The transition from high school to college is a big one. Anecdotal evidence shows it is not uncommon for new freshmen to struggle with midterm exams. Even if you did well in high school, the new environment, increased academic rigor, and newfound freedom of college can decrease your academic performance. It can be difficult to balance the new experiences and the need to study. If you receive a disappointing grade on a midterm, it may be a warning sign that you need to find your life-school balance in order to recover by the end of the semester. The good news is, it is possible to recover from a disappointing midterm grade. With a little posit ... Read More About How to Recover from a Disappointing Midterm Grade
Students in a variety of academic situations spend months stressing about the SAT and ACT. No matter how prepared you are, you may still feel overwhelmed. After all, either one of these tests can lead you to your dream college or career path. Luckily, some solid preparation can help ease your anxiety and ensure a great score—whether you’re homeschooled or not. Here are a few ways homeschooled students can prep for the SAT or ACT. Build SAT/ACT test prep into your curriculum Homeschooling offers great flexibility, which is one of the reasons many students choose homeschooling. For example, a fantastic way to prepare for either tes ... Read More About How Can Homeschooled Students Prep for the SAT/ACT?
The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Allison earned her bachelor’s degree in cognitive sciences at University of California, Irvine and earned a juris doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She lives in Sacramento and specializes in algebra tutoring, English tutoring, psychology tutoring, and several other subjects. See what she had to say about her experience at University of California, Irvine: Describe the campus setting and transportation options at University of California, Irvine. Allison: University of California, Irvine has a great cam ... Read More About A Student Review of University of California, Irvine
The College Board is rolling out a redesigned SAT, slated to be given for the first time in March 2016. After a complete overhaul, the test is now designed to quiz students on the skills that are most valued by colleges. If you will be taking the new SAT, you may be wondering how the test is different, what you can expect, and how you can best prepare yourself to address these new questions. Here’s a look at some of the most challenging questions on the new SAT: 1. Data interpretation questions in the SAT Reading test The SAT Reading test will no longer be a mix of questions on vocabulary and prose. On the new SAT, all of the questions ... Read More About 4 Most Challenging Questions on the New SAT
As a college applicant, it is up to you to demonstrate your strengths to your prospective college. Your high school transcript, resume, and personal statement all provide admissions officers with valuable insight as to who you as a student and who you as a person. However, colleges also often require a letter of recommendation from those who have worked closely with you in an academic or professional setting, such as a teacher or a former internship supervisor. These recommendations allow the college to get to know you beyond your test scores and see how others view your character. Although the content of the letter may seem out of your hands, ... Read More About 5 Things to Consider When Seeking Teacher Recommendations