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10 Things to Do in the Summer Before 12th Grade

10 Things to Do in the Summer Before 12th Grade

Those months preceding your senior year of high school are in many ways part of the final stretch of all your hard work. To alleviate some of the workload and stress heading into the school year and applications season, there are several actions you can take over the summer to relieve some of the workloads and set yourself up for success.

Her American Story: An Inspiring Interview with Ivy Tutor and Author Ly Tran
By Michael S.
Her American Story: An Inspiring Interview with Ivy Tutor and Author Ly Tran
As an Ivy tutor, Tran leverages her craft of writing and storytelling to support students in their studies.So many young people dream of writing a book. What advice do you have for young people? It’s quite simple: Read. Then, write.
Reporting from the Trenches: NYC Public High School Admissions Results 2020-2021
By Katie Miller
Reporting from the Trenches: NYC Public High School Admissions Results 2020-2021
SAT and ACT Study Tips Based on Your Learning Style
By Teresa F.
SAT and ACT Study Tips Based on Your Learning Style
Cruise to a 5 on the AP English Language & Composition Exam
By Michael S.
Cruise to a 5 on the AP English Language & Composition Exam
Four tips on how to be a pro-writer on a time crunch!
How to Get a 5 on the AP US History Exam
By Michael S.
How to Get a 5 on the AP US History Exam
Are you feeling a daunted by the APUSH exam? Don't! Here are three tips on how to remember it all.
The Benefits of Play-Based Learning
By Karen L.
The Benefits of Play-Based Learning
Play-based learning is a way to make learning engaging, fun, and creative for your little learner!
Creating a Theme in Your College Application
By Isabelle N.
Creating a Theme in Your College Application
The key to creating the most compelling college application is to “thread a theme.” Not only does it sound poetic, it works.
College Applications: The Rise of the “Mini-Expert”
By Ivy Tutors Network
College Applications: The Rise of the “Mini-Expert”
Colleges admissions officers are increasingly interested in accepting students who are 'mini experts.' Let's take a look at what that means.
5 Tips for Writing a Great AP Lit Essay
By Ivy Tutors Network
5 Tips for Writing a Great AP Lit Essay
Nervous about the 'free response prompt' on AP Lit? Don't be. We broke it down into manageable steps!
5 Ways College Admissions Has Changed Since 2020
By Ivy Tutors Network
5 Ways College Admissions Has Changed Since 2020
Pivot is one of the themes of 2020. But how has the College Admissions process pivoted this year?
How to Teach Kids to Care: Webinar Recap on Executive Functioning, Focus, Motivation, and Organization Skills for Kids
By Ivy Tutors Network
How to Teach Kids to Care: Webinar Recap on Executive Functioning, Focus, Motivation, and Organization Skills for Kids
Is your child's work disorganized? Are you tired of being the 'homework warden'? We understand! At our recent webinar, we discussed everything from how to foster motivation around schoolwork to developing good organization habits with Sue Groner and Shakir Stephen.
AP Exam Updates: Three Options For Schools to Administer APs This Spring
By Ivy Tutors Network
AP Exam Updates: Three Options For Schools to Administer APs This Spring
With the ongoing pandemic, the College Board has given schools three ways to administer their upcoming spring AP exams. Be sure to talk to your AP Coordinator to find out how your school is planning to conduct their exams.
Cheat Sheet: SAT vs. ACT
By Ivy Tutors Network
Cheat Sheet: SAT vs. ACT
Not sure whether the SAT or the ACT is the better test for you? No biggie. We've made you a cheat sheet to see for yourself!
Want to Spend Less Time Studying? Find your learning style.
By Isabelle N.
Want to Spend Less Time Studying? Find your learning style.
Identifying your learning style can make you more efficient with your SAT and ACT test prep, so you can focus on the subject matter and strategies that will raise your score.
How To Get an A in English: Writing An Argumentative Paper
By Maya B.
How To Get an A in English: Writing An Argumentative Paper
Mastering this common writing assignment will give you a leg up in high school and college English classes - and many other subjects.
