Alliance Tutoring Plus

Anxiety and Lost Souls


Customized Blend of Academic Support and Mentoring

Alliance Tutoring seeks to help children, teenagers and young adults who are strained by the harsh realities of education. As we move through the pandemic, Alliance Tutors will help students navigate the difficult challenges and bridge the gap from their previous educational experience to the future to come.

Alliance caters specifically to the unique needs of each particular student, offering dynamic educators, mentors and academic coaches in one. Alliance tutors are experienced educators who have advanced degrees from highly competitive institutions and extensive experience in education, able to address even the most challenging cases by drawing on their backgrounds in working across the spectrum. They are warm and personable, forming close attachments with clients, developing the necessary rapport for personal and educational success.


Perfectionism is a common quality...

Perfectionism is a common quality of high functioning students and can become quite paralyzing if left unchecked and unconsidered. The student can become so caught up in the quality of the work or the resulting grade that they find themselves unable to turn in work of any kind; they then fall behind, compounding the problem. This degenerative cycle often leads to academic leave or drop-out if left unaddressed.


Students who struggle with social phobias...

Students who struggle with social phobias can often be so distracted by the surrounding context that they are unable to focus on their work in any meaningful way at all. The mind is so caught up in what is happening with their peers and with teacher expectations for them that they have no bandwidth left to learn their actual academics, nor are the social preoccupations of any value to the student either. Social phobia tends to get worse over time as the student moves from middle school into high school, where social preoccupations gradually become an increasingly important function of their lives.


In times of acute distress, students...

In times of acute distress, students can often fall off the academic track entirely. Following the trauma, the student experiences, he or she typically misses extended amounts of time at school, challenging the student to catch up with schoolwork when least able. They are also often faced with the challenge of intense therapy, which presents further obstacles to keeping up with their academics. These situations can be quite a challenge to navigate for any teen or young adult, much less one in crisis.


Learning Differences often overlap...

Learning Differences often overlap with anxiety, and many in the field suggest that the two may even be inextricable. When a student has a processing speed disorder, for example, the situation with academics can cause a great deal of stress, resulting in fears that often exceed the actual threat. The student often feels self-conscious about their learning style, as well, compounding the issue presented in academics with social anxieties. The results range from simple avoidance due to the discomfort to oppositional behavior and even school refusal in extreme cases.


Generalized anxiety, a very common disorder...

Generalized anxiety, a very common disorder, involves persistent worries about a great variety of things. Students with this disorder may anticipate disaster and be overly preoccupied with school, social, athletic, or family life. The manifestations can be subtle, involving procrastination, isolation, restlessness, or difficulty concentrating. In more intense cases, anxiety can even cause panic attacks and cognitive paralysis in contexts triggering the fear. Another common threat with anxiety is the tendency for the student to turn to drugs and alcohol to escape the situation and treat their own discomfort.


Test anxiety is a prevalent...

Test anxiety is a prevalent condition for students today. Worry about the results or performance on an assessment can be quite crippling. The results can range from diminished scores to complete paralysis in the face of a challenging exam, especially a timed assessment. Given the pervasive societal feedback that tests and exams are vital to life successes, these exaggerated fears can feel quite real. Often re-setting and monitoring expectations is the key to unwinding these worries. Gradual exposure to increasingly real simulations of the source of testing anxiety can facilitate incredible results over time.

Lost Souls

As a result of the pandemic and its after-effects, students have increasingly have taken medical or personal leaves, have dropped out of school, have mightily struggled with their grades, or have encountered great adversity in ascending to the next level of their education. Our signature service is finding these what we term ‘lost souls’ and helping them find their way on their life path.

In J.D. Salinger’s canonical work, The Catcher in the Rye, protagonist Holden Caulfield comes to regard himself as rescuer of lost children, explained in the metaphor of catching children in a field of rye before they fall over a cliff. This metaphor best illustrates our mission, to catch those ‘comin’ through the rye,’ and set them back on their feet. If guided well, we can rescue teens and young adults from slipping off the precipitous cliffs that necessarily circumscribe youth, saving lives from those vast abysses they so frequently approach; that is indeed the metric of success for Alliance Tutoring, and as the numbers demonstrate, our record is unparalleled.

Our main objective is sometimes not to teach them about solving logarithmic equations or Hemingway’s use of the zero ending or the context of the war of 1812 (although we want them to learn those things, too!), but to teach them the power of their own inner resources, to ignite a fire in them that forgets the kindling. In most cases, it requires a few large doses of sincere, positive affirmation to steer away from the theoretical voids that surround them. The results are often magical, permanent, and poetic, unveiling the hidden truth: ‘these moments of crisis are actually prime opportunities for transformation.

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