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Free Online AP Review Resources

By Dennis Urban on Monday, March, 30th, 2020 in Uncategorized.
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Although we have decided to cancel our AP Review Classes this year due to Covid-19, we at Long Island Regents Prep want to provide our students with the best available resources to prepare for the upcoming exams. Many valuable online resources are freely available to students. Here are a few resources that we reviewed: College […]


Although we have decided to cancel our AP Review Classes this year due to Covid-19, we at Long Island Regents Prep want to provide our students with the best available resources to prepare for the upcoming exams. Many valuable online resources are freely available to students. Here are a few resources that we reviewed:

College Board Updates for Students – First and foremost, students should regularly check the College Board website for news and updates. On April 3, students will be able to find the two exam date options on this site. In addition, the College Board offers daily livestream courses broken down into key topic areas. Each online lesson is recorded for students who miss the live class.

Khan Academy – Like the College Board, the Khan Academy provides online lectures for all AP courses. The courses are broken down into more detailed topics and each key area includes a practice quiz. The website is full of visuals and allows students to keep track of their progress.

Kaplan Free AP Practice – Students can access unit outlines and test-taking tips. The site also includes support for the free-response questions, which will be the focus of most of the revised AP exams. Kaplan is currently offering one month of free access, too.

Varsity Tutors  – The free testing system is available for students to test their knowledge in each subject area. There are multiple free exams available and each is rated by the level of difficulty to allow students to track their progress. The website also includes flashcards and other valuable test prep resources.

AP Study Notes – Students studying AP courses in the humanities (English and social studies) can access free exams, sample essays, course/topic outlines, and key terms. The website is easy to navigate and registration is not required.

Some of the other websites with free AP Exam resources include:

– CrackAP.com – https://www.crackap.com/

– APPracticeExams.com – https://www.appracticeexams.com/

– Albert.io – https://www.albert.io/solutions-covid-19-distance-learning

While none of these sites can replace face-to-face instruction, they are wonderful alternatives during this prolonged closure. As always, we are here to answer any of the questions of our customers.

COVID-19 Update on Review Classes

By Dennis Urban on Wednesday, March, 25th, 2020 in Uncategorized.
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Dear Parents and Students: We’re reaching out to give you an update on our spring review sessions. Most importantly, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and in good health during the COVID-19 outbreak. With Long Island schools closed for at least two weeks, we have canceled our March ACT review class, […]


Dear Parents and Students:

We’re reaching out to give you an update on our spring review sessions. Most importantly, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and in good health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

With Long Island schools closed for at least two weeks, we have canceled our March ACT review class, and students have been refunded. Our April SAT review class has also been canceled because of the College Board’s cancelation of May’s SAT exam, and registered students will receive refunds.

Although the situation is fluid and circumstances change daily, we are planning to move forward with our scheduled review sessions in May and June. We do understand, however, that some of our review classes may be disrupted. To that end, we want to assure you that if Long Island Regents Prep needs to cancel a class for which you are registered, you will receive a full refund.

In the meantime, we will continue taking registrations for our AP, Regents, and SAT review classes in May and June. We will also extend our early-bird registration prices until April 15th.

In addition, to help students study at home during the COVID-19 crisis, Long Island Regents Prep is offering its AP Review Books at a discounted price. Our Kindle ebooks will be $5 and paperbacks will be $10 for the remainder of the school year. We offer review books for AP US History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Psychology. Each review book has hundreds of practice questions with detailed answers. You can click the following link for more information and to purchase through Amazon: https://liregentsprep.com/review-books/.

As Long Island Regents Prep enters its 11th year of business at Farmingdale State College, we’d like to thank you for your support and patience during this challenging time, and we wish you and your family good health in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Dennis Urban
Brad Seidman
Michael Graziosi

Owners, Long Island Regents Prep

Long Island Regents Prep Celebrates its Tenth Year

By Dennis Urban on Thursday, March, 14th, 2019 in Uncategorized.
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Long Island Regents Prep Announces 2019 Regents, AP, SAT, and ACT Review Classes Farmingdale, New York (February 25, 2019): Long Island Regents Prep, a local tutoring and test prep company that is owned and operated by Long Island high school teachers, is celebrating its tenth year in business this spring. Founded in 2009, Long Island Regents Prep offers […]


Long Island Regents Prep Announces 2019 Regents, AP, SAT, and ACT Review Classes

Farmingdale, New York (February 25, 2019): Long Island Regents Prep, a local tutoring and test prep company that is owned and operated by Long Island high school teachers, is celebrating its tenth year in business this spring. Founded in 2009, Long Island Regents Prep offers affordable Regents, Advanced Placement, SAT, and ACT review classes at Farmingdale State College. In addition, Long Island Regents Prep hires only experienced, current New York State-certified teachers to design and teach its courses.

