**May 5: SAT**

5/2

5/2

In class:

- Review homework
- Introduction to the Essay
- Review of Fundamental Strategies

TBD

**4/25**

In class:

- Review homework
- Measures of Central Tendency
- Writing and Language Passage

Homework:

- Complete Problem Solving and Data Analysis chapter. Do each question on your own before reading its answer explanation. You will not know how to do some of them; read those explanations too. Bring your work to class next week.

Finish Measures of Central Tendency worksheet (handout, or see above) - Finish PT1 Writing and Language and Math—Calculator sections, untimed. Read explanations and enter your answers into Ivy Global (sign in first!)

**4/18**

In class:

- Intro to SAT
- Reading Passage
- Khan Academy, College Board, and Ivy Global Live Scoring

Homework:

- Finish PT1 Reading and Math—No Calculator sections, untimed. Read explanations and enter your answers into Ivy Global (sign in first!)
- Complete Heart of Algebra chapter. Do each question on your own before reading its answer explanation. Bring your work to class next week.

**3/28**

In class:

- Homework Review
- Algebra Worksheet 3

Homework:

- Practice Test 3 from your ACT book:
- Time each section precisely.
- After each section, check your answers, score the section (Chapter 11 of the ACT book), and read the explanations.
- Circle any questions you still want to go over with me.
- After you write the essay, type it into Google Drive and share it with me (matt@baytutoring.com)

- Lots more great ideas:
- Catch up on incomplete homework.
- Check out the brand-new ACT Academy. If you want some help structuring your study, this is a great resource.
- Review topics we've discussed. This means
*find practice questions, do them, and check your answers*. Use links from the pages of my test prep binder, email me if you need help finding appropriate practice questions. - Do additional work from the practice tests at the bottom of my Resources page.
- Read and work along with a couple of how-to-do-ACT-Science articles, here and/or here.

**3/21**

In class:

- Homework check/review
- Smart Math Strategies practice
- Commas and apostrophes
- If time allows, a Science passage

Homework:

- Finish catching up before break!
- Smart Math Strategies: complete this worksheet, showing your work. (Answers: first page ACCD, second page DECA).
- Commas: Review rules, then do both quizzes at the bottom of the page.

- Apostrophes: Review rules, then do both quizzes at the bottom of the page.

**3/14**

As you know, on Wednesday we weren’t able to move forward with new material because many of you are so far behind on the homework assignments.

Pleas use this weekend to catch up on your ACT homework, or at least make very strong progress towards being caught up. All of the homework assignments are posted on baytutoring.com/piro. (If you are fully caught up on your ACT homework and I haven’t emailed you already, please reply now to this email.)

Next Wednesday, I will be checking everyone’s homework, and I will update Mr. Callery, Ms. Hernandez, and your parents on what I see. For that reason, please bring everything with you next Wednesday: your book, all of the work you’ve done on paper, screen shots of online exercises…the more, the better.

I hope you will all demonstrate your commitment not just to this class, but much more importantly, to your own education and your future opportunities!

**3/7**

In class:

- Practice test review
- Essay review
- Geometry
- English: Moving/inserting sentences and repetition

Homework:

- Revise essay and share with me.
- Practice your practice topics!
- Read about Hermann Ebbinghaus (complete the quiz questions, too!)
- Geometry practice questions
- Arranging sentences practice here and here; transitions practice here.
- Eliminating repetition/wordiness: learn here, practice here.

**Friday, 3/2: Practice Test**

Be at school no later than 8:00 AM!

Be at school no later than 8:00 AM!

Homework:

- Type your essay on Google Drive and share it with me (matt@baytutoring.com, by Sunday)
- Read explanations for practice test. Write down any questions you still want to go over in class. As you're reading, make a list of the 3 most important Math and English topics you need to study. Email that list to me by 3/7!
- English and Math Written Explanations
- English Video Explanations
- Math Video Explanations (1-30 only): 1-10, 11-20, 21-30
- Reading Video Explanations
- Science Video Explanations

**2/28**

In class:

- Homework review
- Writing Test
- Making Up Numbers

Homework:

- Making Up Numbers: Do each question while diligently referencing answer explanations.
- Study for your practice test! Catch up on old homework, especially.

