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Mastering the SAT Reading Section

The SAT Reading Section consists of 52 questions that you must answer in 65 minutes–that’s one minute and 15 seconds per question. This section tests several reading skills: how well you determine words in context, how you analyze evidence, and how you interpret data and hypotheses.   But what types of passages will you see … Continued

ACT vs SAT: What’s the Difference?

ACT vs SAT Wondering which test is right for you? Although the SAT and ACT largely test the same core skills, each has its own unique flavor. When starting test prep, students often fail to incorporate test options as part of their strategy and rush to take one test over the other. One of the … Continued

Mellifluous – Word of the Day

Today’s Word of the Day is mellifluous (adjective): sweet-sounding or harmonious. Example: Her mellifluous and smooth voice calmed my nerves. Synonyms: musical, sweet-sounding, rich Antonyms: cacophonous, discordant Mellifluous comes from the latin word “mellifluus,” which means flowing like honey. “Mel” means honey, and “fluere” means to flow. Today, Mellifluous refers to sounds and sometimes flavors … Continued

Crafting a Strong Introduction Paragraph

An introduction paragraph is the foundation of an essay and the reader’s first impression of you, the writer. Without a strong introduction, your essay will fall apart. Starting your introduction isn’t always easy though–we’ve all experienced the dreaded writer’s block. Luckily, we’ve come up with some ideas to get you writing. Stop staring at a … Continued

College Applications

We wish all of our students the best with their college applications! Remember these tips when working on your college applications: Read the instructions and prompts carefully Proofread and edit your essays Highlight your strengths and tell a compelling story Choose recommendations that can speak to your ability and academic excellence Make backups and copies … Continued

SAT courses start today and tomorrow!

Taking the SAT this upcoming Spring? Check out our group SAT courses–the perfect prep plan to take your score to new heights. Our SAT courses will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from now until the March SAT. Saturday classes will be from 10AM-1:15PM, and Sunday classes will be from 2:30-5:45PM. Here’s what you’ll get: … Continued

Heliotrope – Word of the Day

Today’s Word of the Day is heliotrope (noun): a reddish purple color. Example: The flower was an elegant heliotrope, dark purple around the edges and light purple in the center. The word “heliotrope” comes from plants in the genus Heliotropum, which are perennials with pink-purple flowers. Moreover, Heliotropum comes from the greek word “helios,” who is the Sun … Continued

Test Anxiety

More and more, I see students unable to cope with test anxiety. It is tragic because many of these students perform fine under more relaxed circumstances. When parents ask me how their kids can cope with test anxiety, I tell them that strategies vary from student to student. Some students respond well to relaxation techniques, … Continued

English Tips for English Language Learners

Learning a new language can be overwhelming, but it can be fun too. Here are 10 English tips you can use to improve your English today. 1. Read as much as you can Read books, news, magazines, websites, and social media–anything you can get your hands on. By reading anything and everything, you’ll soak up … Continued

Best wishes on the November SAT!

Our team wishes everyone the best of luck on the November SAT! Feeling anxious before the November SAT? Here are some tips Breathe slowly and deeply: the deeper you breathe, the more oxygen you intake, which means more blood flow to keep your mind sharp during the test. Don’t cram the night before: give yourself … Continued