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INTRO TO MENTAL MATH

  • Maximum Number of Students : 25
  • One time cost : $1
  • Weekly Schedule: Mondays 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (all times EST)
  • Registration Deadline: 07/19/2020
  • Start Date: 07/20/2020
  • Course Duration: 07/20/2020 ⟶ 08/14/2020
  • System requirements: PC with Windows 10 or macOS. Mobile & tablet devices are currently not supported.
  • Browser requirements: Please use only Chrome or Firefox to attend the session.

Course Description

Does your mind stumble at the thought of tackling simple arithmetic - without a calculator? This 8-session course will teach you all the tips and tricks of mental math from subtraction, addition, multiplication and division. We will use a variety of games and math theories to teach you how to be a whip smart math whiz. This course meets twice a week for one hour each session for a total of four weeks. Suited for students between 4th to 8th grade levels.

Course Schedule:

Week 1:

Day 1 (Monday @ 5PM EST): Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Timed Assessment
Day 2 (Friday @ 5PM EST): Addition
  • Left-right method
  • Breaking down and chunking
  • Using friendly numbers
  • Playing the Game “101 and Out”

Week 2:

Day 3 (Monday @ 5PM EST): Subtraction
  • Using addition to subtract
  • Using the converse to subtract numbers closer to 10 or 100
Day 4 (Friday @ 5PM EST): Multiplication
  • Adding zeros
  • Breaking down number
  • Rounding up to 10s and 100s

Week 3:

Day 5 (Monday @ 5PM EST): Multiplication
  • Squared numbers
  • Triple digit methods
Day 6 (Friday @ 5PM EST): Division
  • Rounding up to 10s, dividing by 10s
  • Canceling zeros
  • Using multiplication to divide

Week 4:

Day 7 (Monday @ 5PM EST): Division
  • Mental Long division
  • Square roots
Day 8 (Friday @ 5PM EST): Review
  • General review of all methods
  • Timed assessment (Post-test)

MASTERING THE SAT MATH

  • Maximum Number of Students : 13
  • This class is almost full, please enroll while you can.
  • One time cost : $799.00
  • Weekly Schedule: Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m. (all times EST)
  • Registration Deadline: 07/11/2020
  • Start Date: 07/07/2020
  • Course Duration: 07/07/2020 ⟶ 08/28/2020
  • System requirements: PC with Windows 10 or macOS. Mobile & tablet devices are currently not supported.
  • Browser requirements: Please use only Chrome or Firefox to attend the session.

Course Description

This course is divided into sixteen sessions with biweekly classes over eight weeks. The curriculum has been designed to prepare students for the skills and concepts on the SAT Math section. In addition to reviewing the mathematical skills assessed on the SAT test (number and operations, algebra and function, geometry and measurement, data analysis, statistics, and probability), students will also learn test-taking strategies specific to the exam. Materials include samples with explanations, grading rubrics for peer and self-assessment, practice tests with complete multiple-choice and student-response assessments, and study resources. Upon successful completion, students will possess the tools necessary to complete the Math SAT to the best of their ability.

Day 1 (July 7): Introduction to Summer SAT Class

We will go over the format and scoring of the SAT math section and answer general questions about approaching the diagnostic test. After general Q&A, we will begin looking at concepts in basic arithmetic.

  • Review of syllabus
  • Introduction to class

SAT Math Overview

  • Overview of SAT format and scoring
  • Breakdown of math topics covered

Arithmetic and Basic Math

  • Properties of numbers
  • Factors, multiples
  • Fractions
  • Order of operations

DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Day 2 (July 11): Basic Math

We continue our exploration of math properties, covering how to simplify and perform operations on exponents, radicals, and other mathematical operations required on the SAT.

  • Ratios, rates, percentages, proportions
  • Exponents and radicals
  • Simplifying exponential and radical expressions
  • Scientific notation
  • Systems of Linear Equations

Day 3 (July 14): Heart of Algebra I

We will go over the diagnostic test and answer any questions. We will also start our review of necessary Algebra I and II skills. Day 3 focuses on first degree algebraic expressions and linear equations.

  • Heart of Algebra I
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
    • Slope, y-intercept
    • Applications of linear equations
    • Parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Systems of Linear Equations

Day 4 (July 18): Heart of Algebra II

We continue with our second day of review of Algebra. Day 4 focuses on functions and their properties.

