5 Questions to Ask Your Student's New Teacher

5 Questions to Ask Your Student's New Teacher

A new school year often involves changes for your student—a different classroom and teacher, for example, as well as unfamiliar peers. Understanding his or her new teacher’s practices is the first step in supporting your child’s back-to-school transition. Here are 5 questions to ask your student’s new teacher this fall:  1. How much homework do you assign? Although the amount of homework will naturally vary throughout the year, asking your student’s new teacher about the typical content and length of homework will help your family with after-school time management. For example, will your child’s math ... Read More About 5 Questions to Ask Your Student's New Teacher

How Will ACT Scores Change in 2015?

How Will ACT Scores Change in 2015?

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?

How to Design Your Own College Major

How to Design Your Own College Major

Certain students’ passions and desired academic pursuits do not fit neatly within an already-established college major. Luckily, there are quite a few institutions that offer the ability to design your own college major and create a course of studies that is uniquely important to you. The decision to design your own college major can afford you many opportunities—both academic and economic—as well as logistical struggles. Here are several suggestions to help you effectively achieve your goal: Consider precisely what you wish to study (and why) As you begin to design your own college major, contemplate what you wish to study ... Read More About How to Design Your Own College Major

A Student Review of Northwestern University

A Student Review of Northwestern University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Haley is a 2014 graduate of Northwestern University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. She tutors ACT prep and Mandarin Chinese in Chicago. Check out her review of her time at Northwestern 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? Haley: Northwestern University’s campus runs north to south along Sheridan Road in Evanston, a suburb about 45 minutes north of Chicago. Most stu ... Read More About A Student Review of Northwestern University

Should I Go To Washington State University?

Should I Go To Washington State University?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Asti is a Seattle tutor and 2012 graduate of Washington State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and specializes in many tutoring subjects including ISEE/SSAT prep, Writing, and Biology. See what she had to say about her time as an undergraduate: 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? Asti: Washington State University is located in Pullman, a college town in the middle of rural eastern ... Read More About Should I Go To Washington State University?

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