Individuals

Current Curricula

Academic tutoring: all subjects, all ages. Enrichment and enhancement.  ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT + USMLE

Paideuma: a 12 week exercise in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning skills with focus on memory, attention and deliberation; core rhetoric and composition practices

independent study

special projects

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How learning happens and How you learn best

In a recent NYT article  interview, Lazlo Bock, (in charge of hiring at Google), recounted that Google had determined that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. … We found that they don’t predict anything.” “No. 1 thing we look for is … the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.” Most students believe that this fantastic ability to process quickly is something you are born with, not something you can deliberately acquire. All the neuroscience points in a different direction. What it suggests is that your perception of yourself as a learner strongly influences how you learn and how you perform. That perception can become quite firmly fixed.

Agency. Intellectual Curiosity. Self-Awareness. [these are links, check them out!] Learning experts cite these qualities as desirable attributes for students. Newton Street invites you to consider that these powers are not innate—they aren’t magic— they are learnable. But acquiring new learning skills, just like any new activity, requires that you leave your comfort zone. If you were planning to scale a mountain for the first time, you would hire guides and porters. The Newton Street Study Group is an intellectual sherpa service for learning projects

Let us help you change your mind. 

We offer flexible programs that combine short and long term learning goals. We want you to get a great grade, write a great essay or score well on a test. We like to use the motivation provided by clear short term goals to catalyze your interest in yourself as learner. 


Examples and Ideas

Full Academic Support

Dedicated support for academic work, application + testing and independent intellectual scholarship. 

Test and MOOC

Ready for a new school? Work towards your real interest or shore up a weak area while you are preparing for your entrance exam.  Massive online open courses offer certification courses from prestigious universities.  Anyone can sign up but few finish. We offer you coaching for your test and your MOOC.

Intellectual Curiosity

Explore the world by contributing meaningful work. Connect with peers, professionals and organizations that share your interests. Jump into a practice that puts you in control of your own education and your career.