Morphosi Academy

Morphosi Academy APPROACH

Morphosi Academy's Approach to Teaching Mathematics

Morphosi Academy believes that despite the time and effort it takes, learning math is worth the investment!

With thorough planning, good communication, and continued efforts, our tutors help students overcome little daily frustrations with noticeable growth in the student's mathematical competencies.

Morphosi Academy tutors do not use any tricks, gimmicks, or secret, proprietary methods - only tried and true teaching techniques that we know produce results. Our math program is based on the following:

1. Preparation and competence

Our tutors are prepared and comfortable with the subject matter that they teach. This sends a clear, strong message to the students of the importance and pride they place on working with a student.

2. Commitment

We are committed to our students. We take the time to identify weaknesses, to suggest plans of action, and to set short- and long-term objectives and goals.

3. Optimism and thoroughness

We take a positive attitude toward every student and utilize all available resources.

4. Engagement

We engage our students by asking them to explain the procedure they are using to solve a problem. Correct procedures are reinforced, and erroneous logic or incorrect procedures are resolved, by providing hints and explanations and making sure the student has a clear understanding of the materials

5. Encouragement

We encourage our students to work on problems on their own, but we also let them know that we are here for them for any help they might need.

If a student cannot get the correct answer and asks for help, we look at what the student has done and try to locate the error. Then we have the student work a similar problem to make sure he or she has grasped the concept or procedure.

6. Guidance

We guide our students through the solution process, by asking students leading questions that will direct them towards the correct steps.

Understanding the concepts makes remembering the procedures easier.

7. Teaching Concepts

Our goal is to help students become independent learners. In mathematics, it is essential to teach concepts rather than just processes or procedures. For example, we explain why it is important to follow the "order of operations" rule, PEMDAS, rather than just showing the student how to do it.

8. Addressing Math Anxiety

We help students with varying degrees of math anxiety by providing only constructive and positive feedback, with no confusing or discouraging talk, and reinforcing the concepts and procedures in a manner that is easy for the student to follow and understand.

9. Providing test taking techniques

Using our experience with standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, we promote test strategies and techniques that prepare students to take tests with confidence and assurance.

10. Sharing students' triumphs and setbacks

We celebrate with our students their academic achievements, and we share their frustration when things don't go well by helping them implement new action plans.

11. Reviewing Fundamentals

We always review with our students the fundamentals of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry to help them fill any material gaps.

Morphosi Academy's Approach to Tutoring the Sciences

No two students are alike. Morphosi Academy's philosophy for teaching students science reflects that fact. There is no single method that will work for all students, so we tailor our methods to the individual student. Students have an opportunity to interact with an instructor who knows the material and can identify the key areas that they need to focus on to ensure success. Here are some of the approaches we use to help our students:

1. Inquiry Based Learning

Learning through asking questions. Asking questions is a foundation of scientific thinking. As a teaching strategy this means having students, not the instructors, ask the questions. As a consequence of the lecture format of most school systems, students are typically not permitted to ask questions in the classroom. Even if they are allowed to, it�s usually at the end of the class, when they've forgotten their important questions. At Morphosi Academy, students have a chance to learn how to think like scientists by developing results that originate from their own questions.

2. Synectics

Helping make the world of scientific words and concepts familiar. Teachers often just spout definitions, expecting the students to accept them as they're presented: individual concepts tacked on the wall for brute memorization. It doesn't have to be this way. From analogies to oxymorons, our tutors make connections to words that students already know that will help them remember the scientific definitions. This keeps them from having to focus all of their time just on memorizing what the definitions mean.

3. Advance Organizers

Giving students a head start. Sometimes just a little structure is all a student needs to ensure success. Advance organizers can help give students a sense of preparedness and a cue ahead of time for what they are going to be facing in school. Knowing what will be coming up not only helps a student learn more efficiently, but also helps build confidence that the student will not be lost when the lesson ends.

4. Nondirective Teaching

Putting the student at the center of the learning process. With this approach, the tutor allows students to pinpoint their own problems and formulate their own solutions. The tutor is a facilitator of the learning process, rather than the leader. This helps to facilitate independent learning. The student, rather than the classroom, is the real the center of learning.

5. Developing Positive Self-Concepts

Helping students view themselves in a more positive light. Students with a positive self-concept not only are better students, but also are better prepared for life after graduation. This is something that we always try to encourage and maintain.

All of our methods are individualized. We don't use group concepts, because we understand the importance of interacting with students one-on-one.

Morphosi Academy's Approach to English Instruction

Our English tutors are committed to providing an environment that is comfortable and consistent, as well as content conscious. We understand that each student has a unique learning style and try to design our instruction with that in mind. We also know that some students might have special needs or test taking anxieties. Our individualized approach uses specific strategies designed to help students understand their learning style and how to overcome their challenges in order to do their best on tests or in classrooms.

1. Standardized Test Prep for Elementary and Middle Grades

Morphosi Academy provides assistance in standardized test taking for the English/Reading/Writing sections of the MCAS, ISEE, and SSAT.

The process for preparation is very similar to those of the SAT and ACT. We assess the student's skill level to find areas that need addressing. Then, we review the basic concepts of those areas, re-teaching if necessary. Through work in class and at home, we strengthen and build the student�s ability and confidence by practicing and analyzing actual questions from previous tests. Timed practice test sections and analysis of the results are the final steps before the actual test date.

2. Concept Remediation and Practice

English tutors can provide help in basic English concepts from grades 3 - 12. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and sentence construction, reading comprehension and paragraph writing are some commonly targeted areas for assistance. Weekly practice usually depends on the classroom/parental guidelines. For example, reading comprehension instruction might consist of weekly reading from the class designated outside reading book with tutor generated questions designed to lead the student to a more in-depth analysis of the text. Or, spelling, grammar, punctuation rules may be reviewed and practiced through supplementary class instruction and tutor generated homework.

3. Targeted Project Planning and Implementation

Students can count on focused project planning assistance on everything from poster projects to dramatic reading presentations. Provided that students come to our offices with plenty of time for preparation, we can help them plan the project by helping the student to plan a schedule, select the medium and materials, identify each area of focus, review and help in any editing of text, and allow the student to practice the presentation.

4. Essay Writing (High School/College Applications)

Our English tutors are well versed in both the traditional writing process as taught at most high schools in the area and in college application essay writing. For application essays, we can help with brainstorming, prompt analysis, draft editing, and proofreading to help ensure that your student sends in their best work. We can also assist with all areas of research paper writing including thesis generation, outlining, quote selection, documentation and formatting, according to class guidelines.

5. Homework Assistance

In instances when students just need 'a boost' with their homework assignments, or when homework has accrued due to absence or other factors, our English tutors can easily assist your student with their assignments on a weekly basis. This flexible format allows for all types of work including essay writing, literature analysis, grammar and punctuation review, vocabulary test prep and much more. These informal sessions allow the student to ask questions in a one-on-one environment and allow the tutor to spend the time necessary on concepts that may be more difficult to master.