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Home School Tutor

by W. Sam Emara

Homeschooled students score significantly higher on standardized testing than their in-school counterparts (Journal of College Admission). A number of my classmates at Columbia were homeschooled growing up. It is evident that much of this success comes from the individual attention gained from one-on-one learning.

The role of the home school tutor carries with it different responsibilities than that of an afterschool one. The consistent assignment of homework is more important for a homeschooled student. Non-homeschooled students often see a tutor for help completing homework given by their subject teachers, and don’t always need regularly assigned homework from a tutor. The distinction between time for school work and personal time can get blurred for the homeschooled student without the regular expectation of assignments.

The Separation of Study and Personal Time

Without the structure offered by a day of classes at school, it can be harder for homeschooled students to keep themselves honest about how much studying they have actually done. That is why a student-agreed upon schedule is key to accountable studying. This schedule should include the math, science, English and other sessions during the day as well as periods of individual study afterwards.

Giving the student a chance to edit and agree upon the study schedule is an important part of its success. It will foster a sense of ownership over the study plan, increasing the chances that it will be followed.  The longer such a schedule is adhered to, the better suited a high school student will be to transition out of a micromanaged dependency and into a healthier more sustainable self-management system.

Home Schooling Schedule

 

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

9:00am

Foreign Language Session

English Reading

Foreign Language Session

Foreign Language Session

English Reading

10:00am

 

Math Session

Math Session

Math Session

Math Session

Math Session

11:00am

 

Science Session

English Session

Science Session

Science Session

Science Session

12:00pm

 

English Session

P.E.

English Session

English Session


Personal Time

1:00pm

 

Personal Time

Personal Time

Personal Time

Personal Time

2:00pm

 

Math practice

Science practice

Math practice

Science practice

Math Practice

3:00pm

 

Technology

English (Writing)

Technology

English (Writing)

Saturday texts

The example schedule above was implemented by W. Sam Emara, NYC home school tutor in Manhattan.

W. SAM EMARA'S ROADMAP TO THE IVY LEAGUE

NYC Lab School
Chosen by his High School teachers to tutor peers.
W. S. Emara tutors New York City students from K–12 in-person, and online via skype video calls for those outside NYC.
New York University Medical Center Microbiology Research Laboratory
Design and perform experiments in infectious disease as a member of the lab group of Department of Medicine Chairman Martin J. Blaser, MD.
Recieved email:
Accepted into Columbia University
Continued to tutor students and conduct research as a premed biology major.
Publishes article on microbiology research
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Emara Academic Solutions™
Returned to NYC to continue his tutoring practice.
Friedrich-Engels Gymnasium Senftenberg, Deutschland
Taught English to students from grades 9 to 12 in German High School.

Revitalized English department, streamlining the ambitions of the students and the requirements of standardized testing into a contemporary curriculum.
Internship in Building Community
Facilitated the livelihood of students enrolled in Columbia University’s High School Summer Program as a Resident Advisor.

Coordinated and supervised extracurricular activities for students throughout NYC.

TESTIMONIALS

Larisa F.
(tutored regularly from September ’05 to June ’08 in Math and Chemistry)
"I walk into a session not even knowing how to start a type of problem, and I leave able to solve any version of it."
Dan B.
(a Writing client in January’09)
"He’s just so good at it… he’s like a machine, you give him a writing prompt and out comes an A paper."
Ben T.
(tutored regularly from August ’06 to June ’07 in Math and then College Admissions Essay Writing)
"[W. S. Emara] was involved and interested in my success. While other tutors I’ve had were impersonal time-watchers, my Emara Academic Solutions sessions wouldn’t even start until after some time talking with the family."
Ina R.
(mother of two students tutored in English in ’07)
“Besides the immediate results of higher English grades, the more striking results were long-term. Both of my children became more engaged students that take pride in their work raising scores in more than just English class.”

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