WEEK 5 – SAT PREP CLASS!

ANOTHER EXCITING WEEK OF SAT PREP!  Thank you all for being such great participants!

This week I’m giving you links to an on-line teacher – Dr. Chris Seberino – Here is a brief bio from his site:  http://philfour.com/

I, Christian Seberino, am a Christian homeschooler with two kids. I have a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego. I’ve been using the topics I teach for over 20 years. I’ve worked in government, industry and academia. I’ve done much teaching in my career and in my church. You can see my resume here. You can access a background check by following the instructions here. You can read my testimony here.

There are links for (It would be wise to review a few of these each week.  I don’t recommend doing them all in one week!) :

1. Intro. Video – 1 video

2.  General SAT Math Techniques -5 Videos

3.  Arithmetic Review for SAT – 5 Videos

4. Geometry Review for SAT – 5 Videos

5. Algebra Review for SAT – 5 Videos

GREAT MATH REVIEW!

REMEMBER TO GO THROUGH WEEK 4’s math videos over the next few weeks.  Again – just choose a few each week to gain understanding.

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OSSG  (any pages you didn’t complete in class) –

Pages 965 – 970   &

Pages 977 – 981

Great practice for the math section!  All questions in the OSSG are from actual SAT tests.   Mark in your journal any missed questions.  I’ll be mailing the answers later in the week.

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I’m looking for some more Acronyms for:

S

A

T

C

L

A

S

S

We only have 1 true submission!  The acroynym must actually relate to the SAT Class.  You’ll receive extra participation points for turning it in and we’ll vote on the best one and winner gets more candy!

WEEK 4 – SAT PREP CLASS!

WEEK 4 – At home SAT Class:

Read CPG – Pages 101 – 151 (I know this is a lot of reading.  Some of it includes the problems that we did in class.  Remember that this class is strictly to benefit you, so you determine what you want to concentrate on.  You may skim some of this, but please stop and pay attention to the areas that are difficult for you.  I don’t believe in reading something and not having time to comprehend.  It’s the comprehension that counts, so getting some of it is better than quickly reading it all and understanding none of it.)

Read over EASY MATH  & ROMAN Acronym – in Workbook page 30.

Multiple Choice Questions on pages 948-950 of OSSG.

Go over missed problems with your answer key (I’ll e-mail)

(optional) Write missed problems in your journal

****TIP FOR MATH! – Go thru the OSSG math sections.  They give you the names of the concepts you will be working on. For the problems you missed – find YOU-TUBE teachers that can explain that particular concept.  This sounds like work, but truly, once you get started, you will likely understand math better than ever before.

MATH LINKS & Acronym Link:

I’m loading you up with math links to learn the terms, etc.  Please work on these through-out this semester.  You don’t have to do them all this week – just do some each week.  THE TERMS ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS TEST:

CPG – ACRONYMS (these are the short ones!  We’ll have a contest in class on these)

Subtraction Word O – Rama – Subtraction Math terms

Multiplication Word O-Rama – Multiplication Math Terms

Math terms match-up (kids game)

Math terms Word -O-Rama

Geometry Terms – Word O – Rama

Match it – Geometry Terms

Data and Statistics Math-it

Data and Statistics – Word O-Rama

Match-It Algebraic Terms

Word O Rama – Algebraic Terms

Word O Rama – Measurement

Measurement Match-It

Word O Rama Number Sense

Number Sense Match-It

WEEK 3 – SAT PREP CLASS!

WEEK 3 – AT HOME:

– REMINDER – To sign up for the SAT test that will take place October 6, you must be registered, on-line, by this Friday – Sept. 7th.

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PSAT – I’m sure you’ve all seen the e-mail to sign up for the PSAT at SMA.

You can also contact your local districted public High School and take it there.  If you’re interested in doing that – let me know and I may be able to give you contact info.

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CHESS! – Chess is one of the best ways to make new neuro-pathways to logic.  We will have chess boards available at the co-op for you to use during study hall, break or if you come early, etc.  Please treat the boards and pieces with respect.  If you want to learn – we have many students in class that were in the chess club.  Ask Mrs. M. for some names.  See the link to how Chess improves testing scores!  Here’s a snippet:

Studying chess systematically has also been shown to raise students’ IQ scores, academic exam scores (Dullea 1982; Palm 1990; Ferguson 2000, p. 3), as well as strengthen mathematical, language, and reading skills (Margulies 1991; Liptrap 1998; Ferguson 2000, pp. 3-4).  Tournament chess games, which involve clocks to limit the total time each player can use, are also a fun way to provide practice at making fast and accurate decisions under pressure, a skill that can help students cope with the similar pressures of school exams.  This is also a fun way to practise how to put the mind into high gear, where intense concentration increases alertness, efficiency of thought processes, and ultimately mental performance.

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HOMEWORK: 

-Read CPG Textbook – pages 80 – 82

-Continue with practices with links for prefixes and suffixes

-Review Acronyms on page 15 of your CPG workbook

-Read over DUAL acronym on page 19 of CPG workbook

– Long passage problems from  983 – 85 – OSSG (if you did not complete them in class)

-Write missed problems in journal section of your notebook – Refer to page 247- 259 of your CPG textbook.

