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Experience Phonics tutoring by highly credentialed tutors in Washington DC. We'll help you learn Phonics through one-on-one tutoring in the comfort of your home, online, or any other location of your choice.

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We have certified tutors near you ideally qualified to help you with Phonics. The tutors hail from colleges like MIT, Stanford, UChicago, Yale, Harvard, UPenn, Notre Dame, Amherst, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, Rice, Columbia, WashU, Emory, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, UNC, Michigan, UCLA, and other nationally recognized programs.

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Undergraduate Degree:
Bryant University - Accounting

Graduate Degree:
Monterey Inst Of Intl Studies - Intl Management

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Undergraduate Degree:
Colgate University - International Relations & Peace And Conflict Studies

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Undergraduate Degree:
Columbia University - Economics, Philosophy

How we help you master: Phonics


Our educational director will build your personal Phonics learning profile, including strengths and weaknesses.


Your tutor will quickly assess your proficiency with the material, and identify areas for improvement.


Our individualized lesson plans will assist you in realizing your educational goals.

Recent Tutoring Session Reviews

I helped the student compose an email to his teacher asking about the assignments. Next, we discussed argumentation, since in his English class, the students are working on rhetorical analysis. We discussed a classroom debate on the controversy surrounding the mascot of the local football team and applied rhetorical analysis tools including Aristotle's rhetorical triangle to a specific argument on the issue. Finally, we worked through a few grammar and style problems to conclude the session.

The student had written about five pieces of literature in a five paragraph essay, and I helped him edit it and type it. He had a good connection in his head that all the stories revealed some aspect of courage, and I helped him express that so that the paragraphs all cohered. Also we looked at the map of Europe, and wrote a page about the connection between Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler and Galileo leading into the development of science.

We began by working through exercises on dangling modifiers. The student used rearrangement and rewriting strategies to correct sentences in the exercises. We continued with the next stages of her persuasive essay assignment: research and outlining. She is developing skills for collecting and evaluating sources using online searches. We began talking about the structure of an outline and the positioning of primary arguments. We will continue discussing outlines Thursday.

Today we specifically focused on the student's Halloween English project that is due tomorrow. He had completed most of the assignment, so I looked at each of the 3 parts and we discussed what was asked in the assignment and compared it to what he had done. He had done a pretty good job, and all he needed to do was some formatting changes and editing. I also had him add some more factual details to parts of the assignment that required research. Overall we both felt confident at the end of the session that he had a solid project to turn in.

Today we went over English and French. We read the parable that was assigned in his English class, and then we answered a series of six comprehensive questions about the story. Then we began to study for his French quiz. We reviewed vocabulary, verbs, and conjugations. Then we went over the various exercises that the student was assigned for homework. He stated that his performance on quizzes and tests has been satisfactory thus far. I told him to be sure to email me if he has any questions on his homework.

We met at the library right after school. We went over his grammar drill on adverbs and spent some time reviewing his vocabulary words from Unit 3. He always has interesting observations of his classmates, so I've found that having him talk about that while tying in vocabulary words helps him retain their definitions!

During this session the student and I defined vocabulary words, looked them up in the dictionary, and also looked up the vocabulary in the context of the book. We discussed different ways to use the terms. For our next session we will dive deeper into the words in context of the book and different ways to study them.

The student and I first worked on her Algebra homework, which was on identifying and combining algebraic terms. She struggled a bit at first, but by the end was able to recognize and combine variables. We then worked on English homework which was on identifying and correcting sentence errors. The student was good at picking what was wrong with the grammar and correcting the problem. We finished by making a review sheet and studying for her Art History quiz tomorrow.

Today out session lasted 1.5 hours. We worked on lesson 11 in her vocabulary book. We looked up the definitions of the words to have a better understanding of their meanings and their root word meanings so the student could complete her homework. I left her with some extra practice that she can try to do before class on Thursday, or we can complete together at the beginning of our next lesson.

Today we went over verbs for her English homework, and then moved into the application short answers for high school. She composed three paragraphs, and we talked about transitions, mechanics, varying sentence type, and using the active voice.

