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Spring Intensive Classes

Spring Intensive Classes are great for focused learning. Students benefit from rigorous sessions and homework to identify strengths, improve weaknesses, and build their familiarity with subjects in a quick, comprehensive manner. 

What is your goal?

  • Scoring a 5 on your AP Exam?
  • Building your Reading & Writing foundations?
  • Scoring 100 points higher on the SAT?

Our classes cover a wide range of subjects, from Grade 3 & 4 Math to SAT Test Preparation and AP Exam Preparation, to help ensure you reach your goals.

Spring Intensive Class Schedule

Monday to Friday

March 22nd through March 26th

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

High School Debate Intensive Course

with Emma Madden

Class Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

As one of the only Tokyo-based English-language debate intensives, the High School Debate Camp will dive into different forms of competitive speech and debate as well as fundamental techniques and skills. Whether a student wants to gain a competitive edge in debate competitions or simply be introduced to the world of debate for the first time, this camp will be the perfect place for students to develop their skills and confidence. This camp will help students become better advocates for their ideas, develop strong persuasion and public speaking skills and ultimately feel empowered to speak well to a variety of audiences. Debate can also help students gain a competitive edge on college applications.

Michael Amano

Michael Amano graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Asian Studies. He has over ten years of tutoring and mentoring experience in educational and professional settings in the U.S. and Japan.

S.T.E.M. Camp

with Michael Amano

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM JST
Days: Monday through Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

Build your own differential amplifier using principles of electricity and engineering! In this hands-on camp, students will learn about the wonders of neurotransmitters and sensory perception, improve their public speaking, design their own experiments, and more!

 

“I had a lot of freedom when it came to experimenting and designing, so it was fun to explore and try new things!”
–Meg, Grade 7

Michael Amano

Michael Amano graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Asian Studies. He has over ten years of tutoring and mentoring experience in educational and professional settings in the U.S. and Japan.

AP Biology

with Michael Amano

Class Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our intensive AP Biology course prepares students for the experimental approach to biology emphasized on the AP Biology exam. Concepts covered include ecology, biological chemistry, cell structure and reproduction, respiration, photosynthesis, plant and human anatomy, genetics, heredity, and evolution. Through a focus on mock AP questions, students will develop repeatable comprehension, application, and time-management strategies. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Deriam Chirinos

Deriam is a graduate of Harvard with over 5 years of teaching experience, scored in the 99th percentile score on the SAT, and has conducted prize-winning physics work.

AP Calculus AB

with Deriam Chirinos

Class Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP Calculus AB course is designed to help students maximize their score by quickly and efficiently reviewing concepts typically covered on the exam. Class time will mostly be dedicated to test strategy and consistent exposure to actual questions featured on past exams. Students will be instructed on how to solve those questions and questions like them with step-by-step methods that will help them answer fully and correctly. In addition, our tutors will demonstrate how real AP Calculus tests are scored, ensuring students know how to best use their time and energy on the test. The homework assigned will feature the most common questions on the test giving students additional practice on the most important types of problems. Students can expect ~2 hours of homework after each class.

Kristen Hughes

Kristen Hughes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Harvard University and a Masters Degree in Education from Stanford University.

AP Chemistry

with Kristen Hughes

Class Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP Chemistry Spring Intensive course will reinforce what students have learned in school, while filling in content gaps and emphasizing the problem-solving skills required for a high score on the AP Exam. The course will focus on the more difficult topics including molecular structure and bonding, stoichiometry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and acid-base chemistry, all of which make up a significant portion of the exam. In addition to rigorous review and problem solving in class, students will be expected to complete a minimum of two hours of homework every day.

Taiga Tase

Taiga Tase is studying economics and international relations at the University of Tokyo. He scored in the 99th percentile in the SAT (2380) and ACT (35) and perfect scores in five AP tests: World History, Japanese, English Language and Literature, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics.

AP Economics (Macro & Micro)
with Taiga Tase

Class Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our intensive AP Macro & Micro Economics course covers essential testing strategies applicable to both of the AP Economics tests. In the first two sessions, students can expect a refresher on fundamental concepts – particularity those that are integral to both tests – including production possibilities and comparative advantage. Students will also drill more difficult concepts such as monetary policy, marginal analysis, market structures, and cost curves to prevent the most common pitfalls for test-takers. From there, the class will work through mock tests until students demonstrate repeatable best practices on the multiple choice and free response portions of the exam. Students can expect to receive approximately 2 hours of homework per session.

Deriam Chirinos

Deriam is a graduate of Harvard with over 5 years of teaching experience, scored in the 99th percentile score on the SAT, and has conducted prize-winning physics work.

AP Statistics

with Deriam Chirinos

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP Statistics course focuses entirely on preparation for the AP test by following a curriculum based on test strategy and common question practice. The course develops students’ knowledge of major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data while keeping in mind the end goal of a high score on the AP examination. We also revisit big picture ideas that are common themes in AP Statistics: variations and distributions, patterns and uncertainty, and data based predictions, decisions, and conclusions. Students will engage in rigorous practice and weekly homework while learning key problem-solving strategies and become familiar with how AP tests are graded so that they can focus their time on the most impactful sections of the exam. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

AP US History
with Emma Madden

Class Time: 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP United States History course focuses entirely on preparation for the AP test by following a curriculum based on test strategy and common question practice. The course reinforces students’ knowledge of major facts and figures from US History and develops students’ historical essay and DBQ writing skills. Students will engage in rigorous practice and daily homework while learning key question-answering strategies. We will survey the full APUSH course, from the pre-colonial to the modern era. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

AP World History

with Emma Madden

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP World History: Modern course focuses entirely on preparation for the AP test by following a curriculum based on test strategy and common question practice. The course reinforces students’ knowledge of major facts and figures from world history and develops students’ historical essay and DBQ writing skills. Students will engage in rigorous practice and daily homework while learning key question-answering strategies. We will survey the full AP World course, from 1200 to the present. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Marigold Bays-Muchmore

Marigold scored in the 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT, was an AP Scholar with Distinction, and received a National Merit Scholarship. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Engineering.

