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Unit 8 Class Summary and Summer Homework – 06.16.20

Summer HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms/Vocabulary

    • Use this link to access the list of vocabulary words to study this summer.
      • Quiz on July 13:
        • Group 1 – Abase
        • Group 2 – Abate
      • Quiz on August 7:
        • Group 3 – Abdicate
        • Group 4 – Aberration
        • Group 5 – Abeyance
        • Group 6 – Abhorrent
      • Quiz on August 31:
        • Group 7 – Abject
        • Group 8 – Abrasive
        • Group 9 – Abridge
        • Group 10 – Abscond
    • You will take a vocabulary quiz on these words at the end of each month. There will be 3 quizzes total. The links to these quizzes will be sent out via email.

Math

    • 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. 
      • Nets – pg. 240-243 #2-8 evens – 4 minutes
      • Appropriate Units – pg. 247 #2-6 evens – 3 minutes
      • Probability – pg. 259-262 #2-20 evens – 10 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Practice Test Expectations:

As we discussed in class, this exam is most likely your student’s first attempt at a full-length Upper ISEE exam. Unless your student has done previous enrichment prior to this course, it’s likely that they found the practice test very challenging. The purpose of the test was to allow your student to experience what it’s like to sit for the 3 hour exam, as well as provide a benchmark for their growth in the fall. 

We expect 7th graders who have just completed the first 8 weeks of the 20-week course to score roughly 40-50% in the math sections. Anything within that range is considered good at this stage, as we still have a LOT of math left to learn when we resume in the fall, but we also have lots of time before they take their final test half a year from now.

We expect a wider range of results in reading and vocabulary, but if your child scored lower than 50% in either of these sections, please plan to work on these areas during the summer.  We’re always happy to discuss options. 

Class Summary:

We started class with our weekly vocabulary quiz, and then we reviewed the verbal portion of last week’s practice test. 

We then transitioned to reviewing the reading comprehension portion of the test, and we looked at some of the most commonly missed problems for two of the passages. Next, we reviewed new material during math. Students explored probability of events, rational and irrational numbers, and appropriate units of measurement. Finally, we closed class with reviewing the math portion of the exam. 

During the first 8 weeks of this course, we have primarily focused on foundational math concepts (i.e. number sense, algebraic problem solving, etc.). When we return in the fall, we will begin to learn the more advanced high school math concepts that appear on the Upper Level ISEE. Therefore, in class today, we prioritized reviewing problems from the practice test that were previously discussed in class.

If your student has submitted their practice test via GradeCam, your student will receive his or her score report tomorrow. Again, thank you for allowing us to work with your student for the past 8 weeks–it’s been a pleasure! We look forward to much continued growth in the fall!

Reminders:

  • Complete the above summer homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 7, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 8, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 7 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.09.20

Unit 7 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Arts & Science on Page 70 of the coursebook.

Math

    • 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. 
      • Proportions – pg. 227-229 #2-14 evens – 7 minutes
      • Unit Conversions – pg. 255-256 #2-6 evens – 3 minutes
      • Frequency Charts & Graphs – pg. 270-272 #2-8 evens – 4 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

First, we began with our weekly synonym quiz. Then, students practiced pacing while completing sentence completion problems. Again, students should be consistently using FLAIR when tackling these types of questions, and they should always look up words that they are unfamiliar with and add them to their study list. 

Students then practiced their active reading and pacing skills with a passage about Esperanto. On the official ISEE, students have 6 minutes to read and answer the questions for each passage on the reading comprehension section. It’s important that when they are doing their homework that they are setting a timer and trying to answer each question within the time limit. Additionally, they should also be trying to identify the question type before answering. This will often help the student know where to look. For example, for a supporting details question, students should always go back and reference the text. 

After reviewing the reading comprehension homework from Unit 6, we jumped right into math. Students learned about ratios and proportions and how to quickly solve these types of questions. When possible, students should always reduce fractions. Then, they practiced unit conversions. Students should also memorize common conversion facts (i.e. 1 foot = 12 inches). Finally, students reviewed frequency tables and practiced finding the mean, median, and mode for a dataset.

