Summer is a great time to get a head-start on challenging courses for the upcoming school year. We design personalized prep programs for all subjects that we tutor, which review important fundamentals from the past school year and introduce new concepts that students will soon face in their upcoming course work. Each transition program includes weekly homework, reading assignments, and practice tests to monitor and map student progress.
SAT/ACT Summer Prep Program
More and more parents and students are using the summer to prepare for the SAT and ACT exams. This option is particularly beneficial to students who want to take these exams during the fall semester, have taken algebra II, and have busy schedules during the school year due to sports or other extracurricular activities. Our SAT/ACT program includes 30 hours of individualized tutoring to be split between the math and verbal sections of either exam, instructional books and materials, and 3 full-length practice exams.
Transition Into Algebra I
Many students who follow the Common Core curriculum begin high school with algebra I, making the transition from middle school challenging. To help students feel more confident about beginning high school math, we offer a structured review of pre-algebra topics including solving equations, translating word problems into equations, exponents, review of polynomials and factoring.
Transition Into Algebra II & Geometry
If you are worried that your student is a bit rusty and may need to brush up on his or her algebra skills or get a jump-start on geometry concepts, our transition programs are the answer!
Our algebra II program provides students with review of important algebra I concepts and gradually expands into more complex aspects of algebra II. The transition into algebra II program covers linear equations, functions, solving inequalities, laws of exponents, polynomials, factoring, and using factoring to solve equations.
Our geometry program provides students with an introduction to deductive reasoning and proofs, which many students find to be particularly challenging in the first semester because they differ so drastically from concepts learned in algebra I. The transition into geometry program covers the use of definitions and postulates, an introduction to deductive reasoning (proofs), definition and properties of parallel lines, and triangles and proofs involving congruent triangles.
Transition Into Math I & Math II
Our transition into math I program provides students with review of important pre-algebra concepts and gradually expands into more complex aspects of algebra, as well as an introduction to deductive reasoning and proofs, which many students find to be particularly challenging in the first semester.
Our transition into math II program covers concepts heavily emphasized by Common Core curriculum such as functions and function transformations, as well as review of linear equations, fractional equations, factoring and solving equations using factoring. This program also provides a review of coordinate geometry, proportions, deductive reasoning (proofs) and logic.
Transition Into AP Calculus
To ensure success with the new (and we think exciting) concepts introduced in Calculus, a strong foundation in algebra is essential. Our program will focus on reviewing advanced algebraic concepts such as complex fractions, fractional powers, the difference quotient, parent functions and graphing, as well as an introduction to limits and basic derivatives – time permitting.
Transition Into AP Chemistry & AP Biology
We can make AP chemistry less challenging! Our program helps students develop a strong understanding of dimensional analysis, atomic theory and periodic trends, and composition and reaction stoichiometry (including empirical and molecular formulas, limiting and excess reactant problems, and solution stoichiometry).
Set yourself up for success in AP biology! Our program provides students with an overview of basic inorganic chemistry fundamentals, in particular the chemistry of water and an understanding of the biochemistry macromolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, and carbohydrates.
College Essay Workshop
Summer is the ideal time for students to start their college admissions essays with our personalized prep program. Whether students come to us with a targeted list of top-choice university prompts to tackle, or simply feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, our tutors will guide them through all the steps to complete a sparkling personal statement by brainstorming, drafting, focusing and revising.
Summer Reading Development For All Ages
Get a strong start on next school year’s academic reading with our reading development program! Our tutors will work with students to create an individualized plan that includes both fiction and non fiction reading specific to their interests and abilities. We will work on reading skills, appropriate to age level and grade level, and will include writing practice that naturally lends itself to improved reading skills. The lessons will include weekly homework, but much of the learning will take place in session, through reading out loud for fluency and discussion around tone and rhetorical language.