**2/21**

In class:

- Homework review
- Reading Test and Passage
- Science Test and Passage

Homework:

- Reading: Finish passages from PT1, untimed. Check your answers and read explanations after
__every__passage. - Science: Finish passages from PT1, untimed. Check your answers and read explanations after
__every__passage. - Math: Algebra Worksheet 2. Answers and instructions on second page.

**2/14**

In class:

- Books, Calculator, March 2 Practice Test
- Homework review
- Math Test
- Linear Equations
- Guess-and-Check
- Practice Makes PERMANENT, not perfect

Homework:

- Finish anything you didn't do last week!
- Linear Equations: read and do this worksheet; answers are on the last page. For more practice, you can do this or this, too!
- Do exercises from the second page of Algebra Worksheet 1 for any topics where you need review.
- Guess-and-Check: Do each question (on paper) while diligently referencing the answer explanations.
- Do the Science chapter from your ACT book.
**Do**each question before you read its explanation! - Math section of Practice Test 1 from the red ACT Book: do at least #1-30, untimed. Check your answer and read explanation after
__every__question — but if you have no idea how to do a question or have never seen the concept before, just skip it and don't worry. (Explanations are in the book, right after the test.) If you can, keep going through #60. - Make a list of questions you want to ask me about next week.

**2/7**

In class:

- How to Study
- Test Basics
- English Test
- Transitions and Punctuation
- Passage 1

Homework:

- Transition Worksheet (answers on page 2)
- Punctuation: learn about semicolons and colons. Then do the quizzes here, here, and here. Check your answers and write down which questions you want to go over with me next week.
- Read about how to do ACT English. Then finish all 5 English passages from Practice Test 1 in the ACT book, untimed. Check your answers and read explanations after
__every__passage — explanations are shortly after the end of the test. Here is an online version of the book if you don't have your paper one yet. English starts on p. 42 by the book numbers, p. 56 of the PDF. Answers and explanations start on p. 114 by the book numbers, p. 128 of the PDF. - Algebra Worksheet 1. Answers and instructions are on the second page.
- Begin memorizing Geometry Relationships on page 22 of the binder. Make flashcards!

**Homework due 10/5**

- Your practice test will be more valuable for every minute you spend preparing for it. Review the assignments from past weeks, and complete assignments you have yet to do.
- Do Practice Test 5 and the Essay, and enter your answers into https://cloud.ivyglobal.com/scoring/bubblesheet.asp.
__If you want a printed version of this test, email or ask Ms. Hernandez and she can print it for you!__- This close to the test, your practice test should be timed precisely. If you want to do some untimed practice too, that should be separate.
- After you do the essay timed/by hand, please type it into Google Drive and share it with me so I can make comments.

- Review your results and read the answer explanations.

**Homework due 9/28**

Three topics this week:

**Essay:**- Review the SAT Essay slideshow and the helpful page at http://blog.prepscholar.com/sat-essay-template-and-format
- Following the process in the slideshow, write the essay for Practice Test 6, timed. When you're done, type it into Google Drive exactly how you wrote it and share it with me at matt@baytutoring.com.
- Before or after this, you can also type an additional untimed essay from one of the other practice topics and share it with me on Google Drive.

**Guess-and-Check and Making Up Numbers.**There are two things you can do here:- Use my practice questions for Guess-and-Check and Making Up Numbers.
- Try the following questions from Practice Test 1. (Check your answers here, but the explanations will use algebra, not these strategies.)
- For Guess-and-Check: Section 3 #'s 1, 9, 11; Section 4 #'s 8, 10, 11, 17, 19, 25
- For Making Up Numbers: Section 3 #'s 8, 13, 14; Section 4 #'s 9, 16, 18, 20

**Practice Test 6:******__If you want a printed version of this test, email or ask Mrs. Hernandez on Friday morning and she can print it for you!__- It's also online here.
- Time each section precisely. You can do the whole thing at once, or one section at a time.
- Enter your answers at https://cloud.ivyglobal.com/scoring/bubblesheet.asp (make sure you select Practice Test 6, and log in first).
- After each section (or after the whole test if you do it all at once), read answer explanations and make notes about how/why you missed questions.

