Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Neil Kamdar is a co-founder of K2 Educational Consulting, a college admissions consultancy founded in 2008. He obtained his undergraduate degree in business from New York University and went on to complete his Master’s in Business Administration at Yale University. K2 Educational Consulting provides guidance from Ivy League-educated consultants for each step of the admissions process. VT: How far ahead of time should a student begin working on his or her college application? Neil: Ideally, a student should understand what colleges ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Neil Kamdar
Hybrid courses, also known as blended classes, are common additions to college course catalogs. But what is a hybrid class? What are the benefits of enrolling in one, and how do you know if hybrid courses are right for you? What is a hybrid course? Hybrid classes combine traditional “in-person” discussions and lectures with online coursework. Different schools have different arrangements for this division of time, but generally speaking, a hybrid class will meet face-to-face roughly 50% of the time, with the remainder held online. There is no established standard across colleges and universities, so if you are considering r ... Read More About What is a Hybrid Course?
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Ashley graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science & Theology. She currently tutors many subjects in Boston such as Biology, ACT/SAT prep, Essay Editing, and more. Take a look at her review of the University of Notre Dame: 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? Ashley: The University of Notre Dame is located in South Bend, Indiana, only a few miles south of Mi ... Read More About Should I Go To University of Notre Dame?
Current high school freshmen and sophomores will face a revised version of the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) beginning in the fall of 2015. The PSAT is an important step in preparing for the SAT (after all, it is very much like a dress rehearsal!), and its modifications reflect the significant changes that will occur on the SAT beginning in the spring of 2016. Now more than ever, it is critical that students study for and complete the PSAT. Review the below information to ensure you do so as accurately and efficiently as possible. How will the content of the PSAT change? The 2014 version of the PSAT includes three sections: Critical Reading, ... Read More About How Will the PSAT Change in 2015?
As technology evolves and becomes increasingly essential within our society, the college classroom evolves as well. The integration of technology into the classroom has allowed for increasing educational possibilities. However, there are some basic concepts that new college students should know about educational technology (or edtech) to maximize their schooling experience. Be prepared It is likely that if you are a new college student, you will encounter some form of edtech in your classes. Many colleges offer a short course on educational technology; if your college does so, enroll in this class during your first term. Additionally, some l ... Read More About What New College Students Should Know About EdTech
Congratulations—you are nearly finished with your college applications! Although most schools provide applicants with a list of items to submit, it is still possible to overlook a detail or two. Here is a last-minute checklist before submitting your college application to help you ensure that you have dotted every “i” and crossed every “t.” 1. Review what forms are required—and when In addition to your personal information, high school records, and standardized test scores, prospective colleges require a variety of supplementary documents. For instance, if you plan to attend a state school, you will likely ... Read More About A Last-Minute Checklist Before Submitting Your College Application
Most high school students plan to take either the ACT or the SAT, but once you choose an exam, your decision is not yet complete. The ACT, for instance, offers an optional writing component—the ACT Plus Writing. But should you take this sub-test? First, consider the basics The ACT Plus Writing lengthens the ACT by thirty minutes, and it currently costs an additional $16.50. You will be presented with a single prompt. This prompt will describe an issue and two opposing viewpoints. You must then support one of the two provided perspectives, or alternately, present your own. Of course, your score will not reflect the side you choos ... Read More About Should You Take the ACT Plus Writing?
Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Derek Meeker is the Founder and President of Dean Meeker Consulting, a law school admissions consulting company. Derek previously held the role of Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid for the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has also served as the Recruiting Manager for the global law firm, Paul Hastings, and as an admissions reader for The University of Chicago Law School. VT: How much time should be set aside to adequately prepare for and complete a Law School application? Derek: The amount of time it takes to adequa ... Read More About Ask a Law School Admissions Expert: Derek Meeker
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
Beginning in the fall of 2015 (with additional modifications slated for 2016), test-takers who opt to sit for the ACT will receive a score report with several key changes. The creators of the ACT ultimately hope to offer more robust scores, with additional assessment categories and data that will help colleges and students better determine whether they are ideal matches for each other (as well as whether students, more generally, are prepared for higher education). Here are some ways ACT scores will change in 2015: ACT scores will include a STEM score The revised ACT will provide institutions and students with a STEM score, which will ... Read More About How Will ACT Scores Change in 2015?
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Jonathan is a Detroit tutor specializing in ACT prep, College Essays, Writing, and many other areas. He is a 2012 graduate of University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Check out his review of his time at University of Michigan: 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? Jonathan: The University of Michigan campus is very safe, set in what I would call a middle-class town. The town ... Read More About A Student Review of University of Michigan
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Najah is a Dallas Fort Worth tutor specializing in Anatomy, Physiology, Essay Editing, and a number of other areas. She is currently a junior at University of North Texas majoring in Biology. See what she had to share about University of North Texas: 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? Najah: University of North Texas is a fairly safe, urban school located in Denton, Texas. The university offers campus-wide bus ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend University of North Texas?
Grammar is a subject that stresses many students out, as it can be quite confusing and complicated. However, correct grammar is important for your writing and success, both as a student and as a future employee. It is thus crucial to know some simple methods to improve your grammar skills. Here are seven basic tips to try! 1. Read Reading may be the number one way you can improve your grammar skills. When you read, you reinforce correct grammar in your mind. It can be particularly helpful to read out loud, as the combination of seeing, saying, and hearing assists in solidifying what you have learned. In addition to improving your gramm ... Read More About 7 Tips to Improve Your Grammar Skills
Annotating texts is an important skill to develop for several reasons. This skill can assist you in becoming a more successful high school and college student. It will also teach you how to gain more from your readings. However, when an instructor asks you to annotate a text, you may not know what exactly they mean or what it involves. Here are some simple tips on how to properly annotate a text: What does it mean and why should I do it? First, you should understand what it means to annotate a text. Annotating is basically a way of interacting with a text. Some find it helpful to think of annotations as a conversation between ... Read More About How Do You Annotate a Text?
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Jaclyn is a Houston tutor who specializes in AP English, Essay Editing, Writing, and more. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012 where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Check out her review of her time at The Pennsylvania State 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? Jaclyn: Pennsylvania State University was nestled in the country, where the community was built ... Read More About Should I Go To The Pennsylvania State University?