Reminders:

  • Complete ISEE Upper Practice Test Form 1 (linked above in the password protected section) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 14.
  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 7, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 6 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.03.20

Unit 6 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Overcoming Obstacles on Pg. 60.
    • Pg. 293-294 #1-19 – 11 minutes

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • pg. 17-18 #26-31 – 3 minutes
    • pg. 19 #36-40 – 3 minutes

Reading Comprehension

    • Expository – Passage 1 – pg. 130-131
    • Expository – Passage 2 – pg. 132-133

Math

    • 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. 
      • Geometry with Variables – pg. 230-233 #2-20 evens – 10 minutes
      • Area and Perimeter – pg. 248-252 #2-16 evens – 8 minutes
      • Formulas – pg. 257-258 #2-10 evens – 5 minutes
      • Averages – pg. 266-268 #2-18 evens – 9 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

First, we began with our weekly synonym quiz. Then, we reviewed the sentence completion homework from Unit 5. Students should be consistently using FLAIR when completing their sentence completion homework. 

Students then practiced their active reading and pacing skills with a passage about stage managers. On the official ISEE, students have 6 minutes to read and answer the questions for each passage on the reading comprehension section. It’s important that when they are doing their homework that they are setting a timer and trying to answer each question in the time limit.

After reviewing the reading comprehension homework from Unit 5, we jumped right into math. Students learned how to find the mean, median, mode, and range of a dataset, as well as how to determine the missing number from a dataset. Then, we reviewed several area, perimeter, and volume formulas for different shapes. Students should memorize these formulas by either making flashcards or a Quizlet.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 6, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 5 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 5.26.20

Unit 5 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Conflict and Relationships on Pg. 48.
    • Pg. 62 #40-60 – 11 minutes

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Pg. 17 #20-25 – 3 minutes
    • Pg. 18 #32-35 – 3 minutes

Reading Comprehension

    • Descriptive – Passage 2 – pg. 116-117
    • Descriptive – Passage 3 – pg. 118-119

Math

    • 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. 
      • Inequalities – pg. 205-207 #2-10 evens – 5 minutes
      • Slope – pg. 212-217 #2-12 evens – 6 minutes
      • Distance on a Coordinate Grid – pg. 238-239 #2-10 evens – 5 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

First, we began with our weekly synonym quiz. Then, we learned how to tackle double-blank sentence completion problems. Students should use FLAIR when answering these questions:

  • Figure out the sentence type.
    • Contrast
    • Cause & Effect
    • Examples
    • Defining
    • The keywords associated with each of these types are on page 8. 
  • Look at the second blank FIRST.
  • Apply your own word to the blank.
  • Ignore answers that are 100% wrong.
  • Reread the sentence with your choice.

After reviewing the verbal homework from last week, we practiced our active reading skills while reading a descriptive passage. Students then had an opportunity to practice both pacing and their process of elimination skills during independent practice. We also reviewed some commonly missed problems from last week’s reading comprehension and verbal homework.

In math, students were introduced to the concept of slope. They learned how to determine the slope of a graph, an equation, and two coordinate points. They also learned about the Pythagorean Theorem. 

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 5, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 4 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 5.19.20

Unit 4 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Personality Traits on Pg. 39.
    • Pg. 61 #19-39 – 11 minutes

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Pg. 295-296 #20-31 – 6 minutes

Reading Comprehension

    • Narrative – Passage 3 – pg. 84-85
    • Descriptive – Passage 1 – pg. 114-115

Math

    • 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. 
      • Distributing – pg. 190-192 #2-12 events – 6 minutes
      • Factoring Polynomials – pg. 193-194 #2-10 evens – 5 minutes
      • Solving for Zero – pg. 200-201 #2-16 evens – 8 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

First, we began with our weekly synonym quiz. Please make sure your student is studying each week’s list of vocabulary words. In order to be successful on the sentence completion and synonym sections of the ISEE, it’s critical that they are mastering the quiz each week. We recommend either making flashcards or using Quizlet to help them study. 

After reviewing the verbal homework from last week, we practiced our active reading skills while reading a narrative, nonfiction speech. Then, we practiced the strategy Process of Elimination for multiple choice problems. Students should consistently go back to their margin notes and annotations to help them answer questions when they are stuck between two answer choices. We also reviewed some commonly missed problems from last week’s reading comprehension homework.

