Award-Winning Academic Tutoring & Test Prep
K - 8 Tutoring in Kansas City, MO
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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 worked on his sustainable housing research paper. He had written the first page in APA format. His formatting is excellent, and he had written effective statements that I showed him how to support with research. We also discussed reorganizing the material so the flow was improved and making sure his statements were consistent and well-researched.
The student wanted to talk about cells and organelles today as well as simple biochemistry. We went over the definition of life, cell theory, and the function of organelles in eukaryotic cells as well as the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
- Handed out sheets with the German alphabet, explaining the differences between the English and German one. Spoke the alphabet out loud and had them repeat after me, several times. - Handed out sheet explaining the difference between addressing people
Today's session covered topics in algebra related to linear equations. We discussed point-slope form, slope-intercept form, finding an equation from two points on the line, and the general equation for a line. We looked through the textbook to discover its organization and help available to the student. We worked through example problems and exemplary problems from a homework assignment. I suggested that the student take the time to preview upcoming lessons to provide context when the teacher covers the material in class. Prior to the next session I will find some additional enrichment material to use.
We covered prefixes and root words, fact and opinion, how to follow directions (putting a story into the correct order), reading with questions and identifying parts of speech (nouns and verbs). She was very enthusiastic. I used my dry-erase board to highlight pronunciation. I didn't leave them with any practice. I am seeing progress with fact and opinion.
Reviewed the ideal gas law in chemistry and the application/derivatives under constant pressure, volume, or temperature. Studied the concepts of cone, pyramid, and prism, as well as the relationship in spatial geometry. Went through history topics in the quiz.
Today the student and I continued to work on her Macbeth essay. We reordered her paragraphs and started including quotes from secondary sources. We also went over the basics of citing sources in MLA format. Now that she has a clear idea of where the paper is going, she just needs help with putting everything in order. She seems excited about how the paper is coming out so far, which is great!
The student and I continued working on exponential expressions, radicals and rational exponents. We talked about expressing the base as a power of a different base to simplify equations with rational exponents. We also talked about breaking up fractional exponents into the numerator time the reciprocal of the denominator. We use this as a step in expressing exponentials as radicals and vice-versa.
Today the students had some new vocabulary they needed to work with for their English classes. I worked with the first student, reviewing the list of words and helping her identify any that she will need to pay special attention to in order to memorize and begin to utilize in speech. I guided her through completing some vocabulary related homework assignments. We then used some "word analysis" worksheets I had on hand to dig deeper into the meaning of some words. Next, I helped the second student with her vocabulary words and one of her assignments. I have kept track of the more difficult words on both their lists to make sure we incorporate them into our regular study.
We went through three books I brought today. We co-read the first two and she did moderately well. I read the last book to her and asked her for details from the story to test listening comprehension again, as recently I have had concerns about attention. She did very well with the questions. We then closed everything with a quick flash card run and she also did fairly well, even with the new words.
We finished her electrochemistry packet, and then we completed more than half of the written portion of a sample AP chem practice test. There were questions on pH, weak acids, equilibria, gases and electrochemistry.
The student is on his spring break right now but his teacher had assigned him a short packet to complete. The packet was mostly review as he is finishing up the curriculum and only has a few topics remaining. He seemed to have forgotten a few things but this is to be expected since he hasn't been using it. We went through the packet and I did my best to jog his memory without giving him the answers. He was doing well and I believe his understanding of the subject is much stronger now.