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SHSAT ’20 @ 222 Broadway – Wednesday PM (Fall)

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Fall Unit 6 Class Summary and Reminders – 10.28.20

Class Summary:

In ELA, we spent time reviewing commonly missed questions from Practice Test 5. The most important thing we discussed is transferability. Students need to identify what skill or strategy led them to success, and then utilize that skill or strategy throughout the exam! Students should also be able to identify what mistakes they made, and how they can approach the same type of question in a different manner next time.

In math, the students knew how to break down the problems from Practice Test 5. However, students need to remember to go back to re-read the question, to make sure their solution is answering what is being asked. We also completed several mini-lessons on Venn diagrams, absolute value, coordinates, counting principle, and imaginary operations.

Reminders:

  • Class 6 is the last class of the semester. We will NOT have class on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Fall Unit 5 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 10.21.20

Unit 5 HW (pg. 75 in the purple coursebook):

Do not do your homework in front of the computer. Show all of your work on paper. Upload your responses to GradeCam when you are finished. 

Revising and Editing

    • Finish classwork from Revising and Editing – Unit 5.

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 12 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Passage “The Legacy of Impressionism” (pg. 111-114)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 5. 
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limits. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Word Problems #11-16 (pg. 174) – 9 minutes
      • Probability #16-23 (pg. 201-202) – 12 minutes
      • Averages #15-27 (pg. 204-205) – 20 minutes

Class Summary:

In math, we reviewed the Ratios & Proportions homework from Unit 4, and dove into Probability & Statistics during Math. This included our method for tackling tricky (but formulaic) questions based on averages. Frequency tables were new for some students, so be sure to review the 2-step process for deciphering them!

In ELA, we spent some time reviewing Unit 4 homework, but quickly moved on to our Grammar Review unit. We covered a lot of the most frequently encountered grammar topics on the test, but many students could use a quick refresher. Be sure to review the notes & classwork on pages 56-59 of the purple 6-Week coursebook!

Reminders:

  • Students have an SHSAT Practice Test on Saturday, October 24 at 9 AM at 222 Broadway.
    • Please have your student bring only their orange 6-Week Supplemental Materials book, a pencil and an eraser, as well as a face mask.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 26.

Fall Unit 4 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 10.14.20

Unit 4 HW (pg. 74 in the purple coursebook):

Do not do your homework in front of the computer. Show all of your work on paper. Upload your responses to GradeCam when you are finished. 

Revising and Editing

    • Finish classwork from Revising and Editing – Unit 4.
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your SHSAT workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Passage “State of Confusion” (pg. 87-88) 

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 24 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Passage “Linguistically Speaking” (pg. 121-124)
      • Passage “The Innocents Abroad” (pg. 153-156)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 4. 
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limits. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Ratios and Proportions #21-30 (pg. 177-178) – 15 minutes
      • Scientific Notation #11-19 (pg. 182-183) – 12 minutes
      • Imaginary Operations #15-24 (pg. 187) – 14 minutes

Class Summary:

We got to work right away by reviewing Practice Test Form 4 and going over the homework as a class.

Once again, we reviewed the questions that were most challenging for this particular group of students. In Math, we reviewed how ratios and proportions can help us answer many different types of questions. We went over a sure-fire way to set up a ratio or proportion to save time and achieve a high-level of accuracy.

We also spent time reviewing various Revising & Editing questions, as well as Reading Comprehension questions. Specifically, we went over the poem on the test. Together, we annotated the poem and went through how to use the different poem features (SIFT – structure, imagery, figurative language, theme) to tackle to questions.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 19.

Fall Unit 3 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 10.07.20

Unit 3 HW (pg. 73 in the purple coursebook):

Do not do your homework in front of the computer. Show all of your work on paper. Upload your responses to GradeCam when you are finished. 

