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Functional Teaching

 A concept is functionally taught when a student when can translate this concept to test day success, even if the test is weeks away. Ivy Tutor facilitates functional learning by delivering new content with important keywords and phrasing. By simply prefacing a new concept with phrases like, “it’s important that high school juniors have learned this by now,” students are much likely to not only remember new lessons, but demonstrate test day mastery. Ivy Tutor has developed a variety of phrasing and delivery techniques to enhance functional learning.

Critical Reading Mastery

Most students never fully grasp that the ACT and SAT reading sections are ultimately assessing their ability to understand not just a passage, but also the author behind the passage. Critical reading mastery begins when students realize that with every new passage, a specific writer is trying to communicate ideas to them, and further, their job is to evaluate the effectiveness of the writer’s attempt. Once students understand that there is a specific pattern writers tend to follow a pattern understanding this pattern, students can make the transition from passive to critical reader.

Growing The Mathematician

The math sections of the ACT and SAT are unlike math tests students regularly take. The ACT and SAT math sections focus on the greater concepts that link individual math subjects together. In order for students to meaningfully improve on SAT and ACT math, they should develop a holistic understanding. Cognesis promotes holistic learning by continually grounding new concepts in real life applications. By simply adding something like, “this is the basis for how stores figure how many items to stock,” students also begin to internalize how the synthesis of many individual concepts underpin many real-life applications.

Scientific Method Mastery

Improvement on the ACT Science sections comes once students learn to contextualize the information using their knowledge of the scientific method. By breaking down the scientific method into basic steps, students can match each component of the ACT Science passage with the basic step, allowing students to efficiently comprehend the passage and accurately answer ACT Science questions.

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