5 Tips on How to Write your Common App Essay

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By Levi Busch (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), English Literature at The Edge Learning Center) Everybody knows that a college requests your grades in school, your scores on standardized tests, and a list of your significant extracurricular activities when you apply. Everybody also knows that these things all fit into neat boxes, discrete items that painlessly find their way […]

How to Tackle Creative Writing

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By Cara Forbes (English Language and Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” -Albus Dumbledore If you’re following the MYP/IGCSE program in Hong Kong, at some point you’ll have come across descriptive and narrative writing. Often, it seems that the English programs deal mainly […]

The Importance of Extracurricular Activities in College Admissions

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By Gary Keung (Admissions Consultant at The Edge Learning Center) Let’s face it, academics will always be at the top when considering the important factors of in college admissions. According to the yearly NACAC Admissions Trend Survey, the top five items of importance are: Grades in College Prep Courses Grades in All Courses Strength of Curriculum […]

The Cold War Was Hot When It Was Young

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History at The Edge Learning Center) If you’re an IB History student studying the “Cold War: Superpower tensions and rivalries” for a World History Paper 2 topic, you’ll need to know a lot about the geopolitical awkwardness of superpowers that green-lit arms races, shape-shifted culture, catalyzed countless proxy conflicts, […]

Projectile Motion

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By Pratik Choudhury (Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), IGCSE/MYP Math & Physics, IB Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Any object projected at an angle is said to be a projectile and the motion it undertakes is known as projectile motion, which is two-dimensional. Our study of the motion of a free-falling object through general observation – […]

Calculator Etiquette and Other Tips

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By Evan Ma (Math and Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Yes, this is the season of examinations. For those who are writing IB Mathematics Paper 2 (HL and SL) and Math Studies SL, where calculators are allowed and indispensable to getting the correct answers, knowing how to use your graphical display calculator(s) (GDC) is […]

Universal Conversion Table for the TOEFL® iBT, PBT, & CBT Test Scores

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Here’s a handy chart for comparing the scores for the various English Language exams you may have to take. It’s possible to use this as a baseline for where you may be should you have taken one of the exams already and are in need of a different type, whether it be for college entrance, […]

How to use Social Media effectively in College Admissions?

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By Gary Keung (Admissions Consultant at The Edge Learning Center) In or out? The increasing importance admissions placed to your Social Media accounts and how to use it to YOUR advantage. As the college admissions results are being released in batches at this time of the year, many students may happily share their excitement on being […]

IB Exam Tips

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CALM DOWN! Exam season is once again upon us, so let’s remind ourselves of some exam preparation best practices to help with the stress of the season. 1. Understand the objectives of your exams: clarify exactly what topics are covered. 2. Familiarize yourself with exam weightings. Knowing the attention and value given to each topic […]

SAT Biology Subject Test Overview

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology and Chemistry tutor at The Edge Learning Center) In my last blog, I introduced the fact that the College Board offers a range of SAT Subject Tests from English to Mathematics to Sciences with the aim of showcasing your strengths in a given subject. That time, I focused on […]

Language as a Way of Knowing: Three Logic Puzzles

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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

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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 […]

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