Online Workshops & Courses

In response to school closures due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Ivy Tutors Network is proud to offer an innovative virtual learning platform, available to English-speaking kids and parents worldwide! This is a selection of fantastic workshops by the same brilliant tutors you know and love. Our workshops aim to complement the "new normal" distance schooling by empowering students to hone valuable skills, work on exciting projects, and add to their resumes, all while social distancing. If Coronavirus is the sourest lemon, here is your lemonade. Classes start at $40.

-Lisa

Founder & Chief Lemonade Maker

Online Workshops & Courses

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SHSAT STRATEGIES

Start with a diagnostic exam and watch your SHSAT score increase as you learn the basic tricks and strategies to excel on this challenging high school admissions test. This small group workshop covers reading comprehension, English grammar review, and advanced middle school math concepts, as well as tricks for eliminating wrong answers, becoming a faster reader, and tips for getting faster at timed tests.

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COLLEGE ESSAY BOOTCAMP

Competitive universities now base 50% of admissions on what you write in application essays. Do you need to take your college essay to the next level? Are you finding it hard to even begin? We're here to help you get your essay done. Ivy essay expert, Justin Taylor, has helped many students craft WOW essays and get into their top choice schools.

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LEARN GRAMMAR VISUALLY: DIAGRAMMING SENTENCES

Understanding grammar is the doorway to becoming a great writer, reading complex and challenging texts, doing well on standardized exams, and learning foreign languages. Open the hood and learn about the parts that make a sentence work. The skills learned in this class will continue to benefit you in (and help with admissions to) high school, college, grad school, and your career.

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GOAL SETTING FOR SUCCESS

At times, we all find themselves overburdened and inexperienced with the responsibility of setting and achieving meaningful goals. In this course, Alex will teach you how to evaluate your most pressing goals (both in and out of school), set schedules to achieve them, and reflect on your progress as you work towards success. This enlightening course will give you the skills for continual progress in any endeavor, academic, personal, or professional. Students will also learn about the psychology behind achieving your goals and learn important executive functioning skills.

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HOW TO READ A POEM: LEVELS 1 AND 2

This workshop introduces students to the art of close reading as it relates to a poem. Level 1 uses shorter poems as examples to walk students through the basic steps of literary analysis. They will learn how to identify the three levels of a poem -- the literal, figurative, and formal -- with the aim of seeing how each of these levels deepens, contradicts, or plays against the other. Students will come away with the ability to read a poem, understand what's happening, and say something interesting about it. Level 2 focuses on "difficult" and longer poems.

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GREAT SHORT STORIES

This class will introduce students to some of the great short stories of world literature, while also teaching them valuable techniques of literary criticism along the way. The stories selected will have an emphasis on the exotic, macabre, and fantastic. Authors will include Poe, Kleist, Kafka, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Angela Carter, and Clarice Lispector. Students will learn how to identify key motifs and themes, understand tone, plot, and structure, and come up with original and insightful analysis.

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LAUNCH YOUR OWN IPHONE APP

This intensive workshop on iOS app development culminates in having students release their own app on Apple's app store! Obviously a huge resume builder for any high school student who is looking to show some unique interests and capabilities to colleges, a skillset in development is also increasingly important right now (especially given the rising economic uncertainty). This course is open to both students and parents and could be a fun activity to do together!

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ADVANCED MATH PROJECTS: LEVEL 1 & 2

Led by a pHD candidate in mathematics, this math course will focus on problem solving and logical reasoning skills, with a conceptual introduction to advanced math topics. Students will be encouraged to work together to reason through puzzles, solve competition-style problems, and explore informal proof methods. Depending on group interest, we may also discuss real-world applications in computer science. Welcome to the dynamic, colorful, and inspiring world of math!

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MEDITATION

Stress and anxiety do not practice social distancing. They shelter-in-place right with us. Now more than ever, we need support to contact that which does not change and brings authentic peace. Learn to use your new constraints to start and support a life-changing personal meditation practice, have daily relief from stress and anxiety, and increase joy. Each class includes a 15-20 minute guided meditation and new well-being topics and tips, plus social space to share and support one another through the shutdown. Learn it and use it for life.

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BECOME AN ESSAY WRITING WIZARD

This workshop is a crash course in the foundations of formal essay writing. From introduction to conclusion, students will learn how to formulate a strong thesis statement and present evidence for their claims in clear, elegant prose.  Unlike the essays you normally write for school, the writing exercises in this workshop simplify content so that you can focus primarily on form and structure. This workshop is ideal for students who want to shore up their writing skills, and is also great practice for the essay section on the SAT or ACT. By the end of the workshop, Students will come away with a toolbox of invaluable writing techniques they can use throughout their academic career (and life!).

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