Lane Tutoring Service, Inc.

Director/Owner: Joshua Hirschstein

Phone: (541) 484-4133
Fax: (541) 485-9386

Address: 2141 Crest Drive
Eugene, OR 97405

Lane Tutoring Service, Inc. provides professional teachers who work one-on-one with school-age children and youth in Eugene/Springfield, in Lane County, Oregon. We also provide SAT Mastery classes for college-bound students.

Our goals are to improve academic skills and performance, to inspire confidence so our students undertake challenges with assurance, and to motivate our students to perform to their potential.


Students and their families find our non-prescriptive approach to academic tutoring focused, flexible, engaging, and effective. Each tutor - an experienced, professional teacher - designs and implements an approach and curriculum that caters specifically to each individual's personal and scholastic needs, strengths, and weaknesses.

Our teachers provide creative teaching techniques and one-one-one guidance to meet students' academic needs. Needs generally fall into two categories:

School-year Support: Many capable students struggle to meet their school's academic requirements, or perform only to meet minimum expectations. Lane Tutoring Service engages each student in the assigned curriculum by re-teaching and enriching what is necessary for quality homework and classroom performance, providing remedial instruction in areas of assumed knowledge, and honing study, organizational, and time management skills. We also advocate for our students by communicating with teachers and counselors to assure that a student's specific needs are being met. The bottom line is that our students learn more, perform more efficiently, get better grades, and build academic confidence and motivation.

Curriculum Design: Our engaging teachers write and teach specific coursework, from beginning reading to middle school writing to advanced calculus, to build student knowledge, skills, and confidence. We provide one-on-one instruction for students who are home-schooled, who desire to improve specific skills in the summer, or whose needs are not being met in the traditional school setting.

We firmly believe that every student has unique strengths to be nurtured, and each of us is committed to developing a positive self-image and encouraging individual growth and responsibility within each student.

We are not lecturers; we are not pedantic. We capture students' attention and direct them to their potential. We guide our students to be more efficient and focused. We are friendly and pro-active, and our students enjoy working with us.

Tutoring usually takes place at the student's home. Arrangements can be made to meet at the student's school or another location. LTS recommends meeting at least twice each week.


SAT and ACT Mastery: Thorough, Focused, One-on-One Preparation
Lane Tutoring Service's SAT/ACT Mastery:
  • Provides thorough, focused and friendly instruction in a one-on-one setting.
  • Reviews the essential mathematics, reading, essay writing and grammar skills.
  • Teaches a variety of "point-gaining" strategies specific to the exam and the student's skills.
  • Provides individualized, realistic direction and quality materials for home practice.
  • Builds confidence and calm in the test-taker.
  • Is designed for focused students who are intent on improving scores.

Quality SAT or ACT preparation begins with a practice exam that is analyzed to locate precisely where points are, and are not, being scored; this makes precious study time efficient and effective.

The instructor then meets with the student, one-on-one, for 7 total hours, usually over a 4-6 week period. Thorough preparation requires 25 or more hours of total time; students are expected to study 30 minutes daily for 4 to 6 weeks. All home-practice materials are included.

Schedule: Afternoon, evening, and weekend sessions are available.
Location: Lane Tutoring Service office, 2141 Crest Dr., Eugene (SW Eugene, end of Chambers St.) Instructor: Joshua Hirschstein, Director of Lane Tutoring Service, SAT/ACT preparation instructor since 1984.

Fees, Registration and Information: Call Joshua Hirschstein at 541-484-4133, email:, or download this file:

Workshop: Jump-Start the College Selection and Admissions Process:

Joshua Hirschstein, M.A., invites a college-bound student and parents to a 90-minute workshop that provides guidance, perspective and momentum for the competitive college application and admissions' processes. We will align college expectations and desires with the realities of the admissions process and the student's resume and narrative, and form a plan of action as to how the student and family best proceed. We will address:

- How does one search for and gain admittance to the best college options? What makes a "good match"?
- What do colleges seek in applicants, and what can applicants reasonably do to be more attractive?
- How much should the student steer the selection/admissions processes, and when should parents or others step in?
- Should students take the SAT or ACT, and how vital is the score? What is attractive to colleges in the personal essay?
- How does "financial reality" impact the process, and what other local and on-line resources are available?
Recommended for juniors and sophomores.

Registration and Information:
Call Joshua Hirschstein at 541-484-4133, or email:


Joshua Hirschstein, M.A., director and owner of Lane Tutoring Service, has over twenty-eight years of tutoring experience. He has counseled a wide variety of students, elementary through adult, in study and organizational skills, writing, literature, history, mathematics, Latin, ESL, and SAT/ACT preparation. He has extensive experience working with the students, and the parents of students, who are gifted, college-bound, labeled "learning disabled" or "at risk," or unmotivated to seek school success.

Joshua earned an M.A. in Education from the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in writing, critical thinking skills, and learning theory. He earned a B.A. in English and English Education from Western Washington University, with certification to teach English and history. He trained and worked as a classroom teacher, an SAT/ACT preparation teacher, and a one-on-one tutor for six years in Seattle and Kathmandu, Nepal before moving to Eugene in 1989.

Joshua founded and has directed Lane Tutoring since 1990.

In addition, he leads workshops for teachers on effective tutoring and for students and parents on creating a successful transition from high school to college. He has two children, a senior at Earlham College and a freshman at Bard College.

If you have questions about how Lane Tutoring Service can assist your child, please call Joshua at 484-4133, or e-mail:


Lane Tutoring Service's tutors are professional, experienced teachers who recognize the value and rewards of one-on-one learning. All of our teachers agree that working one-on-one with students is highly rewarding and enjoyable; we are proud of our expertise and enthusiastic about our niche. The one-on-one relationship allows for efficient and motivating instruction; our teachers nurture and relish the opportunity to lead an engaged learner.

All of our tutors are professional teachers with college degrees. Our elementary instructors all hold a current Oregon State Teaching Certificate. The majority of our instructors for middle/high school and college hold current certification; all have teaching experience and an enthusiastic desire to engage youth and generate success.

We place great emphasis on developing a positive and focused relationship with each student, functioning simultaneously as teacher, coach, mentor, and advocate. Our students find us intent and focused, and also caring and friendly. Lane Tutoring Service promises that all students and their parents will enjoy a good working relationship with their tutor.


Tutoring begins by having the parent(s) and student meet for one first hour with the director, Joshua Hirschstein, at the LTS office in southwest Eugene. During this hour, we will assess needs, clarify goals and responsibilities, discuss an appropriate tutor, and answer all questions. This initial intake interview can be scheduled at a time convenient for the family; tutoring usually begins a day or two after the initial interview.

Lane Tutoring Service, Inc. bills on a monthly basis, charges only for the time we are tutoring a student, and does not bind parents to contracts. We do not bill for scheduled hours canceled with 24 hours notice, drive time within Eugene, Springfield, and Bethel, and occasional contact with school teachers.

Please call for our hourly rates.

For more information, or if you wish to discuss your specific situation, please call Joshua Hirschstein at (541) 484-4133, or e-mail: