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Unit 9: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 2.28.2021

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

    • Revising and Editing – pg. 68
    • Reading Comprehension – pg. 69-71
    • Math – pg. 72-76

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Summary

In revising and editing, we reviewed homework from Unit 8.  It was a pleasure to see so many students using all the strategies that we learned from Weeks 1-7 to tackle this week’s homework. While many students initially struggled with subject-verb agreement and combining sentences, most of us are now comfortable with performing these skills and many of us are approaching mastery. 

In Unit 9 Revising and Editing, we kicked off with essay writing. We focused on how to properly develop an outline in order to organize our thoughts before beginning the writing process.  We also modeled how to rearrange scrambled essays and put them in their proper sequence.

While many of us were comfortable with this skill, some of us struggled with arranging the body paragraphs in order. Please make sure students take the time to review Week 9 Revising and Editing homework for more practice.

In Reading Comprehension we continued our Fiction Unit by starting the lesson with a brief review of Week 7 (5 elements of fiction) and Week 8 (character development). In Week 9 we introduced the skill of identifying the theme and main idea in a work of fiction. We asked students to think of books they read and movies they watched and identify the 5 elements of fiction. Many students struggled with identifying the theme in familiar stories.

During Math we started by reviewing Week 8 (Statistics) homework.  Most of us have mastered finding the mean, median, mode and range in a data set, however, some of us still need a little more practice with finding central tendency in frequency tables. 

We introduced our Probability Unit by reviewing likelihood and calculating the probability of single and multiple events. We also discussed the different kinds of multiple events (Independent, Dependent, and Mutually Exclusive) and provided students with formulas and strategies to solve these problems with ease. Most of us did very well with this skill and completed all of the classwork. This can be a tricky area, so please make sure your child attempts the homework and is prepared with questions during the next class!

Reminders & Announcements

  • Homework is due in class on Sunday, March 7.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!


Unit 8: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 2.07.2021

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

    • Revising and Editing – pg. 56-57
    • Reading Comprehension – pg. 58-61
    • Math – pg. 62-67

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Take Home Assessment #2 

Throughout this first semester, we will provide students with Take Home Assessments to be completed as additional homework. These assessments will help us get a better idea of where each student is in his or her learning and how we can better support each student in class. Additionally, these assessments allow the students to become familiar with exam-like questions and format early on. The data collected from these assessments will not be indicative of a student’s performance on the SHSAT as we have not yet covered all of the content, nor have we covered test-taking skills and strategy.

Students should bring their completed assessment to class on Sunday, February 28.

Summary

In revising and editing, we started by reviewing homework from Unit 7. In Unit 8 Revising and Editing, we conducted a cumulative review of the topics from Units 1-7. Many students found this review necessary as the extra practice helped reinforce the skills that we have already learned.

We reviewed the five elements of fiction (Character, Setting, Plot, Conflict, & Theme) and kicked off the lesson with a discussion on character development by reviewing familiar story arcs from books that we have all read. We also continued to build on our reading comprehension skills by incorporating strategies for actively reading fiction (asking questions, annotating, and underlining). Most of us have mastered the skill of annotating as evidenced by the students marking up the text.

In math, we started by reviewing the skills we learned in Unit 7. Many of us found that setting up math word problems was very challenging. To remedy this, we reviewed setting up/solving word problems and looked for common key words and their associated operations. We also posted the answers for Unit 7 homework and spent some time reviewing select questions, before introducing Unit 8.

We introduced our Statistics Unit by reviewing Measures of Central Tendency with an emphasis on Mean, Median, and Mode. Many of us were comfortable with this topic as we have seen this in 6th grade. We also discussed Measure of Variance by showing students how to find the range in a data set. In addition, we also showed students how to set up a Frequency Table and use it to find the mean, median, mode, and range. 

Reminders & Announcements

  • Homework is due in class on Sunday, February 28.
    • Complete Take Home Assessment #2 during the mid-winter recess.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!
  • Our next class will be on Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Enjoy the break!


Unit 7: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 1.31.2021

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

    • Revising and Editing – pg. 49
    • Reading Comprehension – pg. 50-52
    • Math – pg. 53-55

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Summary

In revising and editing, we reviewed homework from Unit 6 before moving on to a discussion about precise vs. vague writing. In Unit 7, we reviewed strategies for improving our writing by eliminating redundancy and unnecessary modifiers. 

In Reading Comprehension, we kicked off with a discussion of different forms, styles, and goals of writing. Most of us were able to accurately describe many literary genres in both nonfiction and fiction, and this helped us transition to the fiction meta-unit of our course. We focused on five elements of fiction:

      1. Character
      2. Setting
      3. Plot
      4. Conflict
      5. Theme

We showed the students how to identify these elements and more importantly, to recognize how these elements work together. We continued to build on our skills by incorporating strategies for actively reading fiction (asking questions, annotating, and underlining). Most of us have mastered the skill of annotating for fiction passages and are able to successfully answer question sets.

