We offer two kinds of academic workshops: ACT Prep and Summer Learning. Each workshop focuses on giving students study skills and test-taking strategies that extend well beyond the topic of the workshop.

Our academic workshops offer students an opportunity to learn in a collaborative, small group tutoring environment. They are ideal for students looking to refresh their current knowledge base or get a head start in a new subject.

The Learning Team’s workshops are effective as stand-alone courses. However, they also pair well with our one-on-one tutoring services. This combination allows students to learn essential strategies in the workshop and master the content in their tutoring sessions.

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Find Academic Workshops

Below you will find an extensive list of all of the workshops the Learning Team has to offer for Summer ’22. You’ll be able to read through a brief description of each workshop and sign up for the workshops right for you. 

Summer Workshops

Each summer, The Learning Team offers workshops that reinforce and support students through the summer months. These workshops are available to students of all ages and skill levels.

Our summer workshops take place between school years and cover a few different learning categories, including executive functioning, academic recovery, and academic advancement.

Stay tuned for updates on the summer workshops we are offering in the Summer of 2022.

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English and Reading Workshops

This workshop introduces you to the basics of persuasive writing. Critical to success in high school, college, and beyond, we will cover how to narrow down interest in any topic to a convincing, defendable argument. We will consider how to effectively target different audiences, conduct academic research, organize and defend original arguments, correct citation practices, and revise an essay.

The nature of this workshop is hands-on, and students will complete several short assignments to refine these critical skills. This class is ideal for rising juniors, seniors, and graduates heading off to college in the fall.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • Argument identification and analysis
  • Basis of rhetoric (e.g. how to use logos, ethos, and pathos)
  • Academic research
  • Argument creation and defense
  • Essay organization
  • Proper MLA citation
  • Essay Revision and editing

Texts:

“Everything’s an Argument” With Readings, 2016 MLA – 7th Edition

*Book is not required, but it is highly recommended as it will be referred to constantly. 

Fee: $400

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This workshop is designed for students who want to enhance their writing skills, better organize paragraphs and essays, and improve editing skills. During the sessions, students will examine the elements of a five-paragraph essay and practice writing both the parts and the whole. Students will use a template to make just about any writing assignment easier to tackle.

Along the way, students will examine sticky grammar problems that weaken writing and learn to develop their voice to strengthen these problems. This is ideal for students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. 

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • Brainstorming and organization strategies
  • Formulating a thesis statement
  • Topic sentences and supporting details
  • Using quotes and citing authors
  • Transitions, flow and editing
  • Important elements of grammar

Fee: $400

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Reading and Writing Intervention utilizes a variety of reading intervention strategies, including Orton-Gillingham (OG), Wilson Reading, and LETRS. This is an individualized, multisensory approach to teaching reading that is designed for dyslexic learners. Our mixed approach uses a combination of structured literacy, and other proven strategies, to teach your child by first mastering the smallest sounds (phonemes) and then introducing new, more complex sounds (morphemes and lexemes).

During their first two sessions, your child will take a pre-assessment to determine their current reading level and to provide the tutor with the information they need to design an individualized study plan. After that, each session will consist of a combination of hands-on, visual, and auditory activities that will give your child the tools they need to find success and enjoyment in reading. Suggested sessions for the best outcome will be determined based on the testing, but the minimum number of sessions is five. This is geared for students K-6.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • Consonants
  • Diagraphs
  • Blends
  • Division Patterns
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Spelling Rules
  • Syllable Types
  • Vowel Teams
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Handwriting

Materials: 

  • Binder with graphic organizers, division patterns, and syllable types
  • Notecard ring with spelling rules

Fee: $450 

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This workshop is designed for students who want to enhance their writing skills by learning and understanding the basic building blocks of grammar. Students examine the eight parts of speech and how they function in a sentence. Students learn sentence types, sentence structures, and sentence patterns and then use words, phrases, and clauses to build increasingly complex sentences.

