Factors that make the JM method so unique for the pre-High Schoolers: Grades 7 and 8
- Preparing for the future: Here at JM Learning, we hyper focus on a preparative approach to High School. Every lesson is split with the intention of not only reviewing the information taught in school but teaching the material that will be taught in High School, thus preparing and ensuring success in some of the most crucial points in the student’s life. This builds confidence and a sense of security, allowing the student to feel a sense of safety during a time of extreme change and turmoil.
- The environment: Creating a safe space for pre-teens not only creates a dynamic that is most conducive to achieving the best possible results but also allows the teen to establish effective study habits. Those habits extend outside of the learning environment and we often find our student change not only scholastically, but as individuals as well.
- Our Experience: For the past 7 years, JM Learning and its affiliates have worked with nearly 20,000 students throughout the world, helping them achieve their goals. However, it isn’t the sheer quantity of students or our qualifications and “expertise” that so many other tutoring companies love to tout, but our case studies that have allowed us to create a truly unique approach to education. We teach with the notion that it’s not just about the what and the who, but the why and the how. Our curriculum always targets the reasoning and application behind each concept, not just the theory.
- Results through Case Studies: Throughout the years, we have randomly selected 100 students per year and kept track of their progress through our various programs and tutors. We monitor the students’ reaction times, progress reports, personality profiles, failures, and successes in order to essentially understand what works and what doesn’t. After conducting over 700 case studies, the rudimentary application of our current education system simply does not foster for the development of every child. Students, especially at such a vulnerable age, should not be forced to adapt to a “one size fits all” system. Instead, the lesson plans, instructors, and application of the material needs to be tailored for each individual student. And, it is through these case studies that we have developed a process and approach like no other.
- Every student is treated as an individual! There is not some pre-programmed method or system that the student is placed in. Unlike the rigorous systematic approach done by many other tutoring companies, our tutors are specifically trained to evaluate the student based on a variety of factors and then use the insight that they gain in order to effectively establish a solid framework on how to achieve the best results.
- Evaluation: This can involve a variety of methods, either through an evaluation exam, current grades, or a simple conversation with the parent and the child to understand needs, wants, desires, and expectations. Once a general understanding and evaluation of the student is established, we pair the student with a tutor that we believe fits best in terms of personality, qualifications, price, and overall stature. It is at that point that the tutor will reach out to both the parent and student to establish more of a sense of what level and what weak points/strengths to target so that the work can begin. At the very heart of the lessons, there must exist a certain level of understanding between the parent, child, and tutor to manage expectations and understand exactly where the child stands based on grade level, progression, overall ability to cognitively process information, and a general understanding of not only the material taught throughout the tutoring lesson, but also the material that is taught in school to become “predictive” in our approach. Underlying problems in understanding framework behind what the student does/does not know can effectively predict problem areas in the student’s progress throughout the year and the tutor can target those areas before they become a problem and hinder the student’s confidence.
- Communication: Throughout every lesson, every student’s information is recorded and cataloged, allowing us to keep track of his/her progress. The parent then receives student reports detailing exactly what had occurred throughout the lesson, the weaknesses or strengths of the lesson, high and low points of the lesson, and the general progress of the child.
*It is important to note that often academic progression is one that requires not only the effort of the child, tutor, and teacher, but also the parent. To be clear, we do not expect the parent to add more work onto his/her already very busy life, but rather we would like to foster an open line of communication and a safety net for the student to achieve the best results possible. We believe that an open-line of communication involving the student’s feelings regarding academia, failures, and success should all be managed in order to avoid some very difficult circumstances. This also fosters the greatest room for improvement.*
1. At JM Learning, we thrive around the notion of great habits! To have a student read every day for 20 minutes is significantly more effective than having the student read occasionally for an hour. This “occasional” reading only leads the student down a path to believe that reading is nothing more than another monotonous chore with no end. Instead, if the material is broken into segments and made enjoyable, you, as the parent, will find that your child will begin to read on his/her own and will feel a sense of accomplishment every time he/she accomplishes a reading session. Habits need to become scheduled, ingrained, and become a sort of lifestyle for the student. And, at a very young age, we promote the notion behind great habits to foster development and establish a sense of camaraderie between the child and the learning process. If large homework assignments become broken down into short 15-minute segments every day, then the homework assignment no longer becomes so grueling and monotonous. All our tutors are specifically trained to coordinate with the students and parents in order to establish a sense of habit and lifestyle to truly make progress.
