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How long did you think you could run from the SAT? We tried too, but it finally caught up to us. Which is exactly why we can improve your score by an average of 100 points! We know the SAT inside and out. Give us 60 hours of your time, and 1/4th of your hope. Then, see what we can do for you. Our test-taking strategies will transform your fears into fierceness. After completing the four modules of this course, and reviewing the results of four diagnostic tests along the way, you will be confident that a high SAT score is just a matter of time.
  • The SAT Boot Camp aims to equip high school students with the knowledge, strategies, and confidence to successfully tackle the SAT’s Reading Test, Writing and Language Test, Mathematics Test, and optional Essay Test.
  • Over the course of 64+ hours (48 hours of class plus 16+ hours of test), divided into four modules, students will take four full-length diagnostic tests with essays and thoroughly review all test sections with specialized instructors.
  • Targeted module lessons will help students master crucial SAT test-taking strategies and concepts in a motivating, collaborative environment. Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • The ACT might seem scary because it has a section called “Science” and also has more questions than the SAT. But fear not! For every section of the ACT there are reliable strategies, such that even a poet can score well on the Science section. If roses are red and violets are blue, then our ACT course is just for you. Give us 60 hours of course time and an imaginary bouquet of flowers, then see how we can make your smile bloom. After completing our specialized modules and reviewing the results of your four diagnostic tests, you too will be speaking in rhymes on your way to the test center.
  • The ACT Boot Camp aims to equip high school students with the knowledge, strategies, and confidence to successfully tackle the ACT’s English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, and optional Writing Test.
  • Over the course of 64+ hours (48 hours of class plus 16+ hours of test), divided into four modules, students will take four full-length diagnostic tests with essays and thoroughly review all test sections with specialized instructors.
  • Targeted module lessons will help students master crucial ACT test-taking strategies and concepts in a motivating, collaborative environment. Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • The Math II Subject Test is one of the must haves for anyone wanting to major in topics ranging from business to physics. Designed for students who have completed Algebra II and some Trigonometry, the Math II test quizzes you on the fundamentals of these subjects. If you have already completed Algebra II and Trigonometry, then our 30 hours of course time will teach you tips and strategies for overcoming the tricks that test makers use to slow you down. We improve our students’ scores by an average of 100 points! What will you do with another 100 points?
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the SAT Subject Math II test. The student should already finished Algebra II/Trigonometry.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the SAT Subject Math II.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • Chemistry is the #1 most dreaded undergraduate science course in college. If you’ve taken chemistry, you might understand why. If you’ve chosen to take the SAT II Chemistry test, then we hope you enjoy chemistry. Even if you don’t enjoy it, but somehow found yourself seriously reading this paragraph, then we can still help you! Our students improve by 100 points on average after taking our course. Give us 30 hours of class time and we will teach you how to solve acid-base trick questions in less time than it takes to sip soda -- three times. You can then spend the extra time double-checking your answers about how many moles of sodium are in 8 ounces of soda.
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the SAT Subject Chemistry. The student should already finished high school Chemistry.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the SAT Subject Chemistry.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • Many have learned the hard way that AP Physics 1 does NOT cover the same topics as the SAT II Physics Subject Test. Don’t make the same mistake. Our 30 hours of class time will teach you content that your physics classes did not, while also giving you strategies that will help your recognize common questions. Trust us. Take this class and save yourself the heartache.
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the SAT Subject Physics. The student should already finished high school Physics.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the SAT Subject Physics.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • So you love biology and want to take this test, huh? Because if you don’t like biology, then you are in a world of hurt. Axons conduct nerve impulses, through sodium and potassium channels, which reinforce conditioned animal behavior. Yes, what you just read should not sound foreign to you. If it does, then you BETTER sign up for this class A.S.A.P. 30 hours of classroom time will teach you about the recurring topics that appear in this test. Don’t be weeded out by natural selection acting upon random under-preparation. Take this class!