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LINKS:

– Chess Mind Development Article


 SAT Prefixes and Suffixes Quizlet – Drill games

 

FUNBRAIN – Root words – (look at questions in small lettering in the left-hand corner

 

Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes SAT Cheat Sheet

 

The following 6 links have Great Vocab. cards with picture descriptions and games: 

 

– One Person Can Change the World

 

– Get Rid of It

 

– What’s up Teach?

 

– I’ll be the Judge of that!

 

– When the going gets tough

 

– Are you talking to me?

 

WORD Dynamo – Lots of games and drills on this site: 

 

– The Ugliest SAT Words

 

-Word Dynamo Site for SAT Prep

WEEK 2 – SAT PREP CLASS!

What a fabulous group of students!  I’m really enjoying this group.  Hope you all were able to glean some good tips from today’s lesson.  The “break” definitely helped to keep the brain cells moving!  Thank you to the parents who donated the candy today.  I believe we collected 3 bags.  We’ll gladly accept more! 

NOTE!!!

There are only 10 days left to sign up for the October 6th SAT test.  See link to register on web-site & dates below. 

Special note – this year, the College Board is requiring a photo on the printed ticket.  After ordering your test – they will ask you to download a picture of yourself – must be bright & from the shoulders up.  Make sure to print out your ticket at the end of the process.

There are 5 locations to choose from: 

Sarasota High

Booker High

Riverview High

Sarasota Military Academy

Out of Door Academy

 We have taken the test at Out of Door Academy and been pleased with how they handled the test.  I’ve heard Riverview is also a good place. 

Page 58 of the CPG textbook gives advice of how much & what to study each year – Look under “Plan for Test Success”

Pages 52 – 58 Gives good information about the actual testing locations, etc. 

 

 

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WOW – and you thought you had it rough – having to take the SAT!  Check out this article!  This is for real!!!!  

From New York Times – Upfront:

 Taking the SAT or ACT is a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. But in South Korea, things practically come to a halt for that nation’s nine-hour college entrance test, given each November in Seoul, the capital, and other cities. Jets are forbidden from flying during parts of the test, and workers are told to go in an hour later on exam day to free up roads for test takers–and the crowds that come to cheer them on. There’s good reason for the anxiety: Test scores determine the type of universities students get into and, to a much greater extent than in the U.S., the lives they’ll lead as adults. “If a student hits a home run … he is set for life,” South Korean professor Jasper Kim told The Los Angeles Times. But in South Korea’s highly regimented society, those who end up at second-rate schools can look forward to fewer job opportunities and dimmed prospects for marriage.

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LESSON 2 HOMEWORK:

-Review all links!

-SUGGESTED HOMEWORK FROM COLLEGE PREP GENIUS (Note:  in parentheses from Mrs. M.):

1.  Start memorizing the prefixes, rood words, and suffixes, in Appendix A of the College Prep Genius big book – pages 262-274  (you may substitute with Quizlet or Word Dynamo drill)

2.  Read College Prep Genius Textbook Pages 65 -80 (Everyone needs to do this)

3.  Memorize the acronyms (Please read over the acronyms.  I would like everyone to memorize the actual Acronyms that have one or two words following each letter –  We’ll have a completion with those –  I’ve shortened some:

Pg. 10 of your workbook:

U-nquestionably

S-ubstitute

E-ach answer

 

C – ompletely irrelevant

O – bscure

A – dditional

T – otally contradictory

 

Avoid Answers that are:

S-trong

O-pinionated

N-egative (about a person or group of people)

4.  If you took the OSSG home – suggested practice areas:  Pg. 962 – 64   &   Pg. 978-74   &   975-76

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LINKS TO CHECK OUT FOR DRILL & INFO.!!

1.  Rock the SAT – Vocabulary Quizlet

2.  College Board – Top 100 SAT/ACT Vocab. Words Quizlet

3. – Quizlet – SAT – There are literally 5000 Quizlets for SAT prep.  Link to main page 1 of 100

4.  Word Dynamo SAT main page – If you want to try something different from Quizlet – Try Word Dynamo – there are several choices  of fun drills for the SAT on this site.

(Check out “The Ugliest SAT Words” – these lists are set up in groups of 25 – very do-able and fun)

5.  Sign up for the “College Prep Genius” Newsletter.

6. – News Shows with Jean Burk.

7.  Register for the SAT – You get to choose your location

Test dates for the SAT this school year (mark your calendars) :

SAT Date

SAT Subject
Tests Available
(Find Dates)

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline 

Deadline for Changes 

Status

Mail

Phone/
Online

Oct
6  

Sep
7
Send Reminder

Sep
21

Sep
21

Sep
21

Register Now

10 days left

Nov
3  

Oct
4
Send Reminder

Oct
19

Oct
19

Oct
19

Register Now

37 days left

Dec
1  

Nov
1
Send Reminder

Nov
16

Nov
16

Nov
16

Register Now

65 days left

Jan
26  

Dec
28
Send Reminder

Jan
11

Jan
11

Jan
11

Register Now

122 days left

Mar
9  

Feb
8
Send Reminder

Feb
22

Feb
22

Feb
22

Register Now

164 days left

May
4  

Apr
5
Send Reminder

Apr
19

Apr
19

Apr
19

Register Now

220 days left

Jun
1  

May
2
Send Reminder

May
17

May
17

May
17

Register Now

247 days left

Additional fees apply if you register late or make changes to your test type, center or date after registering.

Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.

When’s the Best Time to Take the SAT?

The SAT and other College Board tests are offered several times a year. Most students take the SAT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year.

1st Week – SAT Prep Class

What a great group!  I’m really excited to have such a fun class.  We will definitely take a break midway next time!  Definite change in brain blood-flow the 2nd half!  : )

Such a great group of students!  A special thanks to Mr.  David C. for assisting!

 

HOMEWORK:

Sign up for College Board account!  (see link on side)

Steps:

-Go to “Join – It’s Free!”  on the left side of screen – Click “Sign up”

-Fill out “General Student Info.”

-“Username and Password” (write this in your CPG book or someplace that you can refer to)

-AFTER YOU’VE COMPLETED THAT PORTION IT WILL READ – “Subscriptions (click the drop down arrow)”

-Sign up for “The Official SAT Question of the Day”.

If you’d like to have a separate e-mail sent to parents to keep updated – go to “Parent Info.” and fill out.

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Initials to remember:

CPG – College Prep Genius

OSSG – Offical SAT Study Guide

IEW – Institute for Excellence in Writing – Essay Intensive SAT prep workbook

Mr. D. – Separate math portion for the last three weeks

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ACT Question of the day:

Go to the link provided (to left side of page under “LINKS”)

The ACT does not send you an e-mail.  There are three ways you can get their daily question:

1.  Go to the site daily

2.  Make an Icon on desktop to go to daily

3.  You can follow them on FACEBOOK  and have the daily question pop-up on Facebook.

*** Make sure to check out any other links that are posted.

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For the next 12 weeks – you’ll need to bring these items each week:

-CPG – Student workbook and textbook

-CPG – Spiral notebook for notes

-pens, erasable markers and something to erase with (certain weeks – a calculator)

More Instructions before class begins:

I’m looking forward to meeting with all of you on Thursday evening!  I will have your books along for you to pick up that evening.
I am printing out copies of Mr. D’s SAT Prep course.  You will be receiving an e-mail from Mr. D. with a password to download these papers along with the DVD.  You can use these later for review, but you will not need to print, as you’ll already have them for the class.
I was asked a very good question – “If we need white board markers, do we need a board?”  – The answer is “no”.  I’ll be providing the boards.
Jean Burke of College Prep Genius advises each student to take an SAT or practice SAT before beginning the course, in order to have a gauge of progress.  If your student has previously taken an SAT (PSAT doesn’t count), they do not need to do this (please have them write their scores in the back of their spiral notebooks).
If they have not taken the SAT  – there is a free SAT practice test on the College Board site:  http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test  (I’m very sorry to disrupt the end of summer, but this would be helpful to do before class begins).   It is not mandatory, but should be done within the first couple of weeks and will be easier before classes start.
You can take it either as a printed test or on-line.  This does not count, only practice.  Try to simulate the setting as much as possible, by having a cleared table and taking the test straight through.  Here are some guidelines:
Set aside 3 hours and 20 minutes of uninterrupted time
That way you can complete the entire test in one sitting. Note: The total testing time is 
3 hours and 45 minutes, but you save 25 minutes because the unscored section* from this 
practice test was omitted.
 
• Sit at a desk or table cleared of any other papers or books
You won’t be able to take a dictionary, books, notes, or scratch paper into the test room.
 
• Allow yourself the specified amount of time for each section 
Pace yourself by using a watch (without an audible alarm), which is what you are allowed
to use on test day.
 
• Have a calculator at hand when you take the math sections 
This will help you determine how much to use a calculator the day of the test. Use a 
calculator with which you are familiar—preferably the same calculator you will use on test 
day.
 
• Read the test instructions carefully 
They are reprinted from the back cover of the test book. On test day, you will be asked to 
read them before you begin answering questions. 
 
• Make sure you use a No. 2 pencil  (have 2 pencils at hand with a sharpener)

WELCOME EXCITING NEW SAT PREP CLASS!

Welcome to our LAF SAT PREP CLASS Site!  This will be the place to come each week to see the weekly posted links and assignments, as well as great general information about the SAT.   

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Quick reminder about the supplies that will be needed for the class:

2 – #2 Pencils and erasers

-2 – 1″ binders (one for the Mr. D. math copies and one to keep papers from College Prep Genius).

-You will also need 2 white board markers – preferably the skinny markers and something to wipe the board.  A black sock works great.

-1 inexpensive spiral notebook to take notes and a pen.

-A Scientific or Graphing Calculator

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LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR SMILING FACES ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 21st!