2. Structured Lessons: We do not often recommend that a student at this age be placed in a session longer than one hour, because most will not be able to keep the attention necessary to foster effective learning. That being said, each one-hour lesson starts with a review of the previous week’s material for 10 mins, a review of all of the material, assignments, topics, and homework that was discussed in school for 30-40 minutes, and preparation for the next week’s material for the remainder of the time. While certain projects, exams, assignments do come up, we tailor a study plan and syllabus for the student, to make sure that every lesson becomes an essential course on its own. Our lesson plans follow The Common Core curriculum, which can be found at the link below:
4. Biology/living Environment
5. Earth Science
The SHSAT exam tests the student’s ability to think comprehensively, both linguistically and mathematically and is the main factor in the decision process to some of the best High Schools in the city commonly referred to as the “Specialized High Schools”. These schools include:
• Bronx High School of Science
• The Brooklyn Latin School
• Brooklyn Technical High School
• High School of American Studies at Lehman College, in the Bronx
• High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, in Manhattan
• Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
• Staten Island Technical High School
• Stuyvesant High School, in Manhattan
*The ninth school, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, on the Upper West Side, uses student auditions and academic records, not SHSAT scores, to determine admissions.” In order, to get offered a seat to one of eight elite Specialized High Schools, the student needs to receive a minimum score out of 800 on the SHSAT exam, which is known as the cutoff score. Such scores vary each year for every school and are never officially released to the public. However, based on information from past students and parents, the cutoff scores for the last 5 years for Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, and State Island Tech were...
Stuyvesant: 562(2013), 559(2014), 556(2015), 552(2016), 555(2017)
Brooklyn Tech: 483(2013), 486(2014), 483(2015), 482(2016), 486(2017)
Staten Island Tech: 503(2013), 506(2014), 508(2015), 508(2016), 515(2017)
To give a further background on the SHSAT Exam, there is an ELA (English Language Arts) section and a Mathematics section. Each section is made up of 57 questions. Changes to the ELA portion of the exam have been implemented this year to test students more on what they learn in school. The Revising/Editing section of the ELA portion will have 9 to 11 questions instead of 20 and the Reading Comprehension section will have 46 to 48 questions instead of 37. According to an update released by the NYC Department of Education, “...in past years, all reading comprehension texts were informational texts. The Fall 2018 test will include the following: 3 to 4 informational texts that may include any of the subgenres students should have experience with in middle school; some of these texts may contain supporting visual and/or quantitative graphics, 1 to 2 literary prose texts, which may include any of the subgenres students should have experience with in middle school, and 1 poem. Each text will have 6 to 10 questions associated with it.
JM Learning Prep offers a dynamic SHSAT curriculum that can be taught in a one-on-one “private” setting, a small group setting with two to four people, or a class setting, depending on preference and what is optimal for the student and parent. Our learning center consistently follows the news for updates related to NYC Education, which allows us to customize our programs accordingly. When there is a change or a proposed change, we make sure to inform our clients about it and then implement it into our courses. At JM Learning Prep, we believe that you can only make the right decision when you have the right information, and we are here to help.
These courses are not the typical approach to class sessions. In order to ensure the best possible results, we place each student into his/her particular level and skill. This level is determined by our own “Cut-off” score and thus each student is placed into either the “Level 2” or “Level 1” Class.
- Level 1: The class designed to teach all of fundamentals necessary for achieving the maximum possible results.
- Level 2: The Cut off Score for level 2 is a 450
Every tutor goes through a particularly grueling training process. The training process involves a series of examinations, tutorials, mock teaching sessions, and adaptive learning assessments so that the tutors are perfectly setup for the maximum results. We believe strongly that the tutor’s success is closely intertwined with the student’s, thus our staff closely monitors the progress of each instructor and each student through our proprietary systems and a variety of programs, such as google classroom. Each room is then equipped with camera systems so that the parent can witness firsthand the progress being made in the classroom. Naturally, certain instructors have more qualifications then others and have certain styles of teaching that could be more effective for specific students. The instructors are split based on qualifications according to our, “Genius, Brilliant, Bright” model and are setup based on the parent’s request of price, scheduling, and above all, student need. The qualification of each instructor and the instructors can all be found on our instructors page, along with a short video lesson and introductory segment sampling the instructor and his/her qualifications. Click on the link below to visit our instructors page: