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SAT English Prep Intensive (Late Spring)

From: $76.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 9th-11th

Live class: No live class

Course dates: April 15th-May 31st

Price: $199

Instructor: Lili Serbicki

Instructor email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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Course Description

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This seven-week course is a comprehensive preparation for the NEW 2016 SAT format in the areas of Evidence-Based Reading, Writing, and the optional Essay. We will seek to demystify the English sections of the SAT and have fun learning the ins and outs of each category.

We will:

  • Prepare for the NEW SAT Essay, which is a rhetorical analysis essay.
  • Examine the identity and purpose of elements such as diction, syntax, detail, imagery, appeals to logic, emotion, and authority, figurative language, and more; explore basic essay structure and organization; and practice the difference between merely reporting content and truly analyzing how the author achieves his or her purpose.
  • Practice the ability to create a coherent organization, use varied sentence structures, and employ good word choice and tone. Complete a selection of essay responses to SAT practice prompts. I will provide detailed feedback on every student essay.
  • Prepare for the reading section of the SAT. This will include practicing evidence-based passages; inferring meaning based on tone, diction, and context clues; and more!
  • Prepare for the writing section of the SAT. This will include practicing strong grammar, diction, and punctuation skills in preparation for the SAT Writing questions which require a student to spot errors and choose the most concise, correct phrasing of a sentence or paragraph structure.
  • Prepare for SAT-level vocabulary. In addition to providing vocabulary resources and virtual flashcard sets, I will provide a good set of strategies for improving vocabulary in general – for the SAT and beyond!

Course Structure

Over the course of seven weeks, we will complete 6 SAT essays and a wide, varied selection of MCQs. I will post weekly homework on our website at the beginning of each week – I also send a weekly update email to parents. Weekly work may include: SAT MCQs, an SAT Essay, readings from our SAT Study Guide, presentation material, and a prerecorded lecture. Weekly work should take no longer than 6 hours to complete.

Who should enroll?

9th-11th Grade students.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I provide detailed, prompt essay critiques on each SAT prep essay we complete (we will write 6 of them over the course of our intensive). My critiques incorporate the specific SAT essay grading rubric (its three categories are reading, analysis, and writing) and provide guidance so students may improve with each essay. I offer explanations and feedback as desired on MCQ work as well.

Communication

No application is required for this class; I will contact you within 1-2 business days after your registration has processed. I will post weekly homework on our website at the beginning of each week – I also send a weekly update email to parents as well.

Reviews

  1. R. R.

    “Thank you so much for this outstanding class! I learned so much more than I ever thought I could have before! The two years before your class I took cheesy English classes where I didn’t get any more feedback than “Good Work!” on an entire semester of journal exercises. Through your intense and detailed comments I was able to focus on the things I needed definite improvement on…Your class marks a huge turning point in my writing, and I’m so glad to have taken your class.”- R. R. (AP English Language student)

  2. J.B.

    “The most helpful feature of this class has been the timed essay feature. Timed essays require a specific skill set…I’ve really been enjoying this course!” – J.B. (AP English Language student)

  3. J.G.

    “We are so thrilled with (our daughter’s) progress this year. She is learning so much and truly enjoying every minute of it. Thanks so much for all that you are doing.” – J.G. (mom of an AP English Literature student)

  4. C.G.

    “Everything from the weekly Discussion Questions to the bi-weekly essays and extra credit options have helped me to grow stronger as a fluent and analytical writer. They’ve also familiarized me with different literary devices and book concepts that I know will be key to success on the AP Exam in May.” – C. G. (AP English Literature student)

  5. A.Z.

    “I appreciate that you care about encouraging your students! Lacey is really loving your class!” – A. Z. (mom of an AP English Literature student)

  6. K.M.

    “Mrs. S was prompt, considerate, and organized, and went over and above duty on many occasions to spark our interest, keep us on track, and help us grow as writers. The coursework was thorough and challenging, but I never felt overburdened…in fact, I had a lot of fun.” – K.M. ((AP English Literature student)

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Required Texts

The College Board Official SAT Study Guide 2018 ISBN-13: 978-1457309281

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Instructor Bio

Lili Serbicki, Aim Academy English Teacher

Lili Serbicki

Mrs. Serbicki is an experienced Creative Writing and Advanced Placement English instructor with a background in writing, media, and editing. She has been an online English instructor for Aim Academy since 2011. Over the past few years, Mrs. Serbicki’s students have won over 15 Silver Keys and 11 Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Mrs. Serbicki is a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a BA in Communication Arts and a Minor in Philosophy. From 2009-2011 she served as the Web/Sales Coordinator for WTOV9, the NBC affiliate in Steubenville, OH.  Her work included managing web traffic, designing and writing copy for web ads and creating effective commercial scripts. She has many years of experience providing student tutoring in areas of writing and mechanics as well as experience in small print publication and editing.

Classes:
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Email: lserbickiap@gmail.com

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