SAT Reading & Writing

with Marigold Bays-Muchmore


Class Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th


Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in weekly practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our Spring Intensive Grade 3 & 4 Math class solidifies the skills and concepts from our Winter Weekly class. Students who have not joined the previous class can use this opportunity to catch up for our Spring Weekly classes. Just as before students will engage in project-based learning, group practice, and rigorous homework. Topics include measurement (metric and US customary units), division, and fractions. Students will be expected to complete about 1 hour of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

What makes a good story? And how can you tell it well? Scherezade, who told The Arabian Nights, knows the answer! In this class, students will study the tales of Ali Baba, Aladdin, and Sindbad the Sailor, to learn how to write well. Key skills explored will include how to start a story with a good hook; how to create interesting characters; how to increase tension in a narrative; and how to craft a good ending. Students of this age will also learn the basics of imagery by looking at the rose gardens, the shining domes, and the vibrant sounds of the Middle East. Students taking this course will come away with improved skills in structuring their writing, and improve the quality of their prose. The course will conclude with a short story writing exercise in which students will plot and write a short story, and then offer each other structured critiques on their writing.

Claudio Rivera

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

Our Spring Intensive Grade 5 & 6 Math class solidifies the skills and concepts from our Winter Weekly class. Students who have not joined the previous class can use this opportunity to catch up for our Spring Weekly classes. Students will use mean, median, mode, range, and more to solve crimes alongside in-class practice and homework. Students will be expected to complete about 1.5 hours of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 5 & 6 Reading & Writing

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 12:00 PM –  1:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Few stories are as interesting as the tales of the Greek gods. This class will explore ancient stories as a way of understanding what makes a good story, and how to write them. Why is the tale of Medusa actually a tragedy? What makes Athena an anti-hero? Why do people still read tales like Jason and the Argonauts? This class will use tales from ancient Greece to explore not only the basics of good storytelling (creating a strong narrative, making good characters, and raising stakes), but also look at what makes good writing (imagery, ‘show, don’t tell, and pulling in the reader). Students taking this course will learn writing organization, planning skills, editing and proofreading skills, and basic knowledge of creating imagery. The course will conclude with a short story writing exercise in which students will plot and write a short story, and then offer each other structured critiques on their writing.

Claudio Rivera 

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Grade 7 & 8 Math

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

Our Spring Intensive Grade 7 & 8 Math class solidifies the skills and concepts from our Winter Weekly class. Students who have not joined the previous class can use this opportunity to catch up for our Spring Weekly classes. Students will gather evidence, and learn the fundamentals of algebra to find out “Whodunit”! By solving a variety of challenging math problems, students will decipher codes like a master detective. As students have fun, they will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE. Students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per day.

Kelly Friedman

Kelly graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis. She completed a Master of Arts degree at Stony Brook University the following year.

Grade 7 & 8 Reading & Writing

with Kelly Friedman

Class Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

This course will use the unusual tales of deities like the Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl, the god of human sacrifice Huitzilopochtli, and Metztli, goddess of the moon, to explore how to write good stories that are both scary and educational. It will teach two elements of writing. The first is how to create grade-appropriate targets of story length and improve word choice, grammar, structure, and style. The second set of skills studied will be creating imagery, writing simple but effective prose, planning stories in advance, and the key skill of editing. The skills central to this course will be applicable beyond just fiction. The course will conclude with a short story writing exercise in which students will plot and write a short story, and then offer each other structured critiques on their writing.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Chris Sickinger

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Douglas Busacker

Douglas is the Academic Director at Tokyo Academics and is one of our most experienced reading, writing, and test preparation tutors. He graduated from the University of Washington.

SAT Reading & Writing – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Douglas Busacker

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Winter Weekly Sessions

High School Classes

January 10th through March 18th

JD Andrade

JD is one of Tokyo Academic’s veteran science and math tutors. He graduated magna cum laude in Chemistry from Brown University and conducted research at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School affiliate) in Boston under Dr. Martin Carey. After two years, he became published as a co-first author for a paper in the Journal of Physiology.

Advanced Pre Calculus

with JD Andrade

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

Our Advanced Pre-Calculus course is a rigorous prep course for arguably the most challenging high school math class. Topics covered include but are not limited to quadratic functions, exponentials and logs, series and sequences, polynomials, trigonometry, conic sections, polar coordinates, vectors, and limits. Class time is devoted to individual problem solving while the instructor oversees students’ work and checks their understanding and mastery of the material. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

AP Calculus AB (Closed)

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM JST
Day: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

Our AP Calculus AB class follows a common Tokyo Academics framework of teaching: modeling, guided practice, and solo practice. With all of the AP Calculus AB strategies and rules/techniques, teachers demonstrate the ideal model of an approach. From there, students are guided by the instructor through practice to confirm the correct initial use of these strategies and skills. Before moving on to new content, students are provided opportunities to practice independently to confirm readiness before homework is assigned. Finally, homework from session to session is intentionally rigorous with the aim of developing reliable, repeatable skills.

Claudio Rivera

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Algebra I (Closed)

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Day: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

 

Our Algebra 1 course provides students with a solid foundation in a variety of topics they will encounter in high school algebra classes, including but not limited to algebraic expressions, polynomials, linear equations, quadratic equations, factoring, systems of equations, and rational expressions. Students will engage with these topics preparing them for not only higher-level math classes such as Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus but also for standardized tests such as the SSAT and SAT, which are comprised heavily of the above algebraic concepts. Students may expect 2 to 3 hours of homework per week.

Tyler Kusunoki

Tyler Kusunoki currently serves as Tokyo Academics Director of College Counseling. He completed his Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College and his Masters in Education from Columbia University where he focused on the impact of individualized learning and mindset training.

Algebra 2

with Tyler Kusunoki

Class Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th


Our Algebra 2 course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, and trigonometric functions. The content of this course is important for students’ success on both the SAT and starting Algebra 2 at school. Students may expect 2 to 3 hours of homework per session.

