"We have been so happy with Mark at Treetops Tutoring. Our son is shy, but Mark makes him feel comfortable. Our son always comes out of his lessons smiling and upbeat! It’s been so great seeing the growth and development our son continues to show from his time with Mark over these past three years. He makes learning fun and achievable by personalizing his student’s learning plans with their needs and areas of interest in mind. Mark has the best communication - we always know what our son has been working on and how he’s progressing, and if we have any questions, he’s so helpful. I really can’t say enough good things about Mark and his program. Professional, personable, caring, and kind. Thank you for playing such a big role in our son’s education and development!"
"I have been having tutoring lessons with Mark once a week since I was in Grade 4. I am now at the end of Grade 7 and have learned so many things and have changed so many ways how I learn that is much better than when I started with tutoring. Mark always makes my learning projects fun, and my writing and spelling skills are so much better. I am a really good active listener now because Mark was patient and worked with me at being better at listening and learning. This helps me so much at school, where it is busier and can be harder to focus on my schoolwork. I hope I can still go to tutoring lessons when I am in high school next year. I think they will still help me a lot."
"I have been having tutoring lessons with Mark at Treetops Tutoring since I was in Grade 3. I found regular school and other homeschool programs to be challenging and hard for me to concentrate on work. I never thought I would get to finish school. I am now in Grade 12 and getting ready to graduate! I know for sure that I have really benefitted from Mark's one-to-one tutoring. In other programs, I did not feel comfortable asking for help with my schoolwork but with Mark, it is easy to ask for help. I can focus better and have really improved my math skills."
"We tried for so long to find a tutor in our area that could meet the specific learning and behavioural needs that our son has. A behaviour consultant we work with recommended Treetops Tutoring to us, then, by coincidence, the parents of a former student of Mark's gave him a glowing review. For three years now, we have driven from Courtenay to Parksville once a week for tutoring classes and our son could not be happier. He is thriving in school and his self-confidence has come on leaps and bounds, in large part due to Mark's calm, compassionate, humorous, and patient approach to teaching."
"During my long career in educational administration and leadership, I have worked with many outstanding teachers and facilitators. Mark is one of the most dedicated and competent educators I have encountered. Mark is highly professional, personable, and a strong advocate for his students and the special education field in general. I recommend him highly as someone who stays focused on the needs of learners and what he can do to help them be successful."
"My son has been with Mark for a year now and Mark is truly a tutor extraordinaire! He is extremely knowledgeable, organized, and ready for every session. Mark has an incredible work flow with my son and he knows intuitively how to support him towards his own learning and self regulation. Mark's lessons are engaging and he is able to pull the very best learning from my son. My child really enjoys his time with Mark. I never have to ask him twice to get ready for Mr. Mark's!"
"Mark at Treetops is just great. Passionate in what he does, patient with kids (& fun!) offers a welcoming and professional environment for all. What I appreciate most, whilst sending my son for tutoring, is the in-depth email correspondence I receive after every single sessions. Can't rave about the guy enough!"
"My son has greatly benefited from Mark's tutoring and this is reflected in his school marks. He is more confident now with doing his school work and he enjoys working with Mark. "
"My kids have grown so much over their time with Mark, especially in confidence and self esteem towards academics. They are all smiles on the way to and from their sessions. They always have some tidbit of info to share about their session or ask to “play math!” Love it!"
"I have worked with Mark in an educational setting on and off since 2011 and continue to do so in my capacity as a Behavioural Analyst. Mark is like Superman when it comes to working with kids – it’s like he can read their minds! I highly recommend his tutoring services for any parent or student out there that is seeking a calm, nurturing learning environment."
"Mark's tutoring service has been invaluable to our child and we would recommend it to anyone. Due to specific challenges, our child has had a difficult time learning in a traditional classroom setting. Mark has allowed for our child's learning to continue despite that. Mark has the knowledge and experience necessary to understand our child's needs and has been able to continuously adapt and strategize as those needs change.
Mark has a kind, positive, non-threatening approach and this has allowed our child to feel safe and secure. Thus, allowing for an environment where our child has been able to learn and find successes. Mark is thorough in his feedback from each session and has been incredibly supportive. I am truly grateful that Mark is our child's tutor and we feel incredibly lucky to have found him.
We asked our child, "What would you say about Mark if you were going to tell someone else about him?" and the immediate response "Mark is the best tutor in the world".
"When we found out that our son was dyslexic, we looked for a tutor who would be strong enough to help him. We found Mark and it was a true blessing! Our son was having panic attacks over school, which showed how overwhelmed he was with academics. We started working with Mark less then a year ago and our son's progress is amazing. Mark built a very strong confidence bond with our son that allowed him to progress through his anxiety as well as his academics.
We worked with many tutors over the years and no one compares to the work Mark could do with our son: not only in every area of the academic curriculum, but also socially and emotionally. Our boy has no more anxiety and feels the consistency in his progression in school through each session he has with Mark. He even said a few weeks ago "I feel so much more confident and less anxious going to school since I am seeing Mark."
We were so happy with Mark's works that we registered our daughter at Treetops as well. Mark works with her on her organizational skills and homework. She has been doing so much better in school since she started with Mark that we referred him to many of our friends. Our family feels so much more relaxed in regards to school since we are working with Mark. Our son started his tutoring classes at Treetops in the Spring of 2015 and stayed with Mark until the pandemic in 2020. Thank you Mark!."
"A year ago we were not even sure I could get through the Grade 11/12 work, but on June 6th 2014, I graduated Grade 12! I am not at all sure that I could have done any of it without Mark's tutoring to help me through the Communications 12, PE, Work Experience and Accounting work. The work would cause me so much anxiety that I found it hard to process any of the information. Thanks again Mark!"
"I would highly recommend Mark. He is an amazing, caring individual and mentor for any one of any age. I have a special needs son with major behavior issues and Mark always knows how to achieve positive results when working with him"
"After searching for a couple of years, looking for the right support, I had the pleasure to meet Mark. He has been tutoring my son for a year now and I couldn't be happier. Mark has the patience, care and sense of humor that my son needed. My son's confidence has improved and so his marks! Mark has great knowledge and professionalism. He tutors with care and he is always positive, bringing new ideas, going beyond my expectations. I feel lucky to have found him and highly recommend him."
"Mark has been my son's tutor for almost 3 years. He has been more than a tutor he has been a mentor and a role model for our son. His caring manner and patience and kindness makes a wonderful environment for your child to learn. I feel so fortunate to have Mark in our lives and in my son's life."
"As a former student of his. I would refer Mark to anyone who needed a tutor because Mark helped get me on the honor roll and helped me achieve A’s and B’s in Math which I wasn’t very good at in the beginning. Mark took so much time to help me get through the work like missing gym time, staying back from walks and took me to a quieter place if I couldn’t focus properly. And without Mark’s help I don’t think I would have been able to graduate high school."
"My son was just getting by doing the bare minimum when Mark became his tutor. In just a couple short months his grades improved drastically and he was soon on the honor roll for the first time ever. Mark was incredibly caring with my son’s special needs and helped build his confidence so he could take tests without the struggles he had always had in the past. Mark is a very effective and professional tutor I would highly recommend."