In math, we learned several new concepts. Students learned how to use the distributive property with two pairs of binomials (FOIL).  We then learned how to factor quadratic expressions and solve for zero.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Unit 3 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 5.12.20

Unit 3 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Quantity & Quality on Pg. 30.
    • Pg. 16 #11-19 – 6 minutes

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Pg. 71-72 #67-77 – 6 minutes

Reading Comprehension

    • Narrative – Passage 1 – pg. 80-81
    • Narrative – Passage 2 – pg. 82-83

Math

    • 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. 
      • Consecutive Integers – pg. 180-181 #2-14 evens – 7 minutes
      • Simplifying Algebraic Expressions – pg. 188-189 #2-18 evens – 9 minutes
      • Creating Algebraic Equations – pg. 195-197 #2-10 evens – 5 minutes
    • When finished, submit your responses online on GradeCam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Class Summary:

First, we began with our weekly synonym quiz. To help ensure that your student is truly prepared for the verbal reasoning section of the exam, it’s imperative that your student continues to build their vocabulary and study the weekly list of synonyms, as well as the lists from the previous units. Students should memorize the list of “Quantity & Quality” synonyms on page 30 of their coursebook for next week. 

Then, we reviewed the FAIR strategy for sentence completion problems. Students should always:

    • Figure out the sentence type.
    • Apply your own word to the blank.
    • Ignore answers that are 100% wrong
    • Reread the sentence with your choice.

After reviewing the verbal homework from last week, we learned about narrative passages and how to actively read them in reading comprehension. Then, we practiced the strategy Process of Elimination for multiple choice problems. Students should consistently go back to their margin notes and annotations to help them answer questions when they are stuck between two different answer choices. We also reviewed some commonly missed problems from last week’s reading comprehension homework.

Finally, in math, we practiced creating and simplifying algebraic expressions. Students also learned how to identify the missing values in a consecutive list of integers using algebraic expressions.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 17, 2020
  • If you need a video playback of Class 3, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 2 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 5.5.20

Unit 2 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Strong Verbs on Pg. 20.
    • Pg. 15 #1-10

Verbal Reasoning – Sentence Completion

    • Pg. 70-71 #58-66

Reading Comprehension

    • Persuasive – Passage 1 – pg. 98-99
    • Persuasive – Passage 2 – pg. 100-101

Math

    • 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. 
      • Roots of Numbers pg. 166-168 #2-12 evens
      • Percents pg. 172-173 #2-10 evens
      • Percent Change pg. 174-175 #2-10 evens
    • 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, with students taking a quiz to review last week’s synonyms. Then, we reviewed sentence completion and synonym problems from the pre-test. The students should continue to study any synonyms they got incorrect, as well as study new synonyms from Unit 2. 

Next, in reading comprehension, we reviewed a passage that was on the pre-test. Students should be actively annotating while reading and use their margin notes to help them answer the questions. 

Finally, we reviewed several new topics in math. Students practiced how to solve percent and percent change word problems. When possible, students should reduce fractions in a proportion to make cross multiplication simpler. Then, students learned about finding the roots of numbers that are both perfect and imperfect squares. Lastly, we reviewed scientific notation. 

Next week, we will dive into Unit 3, and students will learn some of the more advanced math topics that are typically seen on the ISEE, such as creating algebraic equations and consecutive integers. 

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 10, 2020
  • Print the full coursebook (linked above in the password protected section) if you have not yet done so.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 4.29.20

Unit 1 HW:

Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms

    • Study the Word List: Senses on Page 7.

Math

    • Finish classwork problems on pg. 18 in the white 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. 159-162 #2-14 evens – 8 minutes
      • Fractional Exponents – pg. 163-165 #2-10 evens – 6 minutes 
        • Please omit from the Unit 1 homework. We will cover this in another class and assign it at a later date.
    • 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.

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 will be quizzed on it next week. 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 page 18 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 start class with a synonym quiz. Then, they 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 (linked above in the password protected section) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • Complete the above homework assignment and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • Print the full coursebook (linked above in the password protected section) if you have not yet done so.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1, the link and password are located in the password protected section above.

Welcome! – 4.23.20

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: This 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! Each online class session runs from 3:30-5:30 PM on Tuesdays.

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 (linked above)
    • 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 above)
    • Login password (found 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 (linked above).

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?

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