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Winter Group Classes

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  • Winter Weekly Classes

Winter Intensive Classes

Term 1

December 19th to December 23rd

Libby

Libby graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a double degree in science and law. She studied advanced chemistry, advanced physics, mathematics, and psychology and was invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Libby

 

Class Time: 10:00 – 11:00 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

In our Grades 3&4 Winter Intensive Math Classes, we will focus on important Geometrical concepts that students will be working on next semester in school. We’ll spend a bit of time reviewing what students learned during their first semester, then push on ahead so that everyone is best prepared for the more advanced material in semester two! This class will not only center around solidifying the fundamentals of elementary math, but also applying it to a variety of exciting projects! Students should expect about 1 hour of homework per week. Our final project will involve using math to play and score our own bowling game!

Joel

Joel earned his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles after a three-year college career. He supports students as a test prep and academic tutoring professional for the SAT, ACT, and a myriad of high school and elementary school subjects.

Grade 3 & 4 English

with Joel

 

Class Time: 11:30 – 12:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

“Should students play for half of the school day?” “Which is a better pet, cats or dogs?” In our Grade 3&4 English Language Arts Winter Intensive Course, students learn to share and justify their opinions respectfully and persuasively through an argumentative essay project. Guided by mentor persuasive texts, students choose their own topic and defend their stance using the five parts of a strong argument: claim, evidence, counter-argument, rebuttal, and conclusion. As this is an intensive course, students should expect 30-45 minutes of homework per class.

Libby

Libby graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a double degree in science and law. She studied advanced chemistry, advanced physics, mathematics, and psychology and was invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Libby

 

Class Time: 12:00 – 13:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

In our Grades 5&6 Winter Intensive Math Class, students will learn fundamental math and pre-algebra and get ready for the challenging material waiting for them in the second half of the year! Students will start by reviewing subjects learned earlier in the year, then take a leap into the topics they are sure to encounter in semester two and beyond. Through guided practice as well as project work in class, students will gain greater understanding and perspective of the math they are studying in school! Students can expect around 1.5 hours of homework per day. Our final project will involve making our own secret codes so that we can communicate without our teacher knowing!

Joel

Joel earned his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles after a three-year college career. He supports students as a test prep and academic tutoring professional for the SAT, ACT, and a myriad of high school and elementary school subjects.

Grade 5 & 6 English

with Joel

 

Class Time: 10:0011:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

Champion a cause, challenge an article, and change readers’ opinions. In our Grade 5&6 English Language Arts Winter Intensive Course, students practice clear and effective argumentation through a letter to the editor project. Over 5 focused sessions, students read powerful mentor texts while laying the groundwork for their own arguments, a foundational skill as they move toward more complex reading and writing in upper elementary school. As this is an intensive course, students should expect 45 minutes to 1 hour of homework per class.

Libby

Libby graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a double degree in science and law. She studied advanced chemistry, advanced physics, mathematics, and psychology and was invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program.

Grade 7 & 8 Math

with Libby

 

Class Time: 13:30 – 15:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

In our Grades 7&8 Fall Math Class, lessons will build on the skills students have learned in their first semester so that they are set for success throughout the rest of the year. Students will apply their knowledge to more difficult word problems and advanced equations. The topics in this course are ubiquitous throughout Middle School and even High School math. In our final project, students will use their algebraic skills to make models to describe real life situations. Homework in this class will take between 1 and 2 hours per day.

Lok

Lok holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance with Upper Second Class Honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has always excelled academically, achieving 7A* & 4A in his IGCSEs and 2A* & 2A in A-levels as well as scoring in top percentiles in the GRE for quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

Grade 7 & 8 English

with Lok

 

Class Time: 11:00 – 13:00 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

Curtain rises, lights up, the show is on! In our Grade 7&8 English Language Arts Winter Intensive Course, students learn the essentials of the drama genre while crafting their own 10-minute plays. Students consult mentor texts as they produce a dramatic work over 5 targeted sessions. This class also provides a strong foundation as students move toward analysis of Shakespeare and other drama in 9th and 10th grade. As this is an intensive course, students should expect about 1 hour of homework per class.

Yibo

Yibo graduated from the University of Toronto with a BBA in Finance, and then got an MSc in Economics & Corporate Finance at École Polytechnique in France. He achieved a 99th percentile score on the GMAT. He then became a GMAT tutor online, helping working professionals raise their GMAT scores.