The student and I worked hard. We finished the book he is doing for class. We then wrote some questions about the book and answered them. He then went back and edited the and re-wrote the parts that needed work.

The student needed to work on his Brit Lit analysis paper this evening. Although we had worked to map out ideas and plan the paper on Sunday, today we started by revising his thesis statement. This served as the guide for the paper. He was able to use his rough draft to provide the supporting details for his thesis.

How can a tutor help you master Phonics?

If your child struggles with sounding out letters and recognizing words, Varsity Tutors’ phonics tutoring in Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia can be of assistance. Our tutors meet in the comfort of your home, or another location of your choosing in the DC area, at a time that suits you.

Since phonics—the relationship between letters and sounds—is central to language, success in phonics means success in reading, spelling, and comprehension. Studies show that mastery of phonics gives students an edge on the skills needed to read quickly and fluently. Our excellent tutors can identify the sounds your child already knows, as well as review more challenging sounds and sound combinations.

Phonics tutoring can also provide the motivation for learning phonics. Our tutors can assist your child in matching written words and sounds with spoken language, using games and activities. Many of our tutors use mnemonic devices to associate a letter or combination of letters with a sound to help your child better remember sounds while reading. By focusing on one or just several sounds at a time, a Varsity Tutors’ tutor can challenge your child without overwhelming him or her. And most importantly, our tutors can instill a love of learning and a passion for how the written word—through phonics—becomes the spoken word. Call our directors today to learn more about excellent phonics tutoring throughout the DC metropolitan area.


Phonics is a method of teaching reading based on the relationship between letters and sounds; it is also key to developing an important, life-long skill for emerging readers. Varsity Tutors understands the significance of helping children learn how to read based on a solid foundation of the strategies needed to sound out words. We can offer your child targeted, one-on-one phonics instruction so that they can develop both a strong foundation for their reading skills and the enjoyment of reading that comes from mastering these skills.


Fluency is the ability to read text with speed, accuracy and proper expression (National Reading Panel). In order for a reader to comprehend what they read, they must be able to read fluently. Therefore, fluency is an important foundational skill that takes beginning readers to the next level in their reading abilities.

Varsity Tutors understands the significance of helping children learn how to read based on a solid foundation of fluency skills. We can offer your child targeted, one-on-one fluency instruction so that they can develop a strong foundation for their reading skills and the enjoyment of reading that comes from mastering these skills.

Why is fluency important?

Fluency is the bridge between phonics skills and reading comprehension. If a child struggles with fluency, they often stop to sound out words, read very slowly, and/or read in a monotone fashion. All of these problems make comprehension very difficult to attain, and children who struggle with fluency may not like to read because they find the process so tedious. Fluency skills are important to develop in every reader, both to attain comprehension and to make reading an enjoyable practice.


Reading comprehension is the level of understanding a person attains from reading a piece of text. There are different levels of understanding that a reader can achieve, from the most basic summary to the ability to make inferences based on the underlying principals of the text. As children develop their reading skills, strong comprehension skills become more critical. Reading comprehension is a skill that is needed to do well in all subject areas and standardized testing.

Varsity Tutors understands the significance of helping children learn how to read based on a solid foundation of comprehension skills. We can offer your child targeted, one-on-one comprehension instruction so that they can develop higher-level reading skills and the enjoyment of reading that comes from mastering these skills.

Why is comprehension important?

Comprehending a text is a basic, fundamental skill that is at the heart of why we read. Comprehension is a critical component of life; we must all read and understand signs, directions, letters, bills and other important documents. For children, comprehension is crucial to academic success in all subject areas, including math (word problems, step-by-step directions to problem solving), and on standardized tests.

If children struggle with reading comprehension, they may be unable to answer questions relating to the text they have read, have difficulty summarizing and/or have difficulty explaining ideas or pointing out important details from the texts. This often leads to frustration and a lack of motivation to read. Comprehension skills are an important skill to attain for every reader, both to provide a needed life skill and to make reading an enjoyable practice.

Varsity Tutors can help your child build a strong foundation for reading based on phonics, fluency, and comprehension skills. Contact us to learn more about our phonics tutors in Washington DC.

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