LearnSpeed

This page provides help with LearnSpeed.

After a Tutoring Session

  • After you have a session, go to the home page in LearnSpeed.
  • Under Sessions Needing Reports, you’ll see the session you just completed.
  • Click the +Session button to create a session report
  • When you post a session held with a student, there are boxes for the student, parent and admin.
    • Student box: Put homework and any notes geared to the student, using the template below. The parent also will see this note.
    • Client/Parent box: Put notes to that will go the parent only, but assume the student might see it.
    • Admin: If you want a note to the administrative office, put the info here.
    • If there is something unusual or important for the administrative office to see in your report, check the box “Requires Attention.”
  • Also, if you use the material from our prep website(s) — our SAT or ACT workbook, PointsBooster reports or customized quizzes — during the session, you must record a session in the planner tab of the SAT or ACT websites reflecting the total amount of tutoring session time during which you used material from the prep website.

Student Box Template

Your student box should have these categories. Use ALL CAPS for headers so it’s easier for us to see the headers.

Cut and paste this information for completing the student box in LearnSpeed.

MATERIAL REVIEWED

NEW MATERIAL

DIFFICULTIES

HOMEWORK ASSIGNED

DIAGNOSTIC ASSIGNED

NOTES

 

Required information for almost all sessions.

  • Either NEW MATERIAL and/or MATERIAL REVIEWED.
  • HOMEWORK ASSIGNED

Sample Student Box

MATERIAL REVIEWED:
– Translating Word Problems
– Pick your own numbers

NEW MATERIAL:
– Roots & Exponents
– Operations with Polynomials Parts 1 & 2
– Solving Quadratics

DIFFICULTIES
Still making silly mistakes on math problems.

HOMEWORK ASSIGNED:
– Roots & Exponents
– Operations with Polynomials Parts 1 & 2
– Solving Quadratics

DIAGNOSTIC ASSIGNED
SAT #3, math section

NOTES
Leila has missed several homework assignments. I’ve discussed this issue with her.

SAT Sections

Reading

How to Use This Book

Learn to Practice Effectively

Reading Unit #1

  • Reading Introduction
  • Expository / Narrative / Rhetorical
  • Active Reading
  • General Strategy
  • Applying Active Reading – Sulfur Mining & Chain Letters
  • Homework Drill #1 – The Thirty-Nine Steps
  • Homework Drill #2 – Anti-Suffragists and War
  • Homework Drill #3 – The Sea Sapphire

Reading Unit #2

  • Mark Up the Passage
  • Question Types – Part 1 – FAQ
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Homework Drill #1 – Old Creole Days
  • Homework Drill #2 – Cut Out the Middle Man
  • Homework Drill #3 – Haiti Earthquake

Reading Unit #3

  • Infographics
  • Paired Passages
  • Homework Drill #1 – Pragmatism
  • Homework Drill #2 – Space Junk
  • Homework Drill #3 – Borders of Comedy

Reading Unit #4

  • Strategy Review
  • More Question Types
  • Review SAT #8, Reading
  • Reading Vocabulary: Tone / Attitude
  • Reading Vocabulary: Other Essential Words
  • Reading Vocabulary: Word Roots

Writing

Writing Unit #1

  • Introduction
  • General Strategy
  • Homework Drill #1 – In Search of Baby Dinosaurs
  • Homework Drill #2 – Note-Taking: A Surprising Discovery
  • Homework Drill #3 – The Benefits of Bike Lanes

Writing Unit #2

  • Parts of Speech
  • Adjectives vs. Adverbs
  • Verb Tense
  • Subject Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun Agreement and Clarity
  • Homework Drill #1 – Meal Planning
  • Homework Drill #2 – The Value of a Used Car
  • Homework Drill #3 – Antibodies: The Power Within

Writing Unit #3

  • Sentences & Fragments
  • Run-On Sentences
  • Colons, Dashes, and Semicolons
  • Commas and Non-Essential Clauses
  • Possessives, Plurals, and Contractions
  • Homework Drill #1 – Hand-Washing Hullabaloo
  • Homework Drill #2 – Coaching Youth Sports: Fun and Fulfilling
  • Homework Drill #3 – No Kidding: A Fresh Approach to Landscaping

Writing Unit #4

  • Informational Graphics
  • Logical Transitions
  • Relevance: Adding & Removing Info
  • Reordering a Sentence or Paragraph
  • Homework Drill #1 – When Time Is Muscle
  • Homework Drill #2 – A Day on the Water
  • Homework Drill #3 – Nursing: An Evolving Profession