SAT Math – Foundations

with Yibo


Class Time: 10:00 – 14:00 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

In the Winter Intensive SAT Math Foundations class, students focus on the core concepts that are needed to succeed on the SAT. Students enrolled in this course learn and work on the basic math skills that are the building blocks required for problems at any level. Instructors take a rigorous approach to these concepts; students should expect extensive practice on each topic and around 4-5 hours of homework per week. Some of the topics taught in this course include.

 

(Numbers and operations, Algebra, Linear Functions, Triangle and Circle Geometry, Data analysis, statistics, and probability)

 

After completing this course, students of any level are better prepared to tackle the subjects included on the SAT Math section. In addition, students reinforce and expand their new knowledge with our Advanced SAT Math course. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the math section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

 

Lok

Lok holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance with Upper Second Class Honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has always excelled academically, achieving 7A* & 4A in his IGCSEs and 2A* & 2A in A-levels as well as scoring in top percentiles in the GRE for quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

SAT English – Foundations

with Lok


Class Time: 14:30 – 18:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 19th to December 23rd

 

Our SAT English Foundations course prepares students for the most abundant question types and passages across the Reading and Writing sections. Students can expect to focus on daily practice of both the knowledge and strategies needed to master core question types. Students can expect 4-5 hours of homework per week with a mock test on the last session of class. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the English section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

 

Writing Topics: Punctuation and Diction type questions — Prep on clauses, commas, colons, semicolons, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, pronouns, and words in context

 

Reading Topics: Social Science and Science passages (3/5 of the exam!) — Prep on main idea, purpose, graphs, words in context, paired questions, and details questions

 

Vocabulary: Words that appear in all SAT tests and those specific to Science and Social Science Passages — Phenomenon, Attribute, Acknowledge, Content, Plausible, Reinforce, etc.

 

Term 2

December 26th to December 30th

Yibo

Yibo graduated from the University of Toronto with a BBA in Finance, and then got an MSc in Economics & Corporate Finance at École Polytechnique in France. He achieved a 99th percentile score on the GMAT. He then became a GMAT tutor online, helping working professionals raise their GMAT scores.

SAT Math – Foundations

with Yibo


Class Time: 14:30 – 18:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 26th to December 30th

 

In the fall weekly SAT Math Foundations class, students focus on the core concepts that are needed to succeed on the SAT. Students enrolled in this course learn and work on the basic math skills that are the building blocks required for problems at any level. Instructors take a rigorous approach to these concepts; students should expect extensive practice on each topic and around 4-5 hours of homework per week. Some of the topics taught in this course include.

 

(Numbers and operations, Algebra, Linear Functions, Triangle and Circle Geometry, Data analysis, statistics, and probability)

 

After completing this course, students of any level are better prepared to tackle the subjects included on the SAT Math section. In addition, students reinforce and expand their new knowledge with our Advanced SAT Math course. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the math section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

 

Joel

Joel earned his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles after a three-year college career. He supports students as a test prep and academic tutoring professional for the SAT, ACT, and a myriad of high school and elementary school subjects.

SAT English – Foundations

with Joel


Class Time: 10:00 – 14:00 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: December 26th to December 30th


Our SAT English Foundations course prepares students for the most abundant question types and passages across the Reading and Writing sections. Students can expect to focus on daily practice of both the knowledge and strategies needed to master core question types. Students can expect 4-5 hours of homework per week with a mock test on the last session of class. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the English section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

 

Writing Topics: Punctuation and Diction type questions — Prep on clauses, commas, colons, semicolons, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, pronouns, and words in context

 

Reading Topics: Social Science and Science passages (3/5 of the exam!) — Prep on main idea, purpose, graphs, words in context, paired questions, and details questions

 

Vocabulary: Words that appear in all SAT tests and those specific to Science and Social Science Passages — Phenomenon, Attribute, Acknowledge, Content, Plausible, Reinforce, etc.

Term 3

January 2nd to January 6th

Libby

Libby graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a double degree in science and law. She studied advanced chemistry, advanced physics, mathematics, and psychology and was invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Libby

 

Class Time: 11:30 – 12:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th

 

In our Grades 3&4 Winter Intensive Math Classes, we will focus on important Geometrical concepts that students will be working on next semester in school. We’ll spend a bit of time reviewing what students learned during their first semester, then push on ahead so that everyone is best prepared for the more advanced material in semester two! This class will not only center around solidifying the fundamentals of elementary math, but also applying it to a variety of exciting projects! Students should expect about 1 hour of homework per week. Our final project will involve using math to play and score our own bowling game!