Finally, in Math today we introduced how to set up and solve word problems. We reviewed the most common key words that can be found in these problems and their associated operations. While most of us were comfortable solving algebraic equations, many of us were challenged with word problems that ask for consecutive odd/even numbers. To remedy this, we worked on a few problems and modeled the proper way to solve word problems asking for consecutive numbers (x, x+1, x+2) and consecutive odd/even numbers (x, x + 2, x + 4). 

Reminders & Announcements

  • Homework is due in class on Sunday, February 7.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!


Unit 6: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 1.24.2021

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

  • Revising and Editing – pg. 42-43
  • Reading Comprehension – pg. 44-45
  • Math – pg. 46-48

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Summary

In our first class back since the winter break, we reviewed select questions from Unit 5 homework (combining sentences) before moving on to a discussion about how to use punctuation (especially periods, commas, semicolons, and colons) and identifying/fixing run on sentences. 

We continued ELA by reviewing and applying all of the reading strategies that we learned during the first five weeks. The focus of this week’s lesson was to continue to use our active reading strategies while reading longer reading passages (many passages on the test will be 1-1.5 pages long). Most of us have mastered the skill of annotating each paragraph and underlining context clues. The students saw how much time can be saved on the question set when they take the time to actively read and write the gist after each paragraph.

In math, we gave answers for the homework and reviewed select questions from Unit 5, before introducing Unit 6. The homework is generally designed to build off of what we learned in class, and to introduce more challenging questions. We introduced evaluating, simplifying, and solving algebraic equations. While most of us were comfortable solving algebraic equations, many of us were challenged by multi-step equations. To help remember the steps, some students liked to use the acronym “Dylan’s Candy-shop Makes Ice Cream” (Distribute, Combine like terms, Move variables, Isolate variable). 

Reminders & Announcements

  • Homework is due in class on Sunday, January 31.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!


Unit 5: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 12.13.2020

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

  • Revising and Editing – pg. 34
  • Reading Comprehension – pg. 35-37
  • Math – pg. 38-41

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Take Home Assessment #1

Throughout this first semester, we will provide students with Take Home Assessments to be completed as additional homework. These assessments will help us get a better idea of where each student is in his or her learning and how we can better support each student in class. Additionally, these assessments allow the students to become familiar with exam-like questions and format early on. The data collected from these assessments will not be indicative of a student’s performance on the SHSAT as we have not yet covered all of the content, nor have we covered test-taking skills and strategy.

Students should bring their completed assessment to class on Sunday, January 24.

Summary

We reviewed some of 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). We also discussed when and how to use coordinating (FANBOYS) and subordinating conjunctions. If your child has not memorized FANBOYS, please help them remember it by prompting them at home! Most of us are doing well in these two content areas, though many of us can still use practice choosing between the FANBOYS. 

We also reviewed the 3 formulas for writing complex sentences that was introduced during Unit 4. Most of us did a great job and were able to successfully use all three with sentences that the students came up with on their own. 

For reading comprehension, most of us did a great job on the Unit 4 homework and were able to accurately identify the main idea and the author’s purpose. This skill was reinforced during our classwork where we practiced drawing inferences from two passages.

In math, we gave answers for the homework and reviewed select questions from Unit 4 before introducing Unit 5. The homework is generally designed to build off of what we learned in class, and throw in more challenging questions, as well. Here we saw a great example of how students can be comfortable with a concept, but struggle with the execution. The students were able to implement two different methods for converting percents to decimals and fractions.  

This week we introduced measurements and rates. We asked the students to memorize the most common customary and metric conversion on pg. 86. Please encourage your child to do so before the next class. In addition, we also reviewed strategies for finding unit rates and unit prices.

Reminders & Announcements

  • We do NOT have class again until the new year due to the Winter Recess! We will resume class on Sunday, January 24.
  • Homework and Take Home Assessment #1 is due in class on Sunday, January 24.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!


Unit 4: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 12.6.2020

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

  • Revising and Editing – pg. 27-28
  • Reading Comprehension – pg. 29-30
  • Math – pg. 31-33

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Summary

In class this week, we explored the differences between independent and dependent (subordinate) clauses, before diving into the role of coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS), subordinating conjunctions (SWABI) and phrases in building compound and complex sentences. We translated these into formulas, much like we have in math.