Long Island Regents Prep was founded in 2009 by Michael Graziosi, Brad Seidman, and Dr. Dennis Urban, full-time social studies teachers in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. After preparing thousands of their own students for end-of-year exams, Graziosi, Seidman, and Urban understood that students sometimes needed test preparation beyond what was offered in the classroom, but private tutors can be prohibitively expensive. They created affordable, one-day review courses for Regents and Advanced Placement exams to help students review major course topics, practice test questions, and learn test-taking. The company has also published a series of Advanced Placement review books, with nearly 2,500 practice questions and answer explanations, which are available for sale on Amazon.

In 2014, Long Island Regents Prep launched its SAT Crash Course program, followed by its ACT Crash Courses in 2017, to provide one-day SAT and ACT review sessions at a fraction of the cost of larger companies and private tutors. The company’s SAT/ACT Program Director, Joshua Fialkow, who is a certified teacher and a master tutor, developed original review books for the courses, which have attracted students from all over Long Island.

Since 2009, Long Island Regents Prep has served more than 5,000 students from Suffolk County, Nassau County, and New York City, and its enrollment has grown significantly every year. The company’s success is largely due to word-of-mouth recommendations and the positive feedback it receives each year from parents, students, and guidance counselors. In addition, Long Island Regents Prep is a proud member of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce and is active in local business and education communities, and each year the company donates thousands of dollars in free classes to local schools and organizations. People can learn more about Long Island Regents Prep and register for courses at http://www.liregentsprep.com.

What:

Regents Review Classes: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Chemistry, Earth Science, Living Environment, Physics, Global History and Geography, United States History and Government.

AP Review Classes: AP United States History, AP European History, AP World History, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science.

SAT Crash Course

ACT Crash Course

Where:

Farmingdale State College (Gleeson Hall)
2350 Broad Hollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Registration:

Visit http://www.liregentsprep.com for more information and to register for classes.

Contact Us:

Long Island Regents Prep
P.O. Box 1021
Bellmore, NY  11710

Long Island Regents Prep Co-Owner Named NY History Teacher of the Year

By Dennis Urban on Wednesday, August, 1st, 2018 in Uncategorized.
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Dr. Dennis Urban, a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, has been named the 2018 New York History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The History Teacher of the Year award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring […]


Dr. Dennis Urban, a social studies teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, has been named the 2018 New York History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Dr. Dennis Urban, co-owner of Long Island Regents Prep, named NY History Teacher of the Year.

The History Teacher of the Year award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and US territories. In fall 2018, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

Urban, who lives in Massapequa Park, has taught social studies at John F. Kennedy High School since 2003. He teaches AP U.S. History, United States History and Government (Inclusive/Collaborative), Historical Research, Participation in Government, and Sociology. In addition, as an adjunct professor of education at Touro College, he teaches social studies methods, elementary education, history, and philosophy.

Urban received his B.A. in history from Salisbury University in Maryland, and earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in social studies education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has published and presented on inclusive education, democratic citizenship education, social studies methods, local history, social justice and educational technology. Recently, Urban and his senior research students completed a local history book on the history of John F. Kennedy High School for the school’s 50th anniversary. The project can be found here.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium and an award ceremony in New York, the JFK High School library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Urban will also receive an invitation to a 2019 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a week-long program that offers teachers daily discussions with historians, visits to historic sites and hands-on work with primary sources.

Nominations for the 2019 History Teacher of the Year awards are now open. Students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors may nominate K-12 teachers for the award by visiting gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy. The deadline for 2019 nominations is March 30, 2019.

Article courtesy of Massapequa Patch

Registration is open for our January 17 Regents and SAT review classes at Farmingdale State College. Visits www.liregentsprep.com to register for Algebra I Common Core Regents review or our SAT Crash Course, which includes a custom SAT review book.

 

From Farmingdale Patch

Three Minutes Across the Counter With Long Island Regents Prep

“Three Minutes Across the Counter” is a feature on Patch in which we chat with local business owners. If you would like to be featured, email [email protected] with the name of your business.

Meet Michael Graziosi, Brad Seidman, and Dennis Urban. They’re full-time social studies teachers at Bellmore-Merrick Central High who a created one-day intensive Regents and AP review courses at Farmingdale State College.

