5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Summer Program


By Jonathan Charles Ault (Admissions Consultant and English & History tutor at The Edge Learning Center)   Summer programs are a great way for a student to improve their CV and to show active interest in a specific topic or field of study; on top of that, they are educational and can be a lot of fun! […]

New IB Math Paper 3 – Math Investigation

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By Tracy Man (ACT, SAT, SSAT, Mathtutor at The Edge Learning Center) Source: math4teaching  Changes in IB Math As some of you may already be aware, the IB Diploma Programme (DP) Maths course has undergone some changes effective from the 2019-2020 academic year. The course will now be broken down into two routes: applied vs. pure (please […]

How To Structure Body Paragraphs for the SAT Essay

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By James Rodkey (ACT, SAT, ESOL, Latin, BMAT, GRE, TSA tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The SAT essay asks test takers to read a piece of persuasive writing and then give an analysis of it. As a reminder, this is the SAT’s description of the analytical task: Write an essay in which you explain how [author] […]

A guide to use online tools to perform mathematical modeling

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By Owen Cheong (Math, Physics, Chemistry tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Many students choose to do mathematical modeling in their Math IA. In this article, I will talk about how to use Desmos to model a curve by running a regression. Desmos is a popular online graphing tool. You don’t need to install any applications […]

Designing Physics Experiments

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By Indrani Banerjee (ACT, SAT, SSAT, Math, Physics, English Builder, MAT, NSAA, PAT, TSA tutor at The Edge Learning Center) All physics students will have to design experiments at some point in our school lives. Some of us will have to complete in-depth studies, core practicals, or internal assessments that make up large chunks of our final grades, […]

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 […]

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