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SAT 9-Week Intensive ’20 – Online

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Please follow this link to watch video recordings of the Wednesday and Friday online classes.

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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 6.24.20.
  • Login Password: 712098
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 let us know immediately.

 

Course Calendar
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Unit 3 – Verbal: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.15.20

Unit 3 Verbal HW:

Set a timer according to the time given for each question set. Do your homework 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. When finished, submit your responses on Gradecam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Writing & Language

    • pages 160-162: “Junior!” passage, all questions (8 mins 45 secs)
    • pages 124-125: Subordination & Coordination, odd questions (not timed)
    • pages 128-129: Parallel Structure, odd questions (not timed)

Reading

    • pages 104-106: Passage L, all questions (13 mins)

Essay

    • Read the Essay Practice Passage in Unit 4 of the orange coursebook in preparation for the next class. Remember to consider how the author puts a S.P.I.N. on the topic. (not timed)

Class Summary:

What a great session! We began with Writing and Language, covering subordinate and coordinate clauses, parallel structure, organization questions, and style/tone questions. We put these lessons into practice on a timed section of the test, and we reviewed several tone questions. Each student is showing nice growth from their starting place in the writing section.

Next, we moved on to the reading section, covering close reading questions and textual evidence questions. We spent some time reviewing the process for answering questions and reinforced the importance of answering the question in one’s head before moving on to the answer choices. Students put this process into practice on a timed section of the test, and we spent some time reviewing questions students answered incorrectly.

Finally, we spent some time reviewing homework and previous practice test questions, putting our new skills into practice! We emphasized the importance of implementing our new strategies when answering questions rather than falling back on old habits. We will continue this work next week.

Please note: Not every student submitted an essay for homework. I have encouraged everyone to complete their homework in full; please help reinforce this at home. ūüôā

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, July 20.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 3 – Verbal, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Unit 2 – Math: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.10.20

Unit 2 Math HW:

Set a timer according to the time given for each question set. Do your homework 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. When finished, submit your responses on Gradecam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Math – Only use a calculator where noted in the book.

Class Summary:

We started today’s class by discussing linear systems and various considerations involved with such systems of equations and inequalities.  We illustrated elimination and substitution procedures, as well as graphical approaches using the graphing calculator and test-taking strategies for multiple choice problems.  In revisiting related problems from Practice Test A, we even elaborated on how to solve such systems rapidly with matrix commands built into the students’ calculators.
We also discussed slope, linear functions, and forms of equations of lines.  As the class seemed familiar with the different line forms, we primarily reviewed how to build up equations of lines and illustrated how to be versatile in their usage when solving problems.
We finished today’s lesson by clarifying a few Unit 1 homework problems and Practice Test A problems that the students struggled on.  Although participation in class continues to be excellent, the class would benefit from some additional practice with the topics we covered today.  They will get this essential practice by completing this week’s homework.  We continue to make great progress!

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, July 15.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2 – Math, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Unit 2 – Verbal: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.08.20

Unit 2 Verbal HW:

Set a timer according to the time given for each question set. Do your homework 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. When finished, submit your responses on Gradecam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Writing & Language

    • pages 154-156: “Can You Hear Me?” passage, all questions (8 mins 45 secs)
    • pages 127-128: Shifting Tenses, Mood, Voice, and Number, odd questions (not timed)
    • pages 136-137: Logical Comparison, odd questions (not timed)

Reading

    • pages 90-92: Passage G, all questions (13 mins)

Essay [optional – not graded]

    • pages 60-61: Practice Test #1 (50 mins)¬†

Class Summary:

We began with Writing and Language, covering Shifting Tenses, Logical Comparisons, as well as Support and Quantitative questions. We discussed ways that the SAT tests verb tense, emphasizing that consistency is the key component. We went deep on logical comparisons, getting into the fine points of how to use pronouns to make the correct comparison. Students implemented these skills on practice sections, and we took a deep dive into how to use commas, semicolons, dashes, and colons correctly. We will review this in future sessions, as it is key to answering many questions on the Writing and Language section.

In the Reading section we reviewed the importance of coming up with an answer before going to the answer choices. I will keep emphasizing this, because it is the most important skill in the Reading section. We also covered Support and Quantitative questions, emphasizing the importance of the author’s purpose in support questions and the specifics of the graphs in quantitative questions.

We had a great session on the Essay, addressing students’ questions from their homework and offering specifics for each student as they move forward in their work. We discussed the importance of articulating not just WHAT tools the author employs, but also WHY and the EFFECT on the reader. They will give another essay a try for homework.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, July 13.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2 – Verbal, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Unit 1 – Math: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.03.20

Unit 1 Math HW:

Set a timer according to the time given for each question set. Do your homework 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. When finished, submit your responses on Gradecam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Math – Only use a calculator where noted in the book.