  1. Functions
  2. Composite functions
  3. Domain and range
  4. Inverse functions

Day 5 (July 21): Heart of Algebra II

We will look at working with inequalities and absolute value functions and their graphs. We will also look at applications of absolute value inequalities and systems of inequalities.

  1. Inequalities in 2D and 3D
  2. Absolute Value
  3. Tolerances
    1. Ranges of values
    2. Compound and absolute value inequalities
  4. Graphs of absolute value and inequalities
  5. Systems of inequalities

Day 6 (July 25): Advanced Math I

We begin looking at Advanced Math topics by exploring polynomials and operations of polynomials. We will focus on factoring, finding the roots of polynomials, and graphs of polynomials.

  1. Polynomials
  2. Operations with polynomials
  3. Roots of polynomials
    1. Fundamental theorem of Algebra
  4. Factoring polynomials
    1. Rational Root Theorem
  5. Graphs of a polynomial

Day 7 (July 28): Quadratics

We will look closely at quadratics and the different forms in which quadratics can present. We will also look at different ways of solving quadratic equations and systems of quadratic and linear equations. A midterm exam will be assigned to assess progress.

  1. Graphs of quadratics
  2. Solving quadratics
    1. Completing the square
    2. Quadratic formula
    3. Graphing
    4. Square root
  3. Systems of quadratic and linear equations

MIDTERM

Day 8 (August 1): Advanced Math II

We will continue to look at Advanced Math topics by looking at parent functions and transformations of functions. We will also look at solving advanced equations, including exponential and rational equations.

  1. Parent functions
  2. Transformations
  3. Exponential equations
    1. Exponential growth/decay
    2. Compound interest
  4. Rational equations
    1. Extraneous solutions

Day 9 (August 4): Statistics, graphs, and data interpretation/analysis

This lesson focuses on statistics/data analysis and interpreting and understanding graphs on the SAT. Questions on the midterm exam will be reviewed.

  1. Graphical displays of continuous and discrete data
  2. Data collection (sampling)
  3. Measures of center and spread
  4. Scatter plots and regression lines

Day 10 (August 8): Probability

This lesson focuses on topics in probability, permutations, and combinations.

  1. Combinations and permutations
  2. Conditional probability
  3. Mutually exclusive and independent events
  4. Set notation

Day 11 (August 11): Complex/Imaginary Numbers

We will look at working with complex numbers and revisit imaginary roots of polynomials. We will also go over graphing calculator tips and tricks to prepare students to use their calculators effectively on test day.

  1. Conjugate roots
  2. Radicals with complex numbers
  3. Operations with imaginary numbers

Day 12 (August 15): Using Your Graphing Calculator

We will begin our final unit on Geometry by looking at lines and angles and area, perimeter, and volume.

  1. Plotting graphs and selecting window
  2. Finding intersections and zeroes
  3. Storing values
  4. Finding regression lines and inputting scatter plot data

Day 13 (August 18): Introduction to Geometry

We continue our Geometry exploration by looking at triangles and the triangle equations and properties students will need to be familiar with for the SAT.

  1. Closer look at formula sheet
  2. Area, perimeter, volume
  3. Lines, segments, rays
  4. Angle theorems

Day 14 (August 22): Triangles

We will look at polygons and their properties.

  1. Right triangles
    1. Pythagorean theorem
  2. Special triangles
  3. Similar and congruent triangles

Day 15 (August 25): Polygons

On our final lecture day, we will look at circles and arcs, sectors, and chords.

  1. Parallelograms
  2. Rectangles, squares, trapezoids
  3. Regular polygons

FINAL

Day 16 (August 28): Final Review

We will go over any questions on the final exam. Prior to this class, requested topics will be polled and we will spend the day focusing on reviewing these topics.

  1. Review of requested topics
    *NOTE CHANGE IN REGULAR SCHEDULE,
    class will be Friday 6-7:30pm

 

MASTERING THE SAT READING AND WRITING

  • Maximum Number of Students : 17
  • This class is almost full, please enroll while you can.
  • One time cost : $799.00
  • Weekly Schedule: Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (all times EST)
  • Registration Deadline: 07/12/2020
  • Start Date: 07/09/2020
  • Course Duration: 07/09/2020 ⟶ 08/28/2020
  • System requirements: PC with Windows 10 or macOS. Mobile & tablet devices are currently not supported.
  • Browser requirements: Please use only Chrome or Firefox to attend the session.

