Education Centre. Therefore, you are only asked to commit to six hours at a time. When you decide you no longer wish to continue with the tutoring you can simply stop. You are not locked in to a long-term contract as is the case with so many other tutoring companies  We want to give you the assurance that if you are not totally satisfied with the tutor or the program, you will be free to stop the sessions at any time. It also means that you can schedule your six hours as you see fit. Some parents spread the time over six or more weeks, while others feel that their children need to compress the sessions more closely together. The choice is yours and will be what is best for your child. 
You also have the option of stopping the tutoring for a month or two, or even longer and then you can pick it back up again, usually with the same tutor and at no additional cost. Many of our students take the summer off and then contact the same tutor they had before the break to continue in the new school year. We have also had some students who get help from a tutor at the beginning or end of each semester. Some students have called for another tutor several years after first receiving the assistance of a tutor from The Learning Clinic Education Centre. We maintain all records. Once you are a "client" of The Learning Clinic Education Centre, your family becomes part of our "data base", meaning that when you return we are familiar with your case history.
You have the ability to contact your tutor by phone or email in between sessions in case you have a concern that cannot wait for the next session. There is no extra charge for this service. This is one of the "safety" features we have built into our program. It means that if your child is ever in need of some immediate attention that can be resolved over the phone or with an email, then you can take care of the matter right away instead of having to wait until the next scheduled session.  
When we send a personal tutor to your home, you have the option of having the tutor take care of other children in the house. For example, the tutor may be coming in to look after the needs of one of your children, but if one or more of his/her brothers and sisters need some help from time to time, you have the option of asking the tutor to help them as well. This "Family Tutor" policy has been very well received by our parents who have children with different needs. 
We also provide parents the option of having our tutor come in and work with two or three children who are in the same class. This means that your child can have one or two of his/her classmates come over to share the services of a tutor. Parents may then split the cost of the tutoring services and receive the benefit of small group tutoring that is geared to achieving similar goals and objectives within a much smaller budget.
Robert Kirwan will act as your personal Education Agent and will be available to provide you with guidance and advice on any education and/or career planning concerns you may have. There will be many issues arising with respect to the education of your children over the years. Whenever you are in need of some professional advice or guidance, all you have to do is contact Robert Kirwan and he will be only too glad to help. Kirwan also provides a service where he will represent you at IPRC and IEP meetings
Most importantly, you can get help for your child that is not only effective; it is also one of the most affordable tutoring options around. Our fee is one of the best values around, especially when you consider that we provide you with a personal tutor who comes to your own home for one-on-one service.  

The cost of tutoring services through The Learning Clinic Education Centre is only $36 per hour.

We feel that this rate is extremely competitive when compared with comparable tutoring options in the Greater Sudbury Area.



Establishment of A Student Profile & Program Objectives
The first thing we will do is collect as much information as possible about your child's current situation so that I can compile a comprehensive profile of your child which will include, among other things, the following information:

  • a complete description of the child (age; grade level; address; etc.)

  • current status of the child with respect to learning difficulties, challenges, etc.

  • your overall expectations as a parent with respect to desired outcomes of the tutoring,

  • and any other relevant details about your child or situation of which a prospective tutor should be aware.

We will discuss any past records of achievement and reports that you have for your child. Once I have all of the information available, I establish the general "baseline" position of your child so that we know our starting point. Based on the goals and objectives discussed during this first contact, I will then be able to develop a plan of action that should accomplish those objectives.

In most cases we can gather this information over the phone. However, there are many times when I recommend that we meet so that our evaluation is done face-to-face. These meetings are usually required if there are some special needs or other issues complicating the situation.

SECOND STEP: Tutor Selection & Program Planning

A preliminary plan of action will be developed which will form the framework within which a personal tutor will be asked to operate. This will include such organizational components as the days and times of instruction; the frequency of instruction; a tentative schedule; and the nature of the instruction sessions.

Once the plan of action is established I will make contact with potential tutors who have the necessary skills and attributes to meet your child's needs. Each prospective tutor will have a clear understanding of the expectations of the parents, and also of the terms and conditions within which he/she may be operating. Each tutor receives this information prior to accepting an assignment so that the tutor is well aware of the parent's expectations.