We continued ELA by reinforcing active reading habits with a non-fiction text about crystals. The focus of this week’s lesson was on using context clues to determine definitions and clarify ideas. Students saw how easy it can be to get trapped by tricky questions! Most vocabulary words will have multiple meanings, and it is only context that helps them determine the correct response. 

In math, we reviewed select questions from Unit 3 before introducing Unit 4. This week’s unit was conceptually familiar to most students. However, we explored several ways to tackle more difficult questions (1 + r or 1 – r to calculate the amount after a percent increase/decrease). We also worked through faster ways to do multi-digit multiplication and long division. Even though some students were very comfortable with the easier classwork questions, several questions still gave us pause, which made for a great discussion about strategy and methodology. 

Reminders & Announcements

  • Homework is due in class on Sunday, December 13.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!
  • Take Home Assessment #1 is due in class on January 24, 2021.
    • Please complete the assignment over the winter break (between units 5 and 6).
    • Instructions for administration will be sent out next week.


Unit 3: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 11.22.2020

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

  • Revising and Editing – pg. 19-21
  • Reading Comprehension – pg. 21-23
  • Math – pg. 24-26

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Summary

In math, we reviewed Unit 2 concepts and went over the homework from last week. We revisited some concepts that were confusing to students. After the homework review, we introduced Unit 3 which included ratios, proportions, and scale drawings. Understanding ratios and applying proportions is a powerful tool that must be mastered for the test. Many of us came to class with prior knowledge of these topics and were able to complete the classwork problems without any assistance. Such students should treat this unit as an opportunity to work on improving speed without sacrificing accuracy.

In ELA, we reviewed the revising and editing homework from Unit 2 and reviewed subject/verb agreement and consistent verb tenses. Students felt more comfortable identifying the main verb and the subject of the sentence. We practiced editing for subject/verb agreement in practice passages, and continued working on ignoring prepositional phrases and modifiers for this purpose.

We also worked on identifying pronouns and antecedents. Most of us have a good handle on this, as well as on the application of that skill: ensuring that pronouns agree in number, gender, and person with the antecedent.

We finished ELA by reinforcing active reading habits on nonfiction text. To better model this, we read passages aloud on Mayan culture while the students marked up the text. After circulating the room we noticed a big improvement in our ability to annotate and summarize the main idea, topic, and key details quickly and succinctly.

Reminders & Announcements

  • We do NOT have class next Sunday, November 29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Our 4th class will be on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
  • Homework is due in class on Sunday, December 6.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!


Unit 2: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 11.15.2020

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

  • Revising and Editing – pg. 12
  • Reading Comprehension – pg. 13-15
  • Math – pg. 16-18

Each week we will supply an answer key for the homework assignment so that you can help your student check his or her work. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Summary

We started with a review of homework from Unit 1, which challenged most of us. Students were asked to read a paragraph and identify the main verb and the subject in each sentence. This was tricky, especially in longer and more complicated sentences. To help with this, we practiced identifying prepositional and modifying phrases in order to avoid confusing the nouns and verbs in those phrases with the main verb and subject. We built off of these skills in Unit 2, where we learned about subject-verb agreement. We used our verb- and subject-hunting skills to ensure that singular verbs are paired with singular subjects, and plural verbs are paired with plural subjects. We saw how the test will try to trick us by putting phrases in between the subject and the verb.

We continued ELA practice with a review of the outlining homework from Unit 1. We recapped the three Active Reading habits and applied these to mini-passages, where we read for Topic, Main Idea, and Key Details.

After the break, we reviewed factoring, GCF, and LCM homework. Most of us are near experts at prime factorization, but some of us can still use more practice applying the rules for finding GCF and LCM (more cumulative practice to come later). We then learned about Operations on Integers and Rational Numbers, which a lot of us did very well on. We wrapped up the day by going over rules for Scientific Notation.

Reminders & Announcements

  • Homework is due in class next week on Sunday, November 22.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!
  • COVID-19 Updates:
    • As class progresses, we are following the DOE guidelines for in-person learning. If the DOE closes public schools, we will move the in-person class to online.
    • If this occurs, you will receive an email regarding further instructions for online learning.


Unit 1: Homework, Summary, and Reminders – 11.09.2020

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Homework

All homework assignments can be found in the purple 12-Unit Course Homework book.

  • Revising and Editing – pg. 5
  • Reading Comprehension – pg. 6-7
  • Math – pg. 8-11

Each week, our classroom Teaching Assistant will check each student’s homework. We will review commonly missed problems, so if there is a specific part of the homework your student needs help with, please have him or her bring those questions to class on Sundays!

Additionally, we will be supplying answer keys so that you can check your student’s work at home and support your student on this SHSAT journey.

Summary

Since we had our first day of class this weekend, we spent some time getting to know one another. The students learned that they have a lot in common, from the schools they attend to the sports or instruments they play! We also spent some time putting the test in perspective, and even put to bed some rumors and half-truths about the test.