Course Description

This course will prepare students for the SAT Reading Comprehension and Writing & Language multiple-choice sections, as well as the SAT Essay. In this 16-session (a total of 24 hours) class, we will review how the verbal sections are structured and scored and familiarize you with the types of passages and questions you’ll see. More importantly, we will present you with specific strategies to help you get the correct answer quickly so you can raise your SAT Verbal score.
 

Course Schedule:

Session 1: Thursday July 9 @ 5pm-6:30

Familiarize yourself with the SAT Verbal Sections, including the test structure, what topics you need to know, and how the test is scored. A Verbal Diagnostic will be given for homework to measure your current level of preparedness. Drill and practice.

Session 2: Saturday July 11 @ 1pm-2:30

Review the diagnostic exam. Drill and practice.

Session 3: Thursday July 16 @ 5pm-6:30

Learn about the different types of passages, questions, and answers for the Reading Comprehension section. Drill and practice.

Session 4: Saturday July 18 @ 1pm-2:30

Learn highly efficient reading strategies, like the Chunking Method, to help answer questions correctly and quickly. Learn about how to mark up a passage for Reading Comprehension. Drill and practice.

Session 5: Thursday July 23 @ 5pm-6:30

Review the skills and strategies we’ve learned for the Reading Comprehension section, and show how to mark up and chunk different types of reading passages, and how to use strategies such as summarizing, underlining, and notating to increase comprehension of a passage. Drill and practice.

Session 6: Saturday July 25 @ 1pm-2:30

Learn how to expand vocabulary through word roots, especially from those words derived from Latin or Greek, and give advice about how to determine a vocabulary word’s meaning through context clues. Drill and practice.

Session 7: Thursday July 30 @ 5pm-6:30

Review the facts you need to know for the Writing and Language section, including an in-depth look at the rules of Grammar and Punctuation. Drill and practice.

Session 8: Saturday August 1 @ 1pm-2:30

Continue to learn the rules of Grammar and Punctuation, as well as strategies for answering questions about passage organization. Review the rules behind crafting sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Learn how to apply these rules to questions about passage organization and grammar. Drill and practice.

Session 9: Thursday August 6 @ 5pm-6:30

Review the approach to scientific passages, including how to synthesize scientific findings and apply quantitative analysis to understand charts, graphs, maps, and other infographics. Drill and practice.

Session 10: Saturday August 8 @ 1pm-2:30

Review the approach to narrative passages, including how to identify literary devices and chunk fiction effectively.

Review the approach to humanities passages, including how to detect the author’s point of view and main claims of the arguments presented, especially for paired passages. Drill and practice.

Session 11: Thursday August 13 @ 5pm-6:30

Complete at least 1 high-difficulty SAT Reading Passage as a group, applying all the strategies you’ve learned into timed practice.

Session 12: Saturday August 15 @ 1pm-2:30

Complete SAT Writing & Language Passages as a group, putting all the strategies and rules of grammar and punctuation you have learned into timed practice. Drill and practice.

Session 13: Thursday August 20 @ 5pm-6:30

Complete one reading and two writing passages individually. Review answers as a group and assign passages or sample questions to target areas of improvement. Drill and practice.

Session 14: Saturday August 22 @ 1pm-2:30

Understand the demands of the SAT Essay and how it is scored, review samples of previously scored SAT Essays, and learn strategies for writing a stronger response. Complete an essay for homework.

Session 15: Thursday August 27 @ 5pm-6:30

Review and edit samples of student-written essays. A final SAT Verbal Diagnostic will be administered to measure your progress.

Session 16: Friday August 28 @ 4pm-5:30

(Since Saturday August 29 is an SAT Test Day, we will meet on Friday this week.) Review the answers from the Final Diagnostic and answer any questions. Review strategies for overcoming test anxiety, how to stay calm and succeed on test day.

INTRO TO THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

  • CLASS IS FULL
  • One time cost : $249.00
  • Weekly Schedule: Saturday 10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m (all times EST)
  • Registration Deadline: 06/27/2020
  • Start Date: 06/27/2020
  • Course Duration: 06/27/2020 ⟶ 08/15/2020
  • System requirements: PC with Windows 10 or macOS. Mobile & tablet devices are currently not supported.
  • Browser requirements: Please use only Chrome or Firefox to attend the session.

