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University life is intense, exciting, and new. The challenges can be be just as unexpected. Huge lectures. New friends. Freedom. Options. Yet, doing well is school is your first priority.
I understand. I have been there. I have two undergraduate degrees, a masters in education, and Ph.D. in education. Believe me, I've seen all the ups and downs.
More importantly, I am here to help. I specialize in getting you back on track to your goals. I'm a trained teacher, certified tutor, learning and memory specialist, and executive function coach.
We can fix anything together. I can't wait to begin.
Erik Dutilly, Ph.D. Senior tutor and President.
It often shocks students to learn that they've been studying all wrong and that they've been wasting precious time. Dr. Dutilly takes you deep into the science of memory and learning to make your studying more efficient. More efficient study = more free time.
Executive functions are the skills that help us to set and achieve our long-term goals despite challenges. They are the part of the brain that tells us that we're on track. Here, I work on procrastination, establishing your values, planning big projects, analyzing courses, and anything else that keeps you from your goals.
Dr. Dutilly takes you deep into the world of writing and editing. He guides to developing strong thesis, good writing habits, and the healthy use of AI as a writing companion.
Dr. Dutilly is skilled in the following subjects: intro algebra, all Spanish classes, and anything writing and related. His dissertation was in STEM education for undergraduates.
Dr. Dutilly shares four points that set RiT apart from other services for university students:
Executive function coaching is what supercharges our approach to learning and studying. As a developmental disorder linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, executive dysfunction impacts the brain systems that guide goal-directed behavior. Students with biological or skill deficits in executive function often have difficulties following through on complex assignments and tasks because parts of their brains are temporarily less developed than their peers. While they can still keep up, they need additional help to pull it off.
As students grow older, their school work gets harder. The demands on executive function (organization, rule following, planning) increase. This is what most tutors miss. We blend learning and executive function skills development to support learning and studying.
We view executive function support in two ways.
The first relates to brain functions impacting memory, problem-solving, and self-control—often seen in kids with ADHD. Here RiT tutors work to help organize the student's environment and engineer new strong habits for success. We may recommend organizational tools, exercise protocols, and brain-friendly study habits.
The second has nothing to do with underlying neurodivergence. It's about learned skills. When some student encounter a challenge at the edge of their abilities, they need new tools to get the job done. New challenges often require new skill. We believe in training, family partnerships, and custom strategies tailored to each student's unique needs. Whether it's time management, a study plan for a foreign language, strategies for increasing focus, or deciphering the details of a project, we've got it covered.
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