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SHSAT ’21 – Online Sunday AM

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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

We started with reviewing Unit 2 math and going 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.

After the break, we worked on 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 continued ELA practice by 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 some discussion I 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!
  • 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.


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!
  • 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.


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 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

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!
  • 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! – 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 9:30 AM on Zoom, 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 have the following materials ready:

    • pencils and erasers
    • your coursebook (red book that will be sent in the mail prior to the first day of class)
    • your homework book (purple book that will be sent in the mail prior to the first day of class)
    • 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 11.05.2020)
    • any self-administered medications (inhalers, etc.)

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 11.05.2020.

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 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 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. Each online class session is recorded and will be made available via a link at the top of this class portal. Students can watch the recording of a missed class to ensure they get the notes and are able to make up the missed classwork.

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!