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SAT Intensive ’21 – Online (Jan-Mar)

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Course Calendar
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Unit 2 – Math: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 01.14.21

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.

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 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 Tuesday, January 19.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2 – Math, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link that is located at the top of the page.


Unit 2 – Verbal: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 01.12.21

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, understanding 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, and students implemented these skills on practice sections. 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. This is the most important skill to master 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.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 17.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2 – Verbal, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link located at the top of the page.


Unit 1 – Math: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 01.07.2021

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 finished class by diving into commonly missed questions on the practice test the students took last week. We’re off to a great start!

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Tuesday, January 12.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1 – Math, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link located at the top of the page.


Unit 1 – Verbal: HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 01.05.2021

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

      • Read the Essay practice passage on pg. 39 of the teal coursebook in preparation for the next class. Remember to consider how the author puts a S.P.I.N. (Style, Presumptions, Information, Notes) 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 how to identify 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 ended class by going over commonly missed questions on the first practice test.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework and submit in GradeCam no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 10.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1 – Verbal, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link located at the top of the page.

 


Welcome! – Posted 12.21.2020

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 18 classes (9 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 SAT, and you will be confident when you take the exam in March!

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

Click on the carets (∨) to read more!

When is class? When are tests?

Check the calendar above. Your first online class is on Tuesday, January 5. All online classes will be on:

    • Tuesdays (Verbal) AND Thursdays (Math)
    • from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, except on the weeks following practice tests when classes will be from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

All practice tests will be held online and will be live proctored, unless stated otherwise, on the following dates from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm:

    • Practice Test F – Saturday, January 2 (self administered at home)
    • Practice Test A – Saturday, January 16
    • Practice Test C – Saturday, January 30
    • Practice Test D – Saturday, February 13 (tentatively self administered at home)
    • Practice Test H – Saturday, March 6

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

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

    • pencils and erasers
    • copy of our SAT: 1,500+ Practice Questions Workbook (blue book that was purchased on amazon)
    • your coursebook (teal book that will be sent in the mail prior to the first day of class)
    • 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)
      • please note your student WILL need microphone and webcam access to participate
    • login link and password (found in the email sent on 12.21.2021)

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 12.21.2021.

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 or Teaching Assistant 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 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 or practice test?

Let us know a week before 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. Each online class session is recorded and will be made available via a link at the top of this class portal. Students can watch the recording of a missed class to ensure they get the notes and are able to make up the missed classwork.

If you will be absent on a practice test day, we can give you a test to take home and do on your own. Beyond this, we handle each situation on a case-by-case basis.

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 12.21.20.

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 my homework?

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

What if I misplace my course materials? 

If your child misplaces his or her coursebook (teal book), you will need to contact us for a replacement. The cost of the replacement book is $100.

If your child misplaces the blue homework book, you will need to purchase a replacement on Amazon.

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!