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 […]

Women vs STEM

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By Tracy Man (ACT, SAT, SSAT, and Math Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) In this modern age, there are several well-known figures in this field who have made vast contributions to STEM. For example, the late Stephen Hawking is one of the greatest minds known, and Elon Musk is currently one of the most renowned names […]

College Rankings, what do they really mean?

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By Ally Ip (Senior Admissions Consulting Partner at The Edge Learning Center) Just last week, a senior came to me and asked what he could do to convince his father that the university he was accepted to is a “top school.” On one hand, that university was a dream school to many of his friends. On the […]

7 Command Terms used in IB Biology and Chemistry

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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 this years IB exams coming up soon in May, students are busy taking mocks and doing practice questions. From experience over the years students are not always doing as well as they can on these tests. […]

7 Things to Know About the New IB English Curricula

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By Steve Leech (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), and English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) When students return to school this autumn, those starting into the IB Diploma Program are going to be entering a brave new world. The IB curriculum has been restructured starting in the 2019 school year because it’s good to keep up with […]

How to Approach the Columbia University Supplements

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By Levi Busch (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), English Literature at The Edge Learning Center) As the only Ivy League school located in The Big Apple, Columbia owes its status as one of the nation’s premier academic institutions in large part to the world-class resources that only a city like New York has the ability to leverage. Students studying Masterpieces […]

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