WEDNESDAY WISDOM; 11/7/18

Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by Tifinie

  It is important to take a step back and reflect once in a while.  Enjoy this quote and see if you can find a way to relate it to your life.   “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  -Confucius   Confucius was a philosopher, teacher, politician, and editor from China.  He valued the importance of studying, developing ideas which grew into a philosophy known as Confucianism and later Neo-Confucianism.  His hopes were to get people to morally reflect on whether certain ideas were right or… Continue Reading

A Foolproof Way To Increase Your Critical Reading Score

Published Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Adam

If you’re having a hard time with the SAT, I’ll bet Critical Reading is your biggest source of pain. It’s the section that we at Excel see people struggling with the most, and it’s easy to see why. Grammar and math consist of complicated but concrete rules that you can break down into recognizable patterns and strategies. Critical Reading is a different ball game. It asks you for abstract thinking, knowledge of archaic vocab, and a high tolerance for boring writing. So if you’ve practiced and practiced and you’re still not seeing an upswing in… Continue Reading

Summer Reading: Keep Your Brain Active

Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by Richard Hong

It’s already past a month into your summer break! I know you’re enjoying the freedom but have you been actively keeping your brain busy? Remember, this is a perfect time to prepare for the upcoming school year and study for the big tests like the SAT and ACT. Yet, I know that studying itself can be a bore. Instead, why don’t you consider reading some books? It’s a great way to keep your brain thinking while reading about great plots and entertaining new possibilities. In particular, look for books that stretch your intellectual possibilities. While… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California Part 3

Published Friday, June 3, 2011 by Tarang

You would think after part 2 that we would have exhausted the colleges in the golden state, but your options still remain afloat. California seems to churn out as many college students as corporate America seems to outsource. This state’s large amount of opportunities, though, give California grads the upper edge. A college degree is the biggest asset in today’s job market. And so we continue with the colleges in California that can provide you with a quality education. 1. University of San Diego– San Diego, CA Admissions Data (2010): Percent of Applicants Admitted: 51%… Continue Reading

Private Colleges of California Part 2

Published Monday, May 16, 2011 by Tarang

Last time we went on a journey towards Southern California and discovered 3 prestigious but low-profile private schools. Featuring small class sizes and an ample amount of majors, these colleges can meet anyone’s needs. Now let’s trek on up towards the Bay Area and the rest of Northern California and see what other academic treasures we can find. 1. University of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) Admissions Data (2009): Percent of Applicants Admitted: 71% Test Scores — 25th / 75th Percentile SAT Critical Reading: 500 / 610 SAT Math: 510 / 610 SAT Writing: 510… Continue Reading


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