1 Student, 1 Teacher
Our tutoring sessions are one-on-one using live video streaming. The teacher can see the student and the student can see the teacher. The teacher may or may not use a classroom like setting depending on what the student and their subject requires. For example, many maths lessons would necessitate work on a whiteboard. However, an English A language and literature tutoring session may require looking at a student's paper, reading a passage from a book together, or any other learning activity that a teacher would do with a student in a classroom. All of our teachers are professionals, are certified, and have been teaching the international baccalaureate at international schools around the world. The average number of teaching years for our staff is 12 years. Thus, our teachers use their best professional judgment when it comes to how the student will learn most effectively.
Individualized lesson plans or individualized education plans, are reserved for special situations in most countries. Classroom teachers have mixed feelings about them since they take so much time to create. However the only type of lesson this the student of the international academy of california will receive is individualized to suit their learning needs. We do not have a one-size-fits-all tutoring system like most other less serious programs.
Students will take an assessment or series of assessments at the beginning so that we know where the student is starting (just as they would at a proper international school). We will then analyze and evaluate the students strengths and weaknesses at the very beginning and continually throughout the course. This will inform the teachers in how they should proceed with each individual student since each student is special and has their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
We make it a fundamental principle to focus on what each student needs rather than relying on pre-programmed curriculum written for a general audience. The IAC will deepen students' understanding, give them the extra test prep they need, but will deliver the program with an individualized and holistic approach to each student's unique form of learning style giving them the kind of tutoring education that will help them thrive.