By Johnny Duda
By Johnny Duda
You may be surprised to find out that you don't need outside science knowledge to answer most of the questions on the ACT science section, but it generally helps on 5-6 questions, and 1 or 2 generally will require it. Coming equipped with a fundamental knowledge of the basics of biology, chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences will generally cover you on those “outside knowledge” questions, while rare, could mean the difference between a 32 and a 36. But don’t just take it from us.
Preparing for standardized tests can represent a huge, daunting challenge. It’s like we’ve taken the chair lift through kindergarten and elementary school, and now we’re told to ski down the mountain toward the next academic milestone—very intimidating. Please hear us when we tell you that it doesn’t have to be!
As an education specialist for over 10 years, I’ve helped many families navigate the ISEE and admission to prestigious middle schools. The ISEE is the Independent School Entrance Examination. There are 3 levels of the exam: Lower Level (entering grades 5–6), Middle Level (entering grades 7–8), and Upper Level (entering grades 9–12). Because the ISEE is a standardized test, the same strategies that work well for other standardized tests are very helpful for students taking the ISEE.
Tutoring can be a great supplement to the education students receive at school. Tutoring can ensure that the student is mastering core content and improve grades. More importantly, effective tutoring can help students become confident and independent learners and teach students necessary 21st-century literacy skills. The strategies students learn are required to thrive academically and personally as well as prepare for college.
The essay is a crucial element of your college application and we expect its influence to grow as colleges are increasing efforts to review applicants more comprehensively. While you may have similar grades, test scores, and activities as other applicants - the essay is the one place where you can let colleges know what makes you...you! It is an opportunity for them to learn about your personality, values, and goals. Below, we have shared with you a favorite essay written by one of our students.
The Common Application has just released updated prompts for the class of 2016 and now is the perfect time to start preparing for your essay!
In this post we will break down each prompt and help you:
(1) Understand what the committee is really looking for from each type of question.
(2) Brainstorm to jumpstart the writing process and
Taking effective and efficient notes in class will increase your confidence, allow you participate more, improve your comprehension, make class more engaging, and boost your performance on exams.
The best news? Investing a small amount of time NOW developing note-taking strategies will actually save you time when you are studying for tests!
Do you really UNDERSTAND what you're reading? (And how you can remember it later)
Picture this: It’s 10pm and you are exhausted from a long day at school, a volleyball game, piano lesson, and dinner with friends. All you want to do is crawl into bed but you have to read an entire chapter on photosynthesis for biology, your least favorite class. Sound familiar?
Reaching out to admissions representatives in person at an event or by email is a great opportunity to add give them insight into your personality, values and goals through the questions that you ask. It is also a great way to demonstrate your interest in the college; an increasingly important way you can tip the scales in admissions decisions (colleges want to pick candidates who will pick them).