Manoah Finston

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The French Tutor: Tips and Tricks for the French SAT Subject Test

Posted by Manoah Finston on 5/16/14 10:07 AM

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Tags: French, language learning

Summer Academics: Should You Study Abroad? Heck Yes!

Posted by Manoah Finston on 4/14/14 9:16 AM

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Tags: language learning, summer activities

The Language Tutor: Myths and Truth

Posted by Manoah Finston on 2/17/14 8:54 AM

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Tags: language learning, career advice

The French Tutor: Planning to Take the French SAT II?

Posted by Manoah Finston on 1/22/14 8:12 AM

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Tags: French, language learning, french sat subject test

The Language Tutor: The Importance of Being Idiomatic

Posted by Manoah Finston on 12/25/13 8:12 AM

 

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Tags: French, language learning

The Language Tutor: Doubt Not the Dictionary

Posted by Manoah Finston on 11/27/13 7:22 AM

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Tags: French, Spanish, German, chinese, Italian, language learning, arabic, ESL

College Admissions Guide: Scoring a Knockout in the Interview

Posted by Manoah Finston on 10/28/13 9:56 AM

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Tags: college admissions, admissions coaching, high school

College Admissions Guide: Managing Your Tone

Posted by Manoah Finston on 10/11/13 9:17 AM

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Tags: college admissions, expository writing, high school

College Admissions Guide: Writing Your Most Compelling Essay

Posted by Manoah Finston on 9/6/13 9:23 AM

 
Hello, dear readers! I’m going to switch gears a bit in today’s posting and give my in-depth analysis of SAT-II problems a breather. Instead, I will be talking about college admissions essays, and sharing with you some ways to help maintain perspective during the writing process. At first blush, the college admissions essay seems a very particular piece of writing—it is a hybrid form of personal narrative, argumentative prose, epic poem, and impassioned plea. And yet, the most polished and accomplished admissions essays do not read like the schizophrenic style sheet mentioned above; on the contrary, the best essays are simply engaging, well-crafted compositions that speak with conviction and authority.

In the space below, I will talk about a few dos and don’ts of college essay writing, but these will not be the standard, immediately executable dictates that so often circulate in admissions consulting—e.g., don’t hand in an essay with spelling errors, tailor your language to the specific school, etc. Instead, my tips are more abstract, perhaps even metaphysical pieces of advice to help guide you through the admissions process and beyond.

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Tags: college admissions, expository writing

The French Tutor: The SAT II Paragraph Completion Series

Posted by Manoah Finston on 8/9/13 9:43 AM

 
Salut, mes chers lecteurs ! We’re back today with another post about the absolument formidable SAT II French Subject Test! In this post, we’ll be analyzing a new type of question: the paragraph completion series.

Beyond the one-off fill-in-the-blank questions that we’ve treated in previous posts, the paragraph completion series uses the same kind of setup, but with the added twist that there has to be contextual coherence among the answers. All this means is that when faced with a paragraph like the one below, you’ll have to select answers that make sense in view of the whole “narrative.” Let’s take a look at a sample paragraph and see if we can crack it:

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Tags: French, french sat subject test