Once I make contact with my potential tutors, I will carefully review their qualifications and skills, discuss your child's needs with them, and then select the most compatible tutor available.

During this time, you may also be asked to gather information from the school such as former diagnostic tests, previous in-school reviews and evaluations, unit plans, etc. This is information that will be relevant to the establishment of an effective program for your child. It will also demonstrate to the school that you are taking steps to assist your child to become more successful in the current school program.

Once I am satisfied that I have found the most compatible personal tutor available who will meet your needs and expectations, I will make arrangements for the tutor to contact you to set up the first session. 

THE THIRD STEPInstructional Sessions with the Tutor

Unless otherwise determined...

  • each session will consist of 90 minutes or longer. Most are 90 minutes in length for elementary school children;

  • each session will be held in your home unless otherwise mutually agreed;

  • it is recommended that one session be scheduled each week, however you can schedule as few as two per month or as many as three per week.

  • the tutor will review the progress of your child with you at the end of each session or otherwise as requested;

  • you will have access to the tutor by phone or email if you have a serious question or issue that needs to be addressed right away;

  • you may contact The Learning Clinic Education Centre for advice or consultation at any time and may arrange meetings with Mr. Robert Kirwan as desired and necessary for advice on education and/or career planning;


The format for each 90 minute long session during the school year will be in accordance with the following. For tutoring that takes place during the summer, we follow a slightly different format.

  • The exact format of the sessions will be determined according to what is in the best interests of your child, but generally the first part of the session will be spent reviewing the work done in class during the previous week. This will give the tutor an opportunity to help your child clear up any recent difficulties that may have been encountered. Your child is asked during the week to keep track of topics and concepts with which he/she had problems so that these areas can be pointed out to the tutor at the next session.

  • The second portion of the session will be spent working on topics and concepts that may be taught in class during the upcoming weeks. The goal here is to give your child a general understanding of the concepts so that when they are taught in class your child will find the work much easier to grasp. This will help prevent your child from falling further behind and will help improve his/her confidence level.

  • The final portion of the session will be spent working on any assignments or specific homework responsibilities, with the main objective of ensuring that your child is able to complete the assignments or homework without any difficulty. It will also be a time to review some fundamental skills that were missed in previous years that must be developed in order to bring your child  up to grade level. For this portion of the session the tutor may bring in extra assignments, books, etc. that the tutor has found may be useful in the process. It is also a time to do some reading comprehension and writing practice and/or some basic math practice to refine and further develop basic skills.

  • Therefore,  in summary, you can be confident that the tutor will utilize the full instruction session to develop knowledge of the concepts and learning skills that are necessary for your child to cope with the demands of the current curriculum while at the same time bridging the gaps in areas of weakness.

  • Time will be made available during the latter part of the session to meet with you to review the progress being made by your child if you  wish to be be brought up to date.

  • Finally, depending on the nature of the subject matter, the tutor may discuss some activities that your child should be doing in the coming days to prepare for the next session. The objective here is that if the tutor wishes to work on a written sample done by your child, then instead of sitting and watching your child write during the actual session, the tutor will ask your child  to bring the rough draft already completed to the beginning of the next session so that the time can be used more efficiently. We believe that the personal tutor is a member of a team that includes the child, the parents and possibly older brothers and sisters in the home. Everyone can do their little part to help your child become successful.


With respect to the length of the program:

  • The actual length of the program will depend on the agreed upon plan of action and the progress of your child. 

  • In order for the program to be effective and have a lasting impact upon your child, you will be asked to commit to a minimum of 6 hours (4 sessions). There is no obligation to you to continue any longer, but we have found that it takes a while for a child to incorporate some of the skills we are trying to develop, so while you are only committed to six hours at a time,  it is recommended that you give the tutor at least 18 hours to have some positive impact on your child.

  • Depending on the progress of your child, you and your tutor may decide to increase or reduce the number of sessions in any given month.

  • It is further understood that either party may discontinue the program at the end of each block of time. This means that neither you nor the tutor will be required to commit to a long-term contract any longer than six hours.

Continuous Supervision, Evaluation and Review

Supervision of the program by Robert Kirwan of The Greater Sudbury Learning Clinic will include:

  • ongoing communication with the tutor to evaluate and review the progress of your child;

  • ongoing communication with you as needed to provide necessary support and guidance.