Hayden

Hayden 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 English

with Hayden
 

Class Time: 10:00 – 11:00 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th

 

“Should students play for half of the school day?” “Which is a better pet, cats or dogs?” In our Grade 3&4 ELA Winter Intensive Course, students learn to share and justify their opinions respectfully and persuasively through an argumentative essay project. Guided by mentor persuasive texts, students choose their own topic and defend their stance using the five parts of a strong argument: claim, evidence, counter-argument, rebuttal, and conclusion. As this is an intensive course, students should expect 30-45 minutes of homework per class.

Libby

Libby graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a double degree in science and law. She studied advanced chemistry, advanced physics, mathematics, and psychology and was invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Libby

 

Class Time: 10:00 – 11:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th

 

In our Grades 5&6 Winter Intensive Math Class, students will learn fundamental math and pre-algebra and get ready for the challenging material waiting for them in the second half of the year! Students will start by reviewing subjects learned earlier in the year, then take a leap into the topics they are sure to encounter in semester two and beyond. Through guided practice as well as project work in class, students will gain greater understanding and perspective of the math they are studying in school! Students can expect around 1.5 hours of homework per day. Our final project will involve making our own secret codes so that we can communicate without our teacher knowing!

Alisa

Alisa graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a BA in International Relations, after which she earned an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Alisa is also a graduate of Yokohama International School, where she acquired an International Baccalaureate diploma, and considers herself a Third Culture Kid through and through.

Grade 5 & 6 English

with Alisa

 

Class Time: 12:1513:45 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th

 

Champion a cause, challenge an article, and change readers’ opinions. In our Grade 5&6 ELA Winter Intensive Course, students practice clear and effective argumentation through a letter to the editor project. Over 5 focused sessions, students read powerful mentor texts while laying the groundwork for their own arguments, a foundational skill as they move toward more complex reading and writing in upper elementary school. As this is an intensive course, students should expect 45 minutes to 1 hour of homework per class.

Yibo

Yibo graduated from the University of Toronto with a BBA in Finance, and then got an MSc in Economics & Corporate Finance at École Polytechnique in France. He achieved a 99th percentile score on the GMAT. He then became a GMAT tutor online, helping working professionals raise their GMAT scores.

Grade 7 & 8 Math

with Yibo

 

Class Time: 12:30 – 14:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th

 

In our Grades 7&8 Fall Math Class, lessons will build on the skills students have learned in their first semester so that they are set for success throughout the rest of the year. Students will apply their knowledge to more difficult word problems and advanced equations. The topics in this course are ubiquitous throughout Middle School and even High School math. In our final project, students will use their algebraic skills to make models to describe real life situations. Homework in this class will take between 1 and 2 hours per day.

Alisa

Alisa graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a BA in International Relations, after which she earned an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Alisa is also a graduate of Yokohama International School, where she acquired an International Baccalaureate diploma, and considers herself a Third Culture Kid through and through.

Grade 7 & 8 English

with Alisa
 

Class Time: 10:0012:00 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th

 

Curtain rises, lights up, the show is on! In our Grade 7&8 English Language Arts Winter Intensive Course, students learn the essentials of the drama genre while crafting their own 10-minute plays. Students consult mentor texts as they produce a dramatic work over 5 targeted sessions. This class also provides a strong foundation as students move toward analysis of Shakespeare and other drama in 9th and 10th grade. As this is an intensive course, students should expect about 1 hour of homework per class.

Yibo

Yibo graduated from the University of Toronto with a BBA in Finance, and then got an MSc in Economics & Corporate Finance at École Polytechnique in France. He achieved a 99th percentile score on the GMAT. He then became a GMAT tutor online, helping working professionals raise their GMAT scores.

SAT Math – Foundations

with Yibo


Class Time: 14:3018:30 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th

 

In the Winter Intensive SAT Math Foundations class, students focus on the core concepts that are needed to succeed on the SAT. Students enrolled in this course learn and work on the basic math skills that are the building blocks required for problems at any level. Instructors take a rigorous approach to these concepts; students should expect extensive practice on each topic and around 4-5 hours of homework per week. Some of the topics taught in this course include.

