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ISEE Upper ’20 – Online Thursday PM

Welcome to your course page! Scroll down to

  • see the class calendar
  • view announcements, reminders, and class summaries

Class Recordings & Vocabulary Quizzes

Please follow this link to:

  • watch video recordings of the Thursday online class sessions
  • take your Weekly Vocabulary Quiz

Please make sure you are signed into your account on the website! 

Class Login

Please use the following link and password each week to log into the online class session.

  • Login Link: unique to each student, please check your inbox and spam/junk folders for an email from Zoom on 07.02.20.
  • Login Password: 792080

Please note that since students have access to audio and video capabilities, there is a chance your student will be speaking and/or on camera during the live class sessions. Additionally, your student may be able to view and hear other students participating in the online class sessions. If you are not comfortable with your student having access to these features, please let us know immediately.

Course Calendar
Course Announcements

Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.09.20

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 Tuesday to allow for maximum study time!

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 – 8 minutes
      • Negative Exponents – pg. 159-160 #2-14 evens – 8 minutes
      • Fractional Exponents – pg. 163-164 #2-10 evens – 6 minutes 
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

ISEE Upper Pre-Test: Administration and Directions

This pre-test is a shortened ISEE test that will be used for diagnostic purposes. Please have your student sit for the 67-minute exam and enter his or her answers into GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 14. 

Step 1 – Get the Upper ISEE Pre-Test and Bubble Sheet sent to you by The Tutorverse.

Step 2 – Get a timer, pencil, and an eraser. You cannot use a calculator.

Step 3 – Gather materials from Steps 1-2. When you’re ready to test, follow the instructions below.

    • Set the timer for 12 minutes. Hit start and only work on Section 1: Verbal Reasoning. Do not work on other sections and be sure to answer all the questions before the timer goes off. Circle questions you’re not sure about.
    • Next, set the timer for 35 minutes. Hit start and only work on Section 2: Mathematics. Do not work on other sections and be sure to answer all the questions before the timer goes off. Circle questions you’re not sure about.
    • Lastly, set the timer for 20 minutes. Hit start and only work on Section 3: Reading Comprehension. Do not work on other sections and be sure to answer all the questions before the timer goes off. Circle questions you’re not sure about.

Step 4 – Submit your responses on GradeCam under ‘20 ISEE Upper: Spring Pre-Test by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 14.

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.

Next, we jumped into Verbal Reasoning and 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 (pg. 7). Please have your student either make flashcards or a Quizlet for this word list, as your student is required to take a vocabulary quiz prior to next week’s class. We also discussed sentence completion problems, 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”.  We discussed what active reading is and then had an opportunity to practice with a persuasive passage about why cold brew is superior to hot coffee. Students then practiced answering reading comprehension prompts.

Lastly, we went over several math concepts. Students reviewed factors and multiples before jumping into the laws of exponents. Students should complete the practice problems on pages 16-18 (Multiples & Exponents) in their coursebook, in addition to their homework and diagnostic practice test.

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.

Next week, students will review their diagnostic practice test. In math, they will learn about percentages, roots of numbers, and scientific notation.

Reminders:

  • Complete ISEE Upper Pre-Test (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 14.
  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, July 14.
  • 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! – 07.02.20

Welcome, students and parents!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to meet everyone next week! 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 a commitment to show up for each and every class, diligently complete the homework, and actively participate in class (ask questions!).

To Students: The summer semester is only 8 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 by asking 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 in November and December!

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?

Check the calendar above! Our first class is on Thursday, July 9, and all online classes will be on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 PM.

The first full length practice test will be held online and will be live proctored on:

    • Practice Test 1 – Friday, August 21 from 9 am – 12:30 pm

All classes and practice tests will be held online using Zoom.us.

What if I’m late? What do I do?

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the login link and login password above as soon as you can. Feel free to chat the host of the meeting to jump right into the lesson. We can help catch you up to speed!

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

      • ISEE Upper 8-Week Coursebook (sent via mail by The Tutorverse)
      • ISEE Upper Level Workbook (purchased from Amazon prior to class)
      • Pencils and an eraser
      • a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)
      • Login link (found in your email)
      • Login password (found in your email and above)

What if I need to miss a class?

Let us know as soon as you know that you need to miss class. This will allow us enough time to let the instructor know and to help you develop a plan to study the missed material! In most cases, we will have a video recording of the class session that we can make available to you 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!

Homework can be found in the back of the coursebook, in the Announcements section above, and in GradeCam.

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 a participant from the online class session if necessary. Please review our class policies to learn more.

What if I still need help?

No problem! Please email hello@thetutorverse.com for support.