4 Steps for Visual Literacy

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By Jaris Cole (English Literature, English Builder, ESOL, IELTS, TOEFL, TOK Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) It’s November and you know what that means: IB English Paper 1 is just around the corner. As you may already know, the IB English Paper 1 is an unseen commentary. The most daunting part about Paper 1 is not […]

How to Tackle the OPCVL Question for IB History

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By Jonathan Wilson (History, English Literature, English Language, TOEFL, IELTS, English Builder, ESOL at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone, this is Jon again, English and History tutor here at The Edge. It’s been a while since we last looked at History for the IB, so I wanted to look at the second question on the Paper […]

3 Ways to Build Your Vocabulary

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By Hieu Van Do  (English Literature, English Language, TOEFL, SSAT, English Builder Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) It seems that a lack of vocabulary is one of the main obstacles that many people face as they shift their focus to test prep. After all, an extensive vocabulary is essential for improving scores on those tricky university […]

Focus on Your Goal as a Way of Success

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By Alfred Tang (Math, Physics, and Computer Science Instructor at The Edge Learning Center) Everybody knows that Michael Jordan was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His signature move was his slam dunks that made him look as if he could float in air. But not everybody knows that he failed to make the […]

How to Approach the Northwestern University Supplements

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By Levi Busch (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), English Literature at The Edge Learning Center) Currently sitting at #10 in the US News & World Report’s rankings of national universities, Northwestern University has always been a dream school in the eyes of academically gifted students, who flood the school with applications every year. As a result of this popularity, an […]

Why Vocabulary Still Matters for SAT Reading

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By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, ESOL, Latin, BMAT, GRE, TSA tutor at The Edge Learning Center) I’ve written previously about how the new SAT explicitly tests vocabulary: the pre-2016 sentence completion questions are gone and have been replaced with context-based vocabulary questions that are generally much simpler. This only tells half of the story of vocabulary on […]

5 Questions to Improve English Analysis Essays

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Many students struggle to write analysis papers in English, especially under timed conditions, such as on the AP and IB exams. Even students who have strong analytical skills on a feature-by-feature basis encounter difficulties arranging those individual ideas into a larger paper, and the highest grades often demand students present a well-organized and unified set […]

IB Math: AA or AI?

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By Indrani Banerjee (Test Preparation, Math, and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The maths courses for the IB diploma are changing. Whether or not this news brings fear, anxiety or happiness, we still have to make a choice between these two courses to take in the diploma years. Yes, there is information out there about what […]

Common Personal Statement Mistakes to Avoid

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By Antonia Chui (Admissions Consulting Partner at The Edge Learning Center) Overemphasizing the “personal” in the personal statement A few years ago, I attended a UK university fair. During the hour I was there, I hung around a few universities’ booths, I was surprised to find out that the most popular question asked by prospective students was […]

6 Tips for Writing a College Admissions Essay

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By Hieu Van Do  (English Literature, English Language, TOEFL, SSAT, English Builder Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) While writing an admissions essay might seem like a daunting task, it can be a good opportunity to recount and reflect on your past experiences. The college admissions essay is your chance to showcase an aspect of yourself that […]

Textual Healing

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By Jaris Cole (English Literature, English Builder, ESOL, IELTS, TOEFL, TOK Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Generally, writing can be a difficult process especially when you thoroughly dislike it. What’s more, writing is something you need to be able to adequately do as you pursue higher education. Unfortunately, the writing process is one that can be […]

5 common mistakes made by IGCSE Math students

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By Owen Cheong (Math, Physics, Chemistry tutor at The Edge Learning Center) IGCSE Math examination is coming soon! I guess many candidates are planning to do lots of past papers before the exam. However, it is also very important for you to avoid careless mistakes when doing papers. Here are the 5 common mistakes made by students […]

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