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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.
Starting your college list is an exciting time but can also be overwhelming with so many options and a wealth of information available at our fingertips. Before you begin your search, it is important to consider what you are looking for in a college experience. To learn more about this process, click here and here.
Creating a best-fit college list is a process that you must commit to. It takes time, reflection, and research. As you begin creating your list, remember that you want to find a college that will help you grow academically AND personally. Asking some core questions about yourself during this process and answering honestly is essential for you to zero in on the range of schools that appeal to you. Ready to begin exploring colleges in more depth?
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.
The following are a few tips to help you prepare for your college application process ahead. These tips cover a lot of ground. It can seem daunting at times, but take a deep breath and look at this as a challenge that your are up for and that you have lots of resources to lean into.
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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.