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Standardized Test Preparation: Essay Writing on the SAT or ACT

Posted by College Corner on 2/15/13 9:33 AM

Now that the standardized tests are increasingly adding writing section to the exam, some students may feel nervous at the thoughts of writing a complete essay in 25 minutes!

As you complete your standardized test preparation, you've probably noticed that timing/pacing/strategy are key to every section of the test. Essays are no different.

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Tags: ACT, SAT, expository writing

Academic Tutoring Tips: The Trick to Preparing for History

Posted by College Corner on 2/11/13 9:31 AM

I’ve found that my students in New York City, whether they’re studying for history tests in high school, for AP history exams, or just generally trying to learn new ways of holding onto information, find history to be one of the most difficult subjects to prepare for. 

Studying for history tests can be intimidating just because there’s often so much information, so many dates, and so many new terms to memorize that the whole process can feel too overwhelming to even begin. 

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Tags: study skills, history, high school

College Corner: Counting Down to College Admissions

Posted by College Corner on 2/5/13 10:36 AM

For students starting to think about (or in the midst of!) the college application process, it’s helpful to be aware of all the possible components of a strong college application, as well as how to best leverage the high school years towards your candidacy.

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Tags: college admissions, high school

Academic Tutor: The Value of Mindful Reading

Posted by College Corner on 1/28/13 9:33 AM

When reading any kind of assigned text – be it a nineteenth-century English novel, an American history book, a collection of letters, or anything at all that’s been deemed required reading for class – one of the biggest temptations that all my tutorial students in New York City face is to skim. 

Most students think that if they’re just not that interested, or if the reading is only relevant for a few days or weeks, they have nothing to gain from paying it careful attention.  Of course, sometimes you just don’t have the time, but there are actually a whole list of reasons that taking careful mental notes on all those random readings can pay off big time in the future, whether it’s on the SAT or GRE analytical writing sections, or just for your general education!

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Tags: study skills, English

Is Cramming a Legitimate way to ace the ACT or SAT?

Posted by College Corner on 1/22/13 9:41 AM

First of all, like most things there is not a one size fits all answer.  Therefore, my general answer is that while I don’t recommend cramming given good planning and ample time to prepare, if you or your child have waited until the last minute or have just become aware of the importance of an exam such as the SAT or ACT, then by all means CRAM! 

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Tags: study skills, ACT, SAT

High School Academics: Study Skills & ADHD

Posted by College Corner on 1/21/13 10:56 AM

For many students who struggle with ADHD, the onset of rigorous high school academics and standardized test preparation can feel more challenging. The thing is, this moment is an chance for all students to reset academically and re-assess what kinds of study skills work best. 

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Tags: study skills

College Admissions Process: College Interview Guide

Posted by College Corner on 1/15/13 9:57 AM

With regular decision applications in for most college-bound seniors, congratulations on completing the college admissions process! 

The waiting period begins, interspersed with alumni and on-campus college interviews. Remember that the college interview is as much an opportunity for the school to learn about you as it is for you to learn about the school.  There is no right or wrong answer during an interview – it isn’t a test. Think of it as more of a conversation.

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Tags: college admissions, high school

College Corner: Improve your Study Skills

Posted by College Corner on 1/9/13 10:08 AM

As an academic tutor, I have helped countless students make the most of their classes and  stay on top of a busy schedule. 

After a long break with no coursework, job, academic meetings or extracurricular activities, getting back into school mode can take some time. These 5 tips will improve your study skills and keep you feeling grounded:

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Tags: study skills, homework help

An Academic Tutor's Two Cents: Read for Pleasure

Posted by College Corner on 12/19/12 10:25 AM

As someone who has worked with numerous students on standardized test preparation and supported college coursework as an academic tutor, I know that the week after finals period brings major relief. So, congratulations! You’ve made it!

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Tags: English, expository writing

Study Skills & Homework Help: A Writing Tutor Talks Note-Taking

Posted by College Corner on 12/17/12 9:33 AM

One of the toughest study skills to develop at any point of your education -- whether it’s high school, college, or in grad school -- is effective note taking.  And the students I tutor in history in New York City rarely realize off the bat that different subjects require different note taking methods. 

So the following is a rubric that I ask all my tutoring students to follow for their work in history, art history, religion, philosophy, or any type of text with an overarching theory.  The beauty of this sort of outline is that you can set up a blank copy in a word processor and have one ready for every new text you need to attack!

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Tags: study skills, homework help, college, high school