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Fall Unit 5 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 10.24.20

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!

Practice Test Form 5 Administration – Directions and Materials:

Step 1 – Get your orange SHSAT Boot Camp: 6-Week Supplemental Materials book. Turn to page 71 and gently tear this out of the book. You will need pages 73-117 in your orange coursebook to complete the test. Do not tear these pages out!  

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

Step 3 – Before you begin, please adjust the following problems:

    • Go to problem #82 on page 95. Draw closed circles over -3 and 2, and then shade in the line between those two numbers.
    • Go to problem #90 on page 97. Change answer choice E to -18.7.
    • Go to problem #92 on page 97. Change the answer choices to E. 9, F. 27, G. 270, H. 729.
    • Go to problem #105 on page 99. Add the following to the problem: If the length of AB is 75, what is the area of rectangle EFGH?

Step 4 – Gather materials from Steps 1-2 and make corrections in Step 3. When you’re ready to test, go to this link to play the practice test proctoring video. Follow the on-screen and audio instructions.

Step 5 – Submit your responses on GradeCam under “‘20 SHSAT Practice Test Paper Form 5” by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 29.

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 5 (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 29.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 29.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 5, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Fall Unit 4 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 10.17.20

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 Thursday, October 22.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 4, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Fall Unit 3 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 10.10.20

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!

Practice Test Form 4 Administration – Directions and Materials:

Step 1 – Get your orange SHSAT Boot Camp: 6-Week Supplemental Materials book. Turn to page 37 and gently tear this out of the book. You will need pages 39-70 in your orange coursebook to complete the test. Do not tear these pages out!  

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

Step 3 – Before you begin, please go to problem #78 on page 63. Scratch out (8,9) and replace it with (7,8). Change the answer choices to E. 10, F. 10.5, G, 12, H. 20.

Step 4 – Gather materials from Steps 1-2 and complete Step 3. When you’re ready to test, go to this link to play the practice test proctoring video. Follow the on-screen and audio instructions.

Step 5 – Submit your responses on GradeCam under “‘20 SHSAT Practice Test Paper Form 4” by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 15.

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 4 (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 15.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 15.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 3, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Fall Unit 2 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 10.03.20

Unit 2 HW (pg. 72 in 6-Week 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 of the 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 Thursday, October 8.
  • If you need a video playback of Class 2, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

Fall Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 09.26.20

Unit 1 HW (pg. 71 in the 6-Week course book):

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 mnutes
      • 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 2 months 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 in preparation for next school year!

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

Practice Test Form 3 Administration – Directions and Materials:

Step 1 – Get your SHSAT Boot Camp: 6-Week Supplemental Materials book. Turn to page 5 and gently tear this out of the book. You will need pages 7-36 in your Supplemental Materials course book to complete the test. Do not tear these pages out!  

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

Step 3 – Gather materials from Steps 1-2. When you’re ready to test, go to this link to play the practice test proctoring video. Follow the on-screen and audio instructions.

Step 4 – Submit your responses on GradeCam under “‘20 SHSAT Practice Test Paper Form 3” by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 1.

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 3 (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 1.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 1.
  • 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 Back! – 09.18.20

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 8 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?
    • Saturday, September 26 @ 12:30 PM
  2. What should I bring to class?
    • Please bring a pencil, your coursebooks (provided digitally via email), 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 6-Week 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 also have to take a practice test for homework.
    • You will use our Online Testing Tool to walk through the test administration and will need to input your responses into GradeCam to complete the test.

Summer Sendoff: HW and Next Steps – 06.20.20

Summer HW:

Do not do your homework in front of the computer. Show all of your work on paper. Upload your responses to GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 7. 

Revising and Editing

  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
  • Try to complete each section in 15 minutes.
    • “Sweet But Deadly” (pg. 73-74)
    • “Building Tomorrow” (pg. 77-78)
    • “Plastic, Plastic, Everywhere” (pg. 81-82)
    • “Scary Money” (pg. 83-84)

Reading Comprehension

  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
  • Try to complete each section in 15 minutes.
    • Passage “Plastic Addiction” (pg. 124-127)
    • Passage “Two Treatises” (pg. 127-128)
    • Passage “Dear Evan Hansen” (pg. 129-131)
    • Passage “Masterminds of the Sea” (pg. 131-134)
    • Passage “The Cost of Convenience” (pg. 134-136)
    • Passage “Leisure” (pg. 139-140)
    • Passage “Song” (pg. 141-142)
    • Passage “Adapted from A Modern Tomboy” (pg. 143-145)
    • Passage “The Luckiest Girl in School” (pg. 156-159)

