How to Create an ACT Prep Plan

How to Create an ACT Prep Plan

As you’re beginning to think about the ACT, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. There’s certainly a lot to think about — when to take the test, what areas need the most work, and how exactly you’re going to get to where you need to be. The good news is, by thinking about your ACT prep plan now, you’re already setting yourself up for success! As you begin, you’ll need to take an honest look at your strengths and weaknesses, your schedule, and the score you wish to receive. Be truthful as you complete this self-reflection to create an ACT prep plan that will work for you. Set your schedule As you begin establis ... Read More About How to Create an ACT Prep Plan

5 Steps to Ensure a Stellar Letter of Recommendation

5 Steps to Ensure a Stellar Letter of Recommendation

The following is a guest post written by Anna Carapellotti of Admissionado, a premier college admissions consulting company focused on helping students get into their dream schools.   You’ve nailed down your school list, have a solid draft of your Common App essay, and feel like you’re well on your way to being college bound. Now, it’s time to ask for letters of recommendation. A recommendation letter should be written by someone who knows of your strengths, personality, and accomplishments. These letters are taken seriously by admissions committees, as they are seen as candid descriptions of you and your character. Si ... Read More About 5 Steps to Ensure a Stellar Letter of Recommendation

My Experience at Johns Hopkins University

My Experience at Johns Hopkins University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Abigail is currently a sophomore studying history at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in French tutoring, social studies tutoring, and a number of other subjects. See what she had to say about her experience as a student at Johns Hopkins University: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. Abigail: Johns Hopkins is located in Baltimore. However, the campus is completely enclosed and no cars are allowed to drive on JHU property. This makes the campus, with its brick pathways and ample green space, ... Read More About My Experience at Johns Hopkins University

What are the High School Science Courses?

What are the High School Science Courses?

While most people are familiar with chemistry and biology, there happen to be a great number of science courses available to high school students. Some are required and others are optional, but each offers a leg up to students eyeing colleges or hoping to seek a career in the sciences. As STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs gain momentum, there are more science classes available than ever before. [RELATED: STEM Resources for Students] So, what options are available to students with an interest or background in science? While this list may not be exhaustive, it covers the vast majority offered in public high school systems ... Read More About What are the High School Science Courses?

How to Survive the College Application Process: Part Three

How to Survive the College Application Process: Part Three

So you’ve been working on your college applications diligently over the past couple of months. Now, with your senior year of high school truly underway, it’s time to finish strong! If you’ve been following Part One and Part Two of this series (it’s not too late; you can check them out now!), you may be wondering, what now? Read on for the final steps of surviving the college application process: 1. Take standardized tests and send the scores Take any standardized exams—such as the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, or ACT—that you’ve registered for. When you do so, be sure you arrange for your score ... Read More About How to Survive the College Application Process: Part Three