Summer’s finally upon us. And after the crescendo of finals-induced stress it can be all too easy to sit back and settle into a 2-month mental check-out. But summer is the perfect time to explore the world around you simply for the sake of your own curiosity — to divorce yourself from the idea that…
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- You’ll take a 2-hour diagnostic test assessing your capabilities across all 5 content areas of Math, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, and Critical Thinking
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Parent, NishimachiThank you for working with my daughter - it's so clear the difference that you have made. Your tutor was wonderful and made math fun again for her - it was great that he mixed traditional tools, like math drills, with fun activities.
Parent, ASIJI wanted to say thank you to you for coaching [my daughter] and helping her achieve and maintain [a global-level] standard. A little over a year ago I was very worried whether going to [school in Tokyo] alone would be good enough to get [her] into a good school back home. I was sure the standards back there were much higher than what the elementary school here followed. I was also worried about whether she would fit in and be able to survive academically at a good school once we moved back. But within a few months of going to TA, I knew [she] would be fine. Please know that this family will forever appreciate the effort and guidance you have given to [our daughter]. I can tell that she enjoys learning from you and is always happy to go to TA. Thank you for all you have done.
Parent, ASIJThank you for an awesome 2-week class. I wrote my friends back in the States saying that you accomplished what the schools back [in the US] would accomplish in 3-4 months. Writing has never been my child's strength, and that is why I enrolled her in your class. I honestly believe that her writing improved with your 2-week class. Its is wonderful to have teachers who are motivated and passionate about teaching.
Parent, International SchoolThank you so much for all your help! [My son] improved so much and just simply enjoyed learning maths from you. He also achieved a solid score in math at school in his exams few weeks ago as well and received a Bronze award for the Junior Math Olympiad!
Parent, ASIJThank you!! [My boys] really benefited from your work with them this year. I can't thank you enough for being positive and yet pushing them to do more than they think they are capable of. You explain things in a way that really makes sense to them and it has made all the difference for them academically.
Parent, International SchoolOur tutor was great at teaching - my daughter said that his method was very efficient for her. She used to take [another] SSAT course [in] Tokyo, but nothing can be compared to TA's method. That was her honest comment. Personally, I was very impressed by TA staff's punctuality, serious attitude, and teaching technique. I wish you all the best for your future success in this field.
Parent, NishimachiWe just received our daughter's scores on the SSATs. She did wonderfully: 92% overall. Thank you for all of your work with her. She knows that it has made a big difference in her scores, and we believe that to be true as well.
Student, British School of TokyoI had the best tutor ever! He helped me study for my math tests and I did very well on those tests. He also helps me add more detail to my essays and make them the better. I practiced reading speeches with him and he is the best speaker ever. I hope you choose him as your tutor and have a good school year.
Regardless of family background, non-English speaking environments like Japan can have an effect on students’ language skills. A broad vocabulary is crucial to clearly articulating one’s view, to conveying and understanding nuance, and being able to successfully engage with a diversity of texts. A small vocabulary often means limited language skills.
Register for our free weekly vocabulary courses, and start addressing the vocabulary gap today!
Scholastic asserts numerous benefits from a higher vocabulary (link):
-Comprehension improves when you know what the words mean. Since comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, you cannot overestimate the importance of vocabulary development.
-Words are the currency of communication. A robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication — listening, speaking, reading and writing.
-Academic and social confidence and competence improve when children and adolescents improve their vocabulary.
TestYourVocab (link), a great vocabulary resource, states that for native speakers of English:
-Most adult native test-takers range from 20,000–35,000 words
-Average native test-takers of age 8 already know 10,000 words
-Average native test-takers of age 4 already know 5,000 words
However, particularly as age increases, there is a yawning gap between native speakers and non-native speakers. This has detrimental effects on later development, educational or otherwise: the most common vocabulary size for foreign test-takers is 4,500 words, well below that of even young native test-takers.
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Summer 2018 Test Prep
It’s that time of year again. The days are gradually getting longer, the sun shining almost all of the way through, with that perfect once-in-a-year warmth where you can walk out sleeveless without getting a chill or working up a sweat. All this can mean only one thing — finals. First of all, let…
“I walked through a long row of houses at the level of the first or second floor, just as one walks through a tunnel from one carriage to another. I walked quickly, perhaps also because the house was so rickety that for that reason alone one hurried. The doors between the houses I did not…
The following is a guest post by our AP Physics and Advanced Pre-Calculus class instructor and tutor, Taryn. “There is no more fulfilling way to spend our time on Earth than exploring the limits of the Universe by expanding the limits of our minds.” March 14th of this year was a devastating day…
Tokyo Academics is excited to announce our first annual writing competition! Starting this year, we will be offering Japan’s students (both Japanese and International schools), aged 18 and under, an annual forum to communicate their hopes, dreams, fears, and concerns about the world, the future, and more. As an educational institution in Tokyo, Japan, we…