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the SAT Subject Biology. The student should already finished high school Biology.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the SAT Subject Biology.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • English

    The best way to prepare for reading and writing at the high school level is to prepare for it before you get to high school. Middle school years are crucial for building the foundation of grammar and essay composition. This class will make sure that your English foundation will let you hit the ground running once you enter high school.
  • Grammar and Essay Composition 1 (GEC 1) for grades 6-8 is intended to help students become more grammatical, effective writers. GEC 1 covers grammar fundamentals—including an in-depth look at the eight parts of speech—and builds toward essential strategies for strong sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be lectures, discussions, quizzes, and six essay assignments. Students will improve their English writing skills as they compose a personal narrative essay, descriptive essay, expository essay, and argumentative essay, in addition to poetry, short fiction, and responses to texts.
  • Finally, students will practice public speaking by presenting their argument essays. Upon completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills for a more detailed analysis of grammar and writing in Grammar and Essay Composition 2.
  • Part 1 of this series of English classes for 6-8th graders is the foundation of a pyramid. In part 2, you will now learn go build your grammar and writing skills up a few floors. Not only does this class make sure that your reading and writing level is ready for high school, it will also prepare you to write great essays for the SAT and ACT tests -- that’s like hitting two birds with one big stone from a pyramid. The birds are toast.
  • Grammar and Essay Composition 2 (GEC 2) for grades 6-8 builds upon the concepts covered in Grammar and Essay Composition 1 to offer a more detailed analysis of grammar conventions and their application for clear expression of ideas.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be lectures, discussions, quizzes, and six essay assignments. Topics include (a) essay basics, including argumentative and persuasive techniques both written and oral, (b) free-verse poetry, (c) imaginative narratives, (d) collaborative writing, and (e) presentation.
  • At the conclusion of this course, students will possess the grammar and writing skills necessary for focus on the SAT and ACT writing and essay sections discussed in Perfecting Grammar and Style.
  • What is the most obvious sign that someone is not good at English? Grammar! An old lady needs to pee really badly, but is afraid to go into the restroom because the sign says, “Toilet is ONLY for disabled elderly pregnant children.” The old lady is not pregnant and no longer a child, though her full bladder does make walking around hard! A small comma can make a big difference. After 30 hours of class time, this course will prepare you to understand the parts of a sentence and how to add style to your writing. A big plus is that it also prepares you to write great essays for the ACT and SAT.
  • Perfecting Grammar and Style (PGS) is designed for grades 9-12 is a lecture- and workshop-based course that boosts student success on the ACT and SAT essays.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and two take-home exams. PGS incorporates a functional review of grammar and writing before transitioning to timed writing strategies for analytical and argumentative essays.
  • By the end of this course, students should be able to (a) identify functional parts of a sentence and paragraph in order to make conscious decisions about writing style and (b) understand how to write an effective ACT or SAT essay.
  • In order to speak intelligibly about ideas, you need to be able to read those ideas. This class teaches students to analyze written ideas in thoughtful ways. We encourage students to voice their opinions by asking questions and sharing opinions. We teach students the difference between fiction, nonfiction, and historical fiction. We also teach them how to pronounce the word genre. Hint, it does not sound like “Gen Ree.”
  • Reading Level 1 (RL 1) for grades 6-8 is designed to improve a student’s ability to read thoughtfully, analyze important passages and quotes, and speak confidently and intelligently about what he or she has read.
  • RL 1 combines reading grade-level appropriate fiction with Socratic discussions. Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be lectures, discussions, quizzes, and six essay assignments. Students will conduct an in-depth analysis of the works via Study Guide questions and exercises.
  • By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a variety of genres and periods, close reading techniques, and literary terms.
  • In Level 2 of our Reading series, students learn to apply their analysis skills in a deeper way. Reading is not just about sounding out words and connecting ideas. Reading well is about understanding the context that is hidden between the lines. Our study guides and exercises teach students effective reading techniques that go beyond what they learned in Level 1.
  • Reading Level 2 (RL 2) for grades 9-10 is designed to improve a student’s ability to read thoughtfully, analyze important passages and quotes, and speak confidently and intelligently about what he/she has read.
