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 […]

What to Expect in AP Biology

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and ESS tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The American stream schools will offer the chance for students to take College Boards Advanced Placement (AP) subjects. The objective of AP courses is to prepare student both academically and earn credit for college. It also shows […]

New IB English Curricula 2019

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By Karin Chun Taite (Head of Academics and English Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has announced that it will be launching a new set of curricula for IB English A Literature and IB English A Language & Literature in 2019. The details have not all been settled, but here is […]

5 Tips to Succeed on the IB IOC

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By Steve Leech (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), and English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) 1. Know Thy Texts, Know Thy Writers During the IB English Individual Oral Commentary (IOC), you will be presented with an excerpt from a text you have studied in class. It could be a short section of a novel or an entire […]

Avoiding Trap Answers in SAT Reading

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By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, SSAT, English Builder, ESOL, and Latin tutor at The Edge Learning Center) “I narrowed it down to A and C, but then I couldn’t decide between those two answers, so I just picked C.” My students say this sort of thing to me often when we’re correcting SAT Reading passages – they can […]

Approach to SAT Math

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By Levi Busch (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), English Literature, and GRE tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As someone who teaches test preparation at The Edge, I’ve seen students make many, many mistakes on the Math sections of the ACT and the SAT. I’ve become somewhat of a catalog for these errors, dangling the most memorable in front […]