Language as a Way of Knowing: Three Logic Puzzles

By Louis Cheng (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT/ISEE/IELTS/TOEFL) , IB ToK (Theory of Knowledge), Economics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Every IB student needs to take Theory of Knowledge, a course that aims to provoke critical examination into the ways through which we know what we claim to know. It is a simplified version of what is […]

Effective Tutoring in Math and Physics

By Alfred Tang (Math and Physics Instructor at The Edge Learning Center) March 17, 2017 Sometimes a very successful student may come to a learning center to learn some fine points and to put finishing touches on their already polished academic knowledge. Most of the time, students come to a learning center to seek emergency […]

Reading Dead? Redemption!

 By Steve Leech (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), and English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) It is a truth universally acknowledged that a student wishing to perform well on a standardized test must contend with a reading section. This can be a problem for many students because reading sections are generally resistant to short-term improvements; while […]

Introduction to Reading Shakespeare

 By Karin Chun Taite (English Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) “I have read three hours then: mine eyes are weak:  Fold down the leaf where I have left: to bed…” Cymbeline 2.2 If you’re on the IB track in Hong Kong, you’re almost certainly dealing with Shakespeare either as practice on the MYP/IGCSE curricula or for […]

Daily-life Question – Working Principle of Electrical Appliances

 By Tim Mok (Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Working principle of Filament Light and Energy Saving Bulb Working principle of Thermal Flask Working principle of Dehumidifier Working Principle of Hair Dryer Working principle of Smoke Detector Working principle of Steam Iron Working principle of Battery Power Electric Fan Tackling an exam question […]

Changes in vocabulary between the old SAT and new SAT format

 By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, SSAT, English Builder, ESOL, and Latin tutor at The Edge Learning Center) How Important is Vocabulary on the new SAT? One of the most dramatic changes from the old format of the SAT, which the College Board administered from 2005 to 2016, to the current format is the way in which […]

SSAT vs. ISEE – An in depth analysis of the differences

The SSAT (Secondary School Admissions Test) and ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination) are the two most widely used standardized tests for boarding school, private middle,  and private high school admissions in the United States. While the both of the test contents are very similar, before trying to find out what is the best test for you to […]

Practice Makes Perfect!

    By Linda Suen (SAT, Economics, Business, ACT, SSAT, IELTS and TOEFL tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As a test prep and academic instructor, the question I get asked most often is, “How do I get a top score on ACT/SAT test preparation?” (or any academic subject or language proficiency test for that matter). While […]

How to Read a Graphic Novel or Comic Strip

    By Jonathan Wilson (AP/IB History, English Literature and English Language tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone, my name is Jon, and I’m an English and History teacher here at The Edge. If you are taking IB English, you may have noticed that comic strips sometimes show up on our Paper 1 exams (e.g. […]

Case Study: How does a college use standardized test data?

By Levi Busch (Test preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT) and English Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) If you’re a student in Hong Kong who’s entertained even the faintest desire to attend university in the US, then you’ve probably known for a long time that the SAT or the ACT would be in your future. Many of my […]