Posted by Alison on 1/3/20 11:00 AM

English is one of the languages in which spelling is a big deal. Spelling bees were created in English, and the concept is not present in other languages in which words are more often pronounced just like they look. In English, we have words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings (homophones). We also have a lot of words that are spelled the same but have different meanings; these words are homonyms, and they are the focus of this post.

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Tags: homework help, English, high school

Grammar: One to 1

Posted by Alison on 1/1/20 11:00 AM

When learning a new language, students almost always begin with the alphabet and numbers. We use letters, of course, to form words, which form sentences that express ideas of varying complexity in a form that people who read this written language can understand. Numbers designate a different kind of language, one that conveys equations and measurements, mathematical calculations and scientific formulas. But sometimes the two forms come together, when, for example, we are outlining how to follow numerical steps or stating someone’s age or simply noting that there is more than one right way to write numbers. How and when are we supposed to put numbers into words?

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Tags: creative writing, English, expository writing

The Idea of Taylor Approximation

Posted by Mitchell on 12/30/19 11:00 AM

If you type √5 into your calculator, it’ll output something like 2.2360679775. But how did your calculator find that answer? Is there any way you could have found it by hand?

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Tags: math

Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals

Posted by Mallory on 12/27/19 11:00 AM

Every August, my family takes a trip to Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Growing up we would use the final two days of the vacation to begin school-supplies shopping on the mainland. To this day, the third week of August still smells like freshly sharpened pencils. As we got older, the trips to Walmart and Staples were replaced with a new tradition. We trace our hands on the backs of paper plates and label each finger with an avenue to focus on as fall approaches. More often than not, this exercise resulted in five dreams. Five hopes for what the fall season might bring.

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Tags: study skills, homework help, study

What’s That Sound?: Diphthong (Diptongo), Hiatus (Hiato), and Understanding Spanish Syllables

Posted by Lana N. on 12/25/19 11:00 AM

Ever wonder why when you try to imitate native Spanish speakers it just doesn’t come out right? It might have something to do with syllables!

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Tags: Spanish, spanish SAT subject test

Fun English Facts

Posted by Alison on 12/23/19 11:00 AM

English is weird. There is no denying it. As one of the most fluid languages in terms of its continued evolution over time, it has historically been quite a difficult language to learn. And yet, it is considered the world’s universal language. Below are 10 fun facts you may not have known about English:

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Tags: English

CARS: Dos and Don’ts for Studying Success

Posted by Quinn on 12/20/19 11:00 AM

Some students can feel adrift when setting out to study for CARS. These helpful Dos and Don’ts you help you get started!

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

When to use worlds in Logic Games on the LSAT

Posted by Brian De. on 12/18/19 11:00 AM

Logic games is by far the least intuitive section of the LSAT. For someone new to the LSAT, it can be the most challenging. However, with practice, and good strategy, logic games can be the easiest to section to master. One strategy to consider is splitting your gameboard into multiple worlds.

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Tags: LSAT, law school admissions, law school

Math 1 Subject Test vs. SAT Math Test

Posted by Jacob R. on 12/16/19 11:00 AM

If you want help deciding whether to take Math 1 or Math 2 Subject Tests, there are a dozen websites that will guide you through the decision process. But once you’ve decided on Math 1, how do you know what to study? Chances are you’ve already been studying for the Math Section of the SAT, so you might want to know what topics you have to add. The College Board website lists the topics on the Math 1 Subject Test, but a cursory glance reveals that all of those topics also feature on the regular SAT. Yet, the two tests are not the same, and knowing the differences can help you master your Math 1 Subject Test and round out your college application. Fortunately, as an experienced tutor in both levels of Subject Test and the SAT Math Test, I’m here to help.

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Tags: math SAT subject test, SAT, math

Law School Admissions: Money and Law School

Posted by Jimmy B. on 12/13/19 11:00 AM

All of your acceptances have come in and it’s time for the fun part – deciding where to go. Though there are many variables to making this determination – like where your partner is located, your hatred of Boston winters, the reputation of the law school – for many people, money is the biggest determinant. It is important to pause and take stock of the options in front of you. Some important questions to think about:

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Tags: law school admissions, law school