IGCSE Curriculum and Exam Changes

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By Karin Chun Taite (Head of Academics and English Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Goodbye A*s? If anyone is confused about the recent changes to the IGCSE (International GCSE) curricula and grading systems, this exam wiki is a useful website for seeing collected information about the changes across all the main IGCSE exam boards. As […]

IB Biology and IB Chemistry Options

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and ESS tutor at The Edge Learning Center) IB Biology With the start of summer, many students are preparing to study their science option topic. For IB Biology there are four choices, (A) Neurobiology and Behaviour, (B) Biotechnology and Informatics, (C) Ecology and Conservation, and […]

Learning the Difference Between WHO and WHOM

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By Levi Busch (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), English Literature at The Edge Learning Center) 1) Technical breakdown of the difference between who and whom Subjects vs. objects 2) Not enough? Trick #1: Him/Her Substitution 3) Still not enough? “Whom” can never perform verbs At the risk of coming across as profoundly out of touch, I must admit that I […]

Do US Boarding Schools give an advantage to Ivy-Caliber Universities Admissions?

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The Ivy League has always been targeted by many college-bound students, and sometimes their parents, for their worldwide prestige, esteemed academic quality, and unparalleled career opportunities. However, as applicants from all over the world are eyeing for a spot in the Ivy League schools, competition to enter these selective universities are becoming fiercer every year. […]

A Comprehensive High School Summer Program Guide

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Summer vacation is a precious opportunity for students to pursue their interests, further their studies, as well as to explore future academic options. In particular, students who are interested in studying overseas would likely spend summers abroad to get a taste of the environment. Many universities in the US offer challenging, insightful, and unique programs […]

Discussion on IB Psychology Command Terms

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By Sonali Khemka (English Literature, English Language, LNAT tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Your success in the IB Psychology examinations will depend mostly on your ability to recognize and fulfill the requirements of the question’s command terms. Some command terms deserve more attention and practice than others, especially those for the Extended Response Questions (ERQs.) Today, we […]

Exploring Math and Physics Internal Assessment Topics

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What is the Internal Assessment (IA)? It is an assessment completed in the school and submitted to IB for moderations. The work is usually about 20% of the Final IB grade. Internally assessed course elements include: Oral work in languages: FOA, IOC Fieldwork in geography Laboratory work in the sciences Investigations in mathematics Artistic Performances […]

Ye Old Timey English: The Stumbling Block for AP and SAT II English

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By Janka Steenkamp (English Literature, Edge Writing, Public Speaking, Drama (IB) tutor at The Edge Learning Center) By now, most of you will have encountered a text that’s got a very lovely old school stamp on it, that makes you wonder how on earth people communicated back then, and why on earth you have to trudge through […]

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 […]