The Point of the PEEL


Making a great first impression counts. People judge us by what we say, how we say it, and even by the way we write. When it comes to writing essays, the first sentence, the point of our paragraph, says more about our ability to communicate than the entire contents of the paragraph. How do your opening lines come across?

How to Complete the Compare and Contrast Question for IB History Paper 1


By Jonathan Wilson (History, English Literature, English Language, TOEFL, IELTS, English Builder, ESOL at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone! This is Jon again, and I’m here to share with you some more tips for the upcoming IB History exam! In my last blog, we looked at the OPCVL question from Paper 1. That one asked us […]

Vedic Math


By Tracy Man (ACT, SAT, SSAT, and Math Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Vedic Mathematics is an ancient Indian Mathematical system. It was given the name when it was rediscovered from the Vedas (Sacred texts of Hinduism also known as Indian Sankrit texts) during the years 1911—1918 by Sri Bharati Krsna TIrhaji (1884-1960). His research during […]

Understanding Evolution


By Avi Banerjee (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center ) A couple of weeks ago, I was teaching a grade 9 student biology, and specifically evolution. My student was immediately familiar with the most famous scientist associated with the theory of evolution, Charles Darwin. Darwin’s iconic words of “Survival of the fittest”, is […]

The Heirs of Copernicus: Bruno, Galileo, and Newton


By Avi Banerjee (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center ) Today we take for granted many scientific facts, from the earth rotating the sun (and not the other way round) because the force of gravity to far distant objects like the existence of blackholes. Over the course of this article, we will explore […]

How To Handle College Admissions During The Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Duc Luu (Founder and Admissions Consultant of The Edge Learning Center) Given the current worldwide lockdown, I’ve been asked about what steps I think need to be taken to mitigate COVID-19’s impact on the college admissions process. Let me give you a checklist and themes to consider: GPA Some high schools are moving to pass/fail […]

Facebook Live: How To Handle University Admissions With The IB Exams Cancelled?

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The IB Organisation has just announced that the IB exams in May will be cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. In order to help our parents and students to alleviate any confusion they may have from this current situation, our Head of Academics and Test Preparation, Leo Lam, has provided some suggestions that can help prepare […]

Reading the Question(s) in IB Chemistry

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By Daniel Tritton (Biology, Chemistry tutor at The Edge Learning Center) All too often I encounter students with innate ability in Chemistry making unnecessary mistakes and losing easy marks in their mock exams for IB Chemistry. Apart from having the knowledge and necessary problem solving skills, students should be adept at READING the question in the […]

Facebook Live: Guide To A Successful IB Math & Physics Internal Assessment

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The IB Internal Assessments (IAs) comprise of 20% of the final grade. For students who are working on your IAs or wondering how challenge IAs can be, watch our Facebook live! Our IB expert, Mr Avi Banergee, has shared his strategies on how to succeed in your Math and Physics IAs and discussed the following. The advantages […]

5 Ways to Beat Cabin Fever

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By Jaris Cole (English Literature, English Builder, ESOL, IELTS, TOEFL, TOK tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The recent outbreak of the coronavirus has forced many of us to stay home all day. Staying home has its advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is how too much time indoors could lead to cabin fever, which is a […]

Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis

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By Avi Banerjee (Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, History tutor at The Edge Learning Center ) As I was teaching SAT Physics, I was reminded of the progress the science has made in the last hundred years. Take the year 1905, Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis. Over the course of a single calendar year Einstein published four ground breaking papers that […]

How (and Why) Should I Read Poetry?

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Poetic analysis is a good way to hone our reading and writing skills. We can share the poet’s emotional experience by identifying key aspects in the poem. About The Edge The Edge Learning Center is Hong Kong’s premier Test Preparation, Academic Tutoring, and Admissions Consulting services provider. Founded in 2008, The Edge has helped thousands of students […]

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