Summer School Tips for High Schoolers

Summer School Tips for High Schoolers

You did it! You made it through finals and the end-of-the-school-year push—now to arrive at the start of summer school. That could mean the dreaded return of early mornings and hours spent in the classroom, but it could also mean learning some interesting material and hanging out with friends from class. You may be wanting to make the summer school transition and experience as smooth and effective as possible. Summer school tips for high schoolers can include taking a break first, communicating with others about your expectations for the summer, keeping an open mind, and remaining focused on the goal at hand. Summer school tip #1: Take ... Read More About Summer School Tips for High Schoolers

3 Ways Students Can Benefit From Journaling

3 Ways Students Can Benefit From Journaling

Many students, at one point or another, struggle with writing. One of the most effective ways to help improve your writing skills is journaling. Despite its lack of structure or direct instruction, a number of studies speak to the benefits of journaling in multiple skill areas. Students can benefit from journaling in many ways, including stress reduction, motivation, goal-setting, and self-reflection. Here are three ways in particular that students can benefit from journaling: Journaling turns unstructured play into learning The National Association for the Education of Young Children suggests that play is equally as important for learning ... Read More About 3 Ways Students Can Benefit From Journaling

My Experience at University of Washington

My Experience at University of Washington

Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Washington. He specializes in science tutoring, calculus tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below he shares his review of his experience at the University of Washington: Describe the campus setting and transportation options.  Matthew: University of Washington (UW) is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, perhaps the world. When I went, a UW student ID gave free use of all greater Puget Sound public transportation. If a bus is too inconvenient for a particular trip (rare), Uber and taxis are available. The campus is in the middle of the u ... Read More About My Experience at University of Washington

3 Ways to Get GRE Writing Practice

3 Ways to Get GRE Writing Practice

If you’re taking the GRE, the exam starts with the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), which consists of two parts: the Issue Task and the Argument Task. You have 30 minutes to write each essay. Unfortunately, that doesn’t give you much time to include all the thoughts you might have on the topics or to structure your words in the most effective manner. But there are ways to get GRE writing practice, like brainstorming outlines for your essay, writing full essays before the exam, and comparing your essays to provided examples. Ultimately, practice is key to perform your best on the GRE essays. Let’s look at a few detailed w ... Read More About 3 Ways to Get GRE Writing Practice

Should I Take the ACT or SAT?

Should I Take the ACT or SAT?

Both the College Board and ACT Inc. have revealed redesigns and updates to their exams: the SAT and ACT, respectively. With so many changes to these classic standardized college entrance exams, it might be challenging to decide whether you should take the ACT or SAT (or both!). Gone from the SAT are obscure vocabulary words and science section, and the ACT’s optional essay now requires more analytical input and a more comprehensive reading test. However, some key differences between the exams remain, and some students’ skills will align more closely with those tested on the SAT, while others’ skills will match better with th ... Read More About Should I Take the ACT or SAT?