 

(Numbers and operations, Algebra, Linear Functions, Triangle and Circle Geometry, Data analysis, statistics, and probability)

 

After completing this course, students of any level are better prepared to tackle the subjects included on the SAT Math section. In addition, students reinforce and expand their new knowledge with our Advanced SAT Math course. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the math section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Douglas

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 English – Foundations

with Douglas


Class Time: 10:00 – 14:00 JST
Days: Sunday to Thursday
Dates: January 2nd to January 6th


Our SAT English Foundations course prepares students for the most abundant question types and passages across the Reading and Writing sections. Students can expect to focus on daily practice of both the knowledge and strategies needed to master core question types. Students can expect 4-5 hours of homework per week with a mock test on the last session of class. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the English section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

 

Writing Topics: Punctuation and Diction type questions — Prep on clauses, commas, colons, semicolons, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, pronouns, and words in context

 

Reading Topics: Social Science and Science passages (3/5 of the exam!) — Prep on main idea, purpose, graphs, words in context, paired questions, and details questions

 

Vocabulary: Words that appear in all SAT tests and those specific to Science and Social Science Passages — Phenomenon, Attribute, Acknowledge, Content, Plausible, Reinforce, etc.

Winter Weekly Classes

High School Classes

January 9th through March 16th

Elnara

 Elnara graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a combined BS and MS degree in Mathematics and Mechanics and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Tokyo. She graduated high school with high honors (GPA 5/5) and won Russian national high school competitions in Math, Physics, Economics, Social Science, and English.

Advanced Pre Calculus

with Elnara

 

Class Time: 19:00 – 21:00 JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Our winter weekly Advanced Pre-Calculus course is a rigorous companion course to 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 their work and checks their understanding and mastery of the material. Homework is assigned to those students in need of additional practice or upon request.

Onkar

Onkar specializes in Math and Physics but is also well-versed in Economics, Literature, and Computer Science. He graduated from the International Baccalaureate with a score of 44/45 and has plenty of experience working with the SAT, ACT, and college applications.

Algebra 2

with Onkar

 

Class Time: 18:00 PM – 20:00 JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to March 13th

 

Our winter weekly 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 concepts and includes the study of trigonometric functions. It also introduces matrices and their properties. The content of this course is important for students’ success on both the SAT and college mathematics entrance exams. Students may expect 1-2 hours of homework per week.

Cheryl

Cheryl 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.

AP Biology

with Cheryl

 

Class Time: 19:00 – 21:00 JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

 

Our winter weekly 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.

Elnara

 Elnara graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a combined BS and MS degree in Mathematics and Mechanics and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Tokyo. She graduated high school with high honors (GPA 5/5) and won Russian national high school competitions in Math, Physics, Economics, Social Science, and English.

AP Calculus AB 

with Elnara

 

Class Time: 19:00 – 21:00 JST
Day: Every Monday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

 

Our winter weekly AP Calculus AB class will help students succeed both in their own classes and on the May exam. The semester will begin with an introduction to the concept of limits, as well as a review of key Pre-Calculus concepts critical to success in Calculus. Then, the class will proceed to cover the techniques and applications of differentiation. In the following semester, the class will focus on integration and differential equations, as well as review for the AP Exam. Homework is assigned to those students in need of additional practice or upon request.

JD

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

 

Class Time: 19:00 – 21:00 JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 25th to March 15th

 

Our winter weekly 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 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.

Lok

Lok holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance with Upper Second Class Honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has always excelled academically, achieving 7A* & 4A in his IGCSEs and 2A* & 2A in A-levels as well as scoring in top percentiles in the GRE for quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

AP Economics (Macro & Micro)

with Lok

Class Time: 16:00 – 18:00 JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to March 13th

 

Our winter weekly 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 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 students work through mock tests until they demonstrate repeatable best practices on the multiple choice and free response portions of the exam. Our course covers the first 25-30% of what is expected at school, and the final assessment includes practice problems from actual past AP tests. Students can expect to receive approximately 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Onkar

Onkar specializes in Math and Physics but is also well-versed in Economics, Literature, and Computer Science. He graduated from the International Baccalaureate with a score of 44/45 and has plenty of experience working with the SAT, ACT, and college applications.