Along the way, students examine sticky grammar problems that weaken writing. These skills enhance their ability to understand the mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) and grammar necessary to communicate ideas in writing. This workshop is appropriate for rising 4th-8th grade students.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • Brainstorming and organization strategies
  • Formulating a thesis statement
  • Topic sentences and supporting details
  • Using quotes and citing authors
  • Transitions, flow and editing
  • Important elements of grammar

Fee: $400

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Math Workshops

Understanding and using fractions is a missing piece in so many students’ successful experiences. In this workshop, we will discuss all the meanings of fractions and practice using and recognizing the vocabulary. Then, you will learn about how the basic operations work and why. Finally, we will cover all the ways fractions are used to help us describe so many different mathematical objects and ideas.

These fractions are a marvelous advancement for the human race; let’s all benefit from them and make friends. Upon completion of this workshop, you will no longer dread the fraction.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • The different contexts of fractions
  • Smart multiplying and dividing fractions
  • How to find a common denominator 
  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Uses of fractions: Calculus, trigonometry, rational expressions, etc.
  • The history of fractions
  • The fundamental theory of fractions
  • Conversions
  • Rational expressions and equations

Fee: $400

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Algebra marks the culmination of elementary math and the turning point for all future math classes. Most of the careers today or on the horizon will require algebraic skills. To be ready for algebra, students need to be proficient in numerical facts, computational skills, and confident with number sense.

Algebra is the beginning of abstract mathematical concepts and can be the beginning of math frustrations and fears. Don’t let this happen. Finding math fun and essential can be the magical ingredients to open many doors to future opportunities. This review is for students who have completed 6th or 7th-grade math and will take Pre-Algebra in the fall semester.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • Properties of numbers and arithmetic operations
  • Rations, rates, and percentages
  • Integers: Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing
  • Variables and expressions
  • Equations and inequalities

Resources:

  • Math Readiness Test
  • Khan Academy
  • Reproducibles *Determined by the needs of the student

Fee: $400

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Algebra marks the culmination of elementary math and the turning point for all future math classes. Most of the careers today or on the horizon will require algebraic skills. To be ready for algebra, students need to be proficient in numerical facts, computational skills, and confident with number sense.

Algebra is the beginning of abstract mathematical concepts and can be the beginning of math frustrations and fears. Don’t let this happen. Finding math fun and essential can be the magical ingredients to open many doors to future opportunities. This review is for students who have completed 7th-grade math or Pre-Algebra and will take Pre-Algebra or Algebra I in the upcoming school year.

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Topics:

  • Integers
  • Fractions, decimals and percents
  • Solving and applying multi-step equations
  • Graphing and equations of lines
  • Geometry basics

Resources:

  • A binder of materials will be provided

Fee: $400

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Math is cumulative. Remember that stuff you learned in middle school? Did you struggle with Geometry? Don’t let these roadblocks prevent you from having a great start to the school year and Algebra II.

This review is for students who have completed Algebra I and Geometry and will take Algebra II in the fall semester. If you did not pass the previous courses with a B- or higher, sign up for one-on-one help.

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Topics: 

  • Linear word problems
  • Inequalities and absolute value
  • Rational exponents and radicals
  • Polynomials and factorization
  • Quadratics
  • Irrational numbers
  • Geometry

Resources:

  • Algebra II Readiness Test
  • Khan Academy
  • Reproducibles *Determined by the needs of the student

Fee: $400

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So what is Geometry? It is math applied to pictures: points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids. Success in geometry requires a firm understanding of math vocabulary, decoding skills to understand not only words but pictures, and using spatial and logical skills applied to problems.

Although math is cumulative, this may be the first math course that depends on this triad of expertise. This course prepares you for what is ahead. Candidates: Students who have completed Algebra I successfully and plan to take Geometry in the upcoming school year. If you did not make a B- or above in Algebra I, please select the one-on-one option.

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Topics:

  • Lines, angles and polygons
  • Coordinate plane
  • Linear equations and graphing
  • Area and perimeter
  • Circles
  • Volume and surface area
  • Algebra I Refresher

Resources:

  • A binder of materials will be provided

Fee: $400

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Pre-calculus blends topics from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, combining them to prepare you for the techniques you need to succeed in calculus. Get ready to build your math muscles for precalculus! in this workshop.

