Students who are trying to prepare themselves for college in the most efficient way possible must justify taking a course against the perceived benefits and the cost in time and grade jeopardy. With that in mind, I am going to give you the inside information on the ACT Math prep course that I am currently teaching this semester. These are the statistics for the 73 students in my three classes. Ninety two percent of the students made an A for the first 9 weeks. Forty five percent of those A’s were 100’s and there was no grade lower than a B in any of the classes and all had an E in conduct. The reasons the grades are so high is because the students are engaged in the material and see immediate benefits. One of the benefits besides improving their grade on the ACT, SAT and PSAT is gaining confidence by learning things that were never clear before when encountered in math class.
There is a new program of study on Kahn Academy that some in the class are working on now that allows you to take practice SAT tests and then guides you with videos and practices until you master the parts that you missed. I have interviewed all of the students that were doing the SAT program which consisted of those students whose scores on the MAP test at the beginning were high ( a total of 15 students ) and all but one said that it really helped them both by pointing out weaknesses from previous math classes and teaching them how to do things that they haven’t been exposed to yet. I agree with the students that the program will help on all three tests. During the last few weeks all students will have a chance to work on the practice SAT program.
The format of the class is simple; you work all period on Khan Academy doing Geometry the first 9 weeks and Algebra the second 9 weeks. You get to choose the topics that are giving you trouble. As long as you work the entire period you will get a 100 for your grade. If however you are caught off task, say sleeping, dreaming, or anything but working on Khan Academy then you lose your grade for that day. However you can make it up by working at home on Khan Academy for 45 minutes. That way you can maintain a 100 average if you are willing to do the work. As long as you login correctly at home I can see everything that you did. It is a win-win for both you and the school because everyone looks good when your ACT, PSAT or SAT scores go up. If you have any questions about the class, stop by Room 202V and I will be happy to answer them and you can see what the class is all about.