Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Gideon program differ from private tutoring?

Gideon Math & Reading
  • Students work on building foundation
  • Fills academic holes
  • Students attend twice a week
  • Tutoring sessions are 20-30 minutes per subject
  • Students work in a small group setting with a tutor
  • Students use our linear curriculum during class
  • Students will be assigned small amounts of daily work
Private Tutoring
  • Students work on current homework
  • Quick re-teaching of foundation
  • Students schedule the frequency of their sessions
  • Tutoring sessions are 1-2 hours
  • Students typically work one-on-one with a tutor
  • Students receive instruction on their homework or we can provide a lesson using our curriculum

What program is best for my child?
Typically, we go by the following recommendation until we have an opportunity to meet your child.
Early Elementary (Grades EC-2):  Gideon Math & Reading
Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5):  Gideon Math & Reading supplemented with Private Tutoring
Middle/High School (Grades 6-12):  Private Tutoring
This may vary depending on the child’s age, maturity level, learning differences, etc.

How does Gideon Math and Reading differ from school?
Gideon requires mastery before advancement. Schools cannot customize for the remedial or the advanced child which creates a ‘one-size’ fits all for students. The Gideon curriculum is self-paced and individualized.

Why do we time the math?
Gideon times its math booklets to ensure the student has mastered the facts and is not finger counting. Our initial goal is for the student to ‘overlearn’ the basic arithmetic facts and to know them as well as his name. This mastery learning always creates success in math.