Michael Amano

Michael Amano graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Asian Studies. He has over ten years of tutoring and mentoring experience in educational and professional settings in the U.S. and Japan.

AP Biology (Closed)

with Michael Amano

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

 

Our AP Biology course prepares students for the experimental approach to biology emphasized on the AP Biology exam while reinforcing concepts learned in high school biology courses. Concepts covered include ecology, biological chemistry, cell structure and reproduction, respiration, photosynthesis, plant and human anatomy, genetics, heredity, and evolution. Through interactive lectures, worksheets, and mock AP questions, students will develop a deep understanding of these concepts in order to test hypotheses, propose experimental plans, and analyze data mathematically. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Elizabeth Feldeverd

Elizabeth Feldeverd graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development. She earned an M.S. degree from the University of Hawaii in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering..

AP Chemistry

with Elizabeth Feldeverd

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

 

Our AP Chemistry course reinforces the knowledge and skills that students are taught at school and that they will need for the May AP Exam. The topics include, but are not limited to, atomic molecular structure, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and acid-base chemistry. In addition to the weekly review of academic course work, students will cover test-taking strategies specific to the AP Chemistry exam. Homework is assigned to those students in need of additional practice or upon request.

JD Andrade

JD is one of Tokyo Academic’s veteran science and math tutors. He graduated magna cum laude in Chemistry from Brown University and conducted research at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School affiliate) in Boston under Dr. Martin Carey. After two years, he became published as a co-first author for a paper in the Journal of Physiology.

AP Chemistry

with JD Andrade

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th


Our AP Chemistry course reinforces the knowledge and skills that students are taught at school and that they will need for the May AP Exam. The topics include, but are not limited to, atomic molecular structure, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and acid-base chemistry. In addition to the weekly review of academic course work, students will cover test-taking strategies specific to the AP Chemistry exam. Homework is assigned to those students in need of additional practice or upon request.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

AP US History
with Emma Madden

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 19th to March 16th

Our US History course prepares students not only for the various elements of the subject matter tested in the AP exam, but also develops in them the fundamental analytical and articulatory skills valued by schools, universities, and employers the world over. Participants learn how to locate and evaluate sources; embed various sources, including visual ones, within their own writing; develop historical hypotheses, and substantiate them through the use of specific evidence. All of these skills are essential to success in both their high school class and eventually the AP exam itself. They will also focus on improving their essay writing skills through frequent assignments and in-class seminar-style discussions. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per session.

Tyler Kusunoki

Tyler Kusunoki currently serves as Tokyo Academics Director of College Counseling. He completed his Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College and his Masters in Education from Columbia University where he focused on the impact of individualized learning and mindset training.

AP World History

with Tyler Kusunoki

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th


Our AP World History course is designed to reflect the recent changes in the AP world history curriculum, and help students organize and process over 2000 years of history that they will be expected to learn this year. Class instruction will go beyond content delivery and spend a significant amount of time focusing on the analytical skills necessary for success on the actual AP Exam. Students will learn how to take notes, organize information, tackle multiple-choice questions, and draft essay responses. Homework is assigned to those students needing or requesting additional practice.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

Geometry (Closed)

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM JST
Day: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

Our Geometry class follows a common Tokyo Academics framework of teaching: content check and modeling answers, guided practice, and solo practice. The class builds on students’ existing knowledge of foundational geometric concepts such as perimeter and area, as well as problem-solving abilities. Students will engage in writing proofs and solving a range of problems designed to develop the skills needed to cover and go beyond the standard high school geometry syllabus. Before moving on to new content, students are provided opportunities to practice independently through quizzes and solo practice to confirm readiness before homework is assigned. Students can expect to receive approximately 2 hours of homework per session, the purpose of which is to reinforce key concepts and skills learned as well as to help students identify where gaps in their understanding may be.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

High School Writing Foundations

with Emma Madden

Class Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM JST
Days: Every Thursdays
Dates: January 21st to March 18th

 

Our Academic Writing Foundations course tasks students with writing well-reasoned essays in response to prompts they may encounter on the SAT, AP, IB, and A-Level exams, as well as in their high school classrooms. The course will prepare students for standardized exams and focus on argumentative writing and rhetorical analysis. In addition to learning argument structure, word choice, stylistic devices, and grammar, students will practice timed writing (for both 25 and 50 min. essays). Students are expected to complete around 2 hours of homework per session.

Douglas Busacker 

Douglas is the Academic Director at Tokyo Academics and is one of our most experienced reading, writing, and test preparation tutors. He graduated from the University of Washington.

SAT Reading & Writing (Closed)

with Douglas Busacker

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM JST
Dates: January 10th to February 28th
Day: Every Sunday

 

Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math (Closed)

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Dates: January 10th to February 28th
Days: Every Sunday

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in weekly practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Chris Sickinger

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Douglas Busacker

Douglas is the Academic Director at Tokyo Academics and is one of our most experienced reading, writing, and test preparation tutors. He graduated from the University of Washington.

SAT Reading & Writing – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Douglas Busacker

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Elementary School & Middle School Classes

January 10th through March 18th

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 & 4 Math class continues on with both project-based learning, engaging class practice, and rigorous homework. This season, the topics include measurement (metric and US customary units), division, and fractions. By the end of the term, students will have solidified their foundations so that they can accelerate into advanced topics in the spring. Our project this term is an escape room! As before, students will be expected to complete about 1 hour of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM JST
Days: Every Saturday
Dates: January 16th to March 20th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 & 4 Math class continues on with both project-based learning, engaging class practice, and rigorous homework. This season, the topics include measurement (metric and US customary units), division, and fractions. By the end of the term, students will have solidified their foundations so that they can accelerate into advanced topics in the spring. Our project this term is an escape room! As before, students will be expected to complete about 1 hour of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th


Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 and 4 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, note-taking, summarizing a document, and public speaking, among other key skills. Through reading of Little House in the Big Woods, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows a family for a full year, through all the seasons, starting with fall and getting ready for winter. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own book proposal about their favorite family stories. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Kelly Friedman

