What You Need to Know About Computer-Based Testing

What You Need to Know About Computer-Based Testing

Computer-based testing is an increasingly popular assessment option at many stages of education—classroom exams, state tests, and high-stakes assessments at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Even the ACT and SAT will launch digital exams in 2015 and 2016, respectively.  Computer-based testing contains both pros and cons, however. Here are a few factors to consider with this form of testing: The inclusion of dynamic questions Instead of simply asking students to answer a multiple-choice problem correctly, certain computer-based formats challenge students to think more deeply about each question. For example, the ACT ... Read More About What You Need to Know About Computer-Based Testing

4 Lessons Recent Graduates Should Carry From College

4 Lessons Recent Graduates Should Carry From College

The college experience is designed to prepare students for a fruitful career and/or continued, specialized study in graduate school. If you are a recent graduate this year, here are four lessons you may have learned while in college that can help you a great deal in the future: 1. You must demonstrate initiative In higher education, professors do not peer over your shoulder or verify your progress each day. Instead, they assign you a due date and provide you with general guidance. You must complete your assignments in a timely manner.  The professional world functions similarly. While your supervisor is available to offer advice, the d ... Read More About 4 Lessons Recent Graduates Should Carry From College

3 Questions to Ask Your College About Financial Aid

3 Questions to Ask Your College About Financial Aid

Learning to navigate financial aid can be challenging, and it is not a topic that is always forefront in students’ minds as they prepare for school—after all, academics, extracurricular activities, and social opportunities are of great interest to students! In order to better understand the system at your institution, here are three questions to ask your college about financial aid: 1. What are the financial aid deadlines, and how can I ensure I have submitted the necessary paperwork? Many students believe that because they submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicated their school of choice, they ... Read More About 3 Questions to Ask Your College About Financial Aid

How to Prepare Your Child for the Middle School Transition

How to Prepare Your Child for the Middle School Transition

Transitioning from the elementary classroom to middle school can be challenging or simple, depending on your student’s school. Your child may simply move to a different classroom or floor in the building, or may attend a new school altogether. Regardless, the middle school transition is one to be mindful of as your child assumes more ownership of his or her learning. Here are a number of ways to prepare your student for the new stage in his or her education:  Learn about technological resources In today’s classroom, technology is increasingly utilized to expand academic learning. Students turn to computers—and occasion ... Read More About How to Prepare Your Child for the Middle School Transition

Cornell University: A Student Interview

Cornell University: A Student Interview

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Joe graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics. He is now a tutor in Seattle specializing in Algebra, Calculus, Physics, and many other subjects. Check out his review of Cornell 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? Joe: Most people use the bus system because it is very convenient. I do not suggest a bike because Ithaca has many hills. Also, i ... Read More About Cornell University: A Student Interview