Breaking Down Vocabulary

Published Friday, January 23, 2015 by Alina Krjukova

So you’ve been studying your vocabulary list for the last few weeks, and you have a pretty good hang of it. You know the definitions, and you feel pretty comfortable about understanding the words in context, but what about the other hundreds of thousands of words in the English language? One thing that you can do to prepare yourself for a run-in with the more remote words is learn to dissect words and figure out their meanings based on the roots. By dividing words into familiar parts, you can learn how to decode even the… Continue Reading

Gearing up for Junior Year

Published Thursday, June 30, 2011 by Katie

The infamous Junior Year. If you have just finished your sophomore year in high school, you must confront this ordeal in September. But, in reality, junior year is not that bad. Sure, you may be taking multiple APs, the SATs are right around the corner, and your parents and teachers are constantly stressing the importance of junior year grades. But, with a couple of tips, you can endure the various junior year challenges. 1. Take a vacation before junior year. Being such dedicated, hardworking students, chances are you have spent your summer doing something academic…. Continue Reading

Too Frequently Asked Questions

Published Thursday, June 23, 2011 by Tarang

All of us have questions about everything. Some of us question why Fox has decided to have X Factor and American Idol in back to back seasons. Others might wonder whether summer shows like Pretty Little Liars and Teen Wolf will last another season. Some want to know where is the best place to watch some July 4th fireworks. Still others question (more seriously) why nature seems to have suddenly turned against us– what with fires in Texas and floods in North Dakota. Life is never easy, and questioning is part of the process of… Continue Reading

College Bound Books

Published Monday, June 13, 2011 by Tarang

Most people would rather watch The Hangover Part 2 than be caught reading during summer. Summer is a time for blockbuster movies and water parks, but some of you might want to catch up on light reading. While your teacher might define “light reading” as a quick catch-up on Jane Austen, your time before college might be well-spent reading fun books on college advice. Get tips and the truth on the college experience. Learn what to expect and what to watch out for. 1. The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into… Continue Reading

Your brain is a muscle. Exercise it.

Published Friday, August 20, 2010 by Dave

Yes, Excel classes are long, but the SAT is longer. One of the things the SAT tests you on is your ability to focus for long periods of time. If you haven’t built up your mental stamina before sitting for the test, all the tips and tricks in the world aren’t going to help very much (But your three-hour Excel classes will!). Here’s an aggregated list of the best advice I’ve found by googling things like “mental stamina,” “improve concentration” and “brain muscle”. Eat right. A diet that consists of “good fats” (yes, there is… Continue Reading


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