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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

Today the student and I worked on directions. We used phrases as well as single vocabulary words and I found a street map and worked with that as well. I spoke a lot more in Spanish to see if he understood. He has a good foundation so this allows him to understand what I am saying. He just needs to let go and he will see that he is able to speak more than he thinks. I also had him describe a picture so he could use his adjectives. It was a little difficult, but I know he has the vocabulary.

We went over standardized residuals and chi-square distributions as well as some practice problems as these areas in statistics. I did not leave him with any extra practice.

The student and I reviewed his Chapter study packet for phase changes and pressure. I explained the concepts and had him practice problem to make sure he understood. I left him with sections to study more and we will continue for our next session to assess his overall understanding.

Today, we went over dividing fractions and decimals. The student has shown progress since last week and has mastered the shortcuts for multiplying by powers of tens. We also went over speed and calculating the costs of construction of various building projects.

Today we did work on circles and chords. We also completed the right triangles section she had online. I find that the student is very attentive and I am pleased to see a positive confidence change. We are working at a pace that she finds most comfortable. I have advised her to let me know when she is not understanding so I can slow down and properly explain the concept. I have also advised her to let me know when she is fully understanding so that I can move on to the next section. We meet again on Wednesday to finish up the chords and circles section.

We went over as much back-logged homework as we could, mostly about factoring and simplifying expressions. At first, the student was challenged with differentiating between a constant multiplied against a variable, and a variable raised to a power. After several different attempts to explain the same concept, it began to sink in, and after a completed assignment, he was much more comfortable working with the concept. The student continues to be engaged with the work and eager to learn.

Today we went over how to be a 'mesera' at a restaurant. We went over how to ask "Would you like" for the formal form "usted" (Que le gustaria/Que quiere). We also learned a couple new phrases, including "Aqui esta su comida" and "Viene con...". We also reviewed numbers 101 - 1,000. Lastly, we completed the script portion of their project (we started it last session and finished it tonight so that they can make the video tomorrow). The girls are really improving in their overall vocabulary and comfort with the language! I am very proud of them!

The student and I reviewed her essay assignment from last week. She is going to work on the conclusion to strengthen the piece. We discussed several other expository essay prompts as well. The student is going to write two essays and an outline for a third for next week. We discussed clarity within the paragraphs and not overthinking her persuasive arguments in her essays.

In this session, we went over the student's homework that was due later this week. It covered energy, momentum and forces. She seemed to solve most of these problems with ease. We did learn different analytical skills used to solve problems.

We reviewed spelling of old words in the student's notebook as well as new, more difficult words. She learned about the "tion" ending/sound and understood it well. We also discussed the meaning of some of these words. She read her entire assigned book today (the Arthur book). She really did a wonderful job getting through it.

The student and I began by working on solving problems with the quadratic formula. I told him to just substitute the coefficients into the formula and then use algebra to find the variable. He got the hang of this quickly and we went on to his second assignment. I went over interval notation with him and how it corresponds to inequalities. Overall the problems went well and the student can use these notations.

The student did fantastically today! She stayed on task, and read her books quickly, with very few mistakes! As a treat for doing so well, we finished off with me reading a Winnie the Pooh story to her.