These educators help students prepare and learn material for tests that weigh heavily on their futures.

The owners of Long Island Regents Prep recently spoke to Patch so our readers can learn more about them. Check out what they had to say:

What is your name? Tell us about your business

Long Island Regents Prep was founded in 2009 by Michael Graziosi, Brad Seidman, and Dennis Urban, full-time social studies teachers in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. After preparing thousands of our own students for NY State Regents Exams and AP Exams, we realized that students sometimes needed Regents review and AP review beyond what was offered in the classroom. That’s when we created our one-day intensive Regents and AP review courses at Farmingdale State College. In each of our review courses, students learn the major course topics, practice test questions, and acquire test-taking strategies and tips from experienced, NY state-certified teachers. Our instructors prepare AP and Regents review material and provide practice problems for students to complete during the six-hour session.

In 2014 we launched our new SAT review program, a one-day SAT Crash Course that includes an original review book created by Joshua Fialkow, a longtime, accomplished SAT tutor and teacher. All instructors in our SAT prep program are both experienced SAT tutors and NYS-certified teachers.

Since 2009, we have served more than 3,100 students from Suffolk County, Nassau County, and New York City, and we continue to grow. Our success is largely due to word-of-mouth recommendations and the positive feedback we receive each year. As NYS-certified teachers, we aim not only to help students pass their tests, but to ensure they excel on their Regents, AP, and SAT exams. We pride ourselves in offering an affordable alternative to private tutoring without compromising the quality of instruction.

How did you get your first start in this business?

We had been tutoring students privately for years, and we recognized the need for affordable tutoring services run by certified teachers. In addition, we had worked for other test prep companies, and they were owned by business people or lawyers, not by actual teachers. So we decided to form our own company and offer classes at Farmingdale State College, a location that’s convenient for students in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Since none of us has formal business training or a business degree, we learned a lot along the way, including marketing, bookkeeping, human resources, customer service, and website development. We’ve worked very hard over the past 6 or 7 years to integrate our educational expertise in teaching and curriculum development with the business skills we’ve picked up along the way, and we’ve been pretty successful as a result.

 

Is this your first business venture? What other projects have you worked on?

Yes, this is our first business venture. We started out pretty small, serving a few hundred students our first year. We now have over 600 students taking our Regents, AP, and SAT review classes each spring, and we’ve started offering SAT review classes in the fall because of the high demand.

We have partnered with a few other companies to expand our services. For over a year, we have been working with renowned test-prep guru Gary Gruber and the folks over atGruber Prep to develop AP review materials for their online test prep services. In all, we developed 5 AP review courses for Gruber Prep, which are available online and in book form on Amazon as Gruber’s Essential AP.

We have also partnered with another Long Island company called LearnerPal to offer online supplements to our in-class Regents review sessions at Farmingdale.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

During our first year in business, we met with a consultant who encouraged us to have a larger online presence by creating original content and sharing that content through Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. So, we developed a blog and began making connections online. As a result, we’ve connected with more students and parents, and we’ve fostered business partnerships on LinkedIn and Twitter. Of course, nothing is a substitute for the personal relationships we’ve forged with students, parents, teachers, and schools over the past 6 years, but our online presence has helped a lot.

How long have you lived or done business here?

We are all native Long Islanders, and we’ve been in business in Farmingdale since 2009.

What’s your favorite part about being a business in the area? What makes the area special?

Introducing students to the SUNY Farmingdale campus, which is in the process of developing a state-of-the-art campus, is a big plus. Also, Farmingdale is centrally located and easily accessible to all Long Islanders.

Did anyone influence you as a business owner? How?

Each of our fathers owned his own business, so I think that instilled in us a sense of entrepreneurship and hard work. There’s an enormous sense of pride in seeing hundreds of students show up to take your review classes on a Saturday or Sunday morning. You know they’re giving up a weekend to be there, and you know that they’ll be much better prepared for their exams because of it.

Did you ever make a business mistake and later on were glad you made it?

We can’t think of one specific mistake, but because none of us had business experience going into this project, we learned a lot along the way. Oh, and always get good promotional pens, because otherwise you’re stuck with thousands of bad pens for years. 🙂

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know.

We have each won the coveted “Teacher of the Year” award at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY, where we teach full time.

What advice would you give to a business owner just starting out?

If you’re good at something, if you enjoy doing it, and if there’s market for it, get started now! Make a business plan and run with it.