If at any time you are not completely satisfied with the tutor who has been assigned to work with your child, you may contact me and I will arrange for a different tutor to take over. Our tutors understand that there may be times when personalities clash and a change is necessary. Tutors do not take this action personally. Our goal is to do what is best for the student, and if that means turning an assignment over to another instructor, then we will have no problem doing so.



  • Our main goal is to offer professional personal tutoring services that are affordable as well as effective. The most important consideration should be the needs of your child and not the cost of the service. 
  • To that end, we feel that we have developed a system which will deliver excellent instructional value and which will be most effective in achieving the desired outcomes. There is also enough flexibility built into the system that will allow just about anyone to access our services.


All of the elements of the program outlined above are interrelated, therefore, it is difficult to differentiate the costs associated with each of the components. We have considered the WHOLE PACKAGE when determining the price and we also considered the value added benefits of The Learning Clinic Education Centre Tutoring Program, namely:

  • You control the total cost since you determine the scheduling of the sessions;
  • There is no contract to sign. You are free to end or suspend the service whenever you wish;
  • We operate on a pay-as-you-go system where you are not required to put a large amount of money up front;
  • After the initial 6 hour period, you are only committed to six hours at a time, meaning that you are free to discontinue the tutoring program at any time;
  • We provide flexible scheduling so that you can change meeting times to accommodate your personal needs;
  • We provide you with a STOP AND START feature where you can interrupt the tutoring for weeks or months at a time and then begin again at no extra cost to you;
  • You have contact with your tutor via phone and/or email in between sessions when needed;
  • You have contact with Robert Kirwan, the director of The Learning Clinic whenever you need assistance and guidance.

With everything in mind, we have determined what we feel is a very fair and affordable fee and payment plan which is outlined below: 



  • We feel you will find that the hourly rate charged by The Learning Clinic Education Centre is very reasonable considering the range of services provided by our personal tutors. 
  • Our regular rate is $36 per hour payable in six hour blocks of $216.
  • This rate is comparable to other tutoring options offered in the Greater Sudbury Area, but we feel that no other company offers as many value-added benefits as The Learning Clinic Education Centre, therefore, when you compare the value you receive, our rates are second to none.


  • You will be required to pay for the first six hours when you begin the first instruction session with your tutor. 
  • Payment of $216 by cheque will be made payable to THE LEARNING CLINIC at your first session.
  • All sessions will be a minimum of 90 minutes in length and should be scheduled once a week unless otherwise arranged between you and your tutor.


  • Each installment payment that follows will purchase a block of six (6) instruction hours. 
  • Therefore, at the end of each six hour period, you will be given an invoice for the next six hours. Payment will be given to the tutor at that time unless otherwise arranged through Robert Kirwan. 
  • The total amount of each invoice will be $216 made payable by cheque to THE LEARNING CLINIC.
  • If you want the tutor to visit you once a week the cost will be approximately $216 per month.
  • If you want the tutor to visit you twice a month, the cost will be $108 per month.
  • If you only want the tutor to visit you once a month, the cost will be $54 per month.
  • Therefore, you are in control of the total cost. 
  • However, your child will at least be receiving the support of a personal tutor to help him/her become more successful in school.


  • Whereas the instructional program is geared to working within the current curriculum program being followed by the child at school, there should be very little need for additional workbooks or reference materials. 
  • However, if you and the tutor feel some additional materials would be beneficial, it will be the responsibility of the parent to cover these costs. 
  • No additional materials will be purchased without your prior approval.


  • We are confident that when you compare our program with its many value-added benefits, you will agree that it is not only the most effective tutoring you can find for your child, but it is also the most economical.
  • If you have any concerns about your child's education, please take the first step and allow us to review your situation. We can at least recommend a program that might meet your needs and then it is up to you to decide what you would like to do. 
  • Call me at (705) 969-7215 and leave a message for me to call you back:
  • Send me an email and I will get back to you.
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Robert Kirwan OCT, B.A (Math), M.A. (Education)
Professional Learning Coach
Independent Education, Training & Career Development Consultant



The Learning Clinic is The Private Practice of
Robert Kirwan, B.A. (Math), M.A. (Education), OCT
4456 Noel Crescent, Val Therese, ON P3P 1S8
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