Students prepare to prevail over precalculus by brushing up on the topics that typically cause the most confusion and giving helpful tips and techniques to help students find success in this challenging course. If you made below a B- on the prerequisite courses, please sign up for one-on-one help.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics:

  • Foundations of Functions – Types of functions, graphing and finding roots
  • The Mysterious Unit Circle – What is it and why should you care? 
  • Simplifying radicals and rational exponents
  • Mental math techniques
  • Linear systems of equations
  • Applicable geometry review
  • Getting the most out of your calculator

Fee: $400

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If you are a student entering high school (regular, honors, or AP) or college calculus, this course will help you brush up on essential math topics. Students are introduced to calculus concepts, such as derivates, limits, and discontinuities, ensuring they have a leg-up on what is going on and are ready to tackle homework and assessments!

Ideal students have earned a B- or better in prerequisite courses. If not, sign up for one-on-one help rather than a workshop.

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Topics: 

  • Algebra techniques for success
  • Trigonometry review
  • Graphing functions
  • Logarithm math
  • Limits
  • Function continuity
  • Introduction to derivatives

Resources:

  • Workbook provided

Fee: $400

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If you are taking Statistics in the fall, this course will help you develop useful tools to succeed! 

We will review probability, word problems, and basic algebra, and practice the basic stats you already know while brushing up on reading statistical graphs. We’ll talk about overarching reasons for studying statistics and how to read stats. You’ll be better equipped when you start your class in the fall.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • The difference between mean, median and mode
  • Statistical vocabulary
  • Reading graphs for statistics – Great practice for standardized tests!
  • Basics of probability 
  • Reading word problems
  • Assigning variables
  • Algebra review
  • Concepts and what to expect 

Fee: $400

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Science Workshops

Physics is an ever-evolving science field. At its essence, physics seeks to define and describe measurable quantities in the universe and find relationships between those measurable quantities. Understanding the language of science and math is essential. For most students, this is a unique course where math and science converge radically.

Students entering high school (regular, honors, or AP) or college physics will find that this course will help them develop the math and problem-solving skills needed to start your course from a position of strength, setting them up to succeed and thrive.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics: 

  • Relevant math, trigonometry and calculator skills
  • Vector math
  • Free body diagrams
  • Coordinate system
  • Motion
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Relevant computer skills including graphing in Excel and math symbols/equations in Word

Resources:

  • A workbook will be provided

Fee: $400

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Executive Function Workshops

Memory is an essential neurodevelopment component that is the key to long-term mastery of information. Memory involves getting information into the brain, connecting information to current knowledge, negotiating the information, and retrieving it at the appropriate time.

This workshop is a hands-on memory training program for children and adolescents. This Individualized coaching follows the curriculum “Helping Students Remember” by Milton J. Dehn and is designed to assist students who want to be more effective in utilizing and strengthening their memory capabilities. It is ideal for students from 5th to 12th grade.

This workshop is offered as five hours of one-on-one instruction so the individual needs of each student can be met.

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Topics:

  • How memory works
  • Memorization methods
  • Goals for improving memory
  • Study skills that help memory
  • Improving recall during tests
  • Using context clues
  • Plans for using memory strategies
  • Creating and using review sheets
  • Picturing verbal information

Text: 

“Helping Students Remember – Exercises and Strategies to Strengthen Memory” by Milton J. Dehn

*This text is included in the price of the workshop.

Fee: $450

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Learning is an active process that requires executive functioning skills, which are frequently elusive to students. In Learning How to Learn, students acquire knowledge about their brain and the memory process of acquiring and retaining information. Students practice useful drills and strategies to help them succeed in school, start thinking outside of the box, and stop procrastinating.

This course is ideal for students whose grades do not always reflect their effort, or who need more guidance on staying organized, preparing for tests, learning how to study, improving long-term memory, and helping with maintaining momentum and a positive attitude in a fast-paced and rigorous academic environment. This workshop is designed using the course and book “Learning How to Learn” By Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., and Terrance Sejnowski, Ph.D.

