Calculator vs. No Calculator: How to Prep for Math on the New SAT

Calculator vs. No Calculator: How to Prep for Math on the New SAT

With the recent rollout of the new SAT (March of 2016), many students and educators may be feeling a bit in the dark. High school brings with it a variety of tests, terms, and tribulations, so amended versions are understandably difficult to process. Fortunately, most can be taken in stride. For now, we’ll explore preparing for the Math section of the new SAT, answering the age-old question—calculator or no calculator? A Math section overview One of the most significant changes to the SAT is that the Math section is now weighed more heavily than it once was. A strong math score can now contribute toward a much higher composite s ... Read More About Calculator vs. No Calculator: How to Prep for Math on the New SAT

My Experience at Princeton University

My Experience at Princeton University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University. He is currently a tutor in Manhattan specializing in English tutoring, Latin tutoring, social studies tutoring, and several other subjects. See what he had to say about his experience at Princeton University: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. Stephen: The town of Princeton, New Jersey is a beautiful, relatively quiet locale that is very much shaped by the university. The campus is small, Public Safety has a fairly lar ... Read More About My Experience at Princeton University

How to Succeed on SAT Subject Tests

How to Succeed on SAT Subject Tests

Learning to succeed on the SAT often means learning to excel on the SAT Subject Tests too, which can feel like a lot of extra pressure. Luckily, SAT Subject Tests are optional, which means students get to focus on areas of their choosing. There are 20 different subject areas offering tests, and each is only one hour. Students might choose to take an SAT Subject Test to improve their academic portfolio, test out of some college courses, or stand out in scholarship competitions. If you’re interested in taking one or more of these tests, it will be important that you know how to approach them, improving your chances for success. [RELATED: ... Read More About How to Succeed on SAT Subject Tests

How to Plan Your GMAT Prep Schedule

How to Plan Your GMAT Prep Schedule

Planning your GMAT prep schedule is the first step to success on the exam. But what should be on that schedule? How much time should you dedicate to certain topics? When should you implement specific strategies, like GMAT practice tests or study groups? How should you maximize your prep in the weeks close to the test? Let’s look at a template for GMAT prep over a two-month schedule, which can be extended or compacted for your personal study needs. Week 1: Take a practice exam to determine your current starting point, even if you have taken the GMAT previously. Once you get your results, go back over the test to identify your strengths ... Read More About How to Plan Your GMAT Prep Schedule

What I Wish I Knew When Graduating High School

What I Wish I Knew When Graduating High School

The following is a guest post written by Tiffany Sorensen, a tutor and contributing writer with Varsity Tutors. Congratulations on graduating high school! Sure, you may feel tired of being lectured by your elders on what to do next—but for me, there are a few little pieces of advice I wish someone had given me during my last months of high school. You may be surprised by what they are...     1. I should maintain a professional network Depending on the experience you had, you may look at high school as a chapter of your life you would like to close. But the truth is that you will probably be thankful if you maintain rela ... Read More About What I Wish I Knew When Graduating High School