**Homework due 9/21**

1. Complete any unfinished portions of Practice Test 8, following last week's instructions (below), including the essay.

2. Enter all of your answers into https://cloud.ivyglobal.com/scoring/bubblesheet.asp. When you're done with this, click "View Report," look for the shortlink (ivy.gl/xxxx), and send that shortlink to me.

3. Type your essay into Google Drive, share it with me at matt@baytutoring.com, and revise your it based on what we discussed in class.

4. Based on your score report on Ivy Global, select 3-5 topics each for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math where you'd most benefit from additional practice. For each of those topics, practice them

__to mastery__using at least one of the following resources:

- Links from my website and my online SAT binder.
- mathisfun.com, Khan Academy, www.kutasoftware.com/ free worksheets, or another favorite math site.
- For grammar, owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/, www.chompchomp.com/, or another favorite grammar site.
- If you need suggestions for working on a specific topic, click here and send me an email!

**Homework due 9/14**

Your homework this week is:

- Know everything we've done together. I've listed it below.
- Finish Practice Test 8 according to my instructions following the list.

What we've done together so far:

**Math**

- Slope, rate, per, ratio, division, out of, linear, for each, for every, ÷ , and average all mean the same thing.
- Slope, midpoint, and distance formulas
- How to solve proportions
- How to solve systems of linear equations (substitution and elimination)
- Basic triangle properties (of equilaterals, isosceles, and right triangles)
- Solving inequalities (especially when multiplying or dividing by negatives)
- Functions, as a general topic
- FOILing/multiplying expressions
- Quadratic formula
- Factoring quadratics
- Using the discriminant to find the number and type of solutions to a quadratic equation
- Finding the axis of symmetry and vertex of a parabola/quadratic equation
- Finding zeroes/roots/x-intercepts/solutions of a parabola/quadratic equations, and that those all mean the same thing
- The different forms of quadratics — standard, vertex, and factored — and what you can see from each.
- Using your calculator for quadratics: graphing, adjusting the window, finding zeroes, vertex (maximum/minimum), intersections.

**English/Writing and Language**

- Rules for semicolon usage and colon usage
- Using apostrophes correctly: possessives vs. contractions (isn't, don't, etc.)
- Tip for apostrophes: whatever is in front of the apostrophe must be the owner
- Possessive pronouns (no apostrophes), especially its, theirs, and whose

Practice Test Instructions

**PLAN AHEAD so you're not trying to cram a full practice test into one or two school nights!**

Use Practice Test 8 from collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests.

**If you want a printed version of this test, ask Mrs. Hernandez on Friday morning and she can get it printed for you!**

Do each section timed

**precisely**, but you don't need to do the whole thing at once. I'd rather you do one section at a time, then check your answers and read the explanations. You learn the most when you learn immediately after doing something.

Enter your answers at https://cloud.ivyglobal.com/scoring/bubblesheet.asp (make sure you select the right practice test, and log in first). It will score your test automatically and give you some great and useful data about your results.

**Homework due 9/7**

Here are several things you can do this week. The more you do, the more you'll learn!

- From last week: the SAT's Heart of Algebra review chapter.
__DO__the questions on your own__BEFORE__you read the explanations. - Another one of the Algebra Worksheets from baytutoring.com/resources.
- Practice with quadratics and parabolas (will update with links)
- SAT Practice Test: Use Practice Test 8 from collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests. If you enter your answers at https://cloud.ivyglobal.com/scoring/bubblesheet.asp (make sure you select the right practice test), it will score your test automatically and give you some great and useful data about your results.

