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SHSAT ’20 Online – Wednesday AM

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  • view reminders, class summaries, and homework
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Class Recordings

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

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Class Login

Please use the following link and password each week to log into the online class session.

  • Login Link: unique to each student, please check your inbox and spam/junk folders for an email from Zoom on 07.01.20.
  • Login Password: 356847
Course Calendar
Course Announcements

Unit 2 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.15.20

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 Monday, July 20.
  • 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.
  • If you have not already done so, please register for an additional Office Hour using one of the links below:

Unit 1 HW, Class Summary, and Reminders – 07.08.20

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.

Practice Test 1 Administration – Directions and Materials:

Step 1 – Get your test booklet, bubble sheet, and scrap paper provided by The Tutorverse. Make sure the test booklet says Practice Test Form 1.

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 1 (NOT in blue book)” by 11:59 PM on Monday, July 13.

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 1 (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, July 13.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, July 13.
    • We will use our best-selling SHSAT workbook (available for purchase on Amazon) for all homework assignments. Please use this link to order the book if you have not already done so!
    • Unit 1 Homework pages were provided as an attachment in the first class recap email.
  • 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! – 07.01.2020

Welcome, rising 8th 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 and answer polls!).

To rising 8th graders: The test is only 4 months away! Before you know it, you’ll be getting ready to take the actual SHSAT in November. 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 student’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 Wednesday, July 8, and all summer online classes will be on Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Practice Tests will be taken at home. The Tutorverse will provide each family with the necessary materials and use of our Online Testing Tool. Students will take the 3-hour exams during the administration windows 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.

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? What do I do?

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the login link and login password above as soon as you can. Feel free to chat the host of the meeting to jump right into the lesson. We can help catch you up to speed!

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

    • SHSAT 8-Week Coursebook (sent via mail by The Tutorverse)
    • 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)
    • Login link (found in your email)
    • Login password (found in your email and above)

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?

Let us know as soon as you know that 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 or provide you access to a video recording of the class session so you can get the notes and instruction.

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 was sent to you in a separate email on 07.01.20.

Homework can be found in the back of the green coursebook, in the announcements section on the class portal (above), and in GradeCam.

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 (green book), please email hello@thetutorverse.com to arrange for a replacement coursebook, which costs $100.

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!