Electives

SAT and ACT Strategies for Success - Fall Semester - Deb Evans

SAT/ACT Strategies for Success

FALL SEMESTER ONLY

This one-semester class will prepare your child for the SAT and/or ACT by focusing on the test strategies needed for success. The trick to the SAT and ACT is that you CAN’T treat it like any other test! They don’t test how smart you are or how much you’ve learned in school – they simply test how well you can take the test. Even if you’ve never taken a standardized test before, you will be ready after taking this class.

We will focus primarily on strategies, but we will also touch on some of the primary skills you need to know. Students will take practice tests on their own and through guided practice with the instructor.

Who is this class for? Sophomores and Juniors who will be taking the SAT and/or ACT. This class will prepare you for testing beginning December 2020.

What you will learn:

  • A guessing strategy that works (when all else fails)
  • The top 10 grammar skills tested and how to master them
  • The clue to answering the grammar questions by identifying the skill being tested first
  • The secret to writing a winning essay
  • The best reading strategy to get through the passages quickly so you can focus on the questions (most students spend more time on reading the passages and less time on the questions – this is exactly backward!)
  • The main types of reading passage questions and how to determine the correct answer by determining the question type
  • Why it’s more important to identify the wrong answers than it is to find the right answers. Plus, you’ll learn the traits that all correct answers share and the clues to discovering the wrong answer traps!
  • The most important thing to do when taking practice tests (it’s not answering the questions!), and much more!

Fee: $350

Payments can be made by check, cash, Zelle or Venmo app.

Payment in full (discounted) must be received by August 1st OR you can use one of two convenient payment plans.

One Payment by August 1st – $350

Two Payments – July 1st and September 1st – $180 each payment

Five Payments – July 1, August 1, September 1, October 1, November 1 -$75 each payment

 

To Register: Mail the TTC class registration form with your first payment to Deb Evans, 15011 Cypress Falls Dr, Cypress TX 77429. Email deb@debevans.com with any questions.

 

Required Supplies: You will need to provide your own copy of The Official SAT Study Guide from College Board (2020 edition with practice tests – about $20 at Amazon). Students should also have a notebook for note-taking and pen/pencil at every class.

Minimum: This class has a five-student minimum.

Success stories from students who’ve completed private SAT/ACT tutoring with Deb Evans:

  • from Chris W., now playing football for Dartmouth…“Thank you for your help! I got a perfect 800 on SAT Reading (who wouldn’t be happy with that?) Full score was 2190.” Chris W
  • Another perfect 800 on SAT Critical Reading – this time from Kaitlyn Z! She was accepted by multiple Ivy League Universities and chose Rice University in Houston.
  • Kyle raised his SAT Reading Score from 570 to 680! He raised his Writing score from 450 to 580!
  • from Mitchell’s mom…”We came home to an acceptance letter to A&M!  I am soooooooooo excited! He also received an $18,000 scholarship from U of H!  We still want A&M.  Thank you so much Deb.  He could NOT have done it without you.” Rachelle B. (I also worked with this student on his application essays.)
  • Olivia B. raised her ACT Reading Score from 16 to 21 and Science from 17 to 24!

 

Grammar Boot Camp (SAT focus) Spring Semester - Deb Evans

Grammar Boot Camp (SAT/ACT focus)

Spring Semester Only        

There are about 20 fundamental grammar skills that every student needs to know. Sadly, very few of the students I work with have mastered them (and I work with really smart kids!) This one-semester bootcamp will cover these fundamentals in a fun, hands-on way that will be easy for your child to understand and put into practice. Students will learn to apply these grammar skills to their own writing, as well as to standardized testing. This class is geared towards college bound students preparing for the SAT and ACT, but it will help any student improve his or her grammar skills.

Required Supplies: Students should have a notebook for note-taking and pen/pencil at every class. Students should have a binder or folder to organize their class materials. Instructor will provide handouts included with the class.

Minimum: This class has a five-student minimum.

Fee: $280

Payments can be made by check, cash, Venmo or Zelle app.

Payment in full (discounted) must be received by August 1st OR you can use one of two convenient payment plans.

One Payment by August 1st – $280
Two Payments – July 1st and September 1st – $145 each payment
Five Payments – July 1, August 1, September 1, October 1, November 1 -$60 each payment

To Register: Mail the TTC class registration form with your first payment and $20 copy fee to Deb Evans, 15011 Cypress Falls Dr, Cypress TX 77429. Email deb@debevans.com with any questions.

