The IVY Blog

How to Write a Killer College Supplement

Writing the perfect college application supplement often comes down to one question: why is this school right for you? It’s all about knowing yourself and the school you’re applying to. Armed with the right research, as we outline here, your statements will practically write themselves.

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How to Get an A in Math: Advice from a Math Student and Teacher

Need to recover from a poor test grade? Want to hone your skills in preparation for standardized tests