Kelly graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis. She completed a Master of Arts degree at Stony Brook University the following year.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Kelly Friedman

Class Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Day: Every Thursday
Dates: January 21st to March 18th

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 and 4 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, note-taking, summarizing a document, and public speaking, among other key skills. Through reading of Little House in the Big Woods, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows a family for a full year, through all the seasons, starting with fall and getting ready for winter. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own book proposal about their favorite family stories. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM JST
Day: Every Saturday
Dates: January 16th to March 20th

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 and 4 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, note-taking, summarizing a document, and public speaking, among other key skills. Through reading of Little House in the Big Woods, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows a family for a full year, through all the seasons, starting with fall and getting ready for winter. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own book proposal about their favorite family stories. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Deriam Chirinos

Deriam is a graduate of Harvard with over 5 years of teaching experience, scored in the 99th percentile score on the SAT, and has conducted prize-winning physics work.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Deriam Chirinos

Class Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

 

Elementary statistics is the name of the game! In our Winter Weekly Grade 5 & 6 Math class, students will use mean, median, mode, range, and more to solve crimes alongside in-class practice and homework. Although the focus this term is on statistics, students will continue to practice skills from our Fall term and ramp up for our Spring term when we practice our most advanced topics. As before, students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 5 & 6 Math (Closed)

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Elementary statistics is the name of the game! In our Winter Weekly Grade 5 & 6 Math class, students will use mean, median, mode, range, and more to solve crimes alongside in-class practice and homework. Although the focus this term is on statistics, students will continue to practice skills from our Fall term and ramp up for our Spring term when we practice our most advanced topics. As before, students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 5 & 6 Reading & Writing

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th


Our Winter Weekly Grade 5 and 6 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, efficient note-taking, formulating and expressing opinions based on the content of texts, and writing opinion pieces. Through reading of Tuck Everlasting, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows ten-year-old Winnie who must consider if the Fountain of Youth is a blessing or a curse. She is kidnapped, witnesses a murder, and assists in a jailbreak. Along the way, the reader is treated to a richly imagined setting that’s every bit as memorable as the story. By the end of the class, students will be able to write a well-reasoned explanation of their opinion of Winnie’s decision. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

Grade 5 & 6 Reading & Writing 
with Emma Madden

Class Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Thursday
Dates: January 14th to March 18th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 5 and 6 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, efficient note-taking, formulating and expressing opinions based on the content of texts, and writing opinion pieces. Through reading of Tuck Everlasting, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows ten-year-old Winnie who must consider if the Fountain of Youth is a blessing or a curse. She is kidnapped, witnesses a murder, and assists in a jailbreak. Along the way, the reader is treated to a richly imagined setting that’s every bit as memorable as the story. By the end of the class, students will be able to write a well-reasoned explanation of their opinion of Winnie’s decision. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Jessica Kwan

Jessica Kwan attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed a four-year English BA in just three years. She is a demonstrated top performer in standardized tests, with 99th percentile scores on both the SAT and ACT and perfect scores in the Reading and Writing sections.

Grade 7 & 8 Reading & Writing (Closed)

with Jessica Kwan

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 7 and 8 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: identify implications, evaluate the usage of language, determine supporting evidence, and practice fundamental grammar. Through reading of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows the grim-fated progress of the recently orphaned Baudelaire children, and their mistreatment at the hands of their abominable distant cousin, Count Olaf, right to the bittersweet, to-be-continued ending. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own mini-sequel to the story. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 4-5 hours per week.

Jessica Kwan

Jessica Kwan attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed a four-year English BA in just three years. She is a demonstrated top performer in standardized tests, with 99th percentile scores on both the SAT and ACT and perfect scores in the Reading and Writing sections.

Grade 7 & 8 Reading & Writing

with Jessica Kwan

Class Time: 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM JST
Day: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

Our Winter Weekly Grade 7 and 8 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: identify implications, evaluate the usage of language, determine supporting evidence, and practice fundamental grammar. Through reading of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows the grim-fated progress of the recently orphaned Baudelaire children, and their mistreatment at the hands of their abominable distant cousin, Count Olaf, right to the bittersweet, to-be-continued ending. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own mini-sequel to the story. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 4-5 hours per week.

Claudio Rivera 

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Grade 7 & 8 Math (Closed)

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

Use algebra to solve crimes just like a detective!? In this math class, students will gather evidence, and learn the fundamentals of algebra to find out “Whodunit”! By solving a variety of challenging math problems, students will decipher codes like a master detective. This is a great way for 7th-graders to get ahead and 8th-graders to set strong foundations in algebra! As students have fun, they will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE. Students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per day.

  • Spring Intensives
  • Winter Weekly

Spring Intensive Classes

Spring Intensive Classes are great for focused learning. Students benefit from rigorous sessions and homework to identify strengths, improve weaknesses, and build their familiarity with subjects in a quick, comprehensive manner. 

What is your goal?

  • Scoring a 5 on your AP Exam?
  • Building your Reading & Writing foundations?
  • Scoring 100 points higher on the SAT?

Our classes cover a wide range of subjects, from Grade 3 & 4 Math to SAT Test Preparation and AP Exam Preparation, to help ensure you reach your goals.

Spring Intensive Class Schedule

Monday to Friday

March 22nd through March 26th

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

High School Debate Intensive Course

with Emma Madden

Class Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

As one of the only Tokyo-based English-language debate intensives, the High School Debate Camp will dive into different forms of competitive speech and debate as well as fundamental techniques and skills. Whether a student wants to gain a competitive edge in debate competitions or simply be introduced to the world of debate for the first time, this camp will be the perfect place for students to develop their skills and confidence. This camp will help students become better advocates for their ideas, develop strong persuasion and public speaking skills and ultimately feel empowered to speak well to a variety of audiences. Debate can also help students gain a competitive edge on college applications.

Michael Amano

Michael Amano graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Asian Studies. He has over ten years of tutoring and mentoring experience in educational and professional settings in the U.S. and Japan.

S.T.E.M. Camp

with Michael Amano

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM JST
Days: Monday through Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

Build your own differential amplifier using principles of electricity and engineering! In this hands-on camp, students will learn about the wonders of neurotransmitters and sensory perception, improve their public speaking, design their own experiments, and more!

 

“I had a lot of freedom when it came to experimenting and designing, so it was fun to explore and try new things!”
–Meg, Grade 7

Michael Amano

Michael Amano graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Asian Studies. He has over ten years of tutoring and mentoring experience in educational and professional settings in the U.S. and Japan.

AP Biology

with Michael Amano

Class Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our intensive AP Biology course prepares students for the experimental approach to biology emphasized on the AP Biology exam. Concepts covered include ecology, biological chemistry, cell structure and reproduction, respiration, photosynthesis, plant and human anatomy, genetics, heredity, and evolution. Through a focus on mock AP questions, students will develop repeatable comprehension, application, and time-management strategies. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Deriam Chirinos

Deriam is a graduate of Harvard with over 5 years of teaching experience, scored in the 99th percentile score on the SAT, and has conducted prize-winning physics work.

AP Calculus AB

with Deriam Chirinos

Class Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP Calculus AB course is designed to help students maximize their score by quickly and efficiently reviewing concepts typically covered on the exam. Class time will mostly be dedicated to test strategy and consistent exposure to actual questions featured on past exams. Students will be instructed on how to solve those questions and questions like them with step-by-step methods that will help them answer fully and correctly. In addition, our tutors will demonstrate how real AP Calculus tests are scored, ensuring students know how to best use their time and energy on the test. The homework assigned will feature the most common questions on the test giving students additional practice on the most important types of problems. Students can expect ~2 hours of homework after each class.

Kristen Hughes

Kristen Hughes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Harvard University and a Masters Degree in Education from Stanford University.

AP Chemistry

with Kristen Hughes

Class Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP Chemistry Spring Intensive course will reinforce what students have learned in school, while filling in content gaps and emphasizing the problem-solving skills required for a high score on the AP Exam. The course will focus on the more difficult topics including molecular structure and bonding, stoichiometry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and acid-base chemistry, all of which make up a significant portion of the exam. In addition to rigorous review and problem solving in class, students will be expected to complete a minimum of two hours of homework every day.

Taiga Tase

Taiga Tase is studying economics and international relations at the University of Tokyo. He scored in the 99th percentile in the SAT (2380) and ACT (35) and perfect scores in five AP tests: World History, Japanese, English Language and Literature, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics.

AP Economics (Macro & Micro)
with Taiga Tase

Class Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our intensive AP Macro & Micro Economics course covers essential testing strategies applicable to both of the AP Economics tests. In the first two sessions, students can expect a refresher on fundamental concepts – particularity those that are integral to both tests – including production possibilities and comparative advantage. Students will also drill more difficult concepts such as monetary policy, marginal analysis, market structures, and cost curves to prevent the most common pitfalls for test-takers. From there, the class will work through mock tests until students demonstrate repeatable best practices on the multiple choice and free response portions of the exam. Students can expect to receive approximately 2 hours of homework per session.

Deriam Chirinos

Deriam is a graduate of Harvard with over 5 years of teaching experience, scored in the 99th percentile score on the SAT, and has conducted prize-winning physics work.

AP Statistics

with Deriam Chirinos

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP Statistics course focuses entirely on preparation for the AP test by following a curriculum based on test strategy and common question practice. The course develops students’ knowledge of major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data while keeping in mind the end goal of a high score on the AP examination. We also revisit big picture ideas that are common themes in AP Statistics: variations and distributions, patterns and uncertainty, and data based predictions, decisions, and conclusions. Students will engage in rigorous practice and weekly homework while learning key problem-solving strategies and become familiar with how AP tests are graded so that they can focus their time on the most impactful sections of the exam. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

AP US History
with Emma Madden

Class Time: 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP United States History course focuses entirely on preparation for the AP test by following a curriculum based on test strategy and common question practice. The course reinforces students’ knowledge of major facts and figures from US History and develops students’ historical essay and DBQ writing skills. Students will engage in rigorous practice and daily homework while learning key question-answering strategies. We will survey the full APUSH course, from the pre-colonial to the modern era. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

AP World History

with Emma Madden

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our AP World History: Modern course focuses entirely on preparation for the AP test by following a curriculum based on test strategy and common question practice. The course reinforces students’ knowledge of major facts and figures from world history and develops students’ historical essay and DBQ writing skills. Students will engage in rigorous practice and daily homework while learning key question-answering strategies. We will survey the full AP World course, from 1200 to the present. Students can expect to receive 2 hours of homework per session.

Marigold Bays-Muchmore

Marigold scored in the 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT, was an AP Scholar with Distinction, and received a National Merit Scholarship. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Engineering.

SAT Reading & Writing

with Marigold Bays-Muchmore


Class Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th


Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in weekly practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Our Spring Intensive Grade 3 & 4 Math class solidifies the skills and concepts from our Winter Weekly class. Students who have not joined the previous class can use this opportunity to catch up for our Spring Weekly classes. Just as before students will engage in project-based learning, group practice, and rigorous homework. Topics include measurement (metric and US customary units), division, and fractions. Students will be expected to complete about 1 hour of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

What makes a good story? And how can you tell it well? Scherezade, who told The Arabian Nights, knows the answer! In this class, students will study the tales of Ali Baba, Aladdin, and Sindbad the Sailor, to learn how to write well. Key skills explored will include how to start a story with a good hook; how to create interesting characters; how to increase tension in a narrative; and how to craft a good ending. Students of this age will also learn the basics of imagery by looking at the rose gardens, the shining domes, and the vibrant sounds of the Middle East. Students taking this course will come away with improved skills in structuring their writing, and improve the quality of their prose. The course will conclude with a short story writing exercise in which students will plot and write a short story, and then offer each other structured critiques on their writing.

