UT Austin at night. I have 4 admissions clients applying there – as I toured the campus I thought, “this place really lives up to the hype!”
October 18, 2020
Yesterday I got back from a weeklong out-of-state working road trip. I met some wonderful new admissions clients, finished apps with my ongoing clients, hung out with a math professor friend, and had dinner with old boss who runs an education publishing company.
The Curious Case of the October 3rd SAT Curve
Many of our students have reported that there were no surprises on the PSAT they took this week, so that’s good news. This week’s mild surprise was the very harsh curve on the October 3rd SAT. To give you an example, one of our longstanding students got a 1480 on the September 26th SAT yet got 1360 on the October 3rd test. He felt that he performed equally well on each and his practice tests are very consistent. Because the College Board’s curve-setting is so murky, I don’t put much stock in the percentile reporting, but a 1410 is usually around 95th percentile, but on October 3rd, a 1360 was a 95th percentile. I think there’s even more to the story – kids in the 1300-1500 range seemed to be very negatively affected. I haven’t had time to call my colleagues at the College Board or other institutions, but I expect that we might see similar wild results in the upcoming SATs and ACTs.
Last week we hired Catherine, another full time tutor, and Carolyn, a part-time HR professional. We are currently looking for at least 2 more full time tutors to hire before the end of the year. If you know of any smart college grads looking to get trained and take on as much responsibility as they can handle, please put them in touch. We have paid vacations, healthcare, and should have 401(k) soon. Bonuses, professional development, and other perks come with the job. Also fun and a real sense of purpose and reward.
College Calculus and Statistics Registration Opens Oct 26th
Most people know that I’m a tenured math professor at Middlesex County College (soon to be just “Middlesex College”). I’ve never previously pushed my classes to the Foley fam because I’ve previously taught 100% in person during the school day, which would be inconvenient for high school students. Well, since all of my classes are now online and asynchronous, I think it’s a terrific opportunity for qualified high school students to take a class with me. I am teaching the following classes online this spring:
Calculus 1 Honors
Because very competitive colleges weigh AP classes much more heavily than dual enrollment classes, high school students should consider these classes for the following reasons: 1) I’m not a harsh grader, 2) I write excellent recommendations, 3) MC tuition is $125 for the whole course (not per credit) for high school students. Calculus 2 would be appropriate for anyone taking AP Calculus AB or BC, Calculus 1 Honors would be appropriate for anyone who has taken PreCalc, and Statistics 2 would be appropriate for anyone taking AP Statistics.
Not to brag, but my spring classes usually fill up within a couple days of open registration. So if you’re interested, please let me know before October 26th. As an added bonus, I’ll probably be teaching from Italy this spring, so my students will be getting some added international inspiration. I lived in Venice, Italy, after college and have been going back to Italy every summer for quite a while now. My friends are big cyclists and skiers there, one is a French and Italian professor at Boston College, and both are open to helping me organize study abroad this spring, in case anyone’s interested. (Right now Italy is open to Americans going there to study, and should be open entirely to Americans by the end of the year.)
Care package providers?
One of my former students who is a freshman at University of Michigan just texted me to say that his whole dorm was locked down this afternoon. Which triggers a question: Does anyone have a favorite care package company they’ve used to send college kids treats?
Thanks, as always for your time. Have a good week ahead.
Ron Foley, M.S.
Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers University
Tenured Professor of Mathematics, Middlesex College
Member HECA, NJACAC, NACAC, NCTM, MAA, NAS, AMATCYNJ
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