Voted Best Test Prep Tutors & Best Math Tutors in New York City!
By Ivy Tutors Network
Voted Best Test Prep Tutors & Best Math Tutors in New York City!
We're an Award-Winning Tutoring Service!
4 Ways High School Students Can Become Social Justice Leaders
By Michael S.
4 Ways High School Students Can Become Social Justice Leaders
There has never been a more important time for us to consider the needs of others.
How to Write a Killer College Supplement
By Ivy Tutors Network
How to Write a Killer College Supplement
Often seen as extra work, supplements are essential to your applications - and can even help you select the right school.
How to Get an A in Math: Advice from a Math Teacher
By Katie D.
How to Get an A in Math: Advice from a Math Teacher
When it comes to excelling at math, some of the simplest steps are most effective - and often overlooked.
The Inside Story: Finding the Area of a Circle
By Jenna K.
The Inside Story: Finding the Area of a Circle
Learning why this formula “works” can help you understand math at a deeper level, building your skills for school and tests.
Do You Have to Take AP Classes to Get into College?
By Gill W.
Do You Have to Take AP Classes to Get into College?
It can be hard to figure out what exactly colleges are looking for when considering applicants.
What Formulas and Definitions to Memorize for the ACT and SAT
By Jenna K.
What Formulas and Definitions to Memorize for the ACT and SAT
The key to beating the clock on the SAT and ACT Math sections is knowing what to expect.
SSAT, ISEE and School Exams: How to Lower Your Stress When Testing At Home
By Rick S.
SSAT, ISEE and School Exams: How to Lower Your Stress When Testing At Home
For something that’s supposed to be simple and convenient, testing at-home can be surprisingly stressful.
Comprehensive Guide to SAT and ACT: Deciding Between Exams, Preparing, and More
By Ivy Tutors Network
Comprehensive Guide to SAT and ACT: Deciding Between Exams, Preparing, and More
With so many recent changes, it’s hard to tell up from down, when it comes to the SAT, ACT and getting into college.
What is Academic Anxiety & How Can You Beat It?
By Lisa Speransky
What is Academic Anxiety & How Can You Beat It?
Everyone feels stressed out about a test sometimes; it’s normal to be concerned when an outcome is unknown.
How To Write A College Essay: Dos and Don’ts
By Ivy Tutors Network
How To Write A College Essay: Dos and Don’ts
Universities now base over 50% of admissions on the application essays. We’ll help you crack the code.
MORE Common Algebra Mistakes And How to Avoid Them
By Jenna K.
MORE Common Algebra Mistakes And How to Avoid Them
Part two of the essential guide to eliminating errors that trip up many test-takers.
SHSAT Test Prep: What You Need to Know
By Raphael L.
SHSAT Test Prep: What You Need to Know
Here’s our guide to developing a SHSAT test prep strategy that will cater to your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses.
Five Strategies for Optimizing Your Time on the SAT or ACT Math Section
By Jenna K.
Five Strategies for Optimizing Your Time on the SAT or ACT Math Section
By mastering both the “what” and “how” of ACT and SAT prep, you’ll maximize your chances of receiving your best score.
Common Algebra Mistakes And How to Avoid Them
By Jenna K.
Common Algebra Mistakes And How to Avoid Them
Part one of the essential guide to eliminating errors that trip up many test-takers.
How the Coronavirus is Changing the Importance of the SAT and ACT in College Admissions
By Justin T.
How the Coronavirus is Changing the Importance of the SAT and ACT in College Admissions
Every day, a new development seems to squeeze testing out of the college admissions process.
What 7th Graders Can Do To Prep for the SHSAT This Summer
By Raphael L.
What 7th Graders Can Do To Prep for the SHSAT This Summer
When it comes to preparing for the SHSAT, there’s a lot more than reviewing reading comprehension and math skills.
Tips for Keeping Kids Engaged and Learning at Home
By Ivy Tutors Network
Tips for Keeping Kids Engaged and Learning at Home
By now, I am sure you’ve figured out the importance of a daily schedule.