Claudio Rivera

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

Our Spring Intensive Grade 5 & 6 Math class solidifies the skills and concepts from our Winter Weekly class. Students who have not joined the previous class can use this opportunity to catch up for our Spring Weekly classes. Students will use mean, median, mode, range, and more to solve crimes alongside in-class practice and homework. Students will be expected to complete about 1.5 hours of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 5 & 6 Reading & Writing

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 12:00 PM –  1:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

Few stories are as interesting as the tales of the Greek gods. This class will explore ancient stories as a way of understanding what makes a good story, and how to write them. Why is the tale of Medusa actually a tragedy? What makes Athena an anti-hero? Why do people still read tales like Jason and the Argonauts? This class will use tales from ancient Greece to explore not only the basics of good storytelling (creating a strong narrative, making good characters, and raising stakes), but also look at what makes good writing (imagery, ‘show, don’t tell, and pulling in the reader). Students taking this course will learn writing organization, planning skills, editing and proofreading skills, and basic knowledge of creating imagery. The course will conclude with a short story writing exercise in which students will plot and write a short story, and then offer each other structured critiques on their writing.

Claudio Rivera 

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Grade 7 & 8 Math

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

Our Spring Intensive Grade 7 & 8 Math class solidifies the skills and concepts from our Winter Weekly class. Students who have not joined the previous class can use this opportunity to catch up for our Spring Weekly classes. Students will gather evidence, and learn the fundamentals of algebra to find out “Whodunit”! By solving a variety of challenging math problems, students will decipher codes like a master detective. As students have fun, they will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE. Students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per day.

Kelly Friedman

Kelly graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis. She completed a Master of Arts degree at Stony Brook University the following year.

Grade 7 & 8 Reading & Writing

with Kelly Friedman

Class Time: 10:00 PM – 12:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: March 22nd to March 26th

 

This course will use the unusual tales of deities like the Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl, the god of human sacrifice Huitzilopochtli, and Metztli, goddess of the moon, to explore how to write good stories that are both scary and educational. It will teach two elements of writing. The first is how to create grade-appropriate targets of story length and improve word choice, grammar, structure, and style. The second set of skills studied will be creating imagery, writing simple but effective prose, planning stories in advance, and the key skill of editing. The skills central to this course will be applicable beyond just fiction. The course will conclude with a short story writing exercise in which students will plot and write a short story, and then offer each other structured critiques on their writing.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Chris Sickinger

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Douglas Busacker

Douglas is the Academic Director at Tokyo Academics and is one of our most experienced reading, writing, and test preparation tutors. He graduated from the University of Washington.

SAT Reading & Writing – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Douglas Busacker

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Winter Weekly Sessions

High School Classes

January 10th through March 18th

JD Andrade

JD is one of Tokyo Academic’s veteran science and math tutors. He graduated magna cum laude in Chemistry from Brown University and conducted research at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School affiliate) in Boston under Dr. Martin Carey. After two years, he became published as a co-first author for a paper in the Journal of Physiology.

Advanced Pre Calculus

with JD Andrade

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

Our Advanced Pre-Calculus course is a rigorous prep course for arguably the most challenging high school math class. Topics covered include but are not limited to quadratic functions, exponentials and logs, series and sequences, polynomials, trigonometry, conic sections, polar coordinates, vectors, and limits. Class time is devoted to individual problem solving while the instructor oversees students’ work and checks their understanding and mastery of the material. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

AP Calculus AB (Closed)

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM JST
Day: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

Our AP Calculus AB class follows a common Tokyo Academics framework of teaching: modeling, guided practice, and solo practice. With all of the AP Calculus AB strategies and rules/techniques, teachers demonstrate the ideal model of an approach. From there, students are guided by the instructor through practice to confirm the correct initial use of these strategies and skills. Before moving on to new content, students are provided opportunities to practice independently to confirm readiness before homework is assigned. Finally, homework from session to session is intentionally rigorous with the aim of developing reliable, repeatable skills.

Claudio Rivera

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Algebra I (Closed)

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Day: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

 

Our Algebra 1 course provides students with a solid foundation in a variety of topics they will encounter in high school algebra classes, including but not limited to algebraic expressions, polynomials, linear equations, quadratic equations, factoring, systems of equations, and rational expressions. Students will engage with these topics preparing them for not only higher-level math classes such as Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus but also for standardized tests such as the SSAT and SAT, which are comprised heavily of the above algebraic concepts. Students may expect 2 to 3 hours of homework per week.

Tyler Kusunoki

Tyler Kusunoki currently serves as Tokyo Academics Director of College Counseling. He completed his Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College and his Masters in Education from Columbia University where he focused on the impact of individualized learning and mindset training.

Algebra 2

with Tyler Kusunoki

Class Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th


Our Algebra 2 course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, and trigonometric functions. The content of this course is important for students’ success on both the SAT and starting Algebra 2 at school. Students may expect 2 to 3 hours of homework per session.

Michael Amano

Michael Amano graduated from Bowdoin College with degrees in Neuroscience and Asian Studies. He has over ten years of tutoring and mentoring experience in educational and professional settings in the U.S. and Japan.

AP Biology (Closed)

with Michael Amano

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

 

Our AP Biology course prepares students for the experimental approach to biology emphasized on the AP Biology exam while reinforcing concepts learned in high school biology courses. Concepts covered include ecology, biological chemistry, cell structure and reproduction, respiration, photosynthesis, plant and human anatomy, genetics, heredity, and evolution. Through interactive lectures, worksheets, and mock AP questions, students will develop a deep understanding of these concepts in order to test hypotheses, propose experimental plans, and analyze data mathematically. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Elizabeth Feldeverd

Elizabeth Feldeverd graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development. She earned an M.S. degree from the University of Hawaii in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering..

AP Chemistry

with Elizabeth Feldeverd

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

 

Our AP Chemistry course reinforces the knowledge and skills that students are taught at school and that they will need for the May AP Exam. The topics include, but are not limited to, atomic molecular structure, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and acid-base chemistry. In addition to the weekly review of academic course work, students will cover test-taking strategies specific to the AP Chemistry exam. Homework is assigned to those students in need of additional practice or upon request.