Writing Unit #5

  • Diction and Idioms
  • Parallelism and Word Pairs
  • Misplaced Modifier
  • Redundancy & Wordiness
  • Review SAT #8, Writing
  • Diagnostic: SAT Test #7, Writing
  • Homework Drill #1 – Stand and Deliver
  • Homework Drill #2 – Happiness Matters

Homework Drill #3 – A New Approach to Conservation

Math

Math Unit #1 – Math Strategy Guide

  • General Math Strategy
  • Solving Backwards
  • Picking Your Own Numbers
  • Basic Math – Part 1
  • Basic Math – Part 2
  • Homework Drill #1
  • Homework Drill #2
  • Homework Drill #3

Math Unit #2 – Heart of Algebra

  • Translating Word Problems – Part 1
  • Translating Word Problems – Part 2
  • Solving Linear Equations – Part 1
  • Solving Linear Equations – Part 2
  • Interpreting Linear Equations
  • Linear Inequalities & Absolute Values
  • Solving Linear Systems
  • Graphs of Lines
  • Homework Drill #1
  • Homework Drill #2
  • Homework Drill #3
  • Homework completion in class after lessons

Math Unit #3 – Problem Solving & Data Analysis

  • Rates, Ratios, and Proportions – Part 1
  • Rates, Ratios, and Proportions – Part 2
  • Percentages
  • Probability
  • Data Tables
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
  • Homework Drill #1
  • Homework Drill #2
  • Homework Drill #3
  • Homework completion in class after lessons

Math Unit #4 – Passport to Advanced Math

  • Roots & Exponents
  • Operations with Polynomials – Part 1
  • Operations with Polynomials – Part 2
  • Solving Quadratics
  • Graphing Quadratics (Parabolas)
  • Function Notation
  • Real-Life Nonlinear Models
  • Homework Drill #1
  • Homework Drill #2
  • Homework Drill #3
  • Homework completion in class after lessons

Math Unit #5 – Additional Topics

  • Angles
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Area & Volume
  • Complex Numbers
  • Basic Trigonometry
  • Homework Drill #1
  • Homework Drill #2
  • Homework Drill #3

ACT Sections

Writing

English Unit #1

  • Parts of Speech
  • Adjectives vs. Adverbs
  • Possessive, Plural, and Contraction
  • English Unit #1 – Homework Drill #1
  • English Unit #1 – Homework Drill #2

English Unit #2

  • Sentences & Fragments
  • Run-On Sentences
  • Colons, Dashes, and Semicolons
  • English Unit #2 – Homework Drill #1
  • English Unit #2 – Homework Drill #2

English Unit #3

  • Subject Verb Agreement
  • Verb Tense
  • Pronoun Errors
  • Comparative vs. Superlative
  • English Unit #3 – Homework Drill #1
  • English Unit #3 – Homework Drill #2

English Unit #4

  • Redundancy & Wordiness
  • Transitions & Conclusions
  • Relevance: Adding & Removing Info
  • English Unit #4 – Homework Drill #1
  • English Unit #4 – Homework Drill #2

English Unit #5

  • Parallelism
  • Misplaced Modifier
  • English Unit #5 – Homework Drill #1
  • English Unit #5 – Homework Drill #2

English Unit #6

  • Move a Sentence or Paragraph
  • Writer’s Goal
  • English Unit #6 – Homework Drill #1
  • English Unit #6 – Homework Drill #2

Math Lessons

Math Unit #1

  • Pick Your Own Numbers
  • Solving Backwards
  • Math Unit #1 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #1 – Homework Drill #2
  • Math Unit #1 – Homework Drill #3
  • Math Unit #1 – Homework Drill #4
  • Math Unit #1 – Homework Drill #5

Math Unit #2

  • Integers
  • Digits
  • Even & Odd
  • Positives, Negatives, and Zero
  • Fractions
  • Divisibility, Factors & Multiples
  • Prime Numbers
  • Combinations
  • Permutations & Probabilities
  • Percents
  • Math Unit #2 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #2 – Homework Drill #2
  • Math Unit #2 – Homework Drill #3
  • Math Unit #2 – Homework Drill #4
  • Math Unit #2 – Homework Drill #5