 

Speech - Kelly Wood

Prerequisites: knowing how to write a high school level outline and essay
Public speaking is an important skill useful not only for a career but also in daily life as well. Your student will leave this class with the tools needed for giving a speech in a college setting, which is an element of most college classes. He/She will also gain experience in answering questions in a job interview, welcoming guests to an event, sharing an opinion effectively in a gathering or meeting, and more. We will begin by spending some time building confidence speaking in front of people with some fun, low-risk reading aloud of some famous poems and speeches. We will then move on to learn the foundation followed by successful speakers, and the skills needed to connect with your audience. Students will discover how to accurately time oral presentations, and the “Wizard of Uhs” will help make every word count. A few of the tasks we will accomplish will be viewing and critiquing sample speeches, delivering a narrative speech, descriptive speech, persuasive speech, and completing a group project speech utilizing PowerPoint. We will utilize the student materials from Speech Bootcamp as well as some materials from Secrets of Great Communicators. Expected time outside of class each week: 3-4 hours. (1 speech credit; 0.5 English credit)

You will need to purchase:
Secrets of Great Communicators (Student Text)
1.5 or 2 inch 3-ring binder
Notebook paper
Pencil or pen
6 divider tabs (Notes, Misc. Speeches, Narrative Speech, Descriptive Speech, Persuasive Speech, Group Project)

Additional materials will be printed and handed out in class.

Tuition is $50 per month (July through April) with a one-time $40 supply/printing fee due in July. The first payment must include the supply fee.

Payment options:
1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed on the first of the month
2) Set up a bank draft to arrive on the 1st of the month
3) Pay for the entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1: $290 & 2nd semester dated Dec 1: $250)

Please mail the registration form and tuition payment to 1431 West Welsford Dr. Spring, TX 77386. Kelly can be reached at thefamilywood@gmail.com.

Spanish I - Sandy Sacchieri

Spanish 1: Grades 8-12      Mondays 10:20-11:50

Spanish 1 is an introduction to Spanish and focuses on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students in this course will learn basic Spanish vocabulary including but not limited to: numbers, colors, greetings, food, months of the year, seasons and weather, classroom commands, home and family, clothing and school. Each unit also includes a study of different Latin American countries. Students will be expected to learn and use proper Spanish sentence structures, articles and adjectives, subject-verb agreement, and regular and irregular verb conjugations. Cultural activities will accompany language lessons to acquaint students with food, artistic expression, and diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. Scripture memory and recitation will also be included in this high school credit course.

Prerequisite: Must be in 8th grade or higher

Required Student Text: Avancemos! Student Edition Level 1 2013* edition

ISBN-13: 978-0547871912

ISBN-10: 0547871910

(available new, used or to rent on Amazon)

Supplies: Composition notebook, writing utensils, glue stick, scissors

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework – 4 hours

To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $50 tuition and $20 supply fee ($70.00) payment dated July 1, 2020. There are a total of 10 tuition payments of $50.00 (due on the 1st of July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April). A late fee of $10.00 per class will be added for fees received after the 10th of each month.

Contact info: Sandy Sacchieri 281-684-3238, Address: 9603 Azure Lake Dr., Magnolia, Tx 77354. Email: srasacchieri@gmail.com.

Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 2020-April 2021); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month;   3) Pay for entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2020). NOTE: The first payment should include the supply fee. As we often turn students away once you have reserved your space, there will be no refunds given after July 1.

 

 

Spanish 2 - Sandy Sacchieri

Spanish 2: Grades 9-12           Wednesdays 10:20-11:50

Spanish 2 begins with a detailed review of Spanish 1 grammatical concepts.  There will be increased opportunities to use the language through speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Students will learn new vocabulary and additional grammar concepts necessary to create more sophisticated readings and detailed dialogues. Each unit of study will consist of a new vocabulary theme and grammar concept, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, and interactive activities and practices that reinforce vocabulary and grammar.  Students will be engaged in a variety of activities to foster a better understanding of the language and culture. Scripture memory and recitation will also be included in this high school credit course.

Prerequisite: Spanish 1 or a score 85% or higher on Spanish 1 Final Exam

Required Student Text: Avancemos! Student Edition Level 2  2013* edition

ISBN-13: 978-0547871936

ISBN-10: 0547871937

(available new, used or to rent on Amazon)

Supplies: Composition notebook, writing utensils, glue stick, scissors

Expected time outside class each week needed for preparation and homework – 4 hours

To register, please fill out the Training Center registration form and mail it along with your $50 tuition and $20 supply fee ($70.00) payment dated July 1, 2020. There are a total of 10 tuition payments of $50.00 (due on the 1st of July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March, April). A late fee of $10.00 per class will be added for fees received after the 10th of each month.

Contact info: Sandy Sacchieri 281-684-3238, Address: 9603 Azure Lake Dr., Magnolia, Tx 77354. Email: srasacchieri@gmail.com.

Payment options: 1) Write 10 post-dated checks to be cashed at the first of the month (July 2020-April 2021); 2) Set up bank draft to arrive at the 1st of the month;   3) Pay for entire year by semester (1st semester dated July 1, and 2nd semester dated Dec 1, 2020). NOTE: The first payment should include the supply fee. As we often turn students away once you have reserved your space, there will be no refunds given after July 1.