AP Physics 2

with Onkar

 

Class Time: 18:0020:00 JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

 

Our winter weekly AP Physics 2 course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to college-level physics, allowing them to develop indispensable analytical skills and attain a deeper understanding of natural laws, all while maintaining a strong focus on preparing for the May AP exam. Students will work on a wide range of concepts including optics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, electromagnetic induction, and nuclear physics. They will also diverge for the first time from Newtonian physics with an introduction to quantum phenomenon. As students often skip AP Physics 1 or undertake alternate introductory physics courses with varying syllabi, this course will also feature a review of the essential fundamental concepts covered in AP Physics 1. Homework will be assigned to those in need of additional practice or upon request.

Tyler

Tyler 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 US History
with Tyler

 

Class Time: 19:00 – 21:00 JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

 

Our winter weekly AP 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 will learn how to locate and evaluate sources; embed various sources, including visual ones, within their own writing; develop historical hypotheses, and substantiate them through 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 discussion. Students can expect to receive 3 hours of homework per week and will also be required to participate in discussion in class.

Tyler

Tyler 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 

 

Class Time: 14:00 – 16:00 JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to March 13th

 

Our winter weekly AP World History course is designed to reflect the recent changes in the 2017-18 AP World History curriculum, and help students organize and process the 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.

Elnara

 Elnara graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University with a combined BS and MS degree in Mathematics and Mechanics and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Tokyo. She graduated high school with high honors (GPA 5/5) and won Russian national high school competitions in Math, Physics, Economics, Social Science, and English.

Geometry

with Elnara

 

Class Time: 14:30 16:30 JST
Day: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to March 13th

 

Our winter weekly Geometry course prepares students for standard high school Geometry courses. The class builds on students’ problem-solving abilities as well as their ability to write logical proofs. Students will engage in weekly problem-solving, practice writing proofs, and take formula quizzes to develop the skills needed for many facets of high school geometry. Students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Yibo

Yibo graduated from the University of Toronto with a BBA in Finance, and then got an MSc in Economics & Corporate Finance at École Polytechnique in France. He achieved a 99th percentile score on the GMAT. He then became a GMAT tutor online, helping working professionals raise their GMAT scores.

SAT Math (Foundations)

with Yibo

 

Class Time: 13:0015:30 JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to February 27th

 

In the fall weekly SAT Math Foundations class, students focus on the core concepts that are needed to succeed on the SAT. Students enrolled in this course learn and work on the basic math skills that are the building blocks required for problems at any level. Instructors take a rigorous approach to these concepts; students should expect extensive practice on each topic and around 4-5 hours of homework per week. Some of the topics taught in this course include.


(Numbers and operations, Algebra, Linear Functions, Triangle and Circle Geometry, Data analysis, statistics, and probability)


After completing this course, students of any level are better prepared to tackle the subjects included on the SAT Math section. In addition, students reinforce and expand their new knowledge with our Advanced SAT Math course. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the math section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Michael

Michael graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in English. His time spent tutoring English language learners as an undergraduate student set the foundation for a career in education, and he is now a certified secondary school teacher with more than seven years of international teaching experience.

SAT English – Foundations

with Michael

 

Class Time: 16:3019:30 JST
Day: Every Sunday
Dates: January 16th to February 27th

 

Our SAT English Foundations course prepares students for the most abundant question types and passages across the Reading and Writing sections. Students can expect to focus on daily practice of both the knowledge and strategies needed to master core question types. Students can expect 4-5 hours of homework per week with a mock test on the last session of class. On average, students who score above 500/800 in the English section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Writing Topics: Punctuation and Diction type questions

— Prep on clauses, commas, colons, semicolons, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, pronouns, and words in context

Reading Topics: Social Science and Science passages (3/5 of the exam!)

— Prep on main idea, purpose, graphs, words in context, paired questions, and details questions

Vocabulary: Words that appear in all SAT tests and those specific to Science and Social Science Passages

— Phenomenon, Attribute, Acknowledge, Content, Plausible, Reinforce, etc.

Yibo

Yibo graduated from the University of Toronto with a BBA in Finance, and then got an MSc in Economics & Corporate Finance at École Polytechnique in France. He achieved a 99th percentile score on the GMAT. He then became a GMAT tutor online, helping working professionals raise their GMAT scores.