How to (Peacefully) Help Your Child with Essay Writing
By Raphael L.
How to (Peacefully) Help Your Child with Essay Writing
Having trouble working with your child on their essay? We understand how you’re feeling.
3 Changes to the ACT Coming in September
By Rick S.
3 Changes to the ACT Coming in September
With all of the changes caused by the pandemic, we could all use a bit of good news.
Eight Research-Backed Antidotes to Coronavirus “Dis-Ease”
By Justin T.
Eight Research-Backed Antidotes to Coronavirus “Dis-Ease”
Try this: Name five things in your space right now. Breathe mindfully three times. Feel your feet. Doing better?
Top tips for planning the perfect college visits
By Justin T.
Top tips for planning the perfect college visits
Do you ever stare out of the window in physics class, wondering what it will be like to go to college and never have to take science again? Or ...
How to be a Quarantine Ninja and Slay 11th Grade During the Coronavirus
By Justin T.
How to be a Quarantine Ninja and Slay 11th Grade During the Coronavirus
You’ve mastered washing your hands to your favorite song twice. You’ve caught up on all your secret-pleasure YouTube dives and Netflix shows.
How to be a Quarantine Ninja and Slay High School During the Coronavirus
By Justin T.
How to be a Quarantine Ninja and Slay High School During the Coronavirus
You’ve mastered washing your hands to your favorite song twice. You’ve caught up on all your secret-pleasure YouTube dives and Netflix shows.
5 steps to improving your vocabulary, your SAT or ACT score, and your life
By Ivy Tutors Network
5 steps to improving your vocabulary, your SAT or ACT score, and your life
Let's start with a dad joke.
Get your PSAT FAQ right here!
By Ivy Tutors Network
Get your PSAT FAQ right here!
It's December and PSAT results are in...
5 Tricks for Getting Better at Timed Tests
By Ivy Tutors Network
5 Tricks for Getting Better at Timed Tests
We’ve been in the game for over 16 years, working with students just like you. Almost all students face time pressure...
To Tweak or Not To Tweak: Should you customize Your College Essay for your Early Decision Application?
By Justin T.
To Tweak or Not To Tweak: Should you customize Your College Essay for your Early Decision Application?
“Help me! Vanderbilt came to my school and said they like social entrepreneurship. My essay’s about my family dinner. Should I change my essay?”
17 tips for starting your college essay this summer!
By Justin T.
17 tips for starting your college essay this summer!
At last, it’s Summer!
ISEE Pre-Test Checklist
By Ivy Tutors Network
ISEE Pre-Test Checklist
Next step? Test Day.
SAT Pre-Test Checklist
By Ivy Tutors Network
SAT Pre-Test Checklist
Check the list--twice!--and make sure you're ready to take the SAT.
To SAT or To ACT? That is the question!
By Ivy Tutors Network
To SAT or To ACT? That is the question!
What's the difference? Which one is better for me? Let's break it down.
How to WOW Colleges with your College Essay (or, 'personal statement')
By Justin T.
How to WOW Colleges with your College Essay (or, 'personal statement')
College essay: two words that strike fear in the minds of high schoolers across the nation. But they don’t have to.
Everything you need to know about the SHSAT
Everything you need to know about the SHSAT
The SHSAT is the doorway to getting into Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and 5 other fantastic, free NYC public schools!
What’s the difference between the SSAT and ISEE?
By Ivy Tutors Network
What’s the difference between the SSAT and ISEE?
Thinking about independent schools, boarding schools, or switching from one private school to another? You need to think about and prepare for the SSAT or ISEE.
Fighting Over Screen (Scream) Time?
By Richard Kaplan
Fighting Over Screen (Scream) Time?
Feel like you're losing the battle over screen time? Some practical tips win the war from one parent to another.
Abstract Math Concepts Start in 6th Grade
By Ivy Tutors Network
Abstract Math Concepts Start in 6th Grade
Let's talk about Middle School Math.