“Well-rounded” is a term that pops up heavily in conversations around college prep and applications. From these conversations, it’s easy to formulate the idea that the well-rounded student is class valedictorian, star-player on the basketball team, and local newspaper intern—as well as prom king or queen. This is a myth; there are many different kinds of “well-rounded” students. Depending on your interests and skills, here’s what it means to be a well-rounded student: Academics You don’t have to take all AP courses your senior year in order to be considered well-rounded. While you’ll defi ... Read More About What Does It Mean to Be a “Well-Rounded” Student?
As test-takers, we’ve all encountered difficult questions and questions we just don’t know the answer to. We’ve also come across questions whose answers seem to be at the tip of our tongue, but we just can’t decide between two or more choices. Here are some strategies you can use that will help you eliminate multiple-choice answer choices in smart and effective ways. 1. Reread to better understand the question Before eliminating any answer choices, make sure you understand the question to the best of your ability. If you’re able to, highlight, underline, and/or circle key words in the question to make sure you d ... Read More About How to Eliminate Multiple-Choice Answer Choices Like a Pro
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Aisha specializes in ACT tutoring, SAT tutoring, and GRE tutoring. She is a 2013 graduate of Yale University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English. Check out what she had to say about her time at Yale University: Describe the campus setting and transportation options at Yale University. Aisha: Yale’s campus is a pretty small community with the majority of classes taking place within the radius of the residential colleges. The transportation is pretty thorough, but many students also prefer to trav ... Read More About Yale University: A Student Interview
While every college admission process is different, you may find that you are required to participate in an interview as part of the admissions process for colleges you are interested in attending. The interview stage of the admission process can be very intimidating, as you want to make sure you perform at your absolute best. While each interview may be distinct, here are some general topics to avoid discussing. [RELATED: How to Ace Your College Interview] Disparaging remarks Try to keep your interview discussions as positive as possible. There is no need to bash other schools, rant about negative people in your life, or touch on really an ... Read More About What Not to Discuss During a College Interview
If your first instinct is to wish away the days until high school is over and college begins, think again. Even if your standardized tests are done, your college applications are turned in, and you possibly know the university you are going to attend, your last semester of high school can still be one of the most important! Make sure you maximize it. 1. Plan ahead With the right preparation, you can ensure that every move you make in college, from the moment you step on campus, helps you reach your goals. Take your last semester of high school to look at the different types of degrees your future college, or some of your college choices, off ... Read More About 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Last Semester of High School