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ISEE Lower ’20 – Online Tuesday (Fall)

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  • see the class calendar
  • view reminders, class summaries, and homework
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Class Recordings & Vocabulary Quizzes

Please follow this link to:

  • watch video recordings of the Tuesday afternoon online classes
  • take your weekly Vocabulary Quiz

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Class Login

Please use the unique login link and password sent to you via email from Zoom on 09.15.2020.

Please note that students will be asked to use their audio and video capabilities during the live class sessions. This will allow the class to collaborate and learn from each other over the coming weeks. If you are not comfortable with your student having access to these features, please email hello@thetutorverse.com to let us know immediately.
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Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 09.22.20

Unit 1 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Strong Verbs on Page 7 of the orange coursebook.
    • Take the vocabulary quiz linked above.
      • Make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account.
      • Please take this on Monday to allow for maximum study time!

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your
      book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.

      • Pg. 51 – 5 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Remember to practice Active Reading skills. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Passage 1 – pg. 62-63
      • Passage 2 – pg. 64-65
      • Passage 3 – pg. 66-67
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your First Name,Last Name, and Login Code.

Math

    • Finish math classwork questions on pages 17-18 of the orange coursebook (not submitted on GradeCam).
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue ISEE workbook within the time limit. Do your homework on paper, in your book. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all the homework.
      • Operations with Whole Numbers – pg. 104 #1-10 – 10 minutes
      • Order of Operations – pg. 104-105 #1-6 – 6 minutes
      • Rules of Divisibility – pg. 106-107 #1-6 – 6 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

We started with verbal, where we reviewed what a synonym is and how they will be tested on the ISEE. Then, we introduced a list of emotions and their common synonyms. Please have your student either make flashcards or a Quizlet for this word list, as they will be quizzed on them for homework using the link above. We also discussed sentence completions, and what words can give a clue as to whether a clause is giving us supporting or contrasting information.

We then moved on to reading — specifically, a discussion and exercise in “active reading”. Students discussed what active reading is and how to do it, and then we practiced with a passage about coral reefs.

Lastly, we went over several math topics. We started with a review of PEMDAS. Though most of us were familiar with PEMDAS, we saw that the execution of PEMDAS can be time consuming if we are not well practiced in it! We then discussed different ways of showing multiplication (including parentheses) and division (including fraction form).  We also reviewed the concept of a variable. Lastly, we went over rules of divisibility. This was new for most everyone. They couldn’t believe the trick for finding multiples of 3 and 9!

At the end of each section, students were instructed to write down their “big idea”, which is their biggest takeaway from the lesson. Parents are encouraged to discuss these with students.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 27, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Welcome! – 09.15.20

Welcome, rising 5th graders and parents!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to meet everyone soon! Your family has taken an important step towards achieving on the ISEE. Together, we will build the confidence and the competencies needed for the ISEE and beyond.

The Tutorverse Team is here to provide the framework, instruction, and support needed to make this the rewarding experience it’s designed to be. We also need your help to make this a success. You can help us help you by making sure your student shows up for each and every class (and practice test!), diligently completes the homework, and actively participates in class (ask questions!).

To rising 5th Graders: This course is only 11 weeks, and we have a lot of material to cover! To be successful in this course, you must:

  • Complete all of your homework assignments
  • Complete each practice test
  • Actively participate in each class:
    • Raise your hand! Ask questions!

By doing these things, you will ensure that you well-prepared for the ISEE, and you will be confident when you take the exam this August!

To Parents: We are here to help with your student’s ISEE preparations in any way we can. The high school admissions process can be confusing and stressful, but The Tutorverse is here to help! We make every effort to stay up to date on any changes to the ISEE, as well as the private school admissions process. We’ll be here for you if you have any questions along the way, and we will respond to your emails within one business day.

Important information is included below, so please read it carefully, and bookmark this page for easy access!

Course FAQs

When is class? When are tests?

Check the calendar above. Our first online class is on Tuesday, September 22, and all online classes will be on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 6:30 PM.

Practice Tests will be administered via Zoom on:

    • Sunday, October 25
    • Sunday, November 22

What device/system do I need for online class?

Ideally, students should use a laptop or desktop computer with internet capabilities to log into class. We ask that you test your computer system for compatibility with Zoom before your first online class session. This will ensure that we have ample time to support you if you are having technical difficulties. We will not be able to support you with any technical difficulties once the session begins.

Please make sure you have the most up-to-date version of zoom installed and you have confirmed that your system meets the technical requirements listed here.

Feel free to read through this article that walks you step-by-step on how to join a meeting as an attendee.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties, please reach out to hello@thetutorverse.com or call 646-582-6934 ext. 2 to receive technical support prior to class. Please note that we will not be able to support with technical difficulties once online class sessions begin.

What if I’m late?

Online classes will be conducted on zoom.us. You will use the same link and password for each online class. This was emailed to you on 09.15.2020.

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the link and password from your email as soon as you can. Feel free to use the chat feature to connect with the teacher so we can help catch you up to speed!

Please note that we will not be able to support with technical difficulties once online class sessions begin.

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

    • Lower Level ISEE: 11-Week Course Materials (orange cover)
    • blue Lower Level ISEE: 1,000+ practice question workbook (purchased on Amazon prior to class)
    • pencils and erasers
    • a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)
      • please note your student WILL need microphone and webcam access to participate
    • Login link and password (found in the email sent on 09.15.2020)

What happens during online class?

Students will be asked to engage with the instructor in a few ways: polling, chatting, and speaking. Anytime a student has a question, he or she can use the chat feature at the bottom of the screen to type a question to the teacher. Alternatively, the student can use the raise hand feature to signal to the teacher that they need support.

Additionally, from time to time during the lesson, a polling question will appear to help students engage with the content and with each other! These polls help us understand not only who is paying attention, but who may need additional support in his or her learning. Please note that while we can share the overall results of a polling question, no individual students will be singled out during this process.

What if I need to miss a class?

Let us know as soon as you know that you need to miss class, and we can help you make up the work. We’ll do our best to help you reschedule to one of the other classes or provide you access to a video recording of the class session so you can get the notes and instruction.

Is there homework?

Of course! Showing up for class is important, but just coming to class won’t help. Taking a test – especially one like the ISEE – is an important skill, and like any skill, it can be improved through practice. Homework is a time to practice what we learn in class. The amount of homework increases as we progress through the course. We’ll start off easy, and finish strong. Remember: it’s not just about getting the homework done; it’s about doing it right and practicing what we learn in class.

Parents: we need your help to make sure that students are doing their homework!  We will be utilizing a platform called GradeCam, which will allow you to monitor your child’s progress even more closely. GradeCam login information will be sent to you in a separate email on 09.15.2020.

Homework can be found in the back of the orange coursebook.

What if I misplace my course materials? 

If your child misplaces his or her workbook (blue book), you can purchase a new copy on Amazon.

If your child misplaces his or her coursebook (orange book), please email hello@thetutorverse.com to receive a digital replacement. Physical replacement copies are $100.

What happens if a student’s conduct has a negative effect on the learning environment?

A safe, conducive learning environment is paramount. The instructor has the capability to remove an attendee from the online class session if necessary. Please review our class policies to learn more.

What if I still need help?

No problem! Fill out the support ticket below – we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!