SAT Math (Advanced Topics)

with Yibo

 

Class Time: 09:0011:30 JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to February 27th

 

In the fall weekly SAT Math Advanced Topics class, students with a solid understanding of the fundamentals required on the SAT learn the strategies required to solve the most difficult problems in the Math Section. This class does not cover basics like exponent rules and algebraic manipulation but instead takes a deep dive into complicated math questions and how to solve them with the most efficient method. In every lesson, teachers work through real SAT questions, not only solving the hardest problems but also outlining steps to ensure efficiency and accuracy. Some example topics:

 

(Circle/Triangle Geometry Hybrid Problems, Advanced Modeling and Equation Interpretation, Advanced Factoring Strategies, Creative Algebraic Shortcuts)

 

Students expect to be consistently involved in problem solving while in the class (using new strategies with other students to answer the questions at hand, the teacher won’t be solving problems by his/herself) and around 4-5 hours of homework per week. At the conclusion of the class, students not only solve the most challenging problems on the SAT but also approach them with the most efficient strategy. On average, students who score above 650/800 in the math section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

Ryan

Ryan graduated from Macalester College, a liberal arts school with a focus on international engagement, magna cum laude in 2010 and was awarded the Wendy Parrish Poetry Award. He subsequently moved to New York City where he studied poetry at New York University’s Creative Writing Program, earning a Masters in Fine Arts in 2015. 

SAT Reading & Writing (Advanced Topics)

with Ryan

 

Class Time: 10:00 – 12:30 JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to February 27th

 

Our winter weekly SAT English Advanced Topics course takes students to the next level of SAT performance. Within the reading section, students often report the Literature and History passage as the most challenge. This course has it covered! Additionally, students practice on the most challenging questions in the Writing section: Flow questions. Students can expect 4-5 hours of homework per week with a mock test on the last session of class. On average, students who score above 650/800 in the English section join this course and see their scores increase by 50 points.

 

Writing Topics: Rhetoric aka “Flow” questions

— Combining sentences, transition words, adding or removing sentences, moving sentences, and selecting most relevant content

 

Reading Topics:

— Prep on main idea, purpose, graphs, words in context, paired questions, and details questions

— Paired passages

 

Vocabulary: Words that appear in Literature, History, and Paired Passages

— Undermine, Substantiate, Anticipate, Conducive, Synthesize, etc.

Elementary School & Middle School Classes

January 9th through March 16th

Alisa

Alisa graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a BA in International Relations, after which she earned an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Alisa is also a graduate of Yokohama International School, where she acquired an International Baccalaureate diploma, and considers herself a Third Culture Kid through and through.

Grade 3 & 4 Reading & Writing

with Alisa

 

Class Time: 10:0011:00 JST
Day: Every Saturday
Dates: January 15th to March 12th

 

 

In our Grades 3 & 4 English Language Arts Winter Weekly course, students will collect evidence of how culture changes over time through close study of historical fiction and nonfiction texts about ancient and modern Japan. Whether students are new to Japan or have lived here their whole lives, they will be fascinated to learn how our current lives have been shaped by ancient Japanese traditions. In analyzing these texts, students will learn and practice methods for effective organization and presentation of information, a key skill for upper elementary and middle schoolers. As a final project, they will produce a research-based letter to an author that informs her about how these customs and traditions have changed or endured over time. Students should expect around 2 hours of homework per week.

Hayden

Hayden 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 and Writing

with Hayden

 

Class Time: 16:3017:30 JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

In our Grades 3 & 4 English Language Arts Winter Weekly course, students will collect evidence of how culture changes over time through close study of historical fiction and nonfiction texts about ancient and modern Japan. Whether students are new to Japan or have lived here their whole lives, they will be fascinated to learn how our current lives have been shaped by ancient Japanese traditions. In analyzing these texts, students will learn and practice methods for effective organization and presentation of information, a key skill for upper elementary and middle schoolers. As a final project, they will produce a research-based letter to an author that informs her about how these customs and traditions have changed or endured over time. Students should expect around 2 hours of homework per week.

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn primarily tutors elementary and middle school students at TA in both English and math. She graduated Boston University with a degree in Linguistics, focusing on English, and is currently earning her Master’s in international relations from Waseda University.

