Award-Winning Academic Tutoring & Test Prep
K - 8 Tutoring in New York City, NY
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
This afternoon, I helped the student with his math and language arts homework assignments. First, we worked on word problems involving fractions. He was able to solve the problems once I helped him identify the numbers for the equations. Next, he multiplied whole numbers and fractions. I used a blank piece of paper to help him focus on only one problem at a time. This minimized distraction. After the math tasks, he wrote sentences using alliterations and personifications. I helped him brainstorm appropriate nouns and verbs for the sentences. He picked the ones he wanted and composed the sentences on his own. I gave him a high five at the end of the session. He worked persistently.
The student and I worked on developing the body of her essay on Leonardo's song. She did a great job thinking through the points she wanted to make and making sure that her ideas were connected and that they helped support her claim.
We worked on a selection of practice problems from sample exams. Today's concentration was on reading comprehension (and we read five long passages with approximately 30 questions) followed by a selection of practice mathematics questions.
Yesterday was an excellent class. We worked on reading fluency. The student was so focused, he actually read 5 passages, level B. He read so well that he passed to level C. He has slowed down and he is actually sounding out words that he doesn't recognize.
Helped them study for their test on functions and scatter plots. We were able to use a math app to practice and make sure they were ready. They both seem to really understand this unit well and did not have much confusion.
She has a test on Friday, so we spent this session reviewing. We had already gone over pretty much all of this material, so we worked through some online questions and went through some of her AP Biology flashcards. She struggled on a few of the topics, but overall, she did well and was not overtly under-prepared for any of the topics. By the time we ended the session, she had a handful of topics that she knew to hone in on before the test.
The student has an AP calculus exam today, so we reviewed two practice tests. For some of the problems, he immediately knew the steps to do and I was there if he had follow up questions. For others, I walked him through the entire problem. For the rest, once he had a firm grasp on what he needed to do to solve, he was fine working through the rest of the problem on his own. I will begin working with him to understand the implied directions in each type of problem, because the directions in the problem are not always explicit.
The student worked through a CR section, science section, several math problems and a few general test taking strategies. He performs very well but still struggles with time management. We have been conducting the sections under timed conditions and some improved has been seen. We will continue to work towards improving his reading speed and time management.
We worked the entire session on his Finance Test, which he will take tomorrow. The student knew a lot about the material already, but we went over many sample questions from previous tests, and he also constructed a "study sheet" that he will be able to use in class. He also has formulas for Fair Value, calculating interest over time, and he got every question correct, even four or five examples ones I made up. He is very prepared for this test, and should score a 90 or above, based on our session last night. He did very well again, as usual.
Today, the student and I worked through several homework problems, which included concepts in solutions, the Van't Hoff factor, and colligative properties (freezing point, boiling point, osmotic pressure). She has an exam scheduled for this upcoming Monday, and we were working ahead on the homework from what she has covered in lecture. She understood the new concepts very quickly, despite not seeing them before in lecture. She should make sure she practices the equations regarding the Van't Hoff factor before her exam this upcoming Monday.
In this session we worked on a new type of verbs, called "-AR verbs". These verbs share the same ending, and when they are regular verbs, it follows a pattern. So, it makes it easier to remember their conjugations. The student was happy to see that these conjugations won't be as hard to memorize. He needs to memorize a few of these new verbs. Hopefully this pattern will be easy for him. He has homework, he has to memorize the new verbs.
We discussed testing strategies, emphasizing careful reading and analyzing what is given & asked for before leaping to an answer. We reviewed Properties of Operations and tackled some complex problems involving adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing Rational Numbers.