Math Unit #3

  • Translation
  • Roots & Exponents
  • Solve for the whole expression
  • Ratios & Proportions
  • Rates
  • Mean, Median, and Mode
  • Math Unit #3 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #3 – Homework Drill #2

Math Unit #4

  • Related Angles
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Polygons
  • Math Unit #4 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #4 – Homework Drill #2
  • Math Unit #4 – Homework Drill #3
  • Math Unit #4 – Homework Drill #4

Math Unit #5

  • F.O.I.L. & Factor
  • Number Lines
  • Absolute Value
  • Inequalities
  • Matrices
  • Sequences
  • Math Unit #5 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #5 – Homework Drill #2
  • Math Unit #5 – Homework Drill #3

Math Unit #6

  • Functions
  • Linear Equations
  • Function Tables
  • Funky Function Symbols
  • Real Life Functions
  • Quadratic Functions
  • Squiggly Functions
  • Math Unit #6 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #6 – Homework Drill #2
  • Math Unit #6 – Homework Drill #3

Math Unit #7

  • Distances & Midpoints
  • Shapes on a Coordinate Plane
  • Circles & Ellipses
  • Math Unit #7 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #7 – Homework Drill #2

Math Unit #8

  • Trigonometry
  • Logarithms
  • Complex Numbers
  • Math Unit #8 – Homework Drill #1
  • Math Unit #8 – Homework Drill #2
  • Math Unit #8 – Homework Drill #3

Reading Lessons

Reading Unit #1

  • Reading Introduction
  • Active Reading
  • General Strategy
  • Reading Unit #1 – Homework Drill #1
  • Reading Unit #1 – Homework Drill #2
  • Reading Unit #1 – Homework Drill #3
  • Reading Unit #1 – Homework Drill #4

Reading Unit #2

  • Local vs. Global
  • Common Trap Answers
  • Reading Unit #2 – Homework Drill #1
  • Reading Unit #2 – Homework Drill #2
  • Reading Unit #2 – Homework Drill #3
  • Reading Unit #2 – Homework Drill #4

Reading Unit #3

  • Direct & Indirect Questions
  • Advanced Strategies
  • Reading Unit #3 – Homework Drill #1
  • Reading Unit #3 – Homework Drill #2
  • Reading Unit #3 – Homework Drill #3
  • Reading Unit #3 – Homework Drill #4

Reading Unit #4

  • Paired Reading Passages
  • Advanced Strategy for Paired Passages
  • Tips for Paired Reading Passages
  • Reading Unit #4 – Homework Drill #1
  • Reading Unit #4 – Homework Drill #2

Reading Unit #5

  • Reading Unit #5 – Homework Drill #1
  • Reading Unit #5 – Homework Drill #2
  • Reading Unit #5 – Homework Drill #3
  • Reading Unit #5 – Homework Drill #4

Science Lessons:

Science Unit #1

  • Intro to ACT Science
  • Strategy & Tips for ACT Science
  • Graphs & Tables
  • Science Unit #1 – Practice Passage #1
  • Science Unit #1 – Homework Drill #1
  • Science Unit #1 – Homework Drill #2
  • Science Unit #1 – Homework Drill #3

Science Unit #2

  • Data Representation
  • Science Unit #2 – Practice Passage #1
  • Science Unit #2 – Practice Passage #2
  • Science Unit #2 – Homework Drill #1
  • Science Unit #2 – Homework Drill #2
  • Science Unit #2 – Homework Drill #3

Science Unit #3

  • Research Summary
  • Science Unit #3 – Practice Passage #1
  • Science Unit #3 – Practice Passage #2
  • Science Unit #3 – Homework Drill #1
  • Science Unit #3 – Homework Drill #2
  • Science Unit #3 – Homework Drill #3

Science Unit #4

  • Conflicting Viewpoints
  • Science Unit #4 – Practice Passage #1
  • Science Unit #4 – Homework Drill #1
  • Science Unit #4 – Homework Drill #2
  • Science Unit #4 – Homework Drill #3
  • Science Unit #5 – Homework Drill #1
  • Science Unit #5 – Homework Drill #2
  • Science Unit #5 – Homework Drill #3

Tutor Availability

Toward the end of each month, enter your availability for the following month as part of your preparation and follow-up. Watch this video that explains how to enter your availability.

You will get tutoring assignments based on your availability. We will no longer call you to confirm your availability.

Once you have confirmed tutoring a student during a given time period, you are committed to doing so.