Revising and Editing

    • Finish classwork from Revising and Editing – Unit 3.
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your SHSAT workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Passage “The Gambler’s Fallacy” (pg. 85-86) 

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 12 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Passage “A Critical Point of View” (pg. 119-121)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 3. 
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limits. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Algebraic Expressions & Equations #25-35 (pg. 190) – 15 minutes
      • Algebra in Context #13-23 (pg. 192) – 17 minutes
      • Plugins #13-30 (pg. 194-195) – 24 minutes
      • Inequalities #17-25 (pg. 198-199) – 12 minutes 

Class Summary:

In ELA, we focused primarily on actively reading literature, covering the questions to ask oneself to maintain engagement and anticipate lines of questioning. Students were asked to complete independent practice for both a revising & editing passage, as well as fiction passage in reading comprehension. The timed practice in class will not only help with accuracy, but with pacing and test taking strategy as well. 

Math was all about reviewing tough Geometry homework questions from Unit 2 and honing Algebra skills. We covered a four-step process for tackling algebra questions, including what to do with long (and sometimes confusing) word problems. Remember: take one sentence at a time, and write down everything you know on paper as you learn it from the question; don’t try to solve these in your head!

Reminders:

  • Students have an SHSAT Practice Test on Saturday, October 10 at 9 AM at 222 Broadway.
    • Please have your student bring only their orange 6-Week Supplemental Materials book, a pencil and an eraser, as well as a face mask.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 12.

Fall Unit 2 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 09.30.20

Unit 2 HW (pg. 72 in the purple coursebook):

Do not do your homework in front of the computer. Show all of your work on paper. Upload your responses to GradeCam when you are finished. 

Revising and Editing

    • Finish classwork from Revising and Editing – Unit 2. 
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your SHSAT Workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all your homework.
      • Passage “Bad Risks” (pg. 89-90)

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 24 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Passage “A Different Lens” (pg. 114-115)
      • Passage “The Cruise of the Dazzler” (pg. 151-153)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 2. 
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limits. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Area & Perimeter #21-32 (pg. 208-209) – 15 minutes
      • Volume #13-19 (pg. 211) – 11 minutes
      • Triangles #14-20 (pg. 214) – 11 minutes
      • Circles #13-18 (pg. 216-217) – 9 minutes
      • Angles #15-21 (pg. 219-220) – 11 minutes
      • Measurements #21-30 (pg. 223-224) – 15 minutes

Class Summary:

This class was all about learning from homework and from the practice test. This was a big opportunity for students to learn from mistakes.

We reviewed the questions that were most challenging for the class. Across the board, however, there was more focus on the literature and poetry passages than on the non-fiction essays. This isn’t surprising, as students at this age typically spend more time in school working through non-fiction than on literature and poetry.

We followed a similar formula in math, reviewing the questions that were most challenging to this particular class’ students. Generally, however, we spent more time reviewing geometry concepts this week. This test was challenging particularly because of the higher proportion of Geometry questions to other types of questions. Mastering Geometry concepts has historically been a critical component to scoring in the top quartile.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 5.

Fall Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 09.23.20

Unit 1 HW (pg. 71 in the purple coursebook):

Do not do your homework in front of the computer. Show all of your work on paper. Upload your responses to GradeCam when you are finished. 

Revising and Editing

    • Finish classwork from Revising and Editing – Unit 1. 

Reading Comprehension

    • Set a timer for 12 minutes. Try to complete the following section in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limit. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Passage “Cellular Solutions” (pg. 102-103)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 1. 
    • Set a timer as shown for each question set. Try to complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook within the time limits. Once time is up, draw a line across the page wherever you are in the homework. Then, keep going until you finish all of the homework.
      • Numbers #25-38 (pg. 164-165) – 20 minutes
      • Operations #10-15 (pg. 166-167) – 9 minutes
      • Percents #21-30 (pg. 170) – 15 minutes
      • Fractions #13-20 (pg. 172-173) – 11 minutes
      • Word Problems #6-10 (pg. 173-174) – 8 minutes
      • Factors, Multiples, Exponents & Radicals #26-30 (pg. 180) – 8 minutes

Class Summary:

The goals of this first unit were to align on expectations and discuss strategies that we’ll be applying and practicing throughout the rest of the course. If your child is feeling overwhelmed (we covered a lot of information!) – please offer him/her our reassurance. There are still 7 weeks to go, and we will have plenty of time to practice what we learned.