JD Andrade

JD is one of Tokyo Academic’s veteran science and math tutors. He graduated magna cum laude in Chemistry from Brown University and conducted research at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Harvard Medical School affiliate) in Boston under Dr. Martin Carey. After two years, he became published as a co-first author for a paper in the Journal of Physiology.

AP Chemistry

with JD Andrade

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th


Our AP Chemistry course reinforces the knowledge and skills that students are taught at school and that they will need for the May AP Exam. The topics include, but are not limited to, atomic molecular structure, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and acid-base chemistry. In addition to the weekly review of academic course work, students will cover test-taking strategies specific to the AP Chemistry exam. Homework is assigned to those students in need of additional practice or upon request.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

AP US History
with Emma Madden

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 19th to March 16th

Our US History course prepares students not only for the various elements of the subject matter tested in the AP exam, but also develops in them the fundamental analytical and articulatory skills valued by schools, universities, and employers the world over. Participants learn how to locate and evaluate sources; embed various sources, including visual ones, within their own writing; develop historical hypotheses, and substantiate them through the use of specific evidence. All of these skills are essential to success in both their high school class and eventually the AP exam itself. They will also focus on improving their essay writing skills through frequent assignments and in-class seminar-style discussions. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per session.

Tyler Kusunoki

Tyler Kusunoki currently serves as Tokyo Academics Director of College Counseling. He completed his Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College and his Masters in Education from Columbia University where he focused on the impact of individualized learning and mindset training.

AP World History

with Tyler Kusunoki

Class Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th


Our AP World History course is designed to reflect the recent changes in the AP world history curriculum, and help students organize and process over 2000 years of history that they will be expected to learn this year. Class instruction will go beyond content delivery and spend a significant amount of time focusing on the analytical skills necessary for success on the actual AP Exam. Students will learn how to take notes, organize information, tackle multiple-choice questions, and draft essay responses. Homework is assigned to those students needing or requesting additional practice.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

Geometry (Closed)

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM JST
Day: Every Sunday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

Our Geometry class follows a common Tokyo Academics framework of teaching: content check and modeling answers, guided practice, and solo practice. The class builds on students’ existing knowledge of foundational geometric concepts such as perimeter and area, as well as problem-solving abilities. Students will engage in writing proofs and solving a range of problems designed to develop the skills needed to cover and go beyond the standard high school geometry syllabus. Before moving on to new content, students are provided opportunities to practice independently through quizzes and solo practice to confirm readiness before homework is assigned. Students can expect to receive approximately 2 hours of homework per session, the purpose of which is to reinforce key concepts and skills learned as well as to help students identify where gaps in their understanding may be.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

High School Writing Foundations

with Emma Madden

Class Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM JST
Days: Every Thursdays
Dates: January 21st to March 18th

 

Our Academic Writing Foundations course tasks students with writing well-reasoned essays in response to prompts they may encounter on the SAT, AP, IB, and A-Level exams, as well as in their high school classrooms. The course will prepare students for standardized exams and focus on argumentative writing and rhetorical analysis. In addition to learning argument structure, word choice, stylistic devices, and grammar, students will practice timed writing (for both 25 and 50 min. essays). Students are expected to complete around 2 hours of homework per session.

Douglas Busacker 

Douglas is the Academic Director at Tokyo Academics and is one of our most experienced reading, writing, and test preparation tutors. He graduated from the University of Washington.

SAT Reading & Writing (Closed)

with Douglas Busacker

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM JST
Dates: January 10th to February 28th
Day: Every Sunday

 

Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math (Closed)

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Dates: January 10th to February 28th
Days: Every Sunday

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in weekly practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring. Students can expect to receive 3-4 hours of homework per session.

Chris Sickinger

Chris Sickinger studied at both Duke University and the University of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics. He was a National Merit Semifinalist and scored in the top 3% across SAT and SAT II Subject Tests.

SAT Math – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Chris Sickinger

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Math course prepares students for the rigors of the SAT Math section with key concepts and problem-solving techniques in algebra, geometry, data analysis, and higher-level math. Students will engage in practice, complete rigorous homework, receive rapid feedback, and be taught best practices and test shortcuts. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Douglas Busacker

Douglas is the Academic Director at Tokyo Academics and is one of our most experienced reading, writing, and test preparation tutors. He graduated from the University of Washington.

SAT Reading & Writing – Cram Session – March 13th SAT

with Douglas Busacker

Date: March 7th (Sunday)
Class Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM JST

 

Our SAT Reading and Writing course delivers the concepts and skills necessary for the SAT Writing section (grammar, rhetoric, reading charts, question-answering techniques, and process of elimination) and the SAT Reading section – narrative, expository, and argumentative passages; question answering, strategically eliminating options, and time management. Students are required to either submit a recent official SAT score or take a mock test at Tokyo Academics: students scoring below 500 or above 700 may benefit more from private tutoring.

Elementary School & Middle School Classes

January 10th through March 18th

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 & 4 Math class continues on with both project-based learning, engaging class practice, and rigorous homework. This season, the topics include measurement (metric and US customary units), division, and fractions. By the end of the term, students will have solidified their foundations so that they can accelerate into advanced topics in the spring. Our project this term is an escape room! As before, students will be expected to complete about 1 hour of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM JST
Days: Every Saturday
Dates: January 16th to March 20th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 & 4 Math class continues on with both project-based learning, engaging class practice, and rigorous homework. This season, the topics include measurement (metric and US customary units), division, and fractions. By the end of the term, students will have solidified their foundations so that they can accelerate into advanced topics in the spring. Our project this term is an escape room! As before, students will be expected to complete about 1 hour of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th


Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 and 4 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, note-taking, summarizing a document, and public speaking, among other key skills. Through reading of Little House in the Big Woods, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows a family for a full year, through all the seasons, starting with fall and getting ready for winter. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own book proposal about their favorite family stories. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Kelly Friedman

