Getting to 1600 - Working Toward a Perfect SAT

Posted by Stephen on 9/11/17 5:59 PM

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Where you are

You're used to finding success in your academic life. You may not be the absolute best student in your school, but you're definitely right there at the top. So, obviously, you want to see that same level of success on the SAT to help you get into your first choice college. You did pretty well on the PSAT, National Merit material for sure, and have done a bit of prep work on your own, or maybe with some guidance from your school. But there's a problem. You're not getting the score you think you should. It's not a bad score, maybe a 1350 or a 1400, but you're used to being in the 99th percentile, not the 90th.

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What is Graduate Level Economics Like?

Posted by Diego on 9/8/17 5:12 PM

Is graduate level economics very different to undergraduate level economics? To many extents undergraduate and graduate economics is similar, to many others very different. Their similarities reside in the fact that the core ideas and ways of approaching problems is the same. That is, because knowledge builds in layers, they share a common background. However, the material in graduate school will often be completely new and much more mathematical. Quite often new and more sophisticated theories (and tools) are introduced in graduate school.

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College Admissions: How Important Are My Grades?

Posted by Ian on 9/6/17 9:00 PM

There’s almost nothing that creates more anxiety in the admissions process (and the whole high school and college experience) than grades. For better or worse, we’ve come to think of them as the major metric on which a student’s performance is judged, and that has created an entire culture of worry and pressure around them at every step of the educational process.  Actually, it’s mostly for worse.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Caroline, Standardized Test Extraordinaire!

Posted by Martha C. on 9/1/17 3:48 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Caroline, one of our wonderful test preparation tutors!

Caroline grew up in London and moved to Connecticut for high school. Although she’s lived in the US for close to 14 years now, people still question her unique transatlantic accent. Caroline attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Somehow she managed to get through engineering coursework (with a 3.93/4.0 GPA!) while being a four year Varsity Swimmer and Senior Year Captain. After college, Caroline moved to Houston, Texas to work for ExxonMobil at a refinery. There she donned attractive coveralls and steel toed boots, and spent her days solving mechanical engineering problems in the field. After four years working for ExxonMobil, Caroline decided to take a change in her life course and embarked on a journey of a lifetime backpacking through Asia. She is now pursuing her MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Orgo 1 Strategies: Understanding Hybridization

Posted by Andrew S. on 8/30/17 5:30 PM

Your professor gives you the below molecule. Can you quickly determine the hybridization of every atom?

Determining and understanding hybridization in Orgo 1 isn’t a futile practice. It’s an idea key to understanding mechanism and reactivity all the way through Orgo 2. Thankfully, the rules of thumb used to determine an atom’s hybridization are fairly straightforward. For example, most students recognize that..

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Tags: chemistry

How to Solve Kinematics Problems: Using Vectors

Posted by Jacob on 8/28/17 5:23 PM

This article is the third chapter in a series on how to understand and approach kinematics problems. The first chapter covered position, velocity, and acceleration. The second chapter covered solving kinematics in one dimension Now we are going to take a quick detour into vectorland so that we’re ready to approach kinematics in two (and even three) dimensions.

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Tags: physics

How do I use Punctuation on the ACT and SAT Exams? Part II

Posted by Colleen on 8/25/17 4:36 PM

College entrance tests require that you know the rules of punctuation. There’s no way around it, so let’s get right to it.

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Orgo 1 + 2 Strategies: Two Ways to Determine Equilibrium Position

Posted by Andrew S. on 8/23/17 5:11 PM

A common exam question that comes up in both Orgo 1 and Orgo 2 requires students to determine a reaction’s equilibrium position. The question usually looks something like this: 

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College Admissions: How to Select and Contact your Recommenders

Posted by Danielle D. on 8/18/17 6:32 PM

In the olden days of college applications, high school seniors would haul stacks of addressed, stamped envelopes to each of their recommenders, so that those recommenders could send a different hard-copy recommendation letter to every school the student was applying to. So much work! In some ways, submitting recommendation letters for college applications has grown easier: now, you can use the Common Application to invite your recommenders to submit their letters electronically. Once you’ve added schools to the “My Colleges” section of the app, each school will have a “Recommenders and FERPA” section that lets you click a button to invite your counselors and teachers to submit recommendations on your behalf. Each of your recommenders will be emailed instructions to access their own Common Application accounts, no stamped envelopes needed.

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Tags: college admissions

The Key to Selecting the Right Answer on the SAT & ACT: Part 2

Posted by Colleen on 8/16/17 4:56 PM

Welcome to part 2 of my blog on English strategies. If you didn’t read part 1, you can check it out here.

Picture it now: you’re breezing through the ACT English or SAT Writing and Language section. Every question come easily to you, as you follow what your ear tells you is right. You didn’t need to learn grammar after all!

And then on one question it hits you: all of the answers sound right. Your ear cannot hear which one is wrong. You look at the next question and your ear has failed you again: all of the answers sound wrong.

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Tags: ACT, SAT