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What is the ACT Aspire?

What is the ACT Aspire?

In April of 2014, the ACT released its first ACT Aspire exam. In June, it discontinued its ACT Explore and Plan assessments. As with the ACT Explore and the ACT Plan, the Aspire aims to prepare high school students to succeed on the ACT and to gain entrance to the college of their dreams - but what is the ACT Aspire? For students who will first take the full ACT Aspire battery during the 2014-2015 school year, it will be different from the Explore and Plan in several key ways. How? Read below for four changes to note:    1. The ACT Aspire will utilize a computer format Just as the 2015 revision of the ACT will o ... Read More About What is the ACT Aspire?

MBA Applicants: Check Your Social Media Presence

MBA Applicants: Check Your Social Media Presence

The following piece was written by Paul Bodine. Paul has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is the author of the best-selling admissions guide, Great Applications for Business School. He currently runs his own firm, Paul Bodine Admissions Consulting. Remember that embarrassing photograph you posted on Facebook? How would you feel if Harvard Business School's admissions team saw it? Think you’re safe just because you only share pictures with friends? Think again. If you believe that admissions officers aren’t looking at your online life, consider this a wake-up call. Consider these stories from undergraduate ad ... Read More About MBA Applicants: Check Your Social Media Presence

Study Tricks to Learn Vocabulary

Study Tricks to Learn Vocabulary

Numerous techniques for conquering vocabulary extend beyond the standard method of memorizing a list of words. Certain techniques are predictable, while others are more imaginative. Regardless of how you choose to learn unfamiliar terminology, ensure you allow yourself ample time in which to do so. Truly enhancing one’s vocabulary is not something that occurs overnight. Whether you decide to learn independently or with an English tutor, the study tricks below can help you ultimately learn vocabulary terms. Divide vocabulary lists into small portions First and foremost, it is very important that students do not overwhelm themselves ... Read More About Study Tricks to Learn Vocabulary

How to Ace Your AP Courses

How to Ace Your AP Courses

AP courses are extremely challenging. They are structured differently than regular classes because they are roughly modeled after university-level seminars. If a student can successfully adjust to the intensity of his or her AP classes, this will ensure the transition to college is much smoother. Here are five tips to help you ace your AP courses: Acknowledge and adjust to the workload In order to succeed in AP classes, the first and most important step is to adjust one’s attitude toward a heavy workload. Advanced Placement courses are significantly more demanding and time-consuming than regular high school classes. If it is your first ... Read More About How to Ace Your AP Courses

My Experience at New York University

My Experience at New York University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Rebecca is a Los Angeles tutor specializing in AP English, Essay Editing, Reading, and more. She graduated from New York University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Literature. See what she had to say about her alma mater: 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? Rebecca: If you go to New York University (NYU), you are choosing a completely urban lifestyle smack dab in the middle of Greenwich Village in New ... Read More About My Experience at New York University