Math

  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. Try to complete each section in the time limit listed below.
    • Numbers #13-24 (pg. 163-164) – 18 minutes
    • Percents #8-20 (pg. 168-169) – 20 minutes
    • Fractions #6-12 (pg. 171-172) – 11 minutes
    • Word Problems #1-5 (pg. 173) – 8 minutes
    • Ratios & Proportions #11-20 (pg. 176-177) – 15 minutes
    • Absolute Value #7-12 (pg. 181) – 9 minutes
    • Counting Principle #11-20 (pg. 184-185) – 15 minutes
    • Imaginary Operations #8-14 (pg. 186) – 11 minutes
    • Algebraic Expressions & Equations #12-24 (pg. 188-189) – 20 minutes
    • Algebra in Context #1-12 (pg. 191-192) – 18 minutes
    • Plugins #1-12 (pg. 192-193) – 18 minutes
    • Inequalities #9-16 (pg. 197-198) – 12 minutes
    • Probability #11-15 (pg. 201) – 8 minutes
    • Area & Perimeter #8-20 (pg. 206-208) – 20 minutes
    • Volume #7-12 (pg. 210-211) – 9 minutes
    • Triangles #8-13 (pg. 213-214) – 9 minutes
    • Circles #8-12 (pg. 215-216) – 8 minutes
    • Angles #8-14 (pg. 218-219) – 11 minutes
    • Measurements #11-20 (pg. 222-223) – 15 minutes
    • Coordinates #11-17 (pg. 226) – 11 minutes

Looking Back:

The students learned a great deal of foundational concepts and strategies, both in ELA and in Math. This was especially valuable given the disruption to students’ regular in-school instruction.

In the former, we learned about strategies for identifying pertinent information in a reading passage. We learned that taking brief notes in the margins can help us:

    • understand the main idea of a passage
    • identify important details from a passage

We also learned about important grammar rules, and how to use those rules to revise and edit sentences, as well as passages.

In the latter, we covered all of the most important topics covered on the test, including:

    • number theory
    • algebra
    • probability
    • statistics
    • geometry
    • measurements

Still, there is a lot more to do (and much to review) as we continue to apply the concepts learned to the more advanced question constructions found on the test. 

Over the Summer:

The summer is an important time to rest and rejuvenate. It is also an opportunity to review areas that require improvement, and to reinforce newly learned concepts.

We strongly recommend that all students in the class do the following:

    • Complete the summer homework assignments listed above.
      • Please do not work through other parts of the blue SHSAT workbook. They will be used for homework assignments during the fall semester.
    • Review and re-try missed or incomplete classwork and homework questions from Units 1-7, as well as from Practice Test Forms 1 and 2. 
      • This information can be found by clicking ‘Turned In Assignments’ on the left hand sidebar on GradeCam. 
      • While the correct answer can be found on GradeCam, answers as well as detailed explanations can also be found at the back of the blue SHSAT Workbook for homework assignments.

Additionally, our summerSHSAT Practice Test Workshops andSHSAT Content Clinics are a great way for your student to continue preparing for the test! All summer programming will be online.

Looking Forward:

We will be in touch with the fall class schedule separately. In the meantime, please be sure to save your:

    • blue SHSAT workbook
    • 8-week coursebook/printout
    • Practice Test Forms 1 & 2

In the fall, we will be

    • applying the concepts learned in the spring semester to even more test-like questions
    • practicing strategies like time management and checking our work

Now is the time to have a conversation with your student about high schools. We are available if you have any questions about fit or schools. We highly recommend reviewing this year’s HS Admissions Guide and SHSAT Handbook released by the DOE.


Unit 7 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.13.20

Unit 7 HW:

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 7. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Parenthetical Expression & Nonrestrictive Clauses (pg. 66-68)
      • Unnecessary Punctuation (pg.68-69)
      • Frequently Confused Words (pg.55-56)

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Passage “Paved with Good Intentions” (pg. 115-118)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 7. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Absolute Value #1-6 (pg. 181)
      • Scientific Notation #1-10 (pg. 182)
      • Counting Principle #1-10 (pg. 183-184)
      • Imaginary Operations #1-7 (pg. 185-186)
      • Coordinates #1-10 (pg. 224-225)

Class Summary:

We started class with our lesson about unnecessary punctuation. We discussed how commas are often used incorrectly and that students should be aware of not only when punctuation is missing, but also when it is incorrectly placed. We then reviewed restrictive clauses (a clause that is essential to the basic meaning of a sentence), non-restrictive clauses, and a number of frequently confused words that sound or look alike but have very different meanings, such as accept/except and affect/effect. Finally, we reviewed several questions form the Unit 6 Revising and Editing homework.

