Live Online Classes & Tutoring

Introducing Phil4

Phil4 provides live online classes and tutoring services for a variety of subjects.

Private Tutoring

Teachers are available for private tutoring year round. For pricing or to purchase tutoring hours, click here.

Workshops

SAT Math Preparation - This workshop helps students increase their SAT math score. Students will watch a comprehensive set of training videos they can copy and share. And, four hours of class time will provide additional in depth training, personalized tutoring and customized assistance as needed for each student. For pricing or to enroll, click here.

CLASS DAYS TIME
SAT Math Prep: Private Class Varies Varies

(Email me, Dr. Christian Seberino, to set up meeting times that are convenient for you.) To access the class videos, click here or watch here:

SAT Writing Intensive - Designed to turn any average writer into a confident communicator, this workshop will demystify and present writing techniques that will work for you! This four-session is available for students who are ready and willing to boost their SAT Essay score and are looking to sharpen their writing skills. For pricing or to enroll, visit https://phil4.com/sign_up.

2013-2014 Class Schedule

The school year begins on Thursday August 21, 2014 and ends on Friday May 08, 2015. For pricing or to enroll, click here.

Tinitia Dodd's Classes:

CLASS DAYS TIME
Writing Level 1 - Fundamentals TTh  8:30 -  9:20am CST
Writing Level 2 - Intermediate TTh 10:30 - 11:20am CST
Writing Level 3 - Momentum TTh 11:30 - 12:20pm CST
Grammar 1 TTh  9:30 - 10:20am CST

Dia Giordano's Classes:

CLASS DAYS TIME
Spanish 1 T 10:00 - 11:30am CST
Spanish 2 T 12:00 -  1:30pm CST
Italian 1 W  1:00 -  2:30pm CST
Italian 2 W  3:00 -  4:30pm CST
French 1 W  9:00 - 10:30am CST
French 2 W 11:00 - 12:30pm CST

Patricia Samuelsen's Classes:

CLASS DAYS TIME
Latin 1A W 10:00 - 11:30am CST

Jan Snow's Classes:

CLASS DAYS TIME
Honors Chemistry MTh  2:05 -  2:55pm CST
College Level Chemistry MTh  2:05 -  2:55pm CST

Dr. Christian Seberino's Classes:

CLASS DAYS TIME
Prealgebra MTh 10:30 - 11:20am CST
Algebra 1 MTh 12:30 -  1:20pm CST
Geometry MTh  2:00 -  2:50pm CST
Algebra 2 MTh  3:00 -  3:50pm CST
Precalculus TF 12:30 -  1:20pm CST
AP Calculus AB TF 10:30 - 11:20am CST
Physics MTh 11:30 - 12:20pm CST
AP Physics B MTh 11:30 - 12:20pm CST
AP Computer Science A TF 11:30 - 12:20pm CST

(AP refers to the Advanced Placement program.)

Class Descriptions

Algebra 1 - This is an introduction to algebra. Topics covered include real numbers, exponents, polynomials, rational expressions, radicals, factoring, solving equations, solving inequalities, solving systems of equations and solving systems of inequalities, Books and other class materials are provided for free. The prerequisite for this class is Prealgebra. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here. Access an entrance exam to help gauge preparedness for this class here. Get the solutions here.

Algebra 2 - This is an intermediate algebra course. Topics covered include functions and solving absolute value, polynomial, rational, radical, complex, series, exponential and logarithmic equations. Books and other class materials are provided for free. The prerequisite for this class is Algebra 1. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here. Access an entrance exam to help gauge preparedness for this class here. Get the solutions here.

AP Calculus AB - This is an introduction to calculus. Topics covered include limits, differentiation and integration. This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB test for college credit. The AP test is optional and not required. (This course has been audited by the College Board and approved.) Books and other class materials are provided for free. The prerequisite for this class is Precalculus. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here. Access an entrance exam to help gauge preparedness for this class here. Get the solutions here.

AP Computer Science A - This is an introduction to computer science. Topics covered include programs, languages, interpreters, compilers, variables, functions, conditionals, loops, strings, lists, tuples, dictionaries, file handling, exceptions, algorithms, data structures and object oriented programming. This course uses the Python and Java programming languages. This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A test for college credit. The AP test is optional and not required. Books, software and other class materials are provided for free. The are no prerequisites for this class. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here.