Course Description

An official language in 29 countries, French is an invaluable skill in today’s increasingly interconnected world. This crash course will prime you to learn French by introducing key linguistic concepts, teaching practical phrases and vocabulary, informing about customs in French-speaking regions based on study abroad experiences in Europe, and equipping students with skills to continue learning French outside of the classroom. This course is recommended for high school level and above with no prior experience in French.
 
Qualification:
 
Teddy Wansink

I have been studying French for a decade. After graduating high school with perfect scores in AP, IP HL, and SAT Subject tests in French, I have since earned a degree in French & Francophone Studies from the College of William & Mary with highest honors, lived in France and Belgium, and served as a French tutor and teaching assistant.

Rebecca Shkeyrov

I have studied French in the classroom for ten years, and graduated from William & Mary with a minor in French. I have had the privilege of honing my language skills while living with two host families: one in Lyon and the other in Paris. In the Spring 2019 semester, I studied French at Sorbonne University in Paris and received a B2 certification.

Course Schedule:

Day 1 (June 27): Course Introduction & Basic Conversation

Goal: Understand why and how to study French and use French vocabulary to initiate conversation, introduce oneself, and say goodbye.

  • Introduce the course objectives and instructors
  • Lecture on the case for studying French
  • Teach vocabulary related to greetings
  • Practice with students using a model conversation and fill-in-the-blank activities

Day 2 (July 5th): Parler de la pluie et du beau temps – Small Talk & Numbers in French

Goal: Use the French number system (0-39) to discuss topics like age and the calendar.

  • Teach the numerical system from 0-10
  • Complete exercises with students related to reciting American phone numbers
  • Teach the numerical system from 11-39
  • Practice discussing age and calendar dates

Day 3 (July 11): Être - Describing Yourself and Your Life

Goal: Conjugate the verb être (to be) in present tense and use adjectives to describe oneself, one’s family, and one’s home.

  • Teach the verb être (to be) and its conjugations in present tense
  • Demonstrate être by describing the nationalities of myself and recognizable figures
  • Practice adjective agreement by having students describe themselves and their family from a bank of adjectives

Day 4 (July 18): Chanel, Saint-Laurent, et beaucoup plus – Body, Clothing, and Avoir

Goal: Conjugate the verb avoir (to have) in present tense and use it to describe one’s body and clothing.

  • Teach the verb avoir (to have) and its conjugations in present tense
  • Teach the students other expressions using the verb avoir and practice with interactive fill-in-the-blank exercises
  • Introduce the parts of the body and articles of clothing using a photo slideshow
  • Practice these vocabulary words by having students describe images in the chat box

Day 5 (July 25): Au café – Food Vocabulary & -er Verbs

Goal: Conjugate -er verbs and use them in a restaurant setting to order food and describe food preferences.

  • Teach the endings of -er verbs in present tense and show examples
  • Practice conjugating food-related -er verbs.
  • Explain food vocabulary.
  • Complete interactive exercises to describe what people eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Teach other important food-related expressions that do not employ -er verbs.
  • Deconstruct a sample conversation between a customer and a waiter.

Day 6 (August 1): A Day Abroad - Activities & Faire

Goal: Explain a day in the life of a student abroad in French-speaking Europe using the verb faire (to do/to make).

  • Teach the verb faire (to do, make) and its conjugations in present tense
  • Teach faire expressions related to daily activities and practice conjugation
  • Explore a day in the life of a study abroad student in Paris through a guided PowerPoint, including interactive fill-in-the-blank sections practicing conjugating faire, avoir, être, and -er verbs.

Day 7 (August 8): Bon Voyage - Travel Vocabulary & Aller (to go)

Goal: Use the verb aller (to go) with travel vocabulary to explore Parisian landmarks.

  • Teach the verb aller (to do, make) and its conjugations in present tense
  • Demonstrate the verb aller with everyday locations
  • Complete interactive practice using the verb aller to describe locations in Paris
  • Teach the futur proche.

Day 8 (August 15): Culture avec un grand C – Art in the French-Speaking World & How to Continue with French

Goal: Explore French art, music, and movies and understand how to continue effective French language study.

  • Learn vocabulary related to arts and culture while showing notable examples of French language film, art, and music.
  • Provide students with educational resources and tips for learning French moving forward.