Founding America and Other Great Conversations

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By Steve Leech (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), and English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) One of the big challenges to international students that came up in the SAT’s 2016 redesign was the introduction of American Founding Documents and the Great Global Conversation to the Reading section of the test. For many students, these passages—which regularly make […]

A Scientific Approach to AP Comparative Government and Politics

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center) I am NOT a scientist. But, of the all subjects and curriculums I tutor in, AP Comparative Government and Politics is the one that warrants the most scientific approach—that is, the process of “doing” the course calls for a scientific method of […]

IB Biology Overview

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and ESS tutor at The Edge Learning Center) With the start of the new year, many students are taking IB mock tests in preparation for their IB diploma exams this May. A student must take six different subjects across a range of disciplines, the group four topics […]

Counting Principles, Combinations and Permutations

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By Indrani Banerjee (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT) tutor at The Edge Learning Center) What are ‘counting principles’? The fundamentals of counting principles appear in some form or another in the IB, AP and A-Levels maths curricula, and are common topics tested in the maths section of the ACT and SAT, so make sure you are prepared to deal with them! Counting Principles Think about a time when […]

Misconceptions in Physics

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By Pratik Choudhury (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), IGCSE/MYP Math & Physics, IB Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) There is a common misconception that ‘There is no gravity in outer space’. This misconception gets further reinforced when phrases such as ‘zero’ and ‘micro’ gravity are often heard in videos that show humans floating around in their space […]

FOA & IOP: The Burden of Creativity

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By Janka Steenkamp (English Literature, Edge Writing, Public Speaking, Drama (IB) tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As an IBDP English student, 30% of your final grade is orally assessed. 15% of that is the dreaded IOC, and the other 15% is your FOA if you are Lang/Lit and your IOP if you are Lit. Now, a […]

IB Chemistry Overview

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and ESS tutor at The Edge Learning Center) What is IB Chemistry  With the start of the new year, many students are taking IB mock tests in preparation for their IB diploma exams this May. A student must take six different subjects across a range of disciplines, […]

Factors Contributing to Academic Success

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By Alfred Tang (Math and Physics Instructor at The Edge Learning Center) It is commonly thought that academic success is a simple formula of natural intelligence, hard work, and good educational environment. Indeed what happen in the classrooms play a significant role in students’ academic achievement. However other factors are also important. When students struggle in school, […]

The Edge’s 2017-2018 Admissions Results

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Amazing news came from some of our students these past weeks. Congratulations to our students who received acceptances from: US National University US Regional University / College US National Liberal Arts College UK University Others *US Ranking – U.S. News 2018 Best Colleges | UK Ranking – University League Tables 2018 **Last update: Mar 12, 2018 […]

Summarizing vs Analyzing in English Literature

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By Sonali Khemka (English Literature, English Language, LNAT tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Throughout your tenure as an English literature student, you will often be faced with the task of “analyzing” a particular text. While most students believe they at least have an idea of what this means, the task is often misinterpreted and students end […]