Grade 3 & 4 Math

with Kaitlyn

 

Class Time: 11:1512:15 JST
Days: Every Saturday
Dates: January 15th to March 12th

 

Through projects, games, worksheets, and challenges, students practice grade-level-appropriate multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals, students in our Grade 3 and 4 Math Class will be able to get ahead of the material in their school class and set a course for advanced mathematics classes in High School! Additionally, this course will cover special topics such as time, measurement, money and various other applications so as to convey how powerful mathematics is in the real world. Outside of this highly interactive course, students will be asked to complete around 1 hour of homework per session.

Hayden

Hayden 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 

 

Class Time: 17:4518:45 JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Through projects, games, worksheets, and challenges, students practice grade-level-appropriate multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals, students in our Grade 3 and 4 Math Class will be able to get ahead of the material in their school class and set a course for advanced mathematics classes in High School! Additionally, this course will cover special topics such as time, measurement, money and various other applications so as to convey how powerful mathematics is in the real world. Outside of this highly interactive course, students will be asked to complete around 1 hour of homework per session.

Libby

Libby graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a double degree in science and law. She studied advanced chemistry, advanced physics, mathematics, and psychology and was invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program.

Grade 3 & 4 Science

with Libby

 

Class Time: 12:30 – 13:30 JST
Days: Every Sunday
Dates: January 9th to March 13th

 

In our winter Grades 3 & 4 weekly science class, students will develop their laboratory skills through a range of hands-on experiments. Our unique curriculum is designed to provide a head start on late elementary and middle school science concepts while also fostering critical thinking skills. The course is divided into three themes: buoyancy, power, and forensics. Activities include making a rainbow density column, engineering a wind-powered motor, and solving a “crime” through fingerprinting and simple chemical analyses. Students should anticipate in-class worksheets and no more than one hour of homework each week.

Alisa

Alisa graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a BA in International Relations, after which she earned an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Alisa is also a graduate of Yokohama International School, where she acquired an International Baccalaureate diploma, and considers herself a Third Culture Kid through and through.

Grade 5 & 6 Reading and Writing

with Alisa

 

Class Time: 12:3014:00 JST
Days: Every Saturday
Dates: January 15th to March 12th

 

In our Grades 5 & 6 English Language Arts Winter Weekly course, students focus on informational texts to understand the ways the oceans are changing as a result of climate change. Students will hone their scientific literacy skills to understand those changes, and they will refine their informational writing and logical organization capabilities. As a final project, they will construct an informational article based on the research they have done explaining what has been happening to the oceans. Students should expect 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Hayden

Hayden 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

 

Class Time: 16:3018:00 JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

 

In our Grades 5 & 6 English Language Arts Winter Weekly course, students focus on informational texts to understand the ways the oceans are changing as a result of climate change. Students will hone their scientific literacy skills to understand those changes, and they will refine their informational writing and logical organization capabilities. As a final project, they will construct an informational article based on the research they have done explaining what has been happening to the oceans. Students should expect 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Cheryl

Cheryl 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

 

Class Time: 17:0018:30 JST
Days: Every Thursday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

 

In our Grades 5 & 6 English Language Arts Winter Weekly course, students focus on informational texts to understand the ways the oceans are changing as a result of climate change. Students will hone their scientific literacy skills to understand those changes, and they will refine their informational writing and logical organization capabilities. As a final project, they will construct an informational article based on the research they have done explaining what has been happening to the oceans. Students should expect 2-3 hours of homework per week.

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn primarily tutors elementary and middle school students at TA in both English and math. She graduated Boston University with a degree in Linguistics, focusing on English, and is currently earning her Master’s in international relations from Waseda University.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Kaitlyn

 

Class Time: 16:0017:30 PM JST
Days: Every Saturday
Dates: January 15th to March 12th

 

Our Grade 5 & 6 Math course helps students gain the understanding and capability needed to deal with fractions, decimals, and unit conversion: essential skills on the road to middle school. Students train through drills and activities, applying their understanding across a range of problem types. After becoming confident with the content, a priority is placed on practice through word problems describing real world situations. Students are expected to complete around 1 hour of homework per session.

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn primarily tutors elementary and middle school students at TA in both English and math. She graduated Boston University with a degree in Linguistics, focusing on English, and is currently earning her Master’s in international relations from Waseda University.

