A Student Review of Yale University

A Student Review of Yale University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Andrew graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. He tutors ACT prep, Reading, and Writing in New York City. Check out his review of his experience at Yale University: 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? Andrew: Yale University is integrated with the streets of New Haven, but it maintains a distinct campus feel. Most of the undergraduate areas are completely walkable& ... Read More About A Student Review of Yale University

How to Answer Free Response Questions on AP Exams

How to Answer Free Response Questions on AP Exams

While the average student can generally make sense of multiple-choice questions, the threat of a free response question can be nerve-wracking. On AP exams, free response questions present a particularly difficult challenge on an already strenuous test, and many students devote multiple resources (e.g. guidebooks, study groups, tutors) and weeks of prep to them. But learning to negotiate the free response portion of the AP exam can ease students’ worries, offer a structured way to study, and increase your likelihood of a more positive testing experience with a higher pass rate. So, take note—here are several strategies to help you ... Read More About How to Answer Free Response Questions on AP Exams

4 Ways to Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills

4 Ways to Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills

The ability to problem-solve is indispensable. As you move forward with your education, it will prove to be an invaluable asset not only as you study for entrance exams and unit tests, but also in college and beyond, when you launch your career. When you set out to solve a problem, you are essentially defining a question in need of a solution. Whether you solve that problem ultimately depends upon your ability to ask the right question and to take the necessary steps to find the most sensible solution. Of course, problem-solving is not always straightforward. Often, it requires a great deal of insight and critical thinking to imagine possibl ... Read More About 4 Ways to Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills

How Important are Unscored Essays?

How Important are Unscored Essays?

Preparing and sitting for a standardized test is often a stressful process. Students devote a considerable amount of time to pouring over questions and their answers, hoping to earn as high a score as possible in order to obtain entry to the school of their choice. Certain exams include an unscored essay, and it can be difficult to prioritize this portion of the test when it does not receive a result. However, there are several reasons to do your best on an unscored essay—after all, it is an important part of the exam despite it not affecting your score. While unscored essays are not reflected in your test results, schools receive a cop ... Read More About How Important are Unscored Essays?

When Should You Audit a College Course?

When Should You Audit a College Course?

Choosing whether or not to audit a college course can initially seem perplexing. After all, why complete a class that will earn you no credit? However, there are a number of reasons to audit a college course, such as: 1. No cost for flat-fee students For those students who pay a flat tuition fee per semester, auditing a class is typically free of charge (though fees may still apply). This means that the knowledge you gain from an audited college course costs only the low price of being present. Note that not all colleges and universities operate with a flat-fee system, and you must still enroll in enough credit-bearing classes to remain ... Read More About When Should You Audit a College Course?

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