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Phonics Tutoring in New York City, NY

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Experience Phonics tutoring by highly credentialed tutors in New York City, NY. Top tutors will help you learn Phonics through one-on-one tutoring in the comfort of your home, online, or any other location of your choice.

Selected Phonics Tutors in New York City, NY

Our outstanding tutors are available and excited to help you conquer Phonics. They have attended renowned programs like MIT, Stanford, UChicago, Yale, Harvard, UPenn, Notre Dame, Amherst, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Rice, Columbia, WashU, Emory, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, UNC, Michigan, UCLA, and other nationally recognized programs.

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Undergraduate Degree:
Hamilton College - Psychology

Graduate Degree:
Teachers College, Columbia University - Elementary Inclusive Education

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Undergraduate Degree:
Cuny College Of Staten Island - History

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Undergraduate Degree:
University Of Michigan Ann Arbor - Organizational Studies

Graduate Degree:
Hunter College - Education

How we help you master: Phonics


Our educational director will build your personal Phonics learning profile, including strengths and weaknesses.


Your tutor will evaluate your current abilities, with an eye toward places where you can improve in Phonics.


We will design a custom-made program to get you on track to meet and exceed your goals.

Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

The student read a short-a reading pyramid with me. She reread The Wet Pup. We focused on the short-u sound in our word work and she read Rub-a-Dub Cub to reinforce the sound. We played a sight word game. We did some more practice with short vowel sounds in a workbook.

We reviewed the sight words and removed the ones she knows well. We read 3 stories. She did well for the most part. We did some phonemic awareness drills, she did very well with those.

The student and I worked on vowel sounds. Overall she knows the differences among the sounds. We also worked on the consonants. We focused on changing the vowel sounds and creating new words. She got 14/14 on her spelling test.

The student did a rhyming matching game. He did really well with this. Then we read a book that had sight words and phonics. He put together a puzzle with the letters of the alphabet in alphabetical order. He did much better on this. He was able to identify more letters than before. I am very proud of his improvement in this area. Then we read the ABC book by Dr. Seuss. At the end the student did a handwriting activity and reading game on my iPad.

Student A:
1. Letter and sound recognition review: Hh and Ii
2. Concept of numbers review
3. Connect the dots 1-10
4. Tracing and coloring activity: Square (Handwriting Without Tears)

Student B:
1. Reading Homework assignment
2. Math Workbook Homework: Money
*To further review concept, we played pretend store. I gave him some change to use to buy some items from my pretend store. He really enjoyed doing the activity.
3. Reading Comprehension practice: I gave him a short story to read, then asked him a couple of questions about it to answer.

The student's teacher sent home a packet to be completed that prepares students for a test. He and I reviewed a couple pages that related to reading. We also played rhyming match.

The student did really well today. She mastered the sounds, and placement of sounds, in CVC words I gave her, with short "a" and short "o", and was able to transfer the skills to a new list, with short "u". Very happy with her readiness to learn and her retention. We worked on procedural listening skills, which she was able to demonstrate, and sustain for about 40 minutes.

The student completed the books on snakes and reviewed the vocabulary. I gave him an assignment on synonyms and story elements. We went through phonics review of /sh/ /sc/ /st/ sounds with rhyming matches.

The student and I reviewed th, sh and ch. I wanted to make sure that she is comfortable and confident with those digraphs. We read some more words and added them to her list. We also spent a lot of time coloring, writing and doing pages in the workbook. Lastly, we read a story about Tallulah and Her Tutu. The student is getting better at identifying and reading words like "hush" that have ending digraphs, instead of beginning digraphs (like "thin"). She is also showing me her good pre-K handwriting, instead of just scribbling. The student is still working on saying "th", instead of "thu". This skill is making it hard for her to decode some words. The student has no extra practice, and I have no concerns!

How can a tutor assist you in conquering Phonics?


Is your child having trouble making connections between written words and spoken words? Can he or she not easily sound out words when reading them? Reading skills are incredibly crucial for success, so it is important that they master this critical skill before it begins to cause them unnecessary difficulties in other academic areas. Varsity Tutors offers phonics tutoring in New York that can help your child conquer his or her challenges with reading aloud!

Every one of Varsity Tutors New York City’s phonics tutors is a phonics expert and is exceptional at explaining concepts in ways that make the skill intuitive and easy to understand. Your child’s private tutor can come to your NYC home or another specified location whenever it fits into your schedule in order to make phonics tutoring as convenient as possible. He or she can analyze your child’s specific needs and skill level to create a custom lesson plan that addresses the specific aspects of phonics with which your child struggles. 

Ready to enlist the help of an expert who can work with your child one-on-one to help them become more confident and skilled in phonics? Call Varsity Tutors today to learn more about our phonics tutoring services.


Phonics is a method of teaching reading based on the relationship between letters and sounds; it is also key to developing an important, life-long skill for emerging readers. Varsity Tutors understands the significance of helping children learn how to read based on a solid foundation of the strategies needed to sound out words. We can offer your child targeted, one-on-one phonics instruction so that they can develop both a strong foundation for their reading skills and the enjoyment of reading that comes from mastering these skills.


Fluency is the ability to read text with speed, accuracy and proper expression (National Reading Panel). In order for a reader to comprehend what they read, they must be able to read fluently. Therefore, fluency is an important foundational skill that takes beginning readers to the next level in their reading abilities.

Varsity Tutors understands the significance of helping children learn how to read based on a solid foundation of fluency skills. We can offer your child targeted, one-on-one fluency instruction so that they can develop a strong foundation for their reading skills and the enjoyment of reading that comes from mastering these skills.

Why is fluency important?

Fluency is the bridge between phonics skills and reading comprehension. If a child struggles with fluency, they often stop to sound out words, read very slowly, and/or read in a monotone fashion. All of these problems make comprehension very difficult to attain, and children who struggle with fluency may not like to read because they find the process so tedious. Fluency skills are important to develop in every reader, both to attain comprehension and to make reading an enjoyable practice.


Reading comprehension is the level of understanding a person attains from reading a piece of text. There are different levels of understanding that a reader can achieve, from the most basic summary to the ability to make inferences based on the underlying principals of the text. As children develop their reading skills, strong comprehension skills become more critical. Reading comprehension is a skill that is needed to do well in all subject areas and standardized testing.

Varsity Tutors understands the significance of helping children learn how to read based on a solid foundation of comprehension skills. We can offer your child targeted, one-on-one comprehension instruction so that they can develop higher-level reading skills and the enjoyment of reading that comes from mastering these skills.

Why is comprehension important?

Comprehending a text is a basic, fundamental skill that is at the heart of why we read. Comprehension is a critical component of life; we must all read and understand signs, directions, letters, bills and other important documents. For children, comprehension is crucial to academic success in all subject areas, including math (word problems, step-by-step directions to problem solving), and on standardized tests.

If children struggle with reading comprehension, they may be unable to answer questions relating to the text they have read, have difficulty summarizing and/or have difficulty explaining ideas or pointing out important details from the texts. This often leads to frustration and a lack of motivation to read. Comprehension skills are an important skill to attain for every reader, both to provide a needed life skill and to make reading an enjoyable practice.

Varsity Tutors can help your child build a strong foundation for reading based on phonics, fluency, and comprehension skills. Contact us to learn more about our Reading tutors in New York City, NY.

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