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ISEE Upper ’20 – Online Saturday (Fall)

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Class Recordings & Vocabulary Quizzes

Please follow this link to:

  • watch video recordings of the Saturday morning 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 09.04.2020.

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.
Course Calendar
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Fall Unit 3 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 09.26.20

Unit 3 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: “-ous” Personality Traits on Page 42 of the orange coursebook.
    • Take the vocabulary quiz linked above.
      • Make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account.
      • Please take this on Friday to allow for maximum study time!
    • 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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • pg. 52 #34-51 – 9 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • pg. 66-68 #23-33 – 6 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 12 minutes. 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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
        • Narrative – Passage 4 – pg. 86-87
        • Narrative – Passage 5 – pg. 88-89
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Math

    • Finish classwork problems in the orange coursebook. (Not entered 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. 
      • Negative Exponents – pg. 159-162 #16-28 evens – 7 minutes
      • Fractional Exponents – pg. 163-165 #12-20 evens – 5 minutes
      • Roots of Numbers – pg. 166-168 #2-12 evens – 6 minutes
      • Roots of Variables – pg. 169-170 #2-18 evens – 9 minutes
      • Imaginary Numbers – pg. 171 #2-8 evens – 4 minutes
      • Scientific Notation – pg. 176-177 #1-17 odds – 9 minutes
      • Vocabulary – pg. 178-179 #1-15 odds – 8 minutes
      • Matrices – pg. 182-184 #1-9 odds – 5 minutes
      • Sequences – pg. 221-223 #1-13 odds – 7 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

 

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 1.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 3, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Fall Unit 2 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 09.19.20

Unit 2 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Strong Verbs on Page 20 of the orange coursebook.
    • Take the vocabulary quiz linked above.
      • Make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account.
      • Please take this on Friday to allow for maximum study time!
    • 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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • pg. 51 #16-33 – 9 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • pg. 65-66 #12-22 – 6 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 12 minutes. 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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
        • Expository – Passage 5 – pg. 138-139
        • Expository – Passage 6 – pg. 140-141
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Math

    • Finish classwork problems in the orange coursebook. (Not entered 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. 
      • Arithmetic – pg. 152-153 #2-14 evens – 7 minutes
      • Factors – pg. 154-155 #2-14 evens – 7 minutes
      • Multiples – pg. 156 #2-8 evens – 4 minutes
      • Exponents – pg. 157-158 #2-14 evens – 7 minutes
      • Negative Exponents – pg. 159-160 #2-14 evens – 14 minutes
      • Fractional Exponents – pg. 163-164 #2-10 evens – 5 minutes
      • Root of Numbers – pg. 166-168 #1-25 odds – 13 minutes
      • Roots of Variables – pg. 169-170 #1-19 odds – 10 minutes
      • Imaginary Numbers – pg. 171 #1-7 odds – 4 minutes 
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

First, we started with verbal reasoning by reviewing sentence completion homework. Please remember that students must take their online vocabulary quiz by using the link at the top of the page as part of their homework assignment. They should continue to study any synonyms they got incorrect, as well as to study new synonyms from Unit 2. 

Next, we moved on to reading comprehension, where students were able to practice actively reading and annotating a timed passage under the teacher’s guidance. After reading, they were able to use their annotations and margin notes to help them answer a series of multiple choice questions. We also reviewed Unit 1 reading homework. 

Finally, we reviewed several new topics in math. Students practiced finding the square roots of numbers and variables, and they also learned the definition of imaginary numbers. Students have been instructed to look up their homework results on Gradecam, circle all problems that they do not understand in their blue workbook, and bring them into class next week for review.

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 Thursday, September 24.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Fall Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 09.12.20

Unit 1 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Senses 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 Friday to allow for maximum study time!
    • 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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • pg. 50 #1-15 – 8 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • pg. 64-65 #1-11 – 8 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 12 minutes. 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, drawn a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
        • Expository – Passage 3 – pg. 134-135
        • Expository – Passage 4 – pg. 136-137
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Math

    • Finish classwork problems in the orange coursebook. (Not entered 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. 
      • Arithmetic – pg. 152-153 #1-15 odds – 8 minutes
      • Factors – pg. 154-155 #1-13 odds – 7 minutes
      • Multiples – pg. 156 #1-7 odds – 4 minutes
      • Exponents – pg. 157-158 #1-15 odds – 8 minutes
      • Negative Exponents – pg. 159-160 #1-27 odds – 14 minutes
      • Fractional Exponents – pg. 163-164 #1-19 odds – 6 minutes 
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

We started class with a quick icebreaker and a review of norms for class participation. Then, we reviewed the general structure of the ISEE and time limits per section.

We then went into Verbal Reasoning, in which we reviewed what a synonym is and how it will be tested on the ISEE. Then, we introduced a list of senses and their common synonyms. Please have your student either make flashcards or a Quizlet for this word list, as they have an online vocabulary quiz as part of their homework. 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 Comprehension — specifically, a discussion and exercise in “active reading”.  Students discussed what active reading is and how to do it, as well as how to answer prompts that require students to make inferences and determine the main idea of a text.

Our first Math lesson focused on laying a strong foundation with a number of key mathematical concepts. We focused on arithmetic operations (which can be summed up as the Order of Operations: P/E/MD/AS – meaning Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication & Division, and Addition and Subtraction). We then branched into talking about factors and multiples of numbers and expressions (looking at a ton of examples for each). Finally, we focused on the primary exponent rules that show up in the test and all the different ways they can be applied to modify expressions. 

As we worked through all of these concepts, not only did we do problems together, but the students took 3-5 minute intervals to independently practice their skills with timed practice problems. Given that both math portions of the ISEE tend to follow the “one minute per question” rule, we made it a point to try and mimic that as we did today’s practice!

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 17.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Welcome Back! – 09.04.20

Welcome Back, 8th graders and parents!

We are excited for class to resume and to continue to support you in your preparation for the ISEE. We have a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time – this course is only 12 weeks! It is important that students complete their weekly homework assignments and actively participate in class.

There are 2 full length practice tests- one in October and one in November – to provide students multiple opportunities to practice the strategies and skills discussed in class. Our ultimate goal is to make sure we build the confidence and the competencies needed for the ISEE and beyond. Students will still have weekly homework assignments due in GradeCam and should come prepared to class with questions they want to review.

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

  1. When and where is the first class?
    • Saturday, September 12 @ 9:30 AM via Zoom
  2. What should I bring to class?
    • Please bring a pencil, your orange coursebook, and your blue ISEE Upper workbook.
    • If you have misplaced your blue workbook or need a new copy, please order a copy using this link before the first class!
    • Students should bring both books to each class session!
  3. How do I find my homework assignments?
    • All homework assignments can be found in the back of your orange coursebook.
    • You can also find your weekly homework assignments listed on this website.
    • In GradeCam, when you open the assignment, a PDF should also open that includes the page numbers and questions related to that assignment.
  4. How do I find my practice tests?
    • All practice tests will be mailed to you by The Tutorverse.
    • We will always let you know when you have an upcoming practice test. (check the calendar above for more information)
Course FAQs

When is class? When are tests?

Check the calendar above. Our first online class is on Saturday, September 12, and all online classes will be on Saturdays from 9:30 AM – 12 PM.

Practice Tests will be administered via Zoom on:

    • Sunday, October 18
    • Sunday, November 15

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 09.04.2020.

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:

    • Upper Level ISEE: 12-Week Course Materials (orange cover)
    • blue Upper Level ISEE: 1,500+ 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 09.04.2020)

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 09.04.2020.

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!