AP Physics B - This is an introduction to physics. Topics covered include velocity, acceleration, forces, momentum, energy, rotational motion, ideal gases, fluids, waves, electricity, magnetism, refraction, diffraction, interference, photons, matter waves and electron orbitals. This course prepares students to take the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics B test for college credit. The AP test is optional and not required. (This course has been audited by the College Board and approved.) Books and other class materials are provided for free. The prerequisite for this class is Precalculus. Concurrent enrollment in Precalculus is acceptable. Calculus is not a requirement. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here. Access an entrance exam to help gauge preparedness for this class here. Get the solutions here.

College Level Chemistry - Chemistry requires Algebra 2 to be taken concurrently or previously for the student’s success in stoichiometric calculations. This course along with extra material available to the student and 2 review sessions prior to the May AP Exam will prepare students who wish to apply to take the Advanced Placement Exam for college credit through their local school district. The review sessions will be scheduled at a time other than the scheduled class time. We will begin our study of chemistry with the characteristics of the atom and continue through the orderly, extremely systematic study of the elements, solids, solutions and gases, bonding, reactions, chemical equilibrium, acids-bases and oxidation-reduction reactions. The course includes inorganic, analytical calculations and an introduction to organic and nuclear chemistry. Problem solving is stressed throughout this comprehensive study of Chemistry. The class will be divided into lecture time, review of problems and skills and help with specific student questions. There are two 50 minute sessions per week. Homework is completed outside of class and testing is done online outside of class time. Labs will be divided into those done at home and those done virtually and all will be submitted online. Parents provide the textbooks for their students. A digital all access pass for Introductory Chemistry by David W. Ball, may be purchased from Flat World Publishing for $39. A code will be provided when registration is complete. For questions please email: j.snow@phil4.com.

Honors Chemistry - Honors Chemistry requires Algebra 2 to be taken concurrently or previously for the student’s success in stoichiometric calculations. We will begin with the characteristics of the atom and continue through the orderly, extremely systematic study of the elements, solids, solutions and gases, bonding, reactions, chemical equilibrium, acids-bases and oxidation-reduction reactions. The course includes inorganic, analytical calculations and an introduction to organic and nuclear chemistry. Problem solving is stressed throughout this comprehensive study of Chemistry. The class will be divided into lecture time, review of problems and skills and help with specific student questions. There are two 50 minute sessions per week. Homework is completed outside of class and testing is done online outside of class time. Labs will be divided into those done at home and those done virtually and all will be submitted online. Parents provide the textbooks for their students. A digital all access pass for Introductory Chemistry by David W. Ball, may be purchased from Flat World Publishing for $39. A code will be provided when registration is complete. For questions please email: j.snow@phil4.com.

French 1 - This class is taught using college level materials, stretched to meet high school requirements. Emphasis is on grammar learned in conjunction with conversation, pronunciation, and feel of the language. Immersion is a great technique but useless for an educated person without grammar to support it. My class brings the student into the language in an immersion style, while having the grammar behind it so when the students begin verbalizing, they do so correctly from the beginning. The curriculum has integrated with it an online quiz and audio program to keep the student hearing the language daily. I’ve been very pleased with the results of this curriculum. It is considered one of the premier college language curriculae available. Please feel free to contact me with questions. I look forward to serving you.

Geometry - This is an introduction to geometry. Topics covered include logic, proofs, lines, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, planes, prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, spheres, loci and coordinate geometry. Books and other class materials are provided for free. The prerequisite for this class is Algebra 1. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here. Access an entrance exam to help gauge preparedness for this class here. Get the solutions here.

Grammar Level 1 - Whether your student needs to refresh his grammar or know which words to use and why, he can be confident that others will understand what he’s written with the help of this grammar course. This year- long course has two parts, covering all the basics of grammar, including sentence structures, capitalization, punctuation, word choice and much more, leading to more sophisticated style and technique. To determine your student's readiness for this class, click here.

