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**Review the Fundamental Skills Necessary to Succeed in Algebra 2!!** Chariot Learning’s Algebra 2 Preview is grounded in the fact that a student’s success in an Algebra 2 course requires a fundamental understanding of the basics of algebra that are typically taught in an Algebra 1 course. Algebra 2 takes these fundamentals into the real world by providing word problems related to real life situations. Algebra 2 also introduces more advanced algebra techniques that build on the basics taught in Algebra 1. Finally, many students take an Algebra 2/Trig hybrid course which sacrifices valuable concept and problem review for an overview of important trigonometry concepts. Facing the need to cram so much material into their Algebra 2/Trig courses, math teachers have limited in-class or after-school resources available to help struggling students. Students must therefore hit the ground running right away or risk falling behind quickly. This is compounded by the…

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Love it or hate it, you’ll have to deal with basic geometry if you are taking the SAT or ACT. Brush up on your fundamentals as we explore how the exams test different concepts in plane and solid geometry: lines and angles quadrilaterals triangles circles three-dimensional figures Of course, we’ll review all the formulas needed for the tests along with strategies for earning the most geometry points on the SAT and ACT. This seminar is suitable for both new and existing Chariot Learning students.   This online seminar is part of our June Seminar Series. The fee is $25 for this program or $99 for as many of the June seminars as you like.   Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify the June Geometry for the SAT and ACT seminar. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar.…

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After over 25 years of trying to explain what complex standardized instruments like the SAT or ACT are meant to test, I still find the general explanation of “math, verbal, and test taking skills” woefully inadequate. Just as frustrating is the disconnect between the way these skills are tests in school as opposed to the exams themselves. Why is SAT math, for example, so different from school math, even though the discrete subject matter overlaps entirely? A recent comment from deep thinker Shane Parrish of Farnam Street helped me wrap my head around why the conventional view of what is tested fails to describe how multifarious and sophisticated those skills are: We tend to think of meta skills as the skill. For example, we default to thinking that reading is a skill. But there is really no skill called reading. Reading is the meta-skill that results when you alloy other…

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While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of your graphing calculator to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will explain when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also direct attendees to powerful programs that simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests.   This seminar is part of our May Seminar Series. The fee is $25 for this program or $99 for as many of the May seminars as you like.   Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify Making the Most of Your Calculator (5/11/20). We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar.   ABOUT YOUR HOST: Kaeti Stoss combines her interest in science with her…

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While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of the TI-83 and TI-84 to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will show you when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also load powerful programs to simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests. Our Advanced Calculator Strategies for the SAT & ACT curriculum is completely different from anything we teach in our SAT/ACT tutoring or classes, so anyone with the right calculator will benefit. This single two-hour session is just $75. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, so register quickly for your seat. Email today!

We often associate math with logical, straightforward thinking and linear problem-solving. Reading, on the other hand, we associate with more creative thinking that lingers between words and dwells in the possibility of suggestions, connotations, and multiple interpretations. Students taking the SAT or ACT, however, would be wise to reverse those assumptions when taking the Reading and Math sections. Built into our math and reading strategies is advice that many students may find surprising: we recommend that students “stay boring” on the Reading sections and save their creative energies instead for the Math sections. What? Isn’t math a more mechanical subject that involves logical steps leading to a discrete answer, while English and Reading are all about creative interpretation, inventive language, reading-between-the-lines, and conjuring fresh approaches to what we read? Not necessarily… The most challenging question type in the Reading section is usually the “implicit” type questions, where a student is…

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