The writer who couldn’t read

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Dave

Checkout the challenges popular crime novelist Howard Engel battled!

Even pros make mistakes

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Dave

If you’ve sat through the three fun-filled hours of Excel’s grammar class, you’ve heard me mention After Deadline, the New York Times’ blog of its own grammatical snafus (If you didn’t hear it mentioned you weren’t paying attention!). I’ll link to it here because I think reading it is a great way to keep the rules of grammar fresh long after you’ve finished grammar school. Plowing cover to cover through a reference manual like Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, which I also mention in grammar class, can be surprisingly boring. But reading grammar rules… Continue Reading


Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Mariah

Welcome to Excel Test Prep’s Summer College Series!!! Written by Sonia Mahajan & Kiyasha Mehta; Edited by Mariah Embry The college application process can be stressful, but so can college itself. That’s why it’s important to learn and get used to practicing stress management techniques early on. These techniques can not only reduce your procrastinating but also lead to a life with more quality and room for enjoyment during the college application process, in college, and beyond.   Get organized  It’s really easy to become stressed when there’s a million deadlines you have to meet but you don’t know when half… Continue Reading

Something in Common

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Tarang

Recently, I watched a charming Dianna Agron (Glee) interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She was refreshingly poised and humble, especially when she recounted her memory of hanging out with Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow in the bathroom. Apparently all the Glee girls, Gwyneth, and Beyonce were in the bathroom together to fix someone’s dress when suddenly someone popped out a box of mints. Dianna noticed how Beyonce took a mint just like a regular person, and Dianna felt like Beyonce was one of them. You can check out the beginning of the interview here. Her story… Continue Reading

Letters of Recommendation: Recommend Me

Published Saturday, December 11, 2021 by Richard Hong

Today, we will discuss letters of recommendation – something you’ll need when you apply to colleges or even graduate schools. How do you know which people to ask for recommendations and the etiquette behind requesting for one? I’ll list out some advice below. Who to ask:   Teachers/Professors: Assuming that you are applying to an academic institution, you should have at least one letter from a teacher or professor that can attest that you will be able to handle the rigorous academic environment and culture. In particular, you want this teacher to show an in-depth insight… Continue Reading

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