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Two Sections of SAT Prep Start April 18th

Parents face many challenges in preparing their students for the New SAT:

  • keeping your child motivated and on track
  • familiarizing yourself with the changes to the test so your child is prepared
  • helping your child find time to study given all his or her other coursework

The spring session SAT Math class is a great option for students, and it starts right as full year coursework is winding down. The course is aligned with the June SAT test so the material will be fresh in their minds when they sit for the test.

Benefits of the course include:

  •  It is aligned with the new test and students are clearly taught about the changes in the live sessions.
  • The class provides the structure and accountability students need to stay on track.
  • Students learn test-taking strategies and calculator skills to improve their speed.
  • Each student receives an individualized study plan tailored to his or her specific needs.
  • Students have access to 35 videos explaining the content on the test step-by-step.

A higher SAT math score
builds confidence and has helped many students earn scholarships.

There are now two sections available (Mondays at 7pm and Tuesdays at 1:30 pm).

Problem Solving in Algebra 1

In my Algebra 1 class problem solving is a main emphasis. Each week the students have a special problem to complete on Fridays. It normally involves several steps and some creative thinking. Here is one from last week:

sample POW

This problem was taken from Drexel University’s problems of the week.

When students respond their written explanation is just as important as the mathematical methods they used. Here is an excellent response I received last week:

First I made t = time in hours that has passed by since 8:15 { so at 8:15, t=0} 
then I have
(0,50) and (1.5, 62) 

for (time, temperature in Fahrenheit). Forming a linear equation here. I first had to determine the slope. That will be 
m = (62 – 50) / (1.5 – 0) 
m = 8 

Since the y-intercept (50), then I wrote the linear equation through slope-intercept form. I came up with
y = mx + b 

I replaced y with F for temperature in Fahrenheit, and x with t for time and ended up with

F = 8t + 50 

in order to answer the second question I did this

104 = 8t + 50 
54 = 8t 
t = 6.75 hrs 

6.75 hrs after 8:15AM is 3PM. 

At 5PM, t=8.75. Thus 

F = 8(8.75) + 50 
F = 70 + 50 
F = 120 

So by 5PM, the water in the tub will have a temperature of 120 degrees F. 

The water in the tub won’t be heated in a linear fashion. It will be heated in a logarithmic fashion. Because the wood-burning stove has a maximum temperature, then eventually the water can only be heated until that temperature. If  i assumed that the water follows a linear trend, then it can go beyond the wood-burning stove’s maximum temperature. Another reason why it cannot follow a linear trend is that the particles would begin to heat faster during the first few moments, but eventually slowdown in heating up.

Look all the excellent vocabulary that was included and how clearly you can follow each step. Being able to explain a problem like that in writing means a student fully understands the concepts.

Registration for 2nd Semester Algebra 1 is Now Open

This year there are spots available in my algebra class for 2nd semester students. Registration is now open.

Course Title: Algebra 1- Second Semester

Web-ex time slot: Mon 1:00 PM–2:00PM EST

Grade level: 7th and up

Cost: $299

Required texts: UCSMP Algebra 1 (3rd edition) ISBN#9780076213863

Second semester begins on January 4th and students will be jumping in right as we begin chapter 5. There is a clean break over Christmas so it should be a smooth transition. In order to succeed they will need to have a good grasp on algebraic expressions and equations.

Topics covered will include:

Chapter 5: Division and Proportions in Algebra

Chapter 6: Slopes and Lines

Chapter 7: Exponential Growth and Decay

Chapter 8: Powers and Roots

Chapter 9: Quadratic Functions and Equations

You can find reviews and video clips from the course here. If you have concerns about your student jumping in mid-year they can take a placement test before you decide to register. Please feel free to contact me through this website if you have any additional questions.

The Top 3 Reasons You Should Take an Online Math Class

Registration for Aim Academy’s 2015-2016 classes opens on March 2nd.  Below I have listed the top three reasons you might want to consider an online math class for next year.

  1. The accountability. This is by far the number one reason students sign up for my classes.  You know that if you’re in a class with deadlines, live sessions, and a teacher checking in regularly you won’t be able to just put it off.  The easiest way to change oh yeah, I need to study for the SATs at some point into 30 hours of solid preparation is to sign up for a class.
  2. The fun. Yes, I did say “fun.” J  When I wrap up my first week of live class a lot of my students message me privately in surprise, they really enjoyed it and were not expecting that.  Who knew you could actually look forward to math class?  When we solve a problem in a new way or use math to explain a card trick I get a bunch of fun reactions (“I’m going to show that problem to my little sister!”).   I’m not offended by the tone of surprise.  If math means getting a textbook out on your own morning after morning and doing problems 1-23 odds that is just boring.  I’m a math nerd and I think that is boring!  With a class you get to have all the fun interaction between students and there is a greater opportunity for activities, lively discussions, and even the occasional math joke (see below).  Even without these added bonuses it is more fun to learn math with students from Hawaii, Alaska, and the Czech Republic.
  3. The reinforcement. One solid math course can really help a struggling student get back on track.  Most students don’t know where they went wrong they just know that suddenly they “don’t understand anything.”  But that is rarely the case. Normally there are just a few skills they never mastered.  With a teacher there to find these gaps and address them they can quickly catch up.

I’d encourage you to sign up for one of my classes.  If not for these three reasons listed above than for the math jokes J

math jokes

SAT Math Summer Session

SAT Math starts on Monday and I cannot wait, I’ve been missing math problems in my life lately 🙂 If you were thinking about taking the class there is only one spot remaining. Otherwise consider taking the identical 7-week course this fall.

Last Day Before Price Increase

Hi everyone! Just wanted to give you a heads up that many Aim Academy classes have price increases in July. Algebra 1 increases tomorrow.  So if you have been considering a class…or were planning on registering and just haven’t gotten around to it…today is a good day to pull the trigger.

Looking forward to having many of you in my classes this fall. I love summer, but I’m already getting impatient for the school year to start.