5 Tips on Using Your GDC (Graphic Display Calculator) During a Test

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By Leo Lam Test Preparation (ACT/SAT/SSAT), Math, Physics Take a test that involves mathematics today, and the chances are that you will need a calculator. And not just a four-function calculator; many tests now demand a graphic display calculator (GDC). GDC has come a long way since its commercial debut in 1985. Nowadays, the new calculators […]

IB History Essay Body Paragraph, a Model

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By Adam Stengel (AP/IB History, English Literature, English Language, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center) As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog, many of my students claim they have trouble writing history essays. Because the IB History assessment is essay-based—particularly the Paper 2 and Paper 3 (HL only)—learning how to compose historical arguments in well-developed prose paragraphs […]

Translation Tips for IB Latin Paper 1

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 By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, SSAT, English Builder, ESOL, and Latin tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The IB Latin Paper 1 examination for both HL and SL is a translation exercise from selected texts with the permitted use of a dictionary. (The only difference between SL and HL for Paper 1 is the length of the selection.) […]

All About Alliteration!

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By Sonali Khemka (English Literature, English Language, LNAT, Psychology tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Alliteration is a literary device that repeats the same sound, usually a consonant, at the start of a series of words or sentences. Though it is frequently used in poetry, it can also be found in prose such as novels or plays. Depending on […]

Test yourself: Do you know the differences between ACT and SAT?

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Nowadays, every college and university in the U.S. accept the ACT and the SAT equally. These standardized tests help schools to evaluate your application and see how well prepared you are for college courses. Increase your chances of getting into top college by picking the right test! But first, do you have the differences between […]

Winning a Nobel Prize by Solving ‘1+1’

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By Owen Cheong (Math, Physics tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hello! This is Owen from The Edge. I am going to tell you that you can probably win a Nobel prize by ‘simply’ solving ‘1+1’. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it was extremely meaningful for Jingrun Chen, who made significant contributions to number theory. In […]

IB Business vs. IB Economics

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From the point of view of an IB alumnus who took both Business and Economics at Higher Level By Chris Li (Economics & Business tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Why IB Business? The IB Business syllabus includes the following units: 1) Business Organisation and Environment; 2) Human Resource Management; 3) Finance and Accounts; 4) Marketing; 5) […]

How to Argue: An Introduction to the “Toulmin Method”

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 By Jonathan Wilson (AP/IB History, English Literature and English Language tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone. This is Jon again here at The Edge. When I sat down to write my latest blog, I asked myself: “What would be the one topic I could write about that would benefit the most number of students?” It […]

7 Things to Read to Prepare for the SAT and ACT

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By Steve Leech (Test Prep (ACT/SAT/SSAT), and English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Everyone knows that reading is a great way to prepare for any test. When it comes to the SAT and ACT, though, it can be hard where to begin. As it turns out, one good place is here. Right here! These are […]

IGCSE Curriculum and Exam Changes

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By Karin Chun Taite (Head of Academics and English Literature tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Goodbye A*s? If anyone is confused about the recent changes to the IGCSE (International GCSE) curricula and grading systems, this exam wiki is a useful website for seeing collected information about the changes across all the main IGCSE exam boards. As […]