Kelly graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis. She completed a Master of Arts degree at Stony Brook University the following year.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Kelly Friedman

Class Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Day: Every Thursday
Dates: January 21st to March 18th

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 and 4 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, note-taking, summarizing a document, and public speaking, among other key skills. Through reading of Little House in the Big Woods, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows a family for a full year, through all the seasons, starting with fall and getting ready for winter. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own book proposal about their favorite family stories. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM JST
Day: Every Saturday
Dates: January 16th to March 20th

Our Winter Weekly Grade 3 and 4 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, note-taking, summarizing a document, and public speaking, among other key skills. Through reading of Little House in the Big Woods, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows a family for a full year, through all the seasons, starting with fall and getting ready for winter. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own book proposal about their favorite family stories. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Deriam Chirinos

Deriam is a graduate of Harvard with over 5 years of teaching experience, scored in the 99th percentile score on the SAT, and has conducted prize-winning physics work.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Deriam Chirinos

Class Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

 

Elementary statistics is the name of the game! In our Winter Weekly Grade 5 & 6 Math class, students will use mean, median, mode, range, and more to solve crimes alongside in-class practice and homework. Although the focus this term is on statistics, students will continue to practice skills from our Fall term and ramp up for our Spring term when we practice our most advanced topics. As before, students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl Smith attended a prestigious liberal arts college, Claremont McKenna, in Southern California on the Interdisciplinary Science Scholarship funded by Bill Gates. She graduated with Honors in Human Biology.

Grade 5 & 6 Math (Closed)

with Cheryl Smith

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Elementary statistics is the name of the game! In our Winter Weekly Grade 5 & 6 Math class, students will use mean, median, mode, range, and more to solve crimes alongside in-class practice and homework. Although the focus this term is on statistics, students will continue to practice skills from our Fall term and ramp up for our Spring term when we practice our most advanced topics. As before, students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per session. As they have fun, students will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE.

Hayden Mueller

Hayden Mueller received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in German Studies and Theater/Dance from Trinity College, graduating with Honors and a 3.9 GPA, and is currently working on his M.Ed. in Advanced Teaching with a focus on the IB.

Grade 5 & 6 Reading & Writing

with Hayden Mueller

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th


Our Winter Weekly Grade 5 and 6 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, efficient note-taking, formulating and expressing opinions based on the content of texts, and writing opinion pieces. Through reading of Tuck Everlasting, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows ten-year-old Winnie who must consider if the Fountain of Youth is a blessing or a curse. She is kidnapped, witnesses a murder, and assists in a jailbreak. Along the way, the reader is treated to a richly imagined setting that’s every bit as memorable as the story. By the end of the class, students will be able to write a well-reasoned explanation of their opinion of Winnie’s decision. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Emma Madden

Emma attended the University of Chicago on full merit scholarship and earned a degree in Political Science with honors. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, earned 9 perfect scores on AP tests, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship for her PSAT performance. Emma has 6 years of experience in tutoring middle and high school students.

Grade 5 & 6 Reading & Writing 
with Emma Madden

Class Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Thursday
Dates: January 14th to March 18th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 5 and 6 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: comprehension, efficient note-taking, formulating and expressing opinions based on the content of texts, and writing opinion pieces. Through reading of Tuck Everlasting, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows ten-year-old Winnie who must consider if the Fountain of Youth is a blessing or a curse. She is kidnapped, witnesses a murder, and assists in a jailbreak. Along the way, the reader is treated to a richly imagined setting that’s every bit as memorable as the story. By the end of the class, students will be able to write a well-reasoned explanation of their opinion of Winnie’s decision. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 3-4 hours per week.

Jessica Kwan

Jessica Kwan attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed a four-year English BA in just three years. She is a demonstrated top performer in standardized tests, with 99th percentile scores on both the SAT and ACT and perfect scores in the Reading and Writing sections.

Grade 7 & 8 Reading & Writing (Closed)

with Jessica Kwan

Class Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Our Winter Weekly Grade 7 and 8 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: identify implications, evaluate the usage of language, determine supporting evidence, and practice fundamental grammar. Through reading of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows the grim-fated progress of the recently orphaned Baudelaire children, and their mistreatment at the hands of their abominable distant cousin, Count Olaf, right to the bittersweet, to-be-continued ending. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own mini-sequel to the story. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 4-5 hours per week.

Jessica Kwan

Jessica Kwan attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed a four-year English BA in just three years. She is a demonstrated top performer in standardized tests, with 99th percentile scores on both the SAT and ACT and perfect scores in the Reading and Writing sections.

Grade 7 & 8 Reading & Writing

with Jessica Kwan

Class Time: 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM JST
Day: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

Our Winter Weekly Grade 7 and 8 Reading/Writing course continues to support students on their English skills: identify implications, evaluate the usage of language, determine supporting evidence, and practice fundamental grammar. Through reading of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, students will prepare for not only their school subjects but also standardized tests such as the SSAT and ISEE. The story follows the grim-fated progress of the recently orphaned Baudelaire children, and their mistreatment at the hands of their abominable distant cousin, Count Olaf, right to the bittersweet, to-be-continued ending. By the end of the class, students will be able to write their own mini-sequel to the story. Although the class sessions build on each other, students may join throughout the winter term. As for homework, students should expect to complete 4-5 hours per week.

Claudio Rivera 

Claudio is a current undergraduate student at Harvard studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Claudio scored in the top percentiles of standardized tests such as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT II Subject Tests, and APs.

Grade 7 & 8 Math (Closed)

with Claudio Rivera

Class Time: 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

Use algebra to solve crimes just like a detective!? In this math class, students will gather evidence, and learn the fundamentals of algebra to find out “Whodunit”! By solving a variety of challenging math problems, students will decipher codes like a master detective. This is a great way for 7th-graders to get ahead and 8th-graders to set strong foundations in algebra! As students have fun, they will prepare for school and standardized tests such as the MAP, SSAT, and ISEE. Students will be expected to complete about 2 hours of homework per day.

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