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Topics:

  • Beating procrastination
  • Organization at home and school
  • How to do well on tests
  • How memory works
  • Short-term, long-term and working memory
  • Memorization methods
  • Study skills that help memory
  • Brain-links and why they’re important
  • How to have a growth mindset and the power of “yet”

Text(s):

“Learning How to Learn” by Barbara Oakley, Ph D., and Terrance Sejnowski, Ph D.* 

*This text is included in the price of the workshop

“Helping Students Remember – Exercises and Strategies to Strengthen Memory” by Milton J. Dehn**

**This text is not required, but will be used.

Fee: $450

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ACT Prep Workshops

The Learning Team offers ACT Prep Workshops in math, science, English, and reading. We also offer a special course focused on mastering the preferred calculator of the ACT – the TI-84 calculator.

Students can sign up for one-on-one sessions, individual days, or the full, two-day workshop. Each workshop reviews valuable strategies catered to the ACT format and test questions.

The workshops are ideal for high school students preparing to take the ACT for the first time or hoping to improve their scores.

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math act prep workshopWho should take this?

  • A student hoping to refresh their skills and focus on how to master the first 30 questions on the test
  • Students currently scoring below a 28 in math
  • Those looking to master the easy and medium level difficulty problems on the test
  • Any student looking for a leg up with ACT calculations in the math and science sections

Resources Needed:
TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator for Dummies, 2nd Ed.

Topics Covered:

  • Taking control of the clock
  • Process of elimination
  • Back-solving and plugging in “test” numbers
  • Drawing and labeling
  • Identifying the essential question and avoiding traps
  • When to use the TI-84 calculator
  • What to write on the test to work through a problem and when to use mental math
  • Guessing as a time-saving strategy
  • Helpful TI-84 basics, including hidden menus and techniques for checking answers
  • In-depth review of useful TI-84 functions and programs to use on the ACT including:
    • Graphing polynomial and transcendental functions
    • Using graphed functions for other calculations
    • Calculus features
    • Storing variables and basic programming

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science act prep workshop

Who should take this?

Any student who wants to demystify the science section.

Science is one of the best sections of the test to help improve your score, yet often overlooked and feared. 

Topics Covered:

  • Three types of passages and how to approach each one
  • Taking control of the clock
  • How to read graphs, data tables, figures, and experimental design set up and diagrams
  • Interpreting the trends in data and finding patterns
  • What to read and when to skim
  • Process of elimination
  • Identifying the essential question and avoiding traps
  • How to mark on the test to help quickly find essential information
  • Beating the clock with guessing as a time-saving strategy
  • How to save one passage for guessing to  giving yourself more time for the other sections.
  • How should you approach the “conflicting viewpoints” passage?

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Who should take this?english act prep workshop

  • Students hoping to refresh skills and focus on how to master the eight most tested areas in the English section
  • Those currently scoring below a 28 in English OR looking to master easy and medium level difficulty problems
  • A student interested in the most important STRATEGIES for handling different question types

Topics Covered:

  • Taking control of the clock
  • Process of elimination
  • Top five grammar areas
  • Top three rhetoric areas
  • Plug and test
  • Identifying the essential question and avoiding traps
  • When and how to re-read
  • What to write on the test to work through a problem
  • Guessing as a time-saving strategy
  • How often “no change” is actually the answer
  • How to incorporate the overall passage into an understanding of the individual questions

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reading act prep workshopWho should take this?

  • Those who want to demystify the ACT reading section. Reading is one of the most challenging sections of the test to improve scores
  • A student who wants to take on this section without feeling overwhelmed by the amount of reading
  • Students who want to improve their confidence in reading

Topics Covered:

  • Determining reading speed and which strategies work best for each speed
  • Taking control of the clock
  • How to determine which passages to read and in which order to read them
  • Interpreting the trends in data and looking for performance patterns
  • How to read a passage purposefully
  • Process of elimination
  • Identifying the essential question and avoiding traps
  • How to mark on the test to help quickly find essential information
  • Guessing as a time-saving strategy
  • How to reserve one passage for guessing to give yourself more time on remaining sections
  • Reading the passage first versus reading the questions first
  • Wrong answer patterns and how to use them
  • What to expect from different passage types
  • The underlying skills that the questions are targeting

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