Italian 1 - This class is taught using college level materials, stretched to meet high school requirements. Emphasis is on grammar learned in conjunction with conversation, pronunciation, and feel of the language. Immersion is a great technique but useless for an educated person without grammar to support it. My class brings the student into the language in an immersion style, while having the grammar behind it so when the students begin verbalizing, they do so correctly from the beginning. The curriculum has integrated with it an online quiz and audio program to keep the student hearing the language daily. I’ve been very pleased with the results of this curriculum. It is considered one of the premier college language curriculae available. Please feel free to contact me with questions. I look forward to serving you.

Latin 1A - This class uses the Cambridge Latin Course Cambridge Latin Course, which includes: clear presentation of grammar, vocabulary, word families, and derivatives, vivid readings which weave culture and history into the fabric of Latin stories, characters and stories that engage and motivate students. Reading is the heart of our Latin program from the very first week of class. Grammar and syntax are systematically presented during class time for comprehension and analysis. Students use their weekly study time for exercises that build skills and confidence in reading and analyzing Latin, as well as exploring the culture and history of the Roman context of our Latin readings. Excellent online resources help students practice reading skills and vocabulary as well as explore cultural and historical topics.

Physics - This is an algebra based introduction to physics. Topics covered include velocity, acceleration, forces, momentum, energy, rotational motion, ideal gases, fluids, waves, electricity, magnetism, refraction, diffraction, interference, photons, matter waves and electron orbitals. Books and other class materials are provided for free. The prerequisite for this class is Algebra 1. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1 is acceptable. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here. Access an entrance exam to help gauge preparedness for this class here. Get the solutions here.

Prealgebra - This class prepares students for algebra. Topics covered include natural numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, percents, proportions and variables. Books and other class materials are provided for free. There are no prerequisites for this class. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here.

Precalculus - This class prepares students for calculus. Topics covered include advanced analysis and applications of functions and trigonometry. Books and other class materials are provided for free. The prerequisite for this class is Algebra 2. This class meets for two 50 minute sessions per week. Grades will be based on several graded exams and weekly graded homeworks. See the class syllabus here. Access an entrance exam to help gauge preparedness for this class here. Get the solutions here.

Spanish 1 - This class is taught using college level materials, stretched to meet high school requirements. Emphasis is on grammar learned in conjunction with conversation, pronunciation, and feel of the language. Immersion is a great technique but useless for an educated person without grammar to support it. My class brings the student into the language in an immersion style, while having the grammar behind it so when the students begin verbalizing, they do so correctly from the beginning. The curriculum has integrated with it an online quiz and audio program to keep the student hearing the language daily. I’ve been very pleased with the results of this curriculum. It is considered one of the premier college language curriculae available. Please feel free to contact me with questions. I look forward to serving you.

Spanish 2 - This class is taught using college level materials, stretched to meet high school requirements. Emphasis is on grammar learned in conjunction with conversation, pronunciation, and feel of the language. Immersion is a great technique but useless for an educated person without grammar to support it. My class brings the student into the language in an immersion style, while having the grammar behind it so when the students begin verbalizing, they do so correctly from the beginning. The curriculum has integrated with it an online quiz and audio program to keep the student hearing the language daily. I’ve been very pleased with the results of this curriculum. It is considered one of the premier college language curriculae available. Please feel free to contact me with questions. I look forward to serving you.

Writing Level 1: Fundamentals - Craft clear, strong sentences that lead to impressive paragraphs! This course is for beginning writers who desire to learn the fundamental tools that will carry them into more advanced writing levels. Students will discover the rich history of our nation and the world by combining the study history with the study of writing. By laying a solid foundation with knowledge and practice, your students will gain the confidence they need to move forward in their writing. New writers will enjoy the freedom to express themselves while applying the basic conventions of writing sentences and paragraph building using these three phrases: create, have fun and write! To determine your student's readiness for this class, click here.

Writing Level 2 - Intermediate - Build skill level with this eye-opening course for intermediate writers! Students will use their creativity while learning the essay process and history! This class will cover many organizational skills, including brainstorming, outlining, rough drafting and editing; ideal for students desiring to learn the 5-paragraph essay. While offering students a wide range of fun and engaging opportunities to practice what they’ve learned, they will develop as effective communicators in various areas of writing. To determine your student's readiness for this class, click here.