In Reading Comprehension, we reviewed the two passages students read for Unit 6 homework. We continued our discussion around non-fiction texts and how best to answer comprehension questions about specific parts of the text. We then took a deep dive into the poem, “When You Are Old.” Students seemed to be a bit confused by the poem, so we took time to understand it line by line, which led to an overall stronger ability to answer the questions. 

In the last couple Math lessons, we have reviewed a number of topics that the students should have learned about in school. This week we covered absolute value, scientific notation, imaginary operations, coordinates, and the counting principle. The students did great work on the practice problems, but could still use additional practice on scientific notation and coordinates, especially when it comes to reflecting over the x- or y-axis. 

Reminders & Announcements:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 2 (linked above in the password protected section) and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 18.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 18.
  • If you need to watch a video playback of Class 7, please use the link above in the password protected section of the Class Portal. (posted on Monday mornings)
    • Access to these recordings will expire on June 30, 2020.
  • Our last class for the spring semester will be Saturday, June 20.
  • Check out our SummerSHSAT Practice Test Workshops andSHSAT Content Clinics for additional supplemental support!

Unit 6 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 06.06.20

Unit 6 HW:

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 6. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Within-Sentence Punctuation (pg. 60-62)
      • End-of-Sentence Punctuation (pg. 62-64)
      • Punctuating a Series (pg. 64-66)

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Passage “Pop, Pop!” (pg. 108-111)
      • Passage “When You Are Old” (pg. 138-139)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 6. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Area & Perimeter #1-7 (pg. 205-206)
      • Volume #1-6 (pg. 210)
      • Triangles #1-7 (pg. 212-213)
      • Circles #1-7 (pg. 215)
      • Angles #1-7 (pg. 217-218)

Class Summary:

In Revising & Editing, we started with a discussion about how to use punctuation (especially commas, semicolons, and colons). To practice, students identified and fixed run-on sentences by adding the necessary punctuation. Students should refer to the tables on pages 59 and 60 in the 8-week coursebook when completing this week’s homework! We also reviewed select questions from the Unit 5 homework before moving on to Reading Comprehension.

Students read “Bridging the Gap” and “Night for Unit 5 homework. We discussed how non-fiction comprehension questions tend to focus on the main idea and text features, while poetry comprehension questions focus more on the deeper meaning and author’s craft. Students should keep this in mind when determining the genre of the passage before reading the text as a whole.

In Unit 6 Math, we covered a number of topics including triangles, circles, volume, surface area and angles. This material might be new for a lot of students, but this is where your student has the opportunity to score above the curve! We reviewed important formulas and rules, which must be memorized as a reference sheet will NOT be provided on the SHSAT. We practiced a number of problems in class, but students can and should refer to their notes when completing the homework.

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, June 11.
  • If you need to watch a video playback from class on Saturday, June 6, please use the link above in the password protected section of the Class Portal. (posted on Mondays)

Unit 5 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 05.30.20

Unit 5 HW:

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. 
  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
    • Subordination & Coordination (pg. 58-60)
    • “Hammer, Feather, Vacuum” (pg. 79-80)

Reading Comprehension

  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
    • Passage “ Bridging the Gap” (pg. 106-108)
    • Passage “Night” (pg. 137-138)

Math

  • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 5. 
  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
    • Ratios & Proportions #1-10 (pg. 175-176)
    • Measurements #1-10 (pg. 220-221)

Class Summary:

We started with a discussion of when and how to use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. Many students are doing very well in these two content areas! We then reviewed the revising and editing homework from Unit 4 and reviewed the difference between independent (stand alone sentences) and dependent clauses (rely on stand alone sentences). 

For Reading Comprehension, we dove into the two texts students read for homework. The students are doing a lot better with the homework questions because they are going back to the text to find evidence for the answer they choose! Please make sure students are consistently annotating each text they read as this will really help them in the long run. Additionally, we introduced a strategy for understanding poetry called SIFT (structure, imagery, figurative language, theme). Ask your student about it!

