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AP Head Start Summer Courses

Math

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

with Chris Sickinger

 

Class Time: 10:00 – 12:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9th to August 20th

Our summer head start AP Calculus AB class helps students succeed in their school classes. The class begins with an introduction to the concept of limits, as well as a review of key Pre-Calculus concepts critical to success in Calculus. The class proceeds to cover the techniques, fundamentals, and applications of differentiation. Given sufficient time and student performance, the class focuses on integration and differential equations. 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. Additionally, students who start 11th grade IB Math HL programs absolutely benefit from this course. Finally, students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per day.

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 Statistics

with Chris Sickinger

Class Time: 13:00 – 15:00  JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9 to August 20

Our summer head start AP Statistics class prepares students for school courses that follows the same curriculum. The course develops key skills such as summarizing and displaying data, designing surveys and studies, analyzing random phenomena with probability rules and simulations, and testing hypotheses with statistical inference. Students engage in rigorous practice and daily homework as they learn key problem-solving strategies and best practices for the AP 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. Additionally, students who start 11th grade IB SL programs absolutely benefit from this course. Finally, students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per day.

Science

AP Chemistry

Class Time: 12:30 – 14:30 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9 to August 20

Our summer head start AP Chemistry course establishes the knowledge and skills that students are taught at school. The course focuses on building problem-solving techniques through official and supplementary practice, all of which can be applied to a wide range of on concepts. In addition to daily review of academic course work, students cover test-taking strategies specific to the AP Chemistry 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. Additionally, students who start 11th grade IB Chemistry programs absolutely benefit from this course. Finally, students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per day.

Elizabeth Feldeverd

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

AP Biology

with Elizabeth Feldeverd

 

Class Time: 12:30 – 14:30 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9 to August 20

Our summer head start AP Biology course prepares students for the concepts that are learned in their high school biology courses. Concepts include biological chemistry, cell structure, protein synthesis, respiration and photosynthesis, cell division, genetics, ecology, and evolution. Through interactive lectures, worksheets, and mock AP questions, students develop a deep understanding of these topics in order to design complex experiments, analyze and interpret data, and recognize the fundamental connections between diverse biological concepts. 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. Additionally, students who start 11th grade IB Biology programs absolutely benefit from this course. Finally, students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per day.

Humanities

Yibo Sun

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.

AP Economics (Macro/Micro)

with Yibo Sun

 

Class Time: 15:00 – 17:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9 to August 20

 

Our summer headstart 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. Additionally, students who start 11th grade IB Economics programs absolutely benefit from this course. Students can expect to receive approximately 2-3 hours of homework per day.

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: 15:00 – 17:00  JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9 to August 20

 

Our summer head start AP World History course helps students organize and process the 700+ years of history that they are expected to learn. Class instruction goes beyond content delivery, and focuses on the analytical skills necessary for success on the actual AP Exam. Students learn how to take notes, organize information, tackle multiple choice questions and draft essay responses. 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. Additionally, students who start 11th grade IB History programs absolutely benefit from this course. Finally, students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per day.

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: 17:00 – 19:00 JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: August 9 to August 20

Our summer head start US History course prepares students for the various elements of the subject matter tested in the AP exam and develops in them the fundamental analytical and articulatory skills valued by schools and universities. Students 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 also focus on improving their essay writing skills through frequent assignments and in-class seminar-style discussion. 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. Additionally, students who start 11th grade IB History programs absolutely benefit from this course. Finally, students can expect to receive 2-3 hours of homework per day.

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