Students are encouraged to bring school texts and reading materials to tutoring sessions, so that skill practice may be directly related to current school assignments. Sight words and phonemic skills are reviewed as needed. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development and comprehension skills (main idea, character development, plot and themes, inference).
The five-paragraph essay is fully developed. Research reports are supported including developing techniques for note-taking, organization, and editing. Attention is given to various types of writing including Narrative, Expository, Compare and Contrast, and Persuasive.
Phonemic patterns are reinforced. Focus is given to multi-syllable and "tricky" words. Difficult words for each student are identified, practiced and incorporated into daily writing.
As needed, we review basic computations and facts. We use a straight-forward approach to teaching fractions, decimals, and percents. As students are ready, pre-algebra and geometry skills are introduced. Support of classroom assignments is always available.
General Organization: Students are encouraged to maintain a student planner, which is used to write down all school assignments and to plan for timely completion of required work. If needed, we provide a routine check of the student binder and organization of course materials. Students begin to learn note taking, outlining and study skills.
Practice for the 7th grade WASL (Washington Assessment
of Student Learning), ISEE (Independent Schools Entrance Exams), and Standardized Achievement Tests is available as requested. For each of these tests, we use practice materials specific to the individual test. We help students become familiar with the format of the test, help students develop strategies for successful completion of the test and review and reinforce reading, writing and math skills.