  • RL 2 combines reading grade level appropriate fiction with Socratic discussions. Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be lectures, discussions, quizzes, and six essay assignments. Students will conduct an in-depth analysis of the works via Study Guide questions and exercises.
  • By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a variety of genres and periods, close reading techniques, and literary terms.
  • Great books have lasted the test of time because of their deep meaning, timeless beauty, and the hard work of a lot of librarians. However, what is the difference between a great book and a popular book? These two are not the same things. This course is designed to teach students the art of critical thinking and effective note-taking when reading literature. The 30 hours of class time cover both fiction and nonfiction. This course is for advanced English learners who want to develop their skills as future scholars.
  • Advanced Critical Reading (ACR) is designed for grades 9-12 is a rigorous, lecture-based course that equips students with strategies for active reading, critical thinking, and analytical writing.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be lectures, discussions, quizzes, and six essay assignments. Students will hone their skills as they study Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau, and other short fiction and nonfiction readings that are similarly thought-provoking.
  • ACR will (a) further your ability to read and think critically, (b) help you perfect active reading and note-taking strategies, (c) Increase your knowledge of the elements of nonfiction and fiction, (d) further your ability to critically analyze others’ writing, and (e) help you write effectively and analytically about both fiction and nonfiction
  • What’s the difference between idle and idol? Why does English pronounce cough, rough, and cookie dough differently, though only the first letter is different -- we weren’t referring to cookie. The vocabulary foundation in this class is necessary for students to learn the advanced vocabulary of high school English. Don’t be idle. Take this class!
  • Vocabulary Foundations (VF) for grades 6-8 is designed to efficiently broaden students’ English vocabulary through the study of word structure and origins.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be lectures, discussions, quizzes, and six essay assignments, students will explore Latin and Greek roots then move on to learning words through historical meaning, understanding words from their context, and studying words borrowed from other languages.
  • By the end of this course, students should be able to recognize, use, and understand middle and early high school level vocabulary, and express their thoughts more precisely and vividly.
  • Why did the bedridden invalid give an invalid answer to the aptitude question? The previous sentence is an example of high-level high school vocabulary; it’s also an example of a bad use of such vocabulary. This course will teach you how to use big words in understandable ways. We named this class intensive because we have extensive knowledge of the English lexicon. If you want to have an AP-level English proficiency, then you better know the meaning of very single word in this loquacious paragraph. Don’t be sophomoric and think this class pedestrian; it’s anything but.
  • Intensive Vocabulary Mastery (IVM) for grades 9-12 empowers students to consciously increase, remember, and use sophisticated vocabulary words that often appear on the ACT and SAT, as well as in college-level texts.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be lectures, discussions, quizzes, and six essay assignments.
  • Students will learn how to (1) read words in context critically (2) use a variety of proven techniques to discern and remember new vocabulary words, (3) understand common Greek and Latin roots, and (4) use an expanded vocabulary in conversation and writing.
  • Science

    Ever wonder why you look like your parents? Ever wonder why you don’t look exactly like your sister? Biology is the science of life. In this class you will learn about the molecules and cells form you, your dog, and the invisible viruses that make you sick. 30 hours of classroom time will teach you to master all the details of biology, a science that resulted when a chemistry book and a history book collided while traveling through an inter-dimensional portal.
  • As one of our most customized class offerings, the course content is based on the California State Standards for Biology Bay Area’s local high school curriculum. This course is designed to teach students topics from Biology Honor.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and two take-home exams. Students will learn about: Biochemistry, ecology, the cell theory, mitosis and meiosis, cell respiration, photosynthesis, genetics, evolution, taxonomy, plants, and physiology.
  • To further tailor the course, our expert instructors select the learning activities to match the needs and goals of their students in each class. By the end of the course, students will be able to answer biology questions in the real world.
  • Does the word “Chemistry” strike fear into your heart? Have you heard how hard it is? Did you know that it can also be fun? And, incredibly fascinating? Don’t take our word for it, take this class! Chemistry is often a rude awakening for high school students because it’s your first transition from a descriptive science class to a numerical science class. Since when did science have equations? Who is this Avogadro guy and why doesn’t his number have an area code? Is this for reals? Don’t be caught off guard. It makes a world of difference when students have learned chemistry before taking chemistry, as odd as that may sound.
