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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 we finished reviewing for her exam that is tomorrow. We used the question set that her professor made online as a framework for the review. We started with basic derivatives that required using the power, product, sum, quotient and/or chain rule. We then moved on to problems that asked for solving for the equation of the line tangent to a function at a point. We also did this for functions that required implicit differentiation to find the derivative. We also reviewed logarithmic function derivatives and the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration. I left her with a full practice test and will be emailing her the answer key tonight.

We had a good session yesterday. The student did well on his writing assignment. He wrote very good sentences. We did a writing exercise where he was to write what it would feel like of he were a turtle. He did very well. He did several worksheets on spelling and word choice, and he did great. I gave him a little more open-ended writing assignment this time: a paragraph about either a knight or a pirate, at least 3/4 of a page, two drafts, and I gave him about 6 words to use.

We specifically went over the free response questions for the analyzing data component of the AP Statistics exam. The student was struggling with finding the necessary information needed in order to answer the question. I left her to review the concepts covered in that mock exam at home. Overall, the session was excellent.

I talked with the student about some of her favorite things in order to pick topics to read about. Then we read a school book together. We worked on long vowel sounds and the silent or "sneaky" e at the end of words. She is going to practice before our next session.

The student and I covered an admissions essay for one of his college applications. We completed the first paragraph of the essay and will finish the essay in future sessions. In particular, we discussed how to make a strong case for yourself and your credentials without coming across as condescending and arrogant. Admissions committees want to see confidence, but not brash conceit.

Today I was able to help the student with a homework assignment online. We worked through chapter 9.1 and 9.2 in her textbook on inverse functions and graphing inverse functions. She continues to improve with every meeting.

The student wrote out her weekly words with the "ink" and "unk" sounds. She also wrote a few sentences with her vocabulary words. Afterwards, we did a practice spelling test using these words and other similar sounding words. She then summarized Chapter 2 of "Snake Camp," her assigned reading. We completed Chapter 3 today, while discussing hard vocabulary and expressions ("phony," "suspicious," "to buy a story," "stumbled," "several"). We talked about the implications of certain passages and character traits. We will continue to work on memory and reading comprehension.

We went over key concepts in acid/base, redox reactions, and fluid dynamics. The student is still a bit concerned about his one not-so-ideal practice score. I encouraged him to do three more tests before his exam but NOT to check the score.

During this session, I taught the quadratic formula to the student which was a new topic that they have not learned, but will probably appear on the next unit taught in school. Furthermore, with both students, we worked practice problems from worksheets I provided from online. Worksheets covered Personal Finance, which the girls just started learning. We did problems on Simple Interest and using the formula for SI, given a word problem.

The student had a long class homework assignment that we worked through. I gave him similar problems in his homework to have completed by our next session.

We were still working with quadratics: the quadratic formula, determinants, factoring, etc. We finished that Unit and the student did well on his test. Since we had a little time left, we did a quick preview of rational expressions.

Today was math day since the student has a major test coming up on Wednesday. We completed the unit 7 review with an emphasis on vocabulary. I assigned her to study the vocabulary on page 396. She was awesome at stem and leaf plots and number lines!