for students & parents
We know this is a stressful time for many reasons, and homeschooling only adds to that burden. DOT particularly seeks to help students with parents who do not have the time to supplement their children’s new form of online learning, do not speak English as a first language, or do not otherwise have the ability to help their kids with their coursework. DOT also seeks to help students who typically rely on getting extra help from teachers outside of normal classroom help.
If you are a rising senior in high school and concerned about how to begin writing your college essay or navigating the college process (from financial aid to letters of rec to the college search) without normal access to your school guidance department, we are here for you! See below for further information.
Sign up to be paired with one of our tutors here.
Also, check out some other great resources for learning at home here.
*Disclaimer: our tutors do not have any official certifications or qualifications to teach, but are comfortable with relevant coursework. Learn more about the guidelines to which all of our tutors are subject prior to working with a student here.
DOT is working closely with CovEd, which may be a good alternate resource if you do not live in the Dutchess/Orange area. (We ask that you only sign up using one of these forms.)
HOW it works
for K-12 subjects
After you fill out the sign-up form, a member of our administrative team will match you with an available tutor. Before we give the tutor your contact information, we ask that our tutors complete a brief training and confirm that they are able to tutor. Upon confirmation, you will receive an email from the tutor to set up a time that works for both of you to meet. This process generally takes a few days, but keep an eye out on your inbox for an email!
If you are having issues connecting with your tutor, please email us at .
for college application, and college essay mentorship
After you fill out the sign-up form, a member of our administrative team will match you with an available tutor. Before we give the tutor your contact information, we ask that our tutors complete a brief training and confirm that they are able to tutor. The tutor will reach out in an email to set up a time that works for you both, so keep an eye on your inbox!
Based on demand, these sessions may meet in small groups as opposed to one-on-one to encourage peer workshopping. Sessions will be led by a tutor. Many of our tutors recently graduated from local high schools and have gone off to top-tier universities, including Harvard and Cornell.
When filling out the sign-up form, please provide as much information as possible to help us match you with a tutor whose experience aligns most closely with your goals.
Due to limited capacity, we can no longer offer test prep services. However, we are looking to host occasional group workshops this fall led by members of our administrative team going over test-taking strategies, forming self-study plans, and more. Please fill out our form if you are interested in being notified about these workshops.
We realize that as summer approaches, many rising high school seniors may be seeking the unique mentorship and advice offered by our tutors, many of whom have recently graduated from the same high schools and gone off to top-tier universities. Additionally, many K-12 families would like to work with DOT tutors as a form of summer enrichment.
If you do not necessarily fit the demographic that DOT strives to serve (i.e. you have the financial means to seek other resources), but would still like to sign up with DOT, we suggest a rate of $15 per session, or as much as you are able.
We do not ask for any financial information and instead abide by the honor system so as to minimize the pressure on families who are unable to donate at this time.
Why are we asking for donations?
At DOT, we believe in the transformative power of education and recognize the deep educational inequities that exist across the country, including in our own local communities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, DOT seeks to address these exacerbated educational inequities on an individual basis, but we also recognize that these inequities exist regardless of the pandemic.
50% of all donations will go to The Education Trust , which utilizes advocacy, policy, and research to provide long term solutions for systemic educational inequities faced by communities of color or living in poverty.
The remaining 50% of donations will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, which regularly provides programming in the academics, arts, and athletics for children in our local communities.
We hope you will join us in supporting the work of these important organizations. Thank you so much for your generous donations!