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Varsity Tutors offers 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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Illinois State University - Special Education

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Northern Illinois University - Curriculum & Instruction

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University Of Chicago - History

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Northwestern University - Theatre/Creative Writing/Psychology Minor

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

Things to focus on this week: 1. Science fair project topic due in exactly one week. 2. Corrected English pre-test. 3. Completed another worksheet on Spanish adjectives - writing opposites with gender and number agreement, multiple choice. 4. Math done in spiral!

Today, I tested the student on basic on the conjugation of verbs "avoir" and "parler". We practiced her listening comprehension, and for next week I've tasked her with studying some vocabulary and expressions for an upcoming spelling test.

This was my final session with the student before her assessment test on Saturday. She took a practice test before our session and went through the answers on her own. She told me at the start of the session that she was having the most trouble with the vocabulary fill-in-the-blank problems in the reading section, so we mostly focused on those. We improved her strategies when it comes to eliminating answers that she knows aren't correct, following her instincts about words to guess their meaning, and always trying to fill in the blanks with words of her own first so she knows what to look for in the answers. She kept adding words to her vocabulary list as we went through, and we both noted how there are several words that seem to pop up over and over again, so she focused on those. By the end of our session she was doing a lot better on these types of questions.

The student and I had our first session today, covering general tips for the Reading section, and a timed ACT Reading test. The student is going to take a full-length practice ACT this week.

We covered a lot of topics in this session. His homework was to learn about the quadratic formula and apply it in standard form. To understand the basic mechanics of the quadratic formula, we went over topics including: an order of operations, negative numbers, basic arithmetic, graphing and function notation. Eddie seemed to understand more clearly what quadratic functions represent in every day life and was able to check his understanding very well while using a calculator.

The student and I continued going over topics in genetics on Thursday. Specifically, we completed worksheets that demonstrated exceptions to basic Mendelian genetics, such as codominance, incomplete dominance, and X-linked inheritance. We spent some time on how a person's blood type is inherited. Finally, we looked over pedigrees and how to use them to determine a person's genotype and the type of inheritance of traits or diseases. Over the next week, she has a genetic disease project that she will be working on with a group.

We went over the student's homework/Spanish grammar lesson he was learning for class, and I gave him practice problems reviewing subjunctive and indirect/direct objects as well as his vocabulary words. We went over his PSAT Writing test, which his mother wanted us to cover, as well as another SAT writing practice test he had completed.

The student and I covered material for his upcoming assessment test, which involved going over new concepts like geometrical surface area and volume of certain 3D objects. We also covered mean, median, mode of data sets. Finally, we learned the Pythagorean theorem, which was a new concept for him.

Today, the student worked quickly and with great efficiency, finishing about half of a full practice test. He completed two multiple choice math sections. He also completed two reading sections. Finally, he worked through a writing section (improving sentences).

We went through a brief overview of all the subjects, then reviewed her diagnostic test. The student walked me through all the questions she had missed, telling me what material they were testing, and how to answer them properly. She's been in a pretty solid place for the past two or three weeks, so this was more about a broad overview, collecting everything she had to remember in one nice, neat session. I'm really excited to hear how she does :)

Last session before the student's SAT. Went through outlining a sample essay and some of every other problem type in the Math, Reading, and Writing to reinforce strategies as a final review, and left with some test-day tips and reminders. If he can improve as much from his previous test as he has in our sessions, he's got a great chance of hitting his target goal.

We went over MCAT physics. First, we did a practice question about photoelectric effects. Next, we went over fluids and waves, covering all the main points. I left the student with my physics book. The student is improving.

How can a Varsity Tutors 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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