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SHSAT ’20 – Online Wednesday PM (Fall)

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Please use the unique login link and password sent to you via email from Zoom on 09.16.2020.

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Bonus Class Reminders – 01.13.2021

To learn more about the 2020 SHSAT and how you can best prepare, view our 2020 SHSAT blog post.

Bonus Class Homework and Classwork Answer Key

Reminders:

  • If you need a video playback of the bonus class, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link that is located at the top of the page.

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. 
  • If you need a video playback of Class 6, make sure you are logged into your Tutorverse website account and click the link is located at the top of the page.

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!

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 Monday, October 26.

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 5 (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 26.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 26.
  • 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 – 10.14.20

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.
  • 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 – 10.07.20

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!

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 Monday, October 12.

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 4 (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 12.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, October 12.
  • 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 – 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 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 Monday, October 5.
  • 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 – 09.23.20

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.

Practice Test Form 3 Administration – Directions and Materials:

Step 1 – Get your orange 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 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 – 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 Monday, September 28.

Reminders:

  • Complete Practice Test Form 3 (directions above) and enter your responses in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 28.
  • Complete the above homework assignments and submit in GradeCam by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 28.
  • 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! – 09.16.20

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
  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 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.
Course FAQs

When is class? When are tests?

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

Practice Tests will be taken at home. 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 take the 3-hour exam during the administration window using our Online Testing Tool. Finally, students will 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 meeting as an attendee.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulties, please reach out to hello@thetutorverse.com or call 646-582-6934 ext. 2 to receive technical support prior to class. Please note that we will not be able to support with technical difficulties once online class sessions begin.

What if I’m late?

Online classes will be conducted on zoom.us. You will use the same link and password for each online class. This was emailed to you on 09.16.2020.

If you are running late, please sign into the online class session using the link and password from your email as soon as you can. Feel free to use the chat feature to connect with the Teaching Assistant so we can help catch you up to speed!

Please note that we will not be able to support with technical difficulties once online class sessions begin.

What do I need to bring?

Each week, please have the following materials ready:

    • 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
    • a charged laptop or desktop computer with internet connectivity and audio output (speakers, headphones, etc)
      • please note your student WILL need microphone and webcam access to participate
    • Login link and password (found in the email sent on 09.16.2020)

What happens during online class?

Students will be asked to engage with the instructor in a few ways: polling, chatting, and speaking. Anytime a student has a question, he or she can use the chat feature at the bottom of the screen to type a question to the teacher. Alternatively, the student can use the raise hand feature to signal to the teacher that they need support.

Additionally, from time to time during the lesson, a polling question will appear to help students engage with the content and with each other! These polls help us understand not only who is paying attention, but who may need additional support in his or her learning. Please note that while we can share the overall results of a polling question, no individual students will be singled out during this process.

What if I need to miss a class?

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 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!