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Our Highly-acclaimed Tutoring Programs

We offer a range of Tutoring Programs for grades K-12 in the Staten Island area of New York. These include TACHS, SHSAT, PSAT, and more.

TACHS

This twenty-week program begins at the end of June for the November exam. It is a weekly two-hour class. The TACHS exam is 2 ½ hours long. The exam is divided into four main categories.

READING COMPREHENSION

Reading comprehension skills focus on the main idea or theme, details, vocabulary in context, drawing conclusions, inference, and author’s opinion using a wide variety of passages and poetry.

MATHEMATICS

This non-calculator exam in this category will test the student’s ability for:

  • Number sense and operations
  • Algebraic expressions and equations
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Data analysis/statistics
  • Probability

WRITTEN EXPRESSION

Students must choose the most appropriate way to express ideas in a piece of writing. Questions will address organization, clarity, sentence structure, and effective or appropriateness of expression. Students will learn grammar punctuation, and usage in this course.

ABILITY

This three-section separately times test is designed to measure abstract reasoning skills.

  • Paper Folding
  • Figure Classification
  • Figure Matrices

2020 TACHS PROGRAM/SHSAT CLASSES BEGIN THE 3RD WEEK IN JUNE 20 WEEKLY 2 HOUR CLASSES ALL CLASSES TAUGHT BY BARBARA RAUCH REGISTER NOW!

A MONDAY TUESDAY 3:15 - 5:15
8:30 - 10:30
B MONDAY TUESDAY 5:30 - 7:30
10:45 - 12:45
C TUESDAY TUESDAY 4:30 - 6:30
D-ALSO PREPARE FOR SHSAT (CALL OFFICE FOR DETAILS) TUESDAY TUESDAY 6:45 - 8:45
6:45 - 9:15
SHSAT
E WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY 3:15 - 5:15
10:45 - 12:45
F WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 5:30 - 7:30
4:45 - 6:45

SHSAT

This test is a highly competitive, difficult exam that tests a higher level of thinking.

It is recommended for students who have a 90+ average in 7th grade and have scored a level four on both their 6th and 7th grade NYS ELA and MATH exams.

Our course is given in conjunction with our TACHS exam.

The test consists of two primary sections – English Language Arts and Mathematics.

The exam is three hours long- 90 minutes for English Language Arts and 90 minutes for Mathematics.

English Language Arts

  • Consists of six reading comprehension passages (37 questions)
  • Consists of two revising/editing passages and five-eight revising/editing and stand-alone questions (20 questions)

Mathematics

  • Consists of 52 multiple choice questions and five grid-in questions that cover a range of topics.
  • The exam does not allow a calculator nor are they given a reference chart with formulas.

PSAT

It is a nationwide exam taken in October of sophomore and junior year, providing a good indication of how a student will score on his/her SAT within 100-200 points.

We offer one 3-hour class a few days before the exam focusing on test-taking tips and strategies, a short math lesson reviewing essential concepts and formulas, and a mini PSAT exam sampling a few questions from each section of the exam.The PSAT tests your evidence-based reading and writing and math (no essay).

Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.
Saturday October 10th 10:00-1:00
Sunday October 11th 10:00-1:00
Monday October 12th 10:00-1:00

SAT

The SAT is a college admissions test that is nationally recognized to inform colleges what the students know in reading, writing and language, math and an optional writing test (essay) in addition to high school grades to help them make admission decisions. The test is offered several times a year. The length of the exam is 3 hours or 3 hours 50 minutes if the test is given with the essay

Our thirteen-week program is an intense weekly two-hour class. The class begins in January to prepare for the March and May exam of their junior year. Students will take three full-length SAT exams and have access to our online center and be able to get a print-out of their scores and a detailed explanation of their strengths and weaknesses.

A-CLOSED Monday 3:15-5:15 January 13, 2020
B Monday 5:30-7:30 January 13, 2020
C Wednesday 5:45-7:45 January 15, 2020
D Thursday 6:45-8:45 January 16, 2020

Main Highlights

  • Our students will master the SAT by developing test-taking techniques and strategies that will be practiced on our three full-length SAT online exams.
  • The thirteen-week program is divided into six reading/writing classes and seven math lessons
  • The Evidence-Based Reading portion (65 minutes, 52 questions) covers reading comprehension skills to answer questions analyzing word choice, text structure, point of view, purpose, themes, and arguments. It consists of five passages with 52 questions.
  • The Writing and Language Test (35 minutes, 44 questions) is the section where most students need to improve on Standard English Conventions. In class, we will cover the 14 grammar errors that represent over 90% of the mistakes that will appear on the exam – subject/verb agreement, shifts in verb tense, mood, voice, pronoun person and number, punctuation, frequently confused words, misplaced modifiers, possessives, parallelism, wordiness, transition words, logical sequence, introductions, and conclusions.
  • The Mathematics Test (80 minutes, 58 questions) covers the four calculator and non-calculator sections of the SAT math: Heart of Algebra, Problem Solving and Data Analysis, Passport to Advanced Math, and Additional Topics in Math (Geometry, Trigonometry, and Complex Numbers)

ACT

The ACT is an achievement test that measures what a student has learned in school. Whereas, the SAT is an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The test consists of four multiple-choice tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science and an additional Writing test (Essay).

