In writing a personal statement, flattery gets you nowhere

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When you are applying to schools, you need to show why that school is unique. Here, just as in your dating life, empty flattery will get you nowhere.

Is “hard-working” good enough to be mentioned in an essay?

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Did you work hard to get to where you are today? Of course you did, but so did all 900 other applicants. Instead of “work hard,” state exactly what you did.

Ending your essay with a “bang”

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The end of your essay is your last chance to give the reader a deep impression of you, and you want to make it count. Make it vivid and full of impact.

Opening Your Essay With A Quote


Whenever clients send us their essays, we are very particular about them starting their essays with a standalone quote. We hope to provide some useful alternatives for you.

7 Tips for Your TOK Essay

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Just thinking about the TOK essay can be overwhelming. However, since it is an IB Diploma requirement, the TOK essay is unavoidable. Utilize the following 7 tips to strengthen your TOK essay.

How the SAT Has Ruined Christmas? 🎄

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The festive season is here and SAT is trying to steal the "fun"! Look how SAT has joined Christmas by putting it into a practice Reading passage.

How to Tackle the OPCVL Question for IB History

When considering the OPCVL question on the Paper 1 exam (worth 4 of the total 24 points) we must look at one specific historical document and refer to its origin, purpose, and content to determine what its values and limitations are to historians.

Choosing between SAT and ACT

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By Leo Lam (Head of Academics at The Edge Learning Center) In the past few years, many schools are making the submission of SAT or ACT scores optional. However, this should not stop students from taking the test. If a student can obtain a good score on one of these two tests, it is always a bonus […]

Going to Venus


The 2020s will see humans once again becoming a space-faring species. Yet, whilst here is a lot of interest in humans going to Mars or returning to the Moon, we should not ignore our study of Venus just because humans won't be visiting the planet.

3 SAT Math Mistakes That You Never Stop Making

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Ever wonder why your SAT math scores don't reflect your true ability? Today's blog is all about why that may have nothing to do with your math skills at all...

5 Simple Steps to Surviving Unseen Poetry


So you're sitting in an exam staring at a poem you've never seen before and just as fear and anxiety are about to take over, you remember you know these 5 simple steps to surviving unseen poetry, and soothing relief gently washes over.

The Silver Mirror Test


Chemical reactions can be fascinating, the Tollens' test in particular turn any glassware into a silver mirror! Learn the mechanism of this redox reaction and understand why it can distinguish different organic compounds.