7 Tips for Your TOK Essay

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By Jaris Cole (English Literature Tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Just thinking about the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) essay can be overwhelming. However, since it’s an IB Diploma requirement, the TOK essay is unavoidable. Here’s the good news: Although the essay itself represents a small portion of the 45 Diploma points, it can significantly boost […]

Tackling AP Chemistry

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By Luke Palmer (Head of Math and Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and ESS tutor at The Edge Learning Center) The American stream schools will offer the chance for students to take College Boards Advanced Placement (AP) subjects. The objective of AP courses is to prepare student both academically and earn credit for college. It also shows […]

How much pressure is too much pressure?

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By Alfred Tang (Math and Physics Instructor at The Edge Learning Center) In my conversations with parents, I sometimes sense the worry that their children are being subjected to too much academic pressure. Other times, parents want me to put more pressure on their children because pressure plays a role in students’ success in school. What is […]

Absolute Monarchs for AP European History

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By Jonathan Wilson (AP/IB History, English Literature and English Language tutor at The Edge Learning Center) Hi everyone! After helping my students prepare for their finals and standardized exams this past spring, I was reminded of the importance of revising previous material in our history classes. Now, don’t get me wrong, revision is important for all subjects, […]

Test yourself: IB Math SL and HL – Which one suit you better?

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According to the IB Programme, students are required to take at least one course in mathematics and computer science as an elective. For all the pre-IB students, have you decided to take IB Math Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL)? If you aren’t confident in whether you should take the SL or the HL, […]

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 […]

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 […]