    • pages 180-181: Solving Linear Equations & Inequalities, #1-2, 4-5, 9-16 (11 mins)
    • pages 193-195: Absolute Value, #1-3, 6, 8-13, 20 (11 mins)
    • pages 182-183: Solving Systems of Equations, #1-2, 5-7, 11 (6 mins)
    • Next class will focus on Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities, & Lines in the Coordinate Plane. Make sure you are familiar with these concepts. If you need to review them, feel free to watch the following videos:
      • Solving Linear Equations and Linear Inequalities (basic and harder examples)
      • Graphing Linear Equations (basic and harder examples)

Class Summary:

We started class today by discussing the math sections of the SAT. After going over the basics about these sections, we dove into the lesson.

Today’s lesson featured linear equations and inequalities, systems of these, understanding such equations and inequalities in context, and absolute value.  The students did excellent work on the practice problems in class.  However, everyone would benefit from further practice on linear equations and inequalities in context.  The homework assignment should provide them with this essential practice.  We’re off to a great start!

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, July 6.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1 – Math, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Unit 1 – Verbal: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.02.20

Unit 1 Verbal HW:

Set a timer according to the time given for each question set. Do your homework 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. When finished, submit your responses on Gradecam using your first name, last name, and login code.

Writing & Language

    • pages 147-150: “The Gambler’s Fallacy” passage, all questions (8 mins 45 secs)
    • pages 123-124: Complete Sentences, odd questions (not timed)
    • pages 131-132: Possessive Determiners, odd questions (not timed)

Reading

    • pages 71-73: Passage CC, all questions¬†(13 mins)

Essay

    • pages 16-17: Practice Passage, read and attempt the outline
    • Read the Essay Practice Passage in Unit 2 of the orange coursebook in preparation for the next class. Remember to consider how the author puts a S.P.I.N. on the topic. (not timed)

Class Summary:

It was wonderful to meet and get to know everyone during the first class. We started with an icebreaker and a discussion around expectations for the course, before reviewing the structure of the exam and some larger test-taking strategies & tips, such as S.T.A.R. (skip, try, axe, review).

In Writing & Language, we dove into two particular question types: Complete Sentence and Possessive Determiner. Students practiced using the E.D.I.T. strategy in passages and determined what correction was needed, if any. Students should remember that each passage has 11 questions: 5 questions will deal with standard English conventions, while the remaining 6 will deal with improving expression. We will continue to explore additional questions types throughout the course to make sure students are comfortable with them all.

Next, we learned about the R.E.A.D. strategy to help with comprehension and creating a solid main idea. We also discussed summarizing questions and main idea questions, which are common question types on the Reading section of the exam. As a class, we read a practice passage and annotated in the margins. Students then took a stab at answering the questions on their own. We reviewed a few of them before diving into the Essay.

While the Essay on the test is optional, some post-secondary institutions require it. We highly encourage you to check whether the schools on your list require the essay or not. Students should consider the author’s S.P.I.N. on the argument. Students were given the extra homework of reading the practice passage on pages 16-17, and completing the essay outline on page 17.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, July 6.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1 – Verbal, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Welcome! – Posted 06.24.20

Welcome, students 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 SAT. Together, we will build the confidence and the competencies needed for the SAT 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 our SAT students: This course is only 9 weeks (18 classes), 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 SAT, and you will be confident when you take the exam this August!

To Parents: We are here to help with your student’s SAT preparations in any way we can. The college 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 SAT, as well as the college 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 and where are classes and tests?

Check the calendar above. Our first online class is on Wednesday, July 1, and all online classes will be on Wednesdays AND Fridays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

All practice tests will be held online and will be live proctored on the following dates from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm:

    • Practice Test A – Monday, June 29
    • Practice Test C – Monday, July 13
    • Practice Test D – Monday, July 27
    • Practice Test F – Monday, August 10
    • Practice Test H – Monday, August 24

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

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: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux.

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?

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:

    • Pencils and an eraser
    • SAT Workbook (big blue book ordered from Amazon prior to class)
    • SAT 9-Week Coursebook (shipped to you from The Tutorverse)
    • Practice Test for review (if applicable)
    • Graphing or Scientific Calculator
    • 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 or practice test?

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.

If you must miss a practice test, please let us know as soon as possible.

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 SAT – 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 was sent to you in a separate email on 6.24.20.

Homework can be found at the back of the coursebook, online in GradeCam, AND online on this website – the class portal!

How do I submit homework?

For more information on how to use GradeCam to submit homework, please refer to the FAQ linked here.

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!