English

The class aims to cover concepts that will be tested on during the ACT Exam. These include the use of punctuation, basic grammar, sentence structures, rhetorical strategies and essay writing skills.

Sample Question

All creatures in the animal kingdom have the instincts of curiosity and fear. Man alone was endowed with imagination, which (1) was bound to complicate matters for him. Whereas a fox, let us say, was able to shrug off the mysteries of the heavens and such of whims of nature as lightning and earthquakes, man has demanded (2) an explanation.

(1):

  1. No Change
  2. imagination;which
  3. imagination, a fact that
  4. imagination, on which

(2):

  1. No Change
  2. had been demanding
  3. demanded
  4. demands

Science

The concepts covered in the Science class consists of three parts: Data Representation, Research Summaries, Conflicting Viewpoints. Classes on Data Representation will aid in honing the ability to use information provided on charts/illustrations. Classes on Research Summaries aim to help answer questions based on primary information on a research study conducted. Finally, classes on Conflicting Viewpoints aim to give students the ability to understand and discern between conflicting theories presented.

Data Representation and Research Summaries

  • Reading the graph/table

    • Identify/describe the value on the graph/table
    • Identify/describe the relationship between variables
  • Estimating/predicting

  • Interpreting

    • Translation between words and chart/graph
    • Connection between two or more graphs/tables
    • Conclusions that can be drawn from a graph/table
  • Determining results

    • Whether results support a hypothesis/conclusion
    • Whether results from additional trails are consistent with the results of the original experiment
  • Experimental designs

    • The purpose of some aspect of the design (i.e. controls; conditions)
    • The difference between the designs of two or more experiments
    • Modifications that can be made to the design

Conflicting Viewpoints

Questions will include the following:

  • Identify/describe details of the topic
  • Infer if there would be changes to the author’s viewpoints in response to a hypothetical situation/new information
  • If new information would support, weaken, or even disprove one or more of the view points
  • Similarities and differences in viewpoints

Mathematics

During the Mathematics classes, students will be taught to answer the questions ranging from topics like basic algebra, real and complex numbers, functions (their definitions, notations, representation and application), geometry, statistics and probability, rates, percentages and modelling skills.

Properties of Number

  • Integers
  • Odd and even numbers
  • Factors and multiples
  • Prime numbers
  • Prime factorisation
  • Exponents
  • Logarithms
  • Complex numbers

ALGEBRA

  • Simplifying Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Basic Identities
  • Inequalities
  • Absolute Value

Equations

  • Linear equations
  • Systems of equations
  • Quadratic equations

Inequalities

  • Inequalities
  • Absolute values

Exponents

Logarithms

Complex Numbers

Matrices

Vectors

  • Resultant
  • Norm
  • Dot Product

Percentages

Ratios

Rates

Sets & Venn Diagrams

Statistics

  • Mean, Median, Mode
  • Range
  • Sequences
  • Probability

Counting

Logical Reasoning

Relations and Functions

Trigonometry

  • Basic trigonometric ratios
  • Co-Functions
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Degrees and radians

Lines and Angles

  • Angles around lines
  • Parallel lines

Solid Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry

  • The coordinate plane and distance between points
  • Equation of a straight line
  • Slope – angle relationship

Transformations

  • Translations
  • Reflections
  • Rotations

Conic Geometry

  • Circles
  • Parabolas

Reading

Reading classes help students identify patterns within the paragraphs and to answer the questions attached to each paragraph in a structured manner.

Passages

  • Prose passage
  • Social Science passage
  • Humanities passage
  • Natural Science passage

Answering Questions

  • Predict what the answer should look like
  • Eliminate unlikely answers
  • Find support to verify answers

Question Types

  • Big picture/Main point
  • Little picture/Details
  • Inference
  • Vocab-in-context
  • Author’s purpose
  • Tone

Writing (Optional)

Although optional, classes on writing aim to have students describe an issue with 3 perspectives, develop their argument, analyze and evaluate other perspectives and describe relationships between the given perspectives and their own.

Ideas and Analysis

  • Engage critically with the 3 perspectives
  • Understand the issue, the purpose for writing, the audience
  • Generate ideas that are relevant to the situation

Development and Support

  • Explain and explore ideas
  • Discuss implications
  • Illustrate through examples
  • Help the reader understand your thinking about the issues

Organization

  • Arrange the essay in a way that clearly shows the relationship between ideas
  • Guide the reader through the discussion

Language Use and Conventions

  • Convey arguments with clarity
  • Make use of the conventions of grammar, syntax, word usage and mechanics
  • Be aware of the audience, and adjust the style and tone of the writing to communicate effectively

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