Unique Benefits of Norman Prince's Study and Learning Skills Services

 Boost your study and learning skills for more confidence and better results.

Learn how to:

  • Save time by studying more effectively with better organization
  • Improve concentration while reading, listening, studying, writing, and taking tests
  • Apply note taking techniques to textbooks, courses, professional materials, and spoken-word presentations
  • Increase your retention with a comprehensive active learning method

For more than 30 years, I’ve been teaching people to learn how to learn. Distilled from that experience, I have created a complete learning program that will help you:

  • Save time by studying more effectively with better organization
  • Improve concentration while reading, listening, studying, writing, and taking tests
  • Apply note taking techniques to text and non-fiction books, literature, lectures, presentations, courses, and professional materials
  • Increase your retention with a comprehensive active learning method
Please contact me to discuss how we can work together to quickly accomplish your personal learning goals.


What skills will you gain?

You will see noticeable progress in concentration, comprehension, note taking, and retention of new information.

How fast will you see results?

You will begin to see progress by or before the end of the second session.

Highlights of some notable clients:

  • In 10 hours of tutoring, a seventh grade student increased his grades from D’s and C’s to B’s and B+’s.
  • With fewer than 10 tutoring sessions, graduate students in Traditional Chinese Medicine learned hundreds of acupuncture points and herbs, as well as how to use them to treat numerous conditions.

Personalized Programs

All of my programs follow this proven multi-step process:

  • Discovery: We discuss any previous training you’ve had
  • Assessment: I assess your strengths and weaknesses as a reader and learner
  • Goals: You share your personal needs and goals
  • Plan: We come up with a learning program tailored for how you learn best
  • Action: We meet regularly to carry out your learning program

Program options include:

  • Combine study and learning skills program with speed-reading
  • Combine study and learning skills program with standardized test prep
  • Incorporate content specific to your reading and learning needs for prompt improvement

Additional features of my programs:

  • Extensive concentration improvement tips
  • Proven anxiety reduction techniques
  • Comprehensive suggestions for nutritional preparation (“brain food”) to maintain focus
  • Analysis of your strongest multiple intelligences, with tips on how to use them

Individual and Group Options


I will create a customized program to improve your study, learning, and reading skills.

Small group

I offer a substantially lower rate per person for small groups of two people. If you have fellow students, peers, friends, or siblings who are at the same level and working on the same subjects and textbooks, you can form your own small group. I do not organize small groups for students.  

Please contact me to schedule tutoring, or with questions

My Exclusive Guide

Over my three decades of teaching and tutoring, I have created proprietary guides that produce optimal results for students in the accelerated timeframes of my programs. This guide can be used for ongoing improvement of your study and learning abilities. I continually update and improve these guides based on the latest research, professional reading, and helpful suggestions from students. My guide for study and learning skills:

  • Is over 60 pages
  • Eliminates time otherwise spent taking notes
  • Includes numerous examples of note taking techniques
  • Aids in improving:
    • Concentration
    • Comprehension
    • Retention
    • Test-taking skills

This exclusive guide also includes strategies such as:

  • Pre-reading all materials to get a comprehensive overview
  • Taking notes on chapters, articles, complete books, lectures, and presentations, both live and recorded
  • Self-testing by:
    • Turning subtitles into questions
    • Reading to answer those questions

My Experience

Over 30 years of experience, including:

  • More than 10,000 hours of tutoring
  • Designing and writing materials for tutoring individuals and small groups on study and learning skills including concentration, comprehension, note taking, retention, and reading rate improvement
  • Teaching study and reading skills to college, high school, and middle school students and adults at Skyline College, Foothill-De Anza Community Education, Stanford University, and City College of San Francisco



Remote Tutoring

Online tutoring via Zoom, Skype, Facetime, and others.

In-person Tutoring

In-person tutoring is available at my San Francisco Home Office, located on 28th Street between Dolores and Guerrero in Noe Valley, San Francisco. Tutoring at your location is available for an additional fee. Travel and prep time billed at my normal hourly rate.

Contact me for details at (415) 821-6595.

Time frame

How long is the program?

Study and learning skills clients typically spend a minimum of 6 hours working with me. We usually meet for a 2-hour session each week, but other session-lengths and times can be arranged. For maximum benefit, supplement the tutoring with outside practice, applying your newly acquired skills to your own materials.

Custom Programs

If you also need improvement in reading rate, comprehension, test taking, grammar, writing, and/or vocabulary, that will require additional hours.

Ongoing or on-demand

Ongoing or on-demand assistance is available, applying reading and learning skills to your materials.

Hourly and Program Rates

Please contact me for details including pricing and discounts for individuals and small groups.

Payment can be made by cash, check, money order, PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle.

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