During the Math lesson, we completed a number of practice problems dealing with ratios, proportions, number lines, and measurement. While many students are doing well with solving these problems, they must remember that the best strategy to solve any math problem, especially when it comes to measurement, is to draw diagrams or pictures to help visualize the problem! If you get stuck, remember to use the answer choices to your advantage!

Reminders:

  • Make sure your Zoom application is up to date! As of May 30, you will need to have Version 5.o to join meetings.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM by Thursday, June 4.
  • If you need to watch a video playback from class on Saturday, May 30, please use the link above in the password protected section of the Class Portal. (posted on Mondays)

Unit 4 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 05.16.20

Unit 4 HW:

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. 
  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
    • Logical Comparison (pg. 56-58)
    • Modifiers (pg. 48-50)

Reading Comprehension

  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
    • Passage “ Adapted from Ride Proud, Rebel!” (pg. 147-149)
    • Passage “Adapted from The Most Dangerous Game” (pg. 149-151)

Math

  • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 4. 
  • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
    • Probability #1-10 (pg. 199-200)
    • Averages #1-14 (pg. 202-204)

Class Summary:

We started with a review of the Revising & Editing homework from Unit 3 before moving on to a discussion about logical comparisons and modifier placement. Students edited sentences containing illogical comparisons and incorrectly placed modifiers for practice. They had fun finding several different ways to correct the example sentences!

We continued ELA by reinforcing active reading habits in Reading Comprehension. We reviewed the fiction passages the students read from Unit 3 homework. Students saw how easy it can be to get trapped by tricky questions! We discussed how important it is to always go back to the text to find evidence to support the answer choice. 

In Math, we explored the concept of probability. We went over how probability can be expressed as a simple fraction, a decimal, or a percent. Additionally, the class reviewed mean, median, mode, and range. The students then investigated how frequency tables can help them find all 4 values.

Reminders:

  • We will NOT have class on Saturday, May 23 due to the Memorial Day Weekend. 
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 28, 2020.
  • If you need to watch a video playback from class on Saturday, May 16, please use the link above in the password protected section of the Class Portal. (posted on Mondays)

Unit 3 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 5.9.20

Unit 3 HW:

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. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Pronoun Clarity (pg. 47-48)
      • Possessive Nouns & Determiners (pg. 52-53)
      • “A Lasting Monument” (pg. 75-76)

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Passage “Adapted from The Jolliest School of All” (pg. 145-147)
      • Passage “That’s Not Music!” (pg. 103-105)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 3. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Algebraic Expressions & Equations #1-11 (pg. 187-188)
      • Inequalities #1-8 (pg. 196-197)

Class Summary:

This week, we learned about pronouns, possessive nouns, and possessive pronouns. Students did an excellent job at completing examples where they had to choose the pronoun that clearly refers to the subject and agrees in number to the subject. 

Students read “A Labor of Love” and “The Lost City” for homework. We reviewed both passages by annotating the text. Students need to continue practicing this skill on all classwork and homework. READ (see below) is a unique acronym we give students to help them answer ELA questions. 

  • Respond to the question in your head before looking at the answer choices.
  • Eliminate answer choices that you know are 100% incorrect.
  • Answer by choosing the option that most closely matches what you answered in your head.
  • Double check your answer by finding evidence in the text to support your choice.

In math, we learned about the 4 steps for solving algebraic equations, PEMDAS, and solving inequalities. Students completed a number of examples in class that were quite tricky! Students need to read math questions very closely and make sure the answer they get is actually answering the question that is being asked.

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

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 14, 2020
  • If you need to watch a video playback from class on Saturday, May 9, please use the link above in the password protected section of the Class Portal. (posted on Mondays)

Unit 2 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 5.4.20

Unit 2 HW:

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. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • “Tenses, Mood & Number” (pg. 50-51)
      • “Subject-Verb Agreement” (pg. 53-54)

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Passage “The Lost City” (pg. 97-99)
      • Passage “A Labor of Love” (pg. 99-101)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 2. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook. 
      • Factors, Multiples, Exponents, & Radicals #1-25 (pg. 178-180)

Class Summary:

Our grammar lesson this week focused on verbs. We covered verb tenses, verb number, and subject-verb agreement. Students practiced with several examples in class, but need to continue to practice so they don’t get tripped up with words like “each”, which is always treated as singular!