We offer 2-hour weekly classes for four weeks that follow our spring SAT course to prepare students for the June ACT exam.

Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.
Wednesday May 13th 6:00 – 8:00
Wednesday May 27th 6:00 - 8:00
Wednesday June 3rd 6:00 – 8:00
Wednesday June 10th 6:00 – 8:00
Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.

SAT – 5 Week Refresher

This 2-hour weekly class for five weeks is for students who have taken the SAT at least once. This class meets in August and September of senior year to prepare for the October SAT. We review test-taking tips and strategies and math concepts.

Students will take one full-length online exam.

AUGUST EXAM
Monday July 27th 6:00-8:00
Monday August 3rd 6:00-8:00
Monday August 10th 6:00-8:00
Monday August 17th 6:00-8:00
Monday August 24th 6:00-8:00
OCTOBER EXAM
Thursday Sept 3rd 6:00-8:00
Thursday Sept 10th 6:00-8:00
Thursday Sept. 17th 6:00-8:00
Thursday Sept. 24th 6:00-8:00
Thursday Oct. 1st 6:00-8:00

College Application Essay

The college essay is extremely important in the college application process. It goes in conjunction with SAT scores and high school grades. We have a high school English teacher on staff that will revise, edit, and polish the essay to produce a high-quality essay.

Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.
Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.

BACK TO SCHOOL SUMMER MATH BOOT CAMP

We all know being off for two months in the summer tends to make us loose our math skills. This twice weekly three-week program will sharpen your child’s skills and introduce some new topics that students will encounter in September.

2 Mondays & Wednesdays Aug 17th 9:00-10:15
3 Mondays & Wednesdays Aug 17th 10:30-11:45
4 Mondays & Wednesdays Aug 17th 12:00-1:15
5 Tuesdays & Thursdays Aug 18th 9:00-10:15
6 Tuesdays & Thursdays Aug 18th 10:30-11:45
7 Tuesdays & Thursdays Aug 18th 12:00-1:15

Introduction to High School Math - For Entering 9th Grade

This six week 1½ hour program prepares students for Algebra.

Students review algebra taught in 8th grade, as well as new topics that are covered at the beginning of 9th grade.

Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.
Wednesday July 22nd 6:00- 7:30
Wednesday July 29th 6:00-7:30
Wednesday August 5th 6:00-7:30
Wednesday Aug 12th 6:00-7:30
Wednesday Aug 19th 6:00-7:30
Wednesday Aug 26th 6:00-7:30

Regents Prep

  • Math
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Science
  • Living Environment
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • History
  • Global History
  • U.S. History

10 WEEK REGENTS REVIEW FOR THE JUNE 2020 EXAM

LIVING ENVIRONMENT March 23rd Monday 3:30 - 5:30 $25
CHEMISTRY March 30th or April 1st Monday or Wednesday 5:45 - 7:45 or 6:15 - 8:15 $30
$30
PHYSICS (6-2 1/2 hour classes - $250) May 14th Thursday 3:30 - 6:00 (must have 8 students) $25
EARTH SCIENCE (8 - 2 hour classes $250) April 30th Thursday 6:15 - 8:15 (must have 8 students) $25
Algebra 1
Geometry
Algebra 2
Global History
US History

This ten-week 2-hour program begins at the end of March and runs until June. Each week different topics are taught, followed by sample Regents questions.

All instructors are high school certified teachers who teach a particular subject in school.

Weekly High School Tutoring

We offer 1-hour small group tutoring for high school math and science by the school and subject to keep up with weekly instruction in the classroom.

Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.
Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.

NYS ELA/Math Test Prep

The NYS ELA/MATH exams are given in April. This program will adhere to New York standards that will be administered on the review. Classes begin in the middle of November and end in April. Weekly classes are 1½ hours. We spend approximately 45 minutes on math and 45 minutes on vocabulary, reading, and writing. Our tutorial center uses the most current materials that reflect the actual exam.

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One-on-one Tutoring

Certain cases require one-on-one tutoring. We offer this from grades 1–12. Diagnostic testing is available.

We also prepare adults for any exam that requires them to take an exam that has math on it to enter various programs for dental hygienist, nursing, union jobs, etc.

Barbara Rauch Tutoring Service, Inc.