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We know. Summer flew. Or maybe not, if you’re a parent who’s been home with your mini hostage-takers -- erm, children -- for weeks. It’s back to school in the Bay Area now, though, and that means it might be time to take on a tutor or two to either help your kiddo get back up to speed in a tough subject, or to enrich their lives outside of the classroom. Need a suggestion? Here are our favorite tutors in the Bay.

And if you’re a tutor who wants to make a difference in the lives of kids in your community, these spots offer great opportunity. Browse other tutoring jobs on

1. Sarah’s Science

Says the business: “Founded in 1987 by Sarah Shaffer, our goal at Sarah's Science is to provide kids ages 5-15 a unique and exciting approach to learning about the wonderful world of science and nature. We offer kids a joyous experience and show them that learning can be fun and easy. Our programs feature hands-on projects built by each child to engage and delight them while making it easy to understand even complex science concepts. We strive to make our projects fun while providing a great educational experience to our students. We offer after-school classes, various camps during school breaks, as well as evening and weekend workshops all throughout the Bay Area.”

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2. Bay Area Tutoring Centers

Says the business: “The Bay Area Tutoring Centers, Inc. is a private tutoring center that welcomes students of all academic backgrounds and grade levels. We offer individualized tutoring in math, science, English, language arts, history, Spanish, and standardized test preparation. Our tutors don’t just provide answers; they teach each concept as a stepping-stone to the next and challenge students to reflect on their answers to discover new approaches. Many students benefit from ongoing weekly sessions, but others prefer scheduling sessions on an “as-needed” basis. We do not have contracts or session minimums, and there are no registration fees. Programs are available throughout the school year as well as over the summer.”

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3. Compass Education Group

Says the business: “Compass has been a thought leader in test preparation for over 10 years. No one has more experience delivering one-on-one test preparation to California students than the founders of Compass. No other company can match the depth and range of expertise of Compass directors.”

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4. Aspire

Says the business: “Aspire Education Project is the East Bay's non-profit tutoring company. We support our educators and serve students of all backgrounds and means.”

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5. Mathnasium

Says the business: “We help kids in grades K-12 understand math by teaching the way that makes sense to them. Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting – our unique approach enables us to effectively explain math concepts and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn!”

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Classroom Matters

Says the business: “There are a lot of tutoring services. What makes Classroom Matters different? The Classroom Matters Philosophy. Our philosophy is a big part of what makes our program so successful. We work with the whole student, addressing content area, executive functioning, learning differences, motivation, and more. Because there is a strong mentoring component to what we do, we take great care in matching students with the “right” tutor. We work to empower students to enjoy learning (again), to foster ownership and self-advocacy and to integrate proven study habits into their routine.”

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