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Academic Tutoring in Boston, MA
Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement. We help students achieve their full academic potential by connecting them with brilliant tutors who understand how to transfer the exact practical skills and knowledge necessary to achieve superior academic performance. Tutors teach the right material, not just more material. Tutoring is highly individualized and based upon the needs of each student, and focus is given to classroom material and the reinforcement of fundamental concepts.
These selected Boston, MA tutors know what it's like to be in school and understand exactly what is needed in order to be successful. Through one-on-one tutoring, relationships are formed that greatly enhance students' enjoyment of the sessions and the benefit that they receive from them.
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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
We started with the student working on a scattered flash card game. We moved into more focused writing activities. We then read the two books I brought and by the end of the lesson she was a lot more attentive.
The student has a test this week over graphing and identifying equations of circles, ellipses and hyperbolas. I explained the main traits of each and then we worked on the homework to practice and apply what I explained.
Student is having a test on Tuesday, so we went over the current chapters. At the end of the session, she finished the self-quiz. She is making a lot more improvements in critically thinking about the topic when faced with difficult questions and logically eliminating wrong choices. We also briefly made future plans on how to attack the test as it is approaching in a few months.
The student has a humanities test coming up, so we studied Chinese empires. The student was struggling with retaining a lot of material, so we worked on some study strategies/mnemonics so he can remember things like the innovations in the Zhou & Qin dynasties. He can apply these strategies to study the other empires he learned about (Assyrian, Egypt, Rome).
The student and I worked on hypothesis testing for linear correlations between two variables. We worked with test stats, critical values, p-values, and making a decision on rejection of the null hypothesis.
The student worked on multiplication and division facts. We are going to start memorizing his multiplication facts starting with his threes and fours since he understands the concept behind the facts. He also worked on writing a paragraph on what he was going to do on his spring break. He also read, and I asked him questions to make sure he was understanding what he was reading. He is really improving with his reading and math.
During this session, the student and I reviewed topics that are being discussed in her math class this week. We reviewed how to solve simple algebraic expressions with variables using the reverse operations. After showing her examples, walking her through them and having her work independently, we moved on to her homework. She was left with a homework sheet that I created to match the material she is learning in class.
Reviewed the concept of Boyle's Law with gases and did practice problem sets regarding this concept. The student has a good aptitude in manipulating the relationship with gas pressure and volume, as well as in setting up the equation involving unknown quantities. also reviewed the lab poster write up from the transformation and regeneration of copper.
We finished chapter 6 which contains cell structure, mitosis and meiosis. We focused mostly on meiosis and throughout, I reiterated the overall concepts we have covered through the chapters. The students had a tough time grasping meiosis so I tried to do a side by side comparison of mitosis to drive home the point. They are to review the first 6 chapters and they will take their test tomorrow. I really want them to keep reviewing the material as much as possible. Biology material is hard so it is best if they keep going over the material and watch the videos online to connect with the material.
Student A and I worked on her leaf-and-stem charts. We also read a chapter of her book. She is doing much better reading out loud but needs to continue to work on her comprehension. Student B had a writing assignment where he had to write the various details about his favorite animal and include transition words and supporting details.
We reviewed history first, and the student did well, as he scored 17 out of 20 on my customized test for him. I then asked him 20 other questions, and he got 16 right. This was his best performance to date...a job well done. We then did English, and on his reading and writing he got 24 out of 25 correct, which is another superb performance. This was his best tutoring session to date. Next week, we will review these two subjects again, plus math work too.
I was able to get the student ahead in Math in our previous session so we spent this session working on physics. In his class, he is working on waves, so I went through the main equations, their manipulations, and some properties of waves. I also went through two worksheets his teacher had given him.