**Homework due 8/31**

We did Algebra Worksheet 4 in class on Thursday. Click there — on the second page there are links to learn about every topic on that worksheet. Most of you will benefit from visiting ALL of these links! For each one, read and then do all 10 questions at the bottom of those pages. Save your work and make a note of any questions you want to ask me about. You can find additional practice resources here; just look up the topics you need.

Once you've really studied those topics, try Algebra Worksheet 3, which you'll find on baytutoring.com/resources. Answers are on the second page.

If you haven't already, you should also do the SAT's Heart of Algebra review chapter (or, do it again!)

__DO__the questions on your own

__BEFORE__you read the explanations.

Basically, your homework this week is to get really, really good at freshman-year-type basic algebra. It doesn't matter if it takes you 10 questions or 100. Master it!

Finally, remember that you can always do more to prepare. For example, you can always:

- Identify a math or grammar topic and practice it online.
- Do work on Khan Academy's SAT site.
- Do test sections, timed or untimed, from the College Board site, then check your answers and read the explanations.
- Email me for specific suggestions.

**There is no such thing has being "finished" or having nothing to do. There is always more a motivated student can do. Get started!**

Link to baytutoring.com/resources

Link to beginning-of-class survey

Link to beginning-of-class survey

**ACT Homework Due 5/25**

**Remember, you're not cramming — you're building skills!**

- Read about the ACT Essay.
- Read the sample prompt and at least the 5 and 6 sample essays. You can read some of the lower-scoring ones too, of course.
- Complete Algebra Worksheet 4 and follow the directions for checking your answers and practicing concepts you missed.
- Review this presentation on punctuation. Then try this exercise. Check your answers after every question and note which ones you want to ask me about next week.
- Do at least 3 Science passages from the ACT website. Answers and explanations pop up when you click them:

**Spring Break homework due 4/27**

Over break you should first continue to

**study and learn**, and then complete a

**full SAT practice test**.

**Study and Learn:**

- Do introductory chapters from the Official SAT Study Guide. Make sure you
**DO**questions before reading the explanations! My recommendations are... Reading: Information and Ideas; Writing and Language: Expression of Ideas; Writing and Language: Standard English Conventions; Math: Heart of Algebra (especially this one!) and Math: Problem Solving and Data Analysis. - Use Khan Academy (go to "Start Practicing" and then "Practice"), especially the video explanations for questions.
- Do portions of practice tests, timed or untimed, from the College Board site.
- Use my SAT binder for topic-by-topic instruction and lots of specific practice links.
- Use any other resources you'd like from baytutoring.com/resources.

**Practice Test:**

Do

**Practice Test 4**from the College Board site as follows:

- Print out and use the bubble answer sheet.
- Time each section exactly. It's up to you whether you do the test all at once. If so, here's the break schedule.
- To be realistic, do these sections silently, timed precisely, and in the morning.
- When you're done,
**log in first**to Ivy Global SAT Scoring, choose SAT Practice Test 4, and enter all of your answers. Then review your results! - After you've done your timed, handwritten essay, type it into Google Drive and share it with me at matt@baytutoring.com.

**Week 7 homework due 4/6**

**The real assignment is for you to practice and master specific topics that came up on your practice test, whether that means rules and formulas or strategies, timing, and comfort.**__If you did not take the practice test, then you should take one.__You can find several on baytutoring.com/resources under "ACT Resources".- You can also find online practice questions with explanations, if you haven't already done them, on the ACT website.
- A few topic-by-topic suggestions are:
- General: review what I've taught you. Make sure you actually know and apply what we've done in our classes. It's not just talk!
- English: more passages; specific topics from the list of links here.
- Math: algebra warmups and worksheets posted on baytutoring.com/resources; test sections, timed or untimed.
- Reading: do passages — some timed, some untimed.
- Science: do passages and sections. Try SparkNotes' sample passages.
- Essay: read my sample essay for the topic from the practice test. Read the sample essays on the ACT website. Write another one — you can find topics in many places, including here, but remember to use the new bullet points.