In reading, we reviewed what it means to be an active reader and that students should be annotating any text they are reading. Many students did not implement this strategy on the first practice test and in the homework! Please remind your child that annotating is the most useful strategy when it comes to efficiently answering reading comprehension. 

In math, we learned about exponents and backwards prime factorization. Students were excited to learn the 3 Rules of Exponents and quickly understood how to apply these rules to the examples we went over in class.

We spent time reviewing specific questions from Practice Test 1 that students struggled with. Many students noted that the test was somewhat difficult and pacing was an issue. We discussed (and will continue to discuss) how students can most efficiently utilize the entire 3 hour testing window. 

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

Reminders:

  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 7, 2020
  • If you need to watch a video playback from class on Saturday, May 2, please use the link above in the password protected section of the Class Portal.

Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 4.25.20

Unit 1 HW:

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. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook
      • “Choosing a Chooser” (pg. 71-72)

Reading Comprehension

    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook
      • Passage “Jack the Dripper” (pg. 95-96)

Math

    • Finish classwork from Math – Unit 1. 
    • Complete the following sections in your blue SHSAT workbook
      • Numbers #1-12 (pg. 162-163)
      • Operations #1-9 (pg. 166)
      • Percents #1-7 (pg. 167-168)
      • Fractions #1-5 (pg. 171)

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 6 months 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 in preparation for next school year!

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

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test 1 (linked above in the password protected section) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • If you need a video playback of Class 1, the link and password are located in password protected section above.

Welcome! – updated 4.17.20

Welcome, 7th graders and parents!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to get started! Your family has taken an important step towards achieving on the SHSAT. Together, we will build the confidence and the competencies needed for the SHSAT 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 (and practice test!), diligently complete the homework, and actively participate in class (ask questions!).

To 7th graders: The test may seem like a long way away, but 7th grade is already almost over! Before you know it, you’ll be getting ready to take the actual SHSAT in October. Like the 8th graders who have graduated from this very program, we’re sure that you will be feeling confident in your ability to do so!

To parents: We are here to help with your 7th grader’s SHSAT preparations in any way we can. The high school admissions process can be confusing, but you have The Tutorverse at your disposal! We’ve been through this once or twice before, and make every effort to stay updated on the latest developments in City Hall (and Albany). We’ll be here for you if you have any questions along the way, and will do our best to respond to your emails within 1 business day.

Important information is included below, so please read it carefully, and bookmark this page for easy access!

Course FAQs

When is class? When are tests?

Check the calendar above. Our first online class for the Fall semester is on Saturday, September 26, and all online classes will be on Saturdays from 12:30 pm – 3 pm.

Since social distancing measures are still in place, Practice Tests will be taken at home. The Tutorverse will provide each family with a digital copy of the exam, a bubble sheet, and directions. Students will take the 3-hour exam during the administration window and enter their answers into GradeCam before the next online class.

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.

Feel free to read through this article that walks you step-by-step on how to join a webinar 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?

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the webinar link and password from your email as soon as you can. Feel free to use the Q&A feature 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 do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

    • SHSAT 6-Week Coursebook (provided digitally via email)
    • SHSAT 6-Week Supplemental Materials (provided digitally via email)
    • blue SHSAT 1200+ question workbook (purchased on Amazon prior to class)
    • pencils and erasers
    • a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)
      • please note your student does NOT need microphone or webcam access to participate.
    • Login link (found in your inbox on Thursdays)
    • Login password (found in your inbox on Thursdays)

What happens during online class?

Students will be asked to engage with the instructor in two ways: Q&A and polling. Anytime a student has a question, he or she can use the Q&A feature at the bottom of the screen to ask a panelist for clarification. We will have multiple instructors standing by to answer and support student inquiries.

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.

To ensure privacy and maintain distraction-free learning, student audio and video will not be enabled or recorded.

What if I need to miss a class?

If you must miss a class, please let us know at least a week in advance (there’s not much we can do if you let us know the day before!). You can get the class notes from a friend, or reach out to us to schedule a paid SHSAT tutoring lesson.

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.

Homework can be found in the back of the 6-Week coursebook AND online in GradeCam.

How do I submit homework?

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

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 here.

If your child misplaces his or her coursebook (purple or orange book – digital materials sent via email), please email hello@thetutorverse.com

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!