Ask an Admissions Expert: Shelley Krause

Ask an Admissions Expert: Shelley Krause

Varsity Tutors brings you insider tips and advice straight from nationally recognized admissions experts. Shelley Krause works as a college counselor at Rutgers Preparatory School, New Jersey’s first independent school. Shelley, a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, came to Rutgers after serving in the undergraduate admissions office at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the lead curator of the College Lists Wiki. How far ahead of time should a student begin working on his or her college application? Shelley: Once a student has made the decision to apply to a particular school, it makes sense to st ... Read More About Ask an Admissions Expert: Shelley Krause

A Guide to the International Baccalaureate Program

A Guide to the International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit organization offering holistic and intensive curricula to students aged three to 19. There are many benefits to participating in an IB program: Students in the Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes frequently outperform non-IB students. Additionally, IB Diploma Programme students are more likely to apply and enroll at top colleges and universities. These benefits, coupled with the global worldview and independent thought encouraged through the programs, leave students in a great position for further success. Want to learn more about IB options? We’ve created a guide to the Interna ... Read More About A Guide to the International Baccalaureate Program

What is it Like to Attend Canisius College?

What is it Like to Attend Canisius College?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach—they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Victoria lives in Buffalo and is a 2013 graduate of Canisius College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and specializes in algebra tutoring, anatomy tutoring, and biology tutoring. Check out what Victoria had to say about her time at Canisius College: Describe the campus setting and transportation options at Canisius College. Victoria: Canisius College is located in the city of Buffalo, New York. Throughout my years in Buffalo, I have had the pleasure of watching the city transform into a great place for you ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Canisius College?

What Materials Can You Bring to the SAT?

What Materials Can You Bring to the SAT?

If you are a high school junior or senior planning to take the SAT, you probably have lots of questions: What’s on the test? Should I take practice tests? How else can I study? What is an average score? Where can I find a prep book? These questions, plus the looming changes to the SAT, can distract you from planning for the actual test day. In particular, you should consider what you can bring into the testing room. Many students show up to the test with prohibited items, which can result in them being kicked out of the test, while others forget suggested items (like that graphing calculator for math questions). Here are some tips o ... Read More About What Materials Can You Bring to the SAT?

How to Recover from a Disappointing Midterm Grade

How to Recover from a Disappointing Midterm Grade

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