Our ACT Curriculum

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Individual Appointments

Total 1-1 individualized planning time: 75 min

Student-teacher ratio is 1:1

Each week every student meets with the instructor for 10-15 minutes to review progress, refine goals, and assign student-specific homework.

English

Total in-class lesson time: 3 hrs 5 min

Student-teacher ratio is 12:1

The English lessons are taught as a combination of lecture and groupwork.

From ACT.org

The ACT English test is a 75-question, 45-minute test that measures your understanding of the conventions of standard English (punctuation, usage, and sentence structure), production of writing (topic development, organization, unity, and cohesion), and knowledge of language (word choice, style, and tone).

The test consists of five essays, or passages, each accompanied by a sequence of multiple-choice test questions.

The Ferguson Tutoring curriculum fully prepared students to answer the ACT English questions with confidence and knowledge. A full review of the rules and conventions of Punctuation, Word Choice, and Style & Organization is paired with the unique Ferguson Tutoring method. Our method teaches students how to move through each question systematically and deliberately instead of the more common method of “hearing” the right answer. The result is higher and more consistent scores along with the lasting grammatical knowledge that will benefit our students throughout their academic years and into their adult lives.

Punctuation

  • Commas
  • Semicolons
  • Colons
  • Dashes
  • Clauses and sentence structure

Word Choice

  • Apostrophes
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Misplaced modifiers
  • Connecting words
  • Confusing word pairs

Style and Org

  • Paragraph and Passage structure
  • When to add/del sentences
  • Ordering sentences and paragraphs
  • Understanding writer’s goal

Mathematics

Total in-class individualized time: 10 hrs 15 min

Student-teacher ratio is 6:1

The Mathematics preparation is structured as individual work reviewing concepts and preparing reference sheets with the aid of Ferguson Tutoring Math TAs. Lessons will be interspersed as needed based on each class’s student makeup.

NOTE: As the class progresses, this time can be individually reassigned to 1-1 help in other sections as a student needs.

From ACT.org

The ACT mathematics test is a 60-question, 60-minute test designed to assess the mathematical skills students have typically acquired in courses taken up to the beginning of grade 12.

The test presents multiple-choice questions that require you to use reasoning skills to solve practical problems in mathematics. Most questions are self-contained. Some questions may belong to a set of several questions (e.g., several questions about the same graph or chart). Knowledge of basic formulas and computational skills are assumed as background for the problems, but recall of complex formulas and extensive computation is not required.

Mathematics is the foundation on which our company is built. Our mathematics curriculum continuously integrates conversations of performance preparation with precise and rigorous mathematics. An unfortunate misconception of the ACT is that speed is key, and this is especially detrimental in the mathematics section. Tricks to move through the exam quickly and without actually doing that math produce scores below a student’s true potential.

With the unique Ferguson Tutoring method, each student learns how to analyze her own work to identify her strengths and maximize her score. Finishing the exam is not always the goal. This targeted way to analyze and approach the exam helps each student feel confident and successful by recognizing what they do well. And because our tutors have a complete mastery of the mathematical concepts behind the questions, our method is as effective for advanced students as it is for those who have struggled with math. By combining strategic test analysis and planning, mathematics content review, and confidence building, students see their scores climb.

Reading

Total in-class lesson time: 3 hrs

Student-teacher ratio is 12:1

The Reading lessons are taught as a combination of lecture and groupwork.

From ACT.org

The ACT reading test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures your reading comprehension. The test questions ask you to derive meaning from several texts by (1) referring to what is explicitly stated and (2) reasoning to determine implicit meanings. Specifically, questions will ask you to use referring and reasoning skills to determine main ideas; locate and interpret significant details; understand sequences of events; make comparisons; comprehend cause-effect relationships; determine the meaning of context-dependent words, phrases, and statements; draw generalizations; and analyze the author’s or narrator’s voice and method.

Science

Total in-class lesson time: 3 hrs 5 min

Student-teacher ratio is 12:1

The Science lessons are taught as a combination of lecture and groupwork.

From ACT.org

The ACT science test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.

The test presents several sets of scientific information, each followed by a number of multiple-choice test questions. The scientific information is conveyed in one of three different formats: data representation (graphs, tables, and other schematic forms), research summaries (descriptions of several related experiments), or conflicting viewpoints (expressions of several related hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with one another). The questions require you to recognize and understand the basic features of, and concepts related to, the provided information; to examine critically the relationship between the information provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses developed; and to generalize from given information to gain new information, draw conclusions, or make predictions. Some of the questions require that the students have discipline-specific content knowledge (e.g., knowledge specific to an introductory high school biology course), but science content is always assessed in concert with science skills and practices.