Dear Academic Approach Families:

As we move our in-person sessions online, I want to share some highlights and describe the steps we’re taking to continue to deliver our high-quality, personalized instruction.

Our Tech Approach
We’re using Zoom video conferencing to support our sessions. This is free to our students and easy to access. Zoom is compatible with a wide range of devices with the best engagement being through tablet, laptop, or desktop. Should a student wish to use an alternative setup, such as FaceTime or Skype, we will work to accommodate that request.

Our Tutoring Approach
I’ve delivered 2 effective days now of Zoom sessions with students. While I’ve provided distance learning for years over FaceTime or Skype, the Zoom experience supports a higher quality of instruction in a few ways.

  1. Digitized curriculum: We’ve digitized all of our tests and course books, so we can interact with them through Zoom’s screen sharing.
  2. White board: Zoom’s white board is excellent at allowing the instructor to provide clear visualizations of step-by-step problem solving. The close attention we pay to the student’s process and procedure can be maintained effectively through Zoom.

While adapting to new e-learning protocols can take time, these protocols also present new opportunities to grow. At Academic Approach, we’re embracing this opportunity to innovate while holding tightly to our core academic values and principles of instruction.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO