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Dr. Yo’s 4-in-1 Super-Value Math Class is one of those rare classes that makes excellent sense for the vast majority of high school students regardless of their achievement and regardless of the caliber schools they’re considering or hope to consider. The problem is, most students and parents either don’t know that it exists, or they don’t immediately see how it can prove so tremendously beneficial in their particular case. The purpose of this blog post is to redress those unfortuante circumtances.
The concept underpinning the class is to offer high school students in grades 9-12 instruction and practice on the SPECIFIC BODY OF MATHEMATICAL MATERIAL most commonly covered on the most popular standardized tests—the PSAT, the redesigned SAT, the ACT, and the Math Level 1 SAT Subject Test—and, simultaneously, to reinforce material conventionally considered FOUNDATIONAL in most U.S. secondary school curriculums.
Let’s face it: there is a LOT more math covered in 4 years of math classes that typically meet 5 days a week, every week of the school year, than can be tested on any single exam (particularly the SAT and ACT, where math is just one component among several). One of the great things about the class is that, using CollegePrepExpress’s Math Review Packet©, students’ attention is focused on the relatively NARROW SLICES of mathematical material that always shows up on standardized tests. Percent problems, average (arithmetic mean) problems, Pythagorean theorem and special right triangle problem, circle problems, cube problems—to name a few topics that ALWAYS show up—are covered in detailed using this 12-page document full of highly useful notes Dr. Yo often refers to as “Spark Notes” for standardized math tests. In class, Dr. Yo takes students through the packet, page-by-page, illustrating with examples exactly where and how the material pops up as test items.
For homework, students complete Math Level 1 Subject Tests from the College Board’s The Official SAT Subject Tests in Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 Study Guide and Princeton Review’s Cracking the SAT Math 1 Subject Tests. Students then receive instruction in class about every problem they got wrong or left blank, before moving on to new material from the Packet.
From an educator’s perspective, the most rewarding part of the class is watching how, by focusing on this foundational mathematical material, students report that their math GRADES—whether in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or Precalculus—improve as a natural consequence. Unwittingly, by learning and practicing this particular body of material, students are re-learning and reinforcing knowledge and skills that will raise their test scores in school, most importantly their final exams.
Moreover, with the changes to the redesigned SAT rolling out in March 2016—especially the inclusion of a 25-min no calculator section—this class is even more valuable in that it address the conceptual understanding on which these questions are based.
So PLEASE do yourself (or your kids) a favor and enroll in one of the three remaining sections of this class for the 2015-2016 academic year, one each running through March, April, and May. The class can be taken in person in West Hartford or ONLINE via video.
March: 4 Saturdays, 6:00-8:00PM
3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2
April: 4 Saturdays, 6:00-8:00PM
4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/29
May: 4 Saturdays, 4:00-6:00PM
5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28
Prepare for PSAT/SAT Math, ACT Math, SAT Subject Test Math, and raise your math grade and perform better on your math final exam. I hope now you understand why this really is a “SUPER-VALUE MATH CLASS.” Registration is open here.