- Finally, make sure you know what you want to ask me about on Thursday!

**Week 6 homework due 3/30**

- If you did not take the practice test on Friday: the test is available online in this pamphlet. The pamphlet is also available at school in the counseling center.
**Complete all of the sections, timed, including the essay (on binder paper). Use the bubble answer sheets. Make it realistic!** - When you finish: go here to enter your answers.
**Click "Sign Up" and then log in before you do anything else!** - Once you're logged in, click where it says "College Board - New SAT Practice Test 1" in the green bar. Scroll up and choose "Official ACT Practice Test 2016-17".
- Enter all of your answers. Then click "View Report".
- In the green bar at the top of the page, you'll see a "Shortlink". Copy that shortlink and email it to me.

- Review your scores and the questions you missed. You'll have lots of practice opportunities available.
- Explore video explanations for all of the math questions! (Note: the numbering might be off slightly.)

**Week 5 homework due 3/23**

- Do any homework remaining from previous assignments.
**Confirm your plans to attend the practice test at school next Friday, 3/24, from 8:00-1:00**- Complete remaining Science passages (4-7, if you did 1-3 last week) from actstudent.org test prep.
- Complete Algebra Worksheet 2. Check answers on second page. For each question that you miss, use the provided links to study, and complete all of the practice questions at the bottom of each of those pages.
- This is a great set of geometry questions. I won't assign the whole thing, but the more you do, the better. ACT Math is about 20% geometry. Check answers (on the last page) after every question, and memorize formulas as you go!
- English exercises on sentence order and transitions: here (do all 3) and here (all 4)

**Week 4 homework due 3/16**

- Plan to be available on
**March 24**for a practice test at SHC from 8:00-1:00! - Finish
**anything**you didn't complete from previous homework. - Complete the second page (#11-17) of this ACT Word Problems worksheet. Download the answers below and check them!
- Complete Algebra Worksheet 1.
- Complete the first 3 Science passages from actstudent.org test prep.
- Read about the ACT Writing Section (Essay):
- Learn about the Writing Section.
- Read Sample Prompt and Sample Essays: at least the ones scored 4, 5, and 6. You don't need to read the ones scored 1, 2, or 3.

Online ACT Math Worksheet Answers |

**Week 3 homework due 3/9**

- Plan to be available on
**March 24**for a practice test at SHC from 8:00-1:00! - Finish
**anything**you didn't complete from last week's homework. - Finish all 10 Making Up Numbers practice questions — download the packet below! After each question, check your answer and read the explanation.
- Do the Making Up Numbers Post-Test in the packet. These answers are not in the packet. We will check these answers next week.
- Complete the first 3 Reading passages from actstudent.org test prep.
- Complete the first page (#1-10) of this ACT Word Problems worksheet. Download the answers below and check them!

Making Up Numbers |

Online ACT Math Worksheet Answers |

**Week 2 homework due 3/2**

- Finish
**anything**you didn't complete from last week's homework! - Finish the 10 Guess-and-Check practice questions — download the packet below! After each question, check your answer and read the explanation.
- Do the Guess-and-Check Post-Test in the packet. These answers are not in the packet. We will check these answers next week.
- Complete the grammar/punctuation exercises from both of these links:
- Complete this math worksheet on linear equations and word problems: www.lsrhs.net/departments/mathematics/DoreyB/2014Algebra/Lines/linear%20word%20problems%20.pdf

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Guess and Check Packet |

**Week 1 homework due 2/23**

- Read and understand everything from pages 1-10 of the ACT Binder.
- Especially, read all 3 links from the How to Study page of the binder.
- Master the algebra topics from the Algebra Warmup sheets (below) — use the links provided (and any other resources you want).
- From the ACT website, finish all 5 English passages. Read explanations and take notes for any questions you miss!

Algebra Warmup 1 |

Algebra Warmup 2 |