Grade 5 & 6 Math

with Kaitlyn

 

Class Time: 16:3018:00 JST
Days: Every Monday
Dates: January 10th to March 14th

 

Our Grade 5 & 6 Math course helps students gain the understanding and capability needed to deal with fractions, decimals, and unit conversion: essential skills on the road to middle school. Students train through drills and activities, applying their understanding across a range of problem types. After becoming confident with the content, a priority is placed on practice through word problems describing real world situations. Students are expected to complete around 1 hour of homework per session.

Libby

Libby graduated with honours from the University of Sydney with a double degree in science and law. She studied advanced chemistry, advanced physics, mathematics, and psychology and was invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program.

Grade 5 & 6 Science

with Libby

 

Class Time: 17:00 – 18:30 JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 11th to March 15th

 

In our winter Grades 5 & 6 weekly science class, students will conduct experiments designed to accelerate their understanding of key middle school science topics. Our unique curriculum is divided into four themes: electricity and magnetism, microbiology, energy, and living systems. Experiments include engineering an electromagnet, building a portable microscope, testing the thermal insulation of different materials, and measuring students’ own metabolism after exercise. This course is great for students who want to gain laboratory experience, as well as hone their scientific writing skills. Students should anticipate in-class worksheets and 1-2 hours of homework each week.

Michael

Michael graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in English. His time spent tutoring English language learners as an undergraduate student set the foundation for a career in education, and he is now a certified secondary school teacher with more than seven years of international teaching experience.

Grade 7 & 8 Reading and Writing

with Michael

 

Class Time: 16:3018:30 JST
Days: Every Tuesday
Dates: January 18th to March 15th

 

In our Winter Weekly Grades 7 & 8 English Language Arts Class, students will acquire the necessary skills needed to read, interpret, deconstruct, and write poetry for their future academic needs. Over the course of 10 weeks, they will be introduced to a variety of poetry forms from which they will produce their own poems. Students will also become familiar with several poets (such as Emily Dickenson, Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, and William Shakespeare) who they will be required to analyze as they progress to higher grades. Each week, students will be asked to write a poem that goes toward their final portfolio. At the mid-way point and for the final project, students will synthesize multiple poetic forms, styles, and techniques to create long-form poems. Students should expect about 4 hours of homework per week.

Lok

Lok holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance with Upper Second Class Honours from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has always excelled academically, achieving 7A* & 4A in his IGCSEs and 2A* & 2A in A-levels as well as scoring in top percentiles in the GRE for quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

Grade 7 & 8 Math

with Lok

 

Class Time: 16:3018:30 JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

Our Middle School math course has a heavy focus on Pre-Algebra to prepare students for the rigors of High School and set them on a course to become eligible for higher level mathematics courses. Students will study topics that include equations, inequalities, ratios, proportions, percents, probability, and statistics. Projects that involve applications will accompany all of these topics! After completing this course, students will have gained greater perspective on the myriad applications of mathematics and the inspiration to pursue higher levels. Students are expected to complete around 1.5 hours of homework per session.

Cheryl

Cheryl 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 7 & 8 Science

with Cheryl

 

Class Time: 17:0019:00 JST
Days: Every Wednesday
Dates: January 12th to March 16th

 

In our winter Grades 7 & 8 weekly science class, students will gain a deeper understanding of their middle school science coursework and gain a head start on high-school level concepts. Our unique laboratory-centered curriculum is divided into four themes: the biochemistry of food, introduction to kinematics, metabolism and respiration, and genetics. Each experiment is designed to make advanced topics approachable, intuitive, and fun. The course will conclude with an oral presentation, allowing students to home their science communication skills and to demonstrate what they’ve uncovered. Students should anticipate in-class worksheets and 2-3 hours of homework each week.

Hayden

Hayden 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.

Middle Years American History

with Hayden

 

Class Time: 17:0019:00 JST
Days: Every Thursday
Dates: January 13th to March 17th

 

Our winter weekly Middle Years American History Course introduces 7th through 9th graders to the events central to the development of the modern United States. In the Fall Term, we establish foundational knowledge of early Indigenous American civilizations, explore the progress and perils of European exploration and colonization, and analyze a conflict that almost tore the young nation asunder: the Civil War. This course is ideal for any student considering university in the US, looking to build background knowledge for the SAT, hoping to refine their historical thinking skills for humanities courses, or simply interested in learning more about the complex history of the United States. This course is especially important for students attending non-US-centric schools. Students should expect 3-4 hours of homework per week.