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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 is on Saturday, April 25, 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 8-Week Coursebook (linked above)
    • 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 green coursebook (linked above) 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 (green book), please use the link above to access the digital view-only coursebook.

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!