Throughout society and in life…(Part 2)

Published Monday, March 28, 2011 by Tarang

Last time we left off, you hopefully gained a good understanding of being concise and logical. Now, you must focus on the examples that you will specifically use in the essay. A good place to focus your attention first is the literary example. The literary example should always be strong because it is very specific: you are choosing a specific book and referencing certain events in the book. This sort of detailed evidence should boost your essay, but you must make sure the book is relevant to the prompt. Things to consider: 1. Books that… Continue Reading

Throughout society and in life… (Part 1)

Published Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by Tarang

Many students feel increased anxiety when attempting to write the SAT essay. The task is simple enough, but the process is involved. It must also be completed in under 25 minutes and achieve the following: flow logically, be organized, and persuade. Unlike analytical essays, the SAT essay is testing how well you can prove your point providing concrete examples and evidence. While students of Excel are given a format to follow which can greatly help them organize their essay, they are still responsible for providing their own content to fill in that format. Another aspect… Continue Reading

The Journey- How I got to Cal (Part 4)

Published Saturday, February 19, 2011 by Tarang

“Don’t stop believing! Hold on to that feeling!” Sorry I got sidetracked there kiddies. I was just enjoying my favorite Journey song, especially the version by the cast of Glee. Now, for those of you who watch this epic TV show, you know that this week’s episode featured some tough love doled out by former cheerleader Brittany. Brittany, in a moment of sudden self-confidence, tells the ever-ambitious Rachel that she (Rachel) is not a trend-setter because people don’t look to her for fashion advice. Brittany was basically telling Rachel (in a twisted way) to play… Continue Reading

The Journey- How I got to Cal (Part 3)

Published Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by Tarang

Hello, back again, I see. Last time we left off, I made some important decisions which ultimately led to me only wanting to apply to the UC schools. As you can guess, this had greatly simplified the application procedure for me. However, this may not be the case for you. If you want to apply to other schools, you will have to do individual applications and complete letters of recommendation as well as different essay questions for each school. However the beauty of the UC system is that all the schools are on one common… Continue Reading

A New Year…

Published Sunday, January 2, 2011 by Katie

New Year’s resolutions. Made every January 1st at 12:00 AM, they are goals that you strive to achieve over the following year. These resolutions can be anything—to earn straight As, to keep your room clean, or to try something new. However, since the January SAT is right around the corner, perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to attain a certain high score on this dreaded test. To help achieve your goals, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind. Attend all your Excel classes. Excel instructors teach valuable tips that will increase… Continue Reading