In 2007, I was approached by a few parents of students who I currently tutor. They posed the question, "Do you know of any classes or summer camps that I can send my child to over the summer that will help them prepare for next year's math class?" Other than taking summer school classes or enrolling in a traditional 'learning center', I was not able to offer any options.
It was then that I thought about the idea of offering summer math seminars. In the past, I have always tutored privately in a one-on-one mode by visiting the student's home and assisting them in the subject matter that they were currently working on (studying for a test, completing a difficult homework assignment, re-teaching a difficult lesson, etc...).
The math seminars will be a focused two week, six session, immersion based project that reinforce benchmark concepts and introduce core building blocks that the student will need to master for completion of the course. It is specifically designed to prepare a student with background knowledge before taking on their next math course. This will allow the student to concentrate on the problem solving aspects of the lessons while being very familiar with the course content. The content is specifically designed for students in Loudoun and Fairfax County.
All seminars will be taught in a small group atmosphere. Specific focus will be placed on boosting student confidence through clear instruction and directed (and fun) group activities. Each student will be required to practice and complete Gateway quizzes that will clearly show the student's progress towards proficiency.