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Rising Grade 7 & 8 Summer Courses

English

Alisa Yuasa

Alisa Yuasa 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.

Persuasive Writing

with Alisa Yuasa

 

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

 

In our Grade 7 and 8 English Language Arts Class, students prepare for the challenges of middle and high school by deepening their knowledge of core content like poetry and nonfiction texts and applying that knowledge in targeted analysis. Throughout the course, students engage with a variety of texts types, reading and writing their way to heightened written, verbal, and aural fluency. Students in this class can expect 2 hours of homework after each lesson.

 

In Term 3, students develop the close-reading skills necessary for one of middle and high school’s biggest challenges: the literary analysis essay. Throughout the course, students work closely with model texts and each other to construct their own character analysis essay. As students build their arguments, they strengthen knowledge of literary devices like theme and dialogue while also refining their writing’s grammar and syntax.

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.

Narrative Writing

with Hayden Mueller

 

Class Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 26th to August 6th

 

In our Grade 7 and 8 English Language Arts Class, students prepare for the challenges of middle and high school by deepening their knowledge of core content like poetry and nonfiction texts and applying that knowledge in targeted analysis. Throughout the course, students engage with a variety of texts types, reading and writing their way to heightened written, verbal, and aural fluency. Students in this class can expect 2 hours of homework after each lesson.

 

Our Term 4 Grade 7 and 8 Narrative ELA Course deepens students’ understanding of tone and mood as they rewrite a work of fiction in a completely new genre. Through analysis of model texts, students create unique pieces that illustrate their mastery of precise language, narrative elements, and standard English conventions.

Kelly Friedman

Kelly Friedman attended New York University where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Social and Cultural Analysis. She was awarded tenure in her fourth year of teaching and completed a Master of Arts degree at Stony Brook University.

Expository Writing

with Kelly Friedman

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

In our Grade 7 and 8 English Language Arts Class, students prepare for the challenges of middle and high school by deepening their knowledge of core content like poetry and nonfiction texts and applying that knowledge in targeted analysis. Throughout the course, students engage with a variety of texts types, reading and writing their way to heightened written, verbal, and aural fluency. Students in this class can expect 2 hours of homework after each lesson.

In Term 5, students become information detectives as they complete a historical scene investigation. Students learn to analyze written and visual primary sources, conflicting narratives, and confusing timelines as they piece together the story behind the history. Not only does students learn direct historical content knowledge, but they also become better readers and researchers, citing evidence and presenting clear reasoning to support their views.

Math

Claudio Rivera

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

Systems of Equations

with Claudio Rivera

 

Class Time: 12:30 PM – 14:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

 

In our Grade 7 and 8 Summer Math classes, students focus on learning key concepts that are necessary for success in Algebra courses and beyond. The topics are quite expansive, ranging from arithmetic operations to linear equations and even irrational numbers. Each term is a stand-alone module that thoroughly covers each of these subjects. Students who complete any or all of these modules have a complete understanding of target material they are sure to encounter in future math courses. Students can expect between 1 to 2 hours of homework after each lesson.

 

In Term 3 students learn about solving systems of equations and polynomial structure. After becoming proficient in graphing and solving these equations, students connect the dots: creating ideal paths through real terrain with the use of polynomials! Poly-pathfinding!

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.

Quadratics

with Yibo Sun

 

Class Time: 15:00 PM – 17:00 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 26th to August 6th

 

In our Grade 7 and 8 Summer Math classes, students focus on learning key concepts that are necessary for success in Algebra courses and beyond. The topics are quite expansive, ranging from arithmetic operations to linear equations and even irrational numbers. Each term is a stand-alone module that thoroughly covers each of these subjects. Students who complete any or all of these modules have a complete understanding of target material they are sure to encounter in future math courses. Students can expect between 1 to 2 hours of homework after each lesson.

 

In Term 4, the class takes a deep dive into quadratic equations and their applications. Students start to see quadratic equations in the motion of objects, the economy, and even in physical forms in the world around them. The course culminates in a modeling project in which we describe human interaction with equations!

Kaitlyn Cyprian

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.

Number Theory

with Kaitlyn Cyprian

 

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

 

In our Grade 7 and 8 Summer Math classes, students focus on learning key concepts that are necessary for success in Algebra courses and beyond. The topics are quite expansive, ranging from arithmetic operations to linear equations and even irrational numbers. Each term is a stand-alone module that thoroughly covers each of these subjects. Students who complete any or all of these modules have a complete understanding of target material they are sure to encounter in future math courses. Students can expect between 1 to 2 hours of homework after each lesson.

 

In Term 5, students work with concepts such as number theory, basic statistics, and 2-dimensional coordinates. Students employ some of their new skills during in-class projects. Our final project demonstrates how Eratosthenes deduced the circumference of the Earth over 2,000 years ago using fairly basic Geometry, and use his method to solve some problems of our own!

Science

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.

Science of Food

with Cheryl Smith

 

Class Time: 15:30 PM – 17:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 12th to July 23rd

 

Our Grades 7 and 8 program is designed to foster critical thinking and creativity across the three branches of science. Each self-contained term provides a thorough exploration of science topics they encounter in early high school. Students can anticipate one hour of homework per class and an assigned short scientific presentation at the end of each term.

 

Term 3 combines aspects of chemistry, biology, physics and physiology into food science: a melting pot of scientific thought and discovery. In this course, students are introduced to taste and the genetics behind it, the molecular basis for why some flavors work well together, and the challenges of modern food production.

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.

Genetics and Forensics

with Cheryl Smith

 

Class Time: 15:30 PM – 17:30 PM JST
Days: Monday to Friday
Dates: July 26th to August 6th

 

Our Grades 7 and 8 program is designed to foster critical thinking and creativity across the three branches of science. Each self-contained term provides a thorough exploration of science topics they encounter in early high school. Students can anticipate one hour of homework per class and an assigned short scientific presentation at the end of each term.

 

In Term 4, we solve cases and identify culprits using the latest scientific innovations. In this course, students get experience using actual forensic techniques, such as DNA profiling, fingerprint identification, fiber analysis and ink chromatography. Each student has the unique opportunity to use equipment used for actual academic research, such as a thermocycler for PCR.

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