We kicked off ELA with some grammar basics about subjects and predicates. We learned how to find the main verb and the subject of a sentence – a critical skill, and one that most students have difficulty with. Without this skill, it will be difficult to move on to mastering topics such as subject-verb agreement.

We continued ELA practice with a review of Reading Comprehension skills and strategies. We introduced Three Active Reading habits that the students will be practicing from now until the test (and really, after it, as well). We practiced these habits as a group before moving on to math.

After our break, we dove into two important math concepts that lead to number sense proficiency: Rules of Divisibility and Factoring. We worked with prime factorization and learned how to use it to find the greatest common factor (GCF) and least common multiple (LCM) of two numbers. It was great to see the students working together to build one another’s skills!

Reminders & Announcements

  • Homework is due in class next week on Sunday, November 15.
  • Make sure your student brings both workbooks (red and purple) to class each week!
  • Have your student fill out the Student Health Questionnaire the morning of class before they come to 120 Warren!


Welcome! – 10.30.2020

Welcome, 7th graders and parents!

We have a great class planned, and can’t wait to meet everyone next weekend! 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 will go by very quickly! Before you know it, you’ll be getting ready to take the actual SHSAT around this time next year. 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

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When is class? When are tests?

Check the calendar above. Your first class is on November 8 at 9 AM, and all classes will be on Sunday mornings.

Students in Sunday classes will take their tests on select Saturdays starting in Spring 2021.

What do I need to bring? 

Each week, please bring to class:

    • pencils and erasers
    • your coursebook (red book that will be distributed on the first day of class)
    • your homework book (purple book that will be distributed on the first day of class)
    • any self-administered medications (inhalers, etc.)
    • a face mask that covers the nose and mouth

Students will need to fill out our Student Health Questionnaire each time they come to class. Please feel free to have your student submit the form on the day of class before coming to 120 Warren Street. The form can be accessed using the following link: www.thetutorverse.com/health.

Where do I go? What if I’m late?

At the 120 Warren location, check in with reception, and wait in the Great Hall to the left of the front desk. We’ll meet you in the great hall to conduct our health screening. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

If you’re late, check in with the front desk and they will call up to the classroom. You can always call 646-582-6934 x2 if there’s any confusion.

What are the expectations and protocols around COVID-19 for in-person classes?

While indoors, students must:

    • wear an acceptable mask or face covering that covers both the nose and mouth,
    • follow site-specific directives regarding the consumption of food or beverage,
    • wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the classroom,
    • maintain 6 feet distance from others and sit in assigned seats.

Staff members will :

    • leave doors and/or windows open to improve airflow,
    • sanitize high-touch classroom surfaces before and after each session,
    • ensure wipes and hand sanitizer are available upon request.

Our COVID-19 In-Person Learning Requirements (Policies and Waivers) are linked here for your reference.

What happens at the end of class or a practice test?

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

What if I need to miss a class or practice test?

Let us know a week before you need to miss class, and we can help you make up the work. We’ll do our best to help you reschedule to one of the other classes, or will provide you with access to an online class video recording to ensure your student gets the notes and is able to make up the missed classwork. Please fill out a support ticket at the bottom of this page to request access!

If you will be absent on a practice test day, we can give you a test to take home and do on your own. Beyond this, we handle each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Is there homework?

Of course! Showing up for class is important, but just coming to class won’t help. Taking a test – especially one like the SHSAT – is an important skill, and like any skill, it can be improved through practice. Homework is a time to practice what we learn in class. The amount of homework increases as we progress through the course. We’ll start off easy, and finish strong. Remember: it’s not just about getting the homework done; it’s about doing it right and practicing what we learn in class.

Parents: we need your help to make sure that students are doing their homework! In the spring, we will be utilizing a platform called GradeCam, which will allow you to monitor your child’s progress even more closely.

Homework assignments can be found in the Table of Contents of the purple homework book.

What if I misplace my course materials?

If your child misplaces his or her coursebook or homework book (red or purple book), you will need to purchase a new copy from us. The cost of each replacement book is $100.

What happens if a student’s conduct has a negative effect on the learning environment?

A safe, conducive learning environment is paramount. Please review our class policies to learn more.

What if the SHSAT is postponed or rescheduled?

Here at The Tutorverse, we do our best to stay updated on the latest discussions and developments surrounding the SHSAT.

If the test is postponed or rescheduled, we will adjust our course calendar so that students are able to continue their course of study and work on the material up until their official exam date. In previous years, we have added a complimentary bonus class and launched bridge programming.

What if I still need help?

No problem! Fill out the support ticket below – we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!