We started with an icebreaker and then proceeded with an overview of both the test, the course, and the course materials. We set expectations about both behavior and workload, and then discussed several test strategies (ask your child about READ and CLIP).

From there, we started our dive into Unit 1 content. We covered many grammar topics that elicited “ah-has” from students (identifying parts of speech, for example, is a basic but crucial skill that most students have difficulty with).

In reading, we worked through some strategies and passages. With many years of completing ELA state exams, most students felt more comfortable with this content than the grammar content.

In math, we began our review of core number sense concepts like prime factorization and working with decimals, fractions, and percentages. Student comfort with this material varied greatly; this course is a great way to brush up on those math skills from 7th grade in preparation for the new school year!

As always, material that we didn’t have time to review this week will be reviewed during the next unit.

Reminders:

  • Students have an SHSAT Practice Test on Saturday, September 26 at 9 AM at 222 Broadway.
    • Please have your student bring only their orange 6-Week Supplemental Materials book, a pencil and an eraser, as well as a face mask.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 28.

Welcome Back! – 09.16.20

Welcome Back, 8th graders and parents!

We are excited for class to resume and to continue to support you in your preparation for the SHSAT. Believe it or not, the test is only 9 weeks away and we have a lot to cover in that short time. In class, we will continue to review content, but will more closely focus on test taking strategy and skill.

There are 3 full length practice tests this fall 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 SHSAT 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 and practice test is included below, so please read it carefully, and bookmark this page for easy access!

  1. When and where is the first class?
    • Wednesday, September 23 at 4 PM at 222 Broadway
  2. What should I bring to class?
    • Please bring a pencil, your purple and orange coursebooks, and your blue NYC SHSAT workbook from the spring semester.
    • If you have misplaced your blue workbook or need a new copy, please order a copy using this link before the first class!
    • After the first class, students should bring all 3 books to each class session!
  3. How do I find my homework assignments?
    • All homework assignments can be found in the back of your purple 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 can be found in the orange Supplemental Materials coursebook.
    • We will always let you know when you have an upcoming Practice Test
    • Practice Tests will be held on Saturday mornings at 222 Broadway on the following dates:
      • September 26
      • October 10
      • October 24
Course FAQs

When is class? When are tests?

Check the calendar above. Our first class is on Wednesday, September 23, and all classes will be on Wednesdays from 4 PM – 6:30 PM at 222 Broadway.

Practice Tests will be taken on Saturdays at 222 Broadway. The Tutorverse has provided each family with an orange Supplemental Materials Coursebook. This book contains paper copies of each practice test and bubble sheets. Students will need to bring this book, along with a pencil, to all 3 practice tests.

What if I’m late?

At the 222 Broadway location, check in with building security, and we’ll meet you in the lobby. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

If you’re late, ask the security guard for a contact number, and staff will get you from the lobby. You can always call 646-582-6934 x2 if there’s any confusion.

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please bring to class:

    • SHSAT 6-Week Coursebook (purple cover)
    • SHSAT 6-Week Supplemental Materials (orange cover)
    • blue SHSAT 1200+ question workbook (purchased on Amazon prior to class)
    • pencils and erasers
    • any self-administered medications (inhalers, etc.)

What happens at the end of class or practice test?

Students will be dismissed according to the permissions granted upon registration. If you wish to change these permissions, we must receive such notice in writing (or must speak to an authorized parent/guardian on the phone during dismissal).

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.

If you will be absent on a practice test day, we can have you take the test at home on your own using our Proctor Testing Tool. 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 SHSAT – 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 09.16.2020.

Homework can be found in the back of the purple 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 (purple or orange book), please email hello@thetutorverse.com to receive a digital replacement. Physical replacement copies are $100 per book.

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!