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3 Lessons to Take Away From the GMAT

March 18, 2014
3 Lessons to Take Away From the GMAT

“When am I going to use this in real life?” How many times did we speak these words during high school when faced with a challenging math problem? Well, if you sit for the GMAT, you will be prompted to recall some of this information. Much of it hasn't been necessary to us for a number of years, and the majority is tested in such a way that it doesn't seem to apply to business school or the business world. However, the time you spend studying for and taking the GMAT will teach you several lessons that will be useful even beyond your exam date: 1. You will learn how to best use data By the time you finish this test, you will be ab ... Read More About 3 Lessons to Take Away From the GMAT

How is the STAAR Scored?

March 17, 2014
How is the STAAR Scored?

What is the STAAR? The STAAR is the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. The STAAR replaced the TAKS in 2012. This exam tests students at multiple stages of their education in mathematics and reading (grades 3-8), writing (grades 4 and 7), science (grades 5 and 8), and social studies (grade 8). There is also an 'end of course' test (similar to the Regents Exams in New York) at the conclusion of Algebra I, Biology, English I and II, and U.S. History. These assessments compare student growth across the state with the desired and expected learning outcomes. They are now required for graduation. How is the STAAR scored? All scores ... Read More About How is the STAAR Scored?

What is it Like to Attend University of Pittsburgh?

March 16, 2014
What is it Like to Attend University of Pittsburgh?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Brian is a New York City tutor specializing in MCAT prep, Physics, Algebra, and much more. He graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. See what he had to say about his school: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Brian: The University of Pittsburgh’s main campus is in the heart of the city’s Oakland neighborhood. While it has the feel of a ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend University of Pittsburgh?

A Student Review of Cornell University

March 15, 2014
A Student Review of Cornell University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Michael is a New York City tutor specializing in SAT/ACT prep, SSAT prep, Algebra, and more. He graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development. See what he had to say about his school: VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Michael: All freshmen and transfer students are given a free bus pass for their first year at Cornell, which really comes in handy! I bought ... Read More About A Student Review of Cornell University

A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring

March 13, 2014
A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring

Junior year is a crucial period in your high school career. Many students name it as the hardest stretch of months to weather, but with appropriate preparation and a sense of the path ahead, it likewise rewards those students who truly apply themselves. Here are 10 things you must do this spring to ensure your success:  1. Commit to your schoolwork Your junior-year grades hold great importance in the college application process. Aim to excel, as they are the most recent complete record of your success in academia (as opposed to partial senior-year reports). They may affect your chances of admission and your likelihood of receiving finan ... Read More About A 10 Step Guide to the High School Junior's Spring