Writing Level 3 - Momentum - Take writing to the next level as students discover their unique voice! Advanced writers will create writings that connect rigor with style, technique and clarity. In this college-preparatory class, students will tighten their skills by writing well-developed, thought-provoking essays, persuasive speeches, and research papers. They will also score with rubrics, write timed-essays and learn how to use MLA formatting. Historical novels, autobiographies and other literature will be used in conjunction with this class and is required; however, this is not a literature course. While learning history and building writing and SAT prep. skills, writers will leave with their skills sharpened and ready to move forward with momentum! To determine your student's readiness for this class, click here.

Teachers

Tinitia Dodd taught English and English as a second language as a credentialed, public high school teacher for almost 10 years before coming home to educate her own children. While teaching, she operated a home-based, greeting card business where she combined her skills in writing and photography for many years. Tinitia holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida A & M University in Journalism and a minor in African American Studies and photography. She also received training in education from the University of Dominguez Hills in California and the University of Florida for special needs. In 2005, she was honored by being selected as a UCLA Writing Project Fellow. Tinitia continues to home school her children and is also a private tutor, editor and proofreader. To request editing and proofreading services send an email to tdodd@phil4.com. You can see her resume here. You can access a background check by following the instructions here. You can read testimonials about her here.

Dia Giordano, has a bachelor’s degree in French from Pepperdine University and has experience teaching the French, Spanish and Italian languages as a teacher and tutor. She hash also taught her own children Italian, as her husband is Italian. She has worked in French Switzerland on and off for 4 years. Her family was in Sicily from 2005-2007 doing vocational mission work. She has homeschooled her children for the past 7 years. Dia is very excited to offer foreign languages with Phil4.com. You can access a background check by following the instructions here. You can read testimonials about her here.

Patricia Samuelsen earned a B.A. in history in 1978 from The King’s College and a Master of Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. She worked as an Information Specialist for the Regional Information and Communication Exchange at Rice University, and designed a data processing library for a drilling fluids company in Houston before becoming a full-time mom. The Samuelsens homeschooled their three children for 19 years. For the last 15 years, she has taught homeschool classes in worldviews and Latin. The Samuelsens have been members of Providence Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in America) for 33 years. You can access a background check by following the instructions here. You can see see some testimonials here.

Jan Snow has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Chemistry from Texas Tech University. Mrs. Snow began her teaching career in 1995 and joined PREP Classes of Houston in 1997 where she is a Coordinator for PREP Classes and teaches Honors Chemistry, Honors Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, and Jr. High Life Science. She has 18+ years teaching Chemistry and Biology to honors level students and has prepared them for success with AP exams and SAT II subject tests. She home educated her children for 18 years. Jan lives with her husband in Houston, Texas and they are active members of Cypress Bible Church. Mrs. Snow is excited to begin teaching on line classes with Phil4.com and hopes to add Biology in 2015. To contact Mrs. Snow please email: j.snow@phil4.com. You may access a background check by clicking here. You may read testimonials about Mrs. Snow here.

Christian Seberino is a Christian homeschooler with two kids. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego. He's worked in government, industry and academia. He's done much teaching in his career and in his church. You can see a resume here. You can access a background check by following the instructions here. You can read his testimony here. You can see see some testimonials here.

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Benefits Of Online Classes

Safety - Students can attend classes at home. Students' class experiences and the teacher can be more easily monitored than at a remote location.

Flexibility - Students can attend classes while on travel.

Convenience - Parents can avoid traffic jams and long commutes both ways to each and every class.

Savings - Save time and money by doing less driving, using less gas and avoiding parking fees.

Flu Proof - Eliminate students bringing home germs from school.

Benefits Of Phil4 Online Classes

Interactive - All class sessions are discussion oriented with lots of time for personalized help.

Affordable - Prices are low and many textbooks are freely available online.

What Phil4 Classes Are Not

DVD/CD Driven - Phil4 classes are live and interactive.

Special Needs - Phil4 private tutoring is recommended for students with special needs.

Parental Replacement - Parents are vital in assisting with any accountability and discipline issues.

Elementary School - Phil4 classes are for middle and high school students.

Private School - Phil4 classes provides testing and grades but no other administrative services.