LearnSpeed Tags: Identify What you Teach

You must identify the topics you can teach using tags in LearnSpeed.
Do not use the tags that are in the format “Number: Topic,” such as “1: Reading” or “2: Reading and Writing” to identify what you can teach. Use those tags after you hold a session with a student to identify subjects you taught in that session.
To identify what you can teach, use tags SAT1_Reading, SAT1_Writing, ACT_English. To do this, log into LearnSpeed, and click “My Account” at the top of the page. Scroll down to “Tags“, and select the subjects you can teach.

Hot Tip

You can put the above template into the calendar entry in the notes field. Then check the button “Copy to Session Student Note.” When you create the session rerport, the template will automatically populate the student note. This shortcut is especially useful if you have a recurring calendar event, as you can put the template into the recurring calendar event, and the template will populate the student note each time you create a session report in that series.

LearnSpeed Calendar Event Note
Putting the template into the notes field in the calendar entry can save you time for recurring calendar entries.

Learnspeed Setup and Training Videos

Use LearnSpeed to track sessions with students and to track your hours.

LearnSpeed Tutor Setup (If already done, skip this)

Training Video on LearnSpeed (Every tutor must watch this)
UPDATE TO VIDEO: The default timesheet type is now “Tutoring SAT/ACT,” which is the timesheet type you use for preparation and follow-up for SAT/ACT tutoring.

If you’re in training, don’t watch the full video above. We’ve provided a special manual for use during training.

Use information from that manual to file timesheets. After you finish training and before you start tutoring, watch the full LearnSpeed video above.

Log in to LearnSpeed

Assign Diagnostics

Assign diagnostics after every third session. Report the name of the diagnostic you’ve assigned when you file your session report (in the student box, using the template above). If the student takes a proctored exam, that counts as a diagnostic. Then assign a diagnostic on the third session after the diagnostic.

On our satprep and actprep websites, you can assign only a full test, not a section. So assign the full test and advise the student which sections to complete (math, reading/writing, math/science, etc.)

File Preparation and Follow-up pay

After each session, file a timesheet for preparation and follow-up time.

After you correctly file a session report in LearnSpeed, do the following:

  • Click My Timesheets tab in LearnSpeed.
  • Click Add Timesheet
  • For Timesheet Type, choose the tutoring related to the session, for example, “Tutoring SAT/ACT”
  • In the Note field, enter the name of the student you tutored
  • Enter date and time that your session started
  • Under hours, enter the time spent for preparation and follow, up to a maximum of:
    • 0.5 (for a two-hour session)
    • 0.25 (for a one-hour session)
    • (see the conversion table in the addendum of the tutor manual to convert other times to decimal).

If there’s a late cancellation, change the session length to 1 hour when you file the session report and, if you completed preparation, file a separate timesheet for up to 0.25 hours of preparation.
If there is a no-show, enter the amount of time for preparation and follow-up based on the length of time the session would have been.

If there’s a late cancellation or no show, you’ll hold an actual session at a later date. So don’t file preparation and follow-up twice. Complete a timesheet for preparation and follow-up on the date in which you actually hold a session.

Examples

  1. You tutor for 2 hours: File your session report, which will automatically file a 2-hour timesheet. Also file a timesheet for 30 minutes of preparation and follow-up as described above.
  2. You get a late cancellation: When you file your session report, change session length to 1 hour, which will automatically file a 1-hour timesheet. When you actually hold the session, file the timesheet for preparation and follow-up.
  3. You get a no show: File your session report (make sure session length is 2 hours), which will automatically file a 2-hour timesheet. File a timesheet for 30 minutes of preparation and follow-up as described above.

Please watch this video on filing LearnSpeed timesheets for preparation and follow-up.

Scheduling and Recording Sessions

The training video provides information on scheduling and recording sessions with students.

Here is some information to supplement the video.

Late Cancellations

If a student cancels with less than 24 hours’ notice, you have two choices:

  • Delete the session for LearnSpeed. The client will not be charged, and you will not be paid. If the student who rarely cancels is sick or has a good excuse for a late cancellation, choose this option.
  • Change the session length to one hour in LearnSpeed. Create a session report. Report the attendance as “late cancel.” The client will be charged for one hour and you will be paid for one hour.

No Show

This means the client didn’t show up and didn’t cancel before the start of the session. You must be present at the scheduled time and location in order to report a “No Show.”

  • Create a session report.
    • Report the attendance as “No Show.”
    • Check the box “Requires Attention.”