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Elementary (Kindergarten - 5th Grade Academic Tutoring)

Elementary school is a time of formative growth for all students. Varsity Tutors understands the importance of getting all children on the right track from the very earliest years of formal schooling. We offer one-on-one, individualized tutoring for students in grades K-5 in all academic subject areas and to support academic development and the achievement of early learning milestones. Tutors meet with students in the comfort of their own homes or other convenient locations. Elementary school is a time of formative growth for all students. Varsity Tutors understands the importance of getting all children on the right track, beginning with the earliest years of formal schooling. We can connect you and your child with one-on-one, individualized tutoring for grades K-5 in all academic subject areas. Tutors are also available to assist your child with Study Skills & Organization, to support academic development and the achievement of early learning milestones. Tutors meet with students in the comfort of their own homes or other convenient locations.

Middle School (6th – 8th Grade) Academic and Test Prep Tutoring

Middle school is a time of transition and change for all students. Varsity Tutors understands the importance of preparing students to meet more challenging academic standards and helping them to prepare for the upcoming rigors of high school. We can connect you and your child with one-on-one, individualized tutoring for grades 6-8 in all academic subject areas, including foreign languages and executive functioning. Tutors are also available to help students prepare for high school entrance exams with test prep tutoring. Test prep tutoring includes comprehensive diagnostic testing and one-on-one, individualized instruction that identifies specific areas of need and comprehensively prepares students for their specific entrance exams. Both academic and test prep tutoring are done in the comfort of students’ own homes or other convenient locations.

Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

The student and I worked on her nervous system lab report. There were four parts to the lab, and her lab group did not get a chance to do part 3; it involved studying the effects of temperature on neuron function. We did that part first; I acted as her partner. We then went through her lab report questions and answered each one; for each question, we went through the concepts covered in detail. I looked through her textbook to make sure we were covering all the concepts that she has learned in class so far.

Once again, we spent our session covering hypothesis testing material. While still not entirely confident with this material, the student is definitely picking things up, and it is starting to make more sense to her. Tonight we looked at z-tests and t-tests for single population and sample means. We also looked at z-tests for population proportions. On the whole, I would rate this evening's session as productive.

The student did some practice writing and math for the assessment. She's already showing some improvement by using some of the strategies we discussed. The idea of stripping complex sentences down to its basic parts is working well for her. She is also more aware of how to track the logic or intention of sentences to this end and as it applies to the math section as well. We went over the math section questions also and discussed ways to "logic out" the answer; often using formulas or needing a calculator to do complex computations. She takes well to making notes/diagrams to help her answer the questions. She has a great, relaxed attitude toward the work which is one of the keys to her success.

We worked on subjunctive, tu commands (both negative and positive), and catching him up on homework from earlier this month. He still has to work some on sentence structure, we both agree that is his weakest area, but he is doing very well and making improvements.

Today we went over polynomials, their standard form and how to do all the basic operations with them including simplification. We also covered the special cases for multiplication, the method of long division and the method of synthetic division. We even had time to work through homework examples of each.

We worked on the student's homework. She seemed to enjoy working with measurement conversions especially time conversions. She completed two more extra credit worksheets. She said her teacher had not graded her test yet. Then we tackled fractions. She was delighted to get the Prime Numbers chart I made for her. Reducing fractions was almost a game tonight.

The student began her session with the alphabet, writing both upper case and lower case letters. We did some work with her cards and focused on words that begin with "ch" and the sounds they make. As we were reviewing some words, she remembered that we worked on "oa" words last week and wrote some of them down. She then did her coloring and wrote the words that were in her picture. Excellent session. She continues to be enthusiastic about learning.

At this session, we focused on quadratic regression: solving systems by substitution. We discussed general rules to follow when solving these type of equations. The student has really progressed with solving quadratic problems. He understand the process required to solve these problem. He demonstrated this knowledge when he solved a few problems without assistance. He has a quiz on this material this week.

The student is still working on Quadratic Functions. He is very capable of the work. He is getting very good at graphing quadratic functions. We also discussed study strategies. I am looking forward to hearing about his successes in his class as a result of our sessions.

The student and I spent almost the whole session reading her books today. She did very well with the Animal Babies book, though I noticed that she was looking at the pictures rather than the words to determine the meaning at first. So I folded the book over so she couldn't see the pictures, and she still did well. We finished by playing "Sight Word Memory."

We worked on both arithmetic and geometric sequences. The student is able to remember the formulas to finding a term for both sequences. She's able to find the information needed to put into the formula. She is very confident in her ability to find terms in a sequence.

The student and I did the extra credit work for his Western Civilization class, writing out answers to the questions that will be discussed during his seminar tomorrow. The reading focused on meditation, so the material was definitely a new experience for him. However, he handled answering the questions well, supporting his ideas with evidence. Additionally, he has broken some of his bad writing habits, particularly starting sentences with "it's" rather than clarifying what "it" is referring to. Habits like those are initially difficult to break, but once they are broken, they tend to fall fast and in groups. That synergy is why his writing has been improving so rapidly these past few months, and why I expect it to keep improving in the future. Tomorrow night we will continue the extra credit for his marketing class as well as get started on his marketing assignment due next week.