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Academic Tutoring in Dallas Fort Worth, TX
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 Dallas Fort Worth, TX 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 worked on the introduction paragraph for the student's upcoming Macbeth essay. This included constructing the thesis statement for the essay. We also worked on topic sentences for the body paragraphs for this essay.
I helped her prep for a massive vocabulary quiz that she has this week. We reviewed our existing list of tough words to practice, most of which she had retained. We spent the rest of our session coming up with our own "mnemonic devices" for words that she had difficulty with. We then put words in sentences to provide additional context - a trick that really seemed to help her.
The student learned the new blend "sp" and practiced reading it in an online book. He was introduced to sounds that come in the middle of words; specifically the long 'e' sound. He practiced spelling words from picture cards with "ee" and "ea." He is doing a great job retaining all new skills!
In this session we covered mean, median, mode, and range. The student had homework on this topic and wanted more practice. I started off giving him problems because during his math class he quickly understood the material. He knew that in order to find the mean, he needed to add all of the numbers and divide them by how many numbers are there. To find the median, he needed to put the numbers in order and circle the middle number. For the mode, he needed to find the number with the most numbers. For the range, he needed to put the numbers from least to greatest and take the last and first numbers and subtract them. After doing problems on this topic, he said that it was easy. He was not struggling with anything nor were there any concerns from this session. I did not leave him with any extra practice because he understood the material. He did an excellent job.
Today, the student and I went over Mendelian Genetics. We worked through the entire unit in her workbook. We started with the history of genetics and ended with dihybrid crosses. She enjoyed working with Punnett Squares and being able to predict the percent chance of having certain traits in offspring.
Today, the student worked on social studies homework. She worked on multiple choice questions, and trying to figure out what FOCUS area they fell into, and how we could use context as well as evidence from primary and secondary sources to identify the questions.
Today we worked through an assignment on logarithms. In the process, we went over the definition of a logarithm, its relationship to an exponent and the various properties of logarithms that allow us to expand or contract a logarithmic expression in order to simplify.
The student didn't have any homework for the day and was feeling very comfortable with the material they'd covered in class so far, so we started on the next section in the book. The section covered solving quadratic trinomials with graphing and was an extension of a few previous sections we'd worked on, so it wasn't too much of a challenge for the student. Essentially the only real change from previous changes was focusing on the x-intercepts instead of the y-intercept and vertex and the student caught on quickly.
The majority of the session was preparing the student for his math quiz the next day. The best way to prepare for a math quiz or test is by practice on paper, so the student is ingrained with the operations, functions, and skills needed. We practiced negative exponents and simplification of negative exponent expressions, multiplying exponents with the same base, multiplying exponents with different bases, dividing exponents with the same base or different base, raising a power of a base to a power, and exponents involving fractions. We practiced until he felt he was ready for the quiz. During the session, also had him email his math teacher for a list of upcoming units to be covered, so I, too, have a list of mathematical topics to be covered for his future sessions.
Today we worked on directionality. We started with working on our lazy eights, going from left to right. This helps not only with directionality but also spatial awareness. I then had him walk the letters "b", "d" and "a". After many times I had him transfer that to paper as well as say the letters to me. He did very well, but needs to practice, day to day in order to internalize them. He needs to do two to three letters on a weekly basis.
The student and had a chance to have a longer lesson today. We started with reading/writing activities in one of her workbooks. We then moved on to complete the last Bob book and she did okay handling the sentences. I then read her a story and asked her comprehension questions to see how well she does with co-reading vs. listening to stories, then having to find words. She did fairly well in this activity. We then co-read 2 books I brought and she struggled a bit.
Student and I completed the PowerPoint for his intro to special education class. This particular assignment was difficult because it required him to analyze two scientific journal articles, and the writing in those articles is very academic and complex. However, I was able to help him break down each article into more manageable sections to complete the PowerPoint. He will have to present this PowerPoint when he returns next week, so over the break, it might be wise to have him practice presenting.