  • As one of our most customized class offerings, the course content is based on the California State Standards for Chemistry and the San Francisco Bay Area’s local high school curriculum. It is designed to prepare students for core concepts of chemistry.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. Topics that will be covered include atoms, moles, periodic table, compounds, stoichiometry, states of matter, equilibrium, acids and bases, redox reactions, nuclear chemistry, and organic chemistry.
  • By the end of the course, the students will be able apply these topics to the real world situations. To further tailor the course, our expert instructors select the learning activities to match the needs and goals of their students in each class.
  • Why does your head hurt more when you hit a wall while running as opposed to walking? Physics is the science that explains the laws of nature and why the physical world behaves the way it does. Physics does not explain why your favorite characters in video games can jump so high and talk in outer space without wearing a space helmet -- that’s for a different kind of physics class. However, physics does explain why paper planes eventually slow down and hit the ground. 30 hours of classroom time will teach you to understand physics and to not ram your head into walls.
  • As one of our most customized class offerings, the course content is based on the California State Standards for Physics Bay Area’s local high school curriculum. This course is designed to teach students topics from Physics Honor.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and two take-home exams. Students will learn about: vectors, kinematics, dynamics, circular motion, energy, work and power, momentum and impulse, gravity, electric field, and electric potential.
  • To further tailor the course, our expert instructors select the learning activities to match the needs and goals of their students in each class. By the end of the course, students will be able to solve the physics problems and apply it to the real world.
  • Math

    For a math class that works with pretty shapes like circles and squares, geometry is deceptively difficult. It is the first math class that requires students to do this thing called “mathematical proofs.” You will learn odd rules like the one called “Side Angle Side.” No, this isn’t a dance move; it’s a method to determine if two angles are equal. After 30 classroom hours, you will be ready to take on the honors level of geometry.
  • As one of our most customized class offerings, the course content is based on the California State Standards for Mathematics Bay Area’s local high school curriculum. This course is designed to teach students topics from Geometry Honor.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and two take-home exams. Students will learn about: Logic, points, lines, planes, and angles, parallel lines and planes, polygons, congruent polygons, and parallelograms.
  • To further tailor the course, our expert instructors select the learning activities to match the needs and goals of their students in each class. By the end of the course, students will be able to solve the geometry problems and apply it to the real world.
  • In addition to being the offensive strategy of Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls basketball team -- he won six NBA championships -- the triangle is considered the most fundamental shape of nature. All other shapes can be described by triangles and the angles within them. Algebra II/Trigonometry is a student’s first exposure to polynomial functions, conical sections, statistics, and full on trigonometry. This class sets the foundation necessary for pre-calculus and beyond. Learning higher math without knowing Algebra II and Trigonometry is like trying to build a three-legged table that only has two legs, or trying to win a game of Connect Four with only three moves; ain’t gonna happen. Our experienced instructor increases students’ scores on average by 10%. You will be glad you took this class either before or along with your school’s version of it. Don’t play 1-on-1 against Michael Jordan -- unless you love losing -- but do take this class.
  • As one of our most customized class offerings, the course content is based on the California State Standards for Mathematics Bay Area’s local high school curriculum. This course is designed to teach students topics from Algebra II and Trigonometry.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and two take-home exams. Students will learn about: basic functions and graphs, polynomial functions, rational functions, inverse functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, introduction to Trigonometric Functions and Identities.
  • To further tailor the course, our expert instructors select the learning activities to match the needs and goals of their students in each class. By the end of the course, students will be able to solve and graph these functions and apply them to real-world situations.
  • The word “calculus” in “pre-calculus” is intimidating enough, but your school has to stick the word “honors” after it? Welcome to your first dip into big leagues of math. Pre-calculus teaches you about the mathematical functions upon which advanced mathematics is built. Our experienced instructor increases students’ scores on average by 10%. Ten percent! That’s like going from 75 to 85, or 85 to 95. How much would you like a bump-up of a whole letter grade? You will be glad you took this class either before or along with your school’s pre-calculus class. Soon, you’ll be cheering, “Sine, cosine, cosine, sine! Three-point-one-four, one-five-nine!”
  • As one of our most customized class offerings, the course content is based on the California State Standards for Mathematics and the San Francisco Bay Area’s local high school curriculum. It is designed to teach students topics from Pre-Calculus to Analysis Honor.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. Students will learn about: systems of equations, matrices and determinants, parametric equations, polar coordinates and equations, three dimensional equations and vectors.
  • By the end of the course, students will be able to solve and graph these functions and apply them to real-world situations.
  • Advanced Placement

    Now that you’ve completed nearly the full year of AP Biology, you will start panicking every time you acknowledge that the AP Bio test will ask you about things from the beginning of the year. Embrace the fear, and take this class so that we can help you transform restless energy into intellectually available energy. There are recurring types of questions and topics that the AP test writers love to use, so 30 hours of classroom time in our course will make sure that you are ready for whatever carnivorous monstrosity jumps through the pages of the test booklet.
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Biology test in May. The student should already finished first semester of AP Biology.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the AP Biology.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • All of those practice problems about pendulums and momentum have carried you up to this point. The AP Physics Test is the final hurdle in your quest to claim that you faced college-level physics and came out triumphant. AP Physics is a different kind of rodeo compared to other AP science and math tests. You are expected to think in terms of numbers and real-world applications, both at a high level. Don’t be like Isaac Newton and get knocked in the head with an apple. Calculate the speed of the apple, peel it, dice it, and eat it as a snack while practicing the strategies that we will teach you. Physics, shmysics. Bring it on!
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Physics test in May. The student should already finished first semester of AP Physics.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the AP Physics.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • Chemistry is the #1 most dreaded undergraduate science course in college. Once you take AP Chemistry, you will know exactly why. The Ideal Gas Law will fill your brain with hot air, while acid-base titrations will test the algebra skills that you thought you buried back in middle school. Chemistry will reveal why certain people love to study nature, while others will prefer to just write poems about nature. This class will help you understand common questions that the AP test writers like to ask. Take this class before taking the AP Chemistry test! You will thank yourself later.
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Chemistry test in May. The student should already finished first semester of AP Chemistry.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the AP Chemistry.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • Would it be an understatement to say that Shakespeare spoke in hyperbole when he wrote, “To be, or not to be.” What did Ernest Hemingway have against happy endings? The AP Literature test will make you feel like you have to write a ten page essay on only five pages of paper. The AP Literature test will teach you the definition of respect. 30 hours of our prep course will teach you the definition of the phrase, “a preemptive strike.” Procrastination will be your downfall, but irony will be your rebirth. Take this class! You will thank yourself later.
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Literature test in May. The student should already finished first semester of AP Literature.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the AP Literature.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • This class taught you to respect social science majors didn’t it? AP US History tests your critical thinking in ways that you didn’t realize possible in a history class. Don’t take your chances on the AP US History Test. The rise of the middle class allowed more people to afford test prep courses before taking AP history tests. Don’t be on the losing side of history. Sign up for this class to learn best practices when facing recurring tough questions on AP test.
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP US History test in May. The student should already finished first semester of AP US History.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the AP US History.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
  • No, Newton and Leibnitz didn’t invent calculus just to torture future high school students. They did it in order to solve fundamental questions about nature. You’ve derived and integrated your way through calculus and now must face the AP Calculus test. The wheat will be separated from the chaff. 30 hours of classroom time and we will make sure you remember the trigonometric identities and everything else that you’ve forgotten. Don’t skip out on this class! And don’t forget to write “+ C”!
  • This course is designed to prepare the student for the AP Calculus AB test in May. The student should already finished first semester of AP Calculus AB.
  • Over the 10 sessions (3 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and three take-home exams. The course covers all of the topics for the AP Calculus AB.
  • Our experienced instructor not only teaches you how to solve each problem, but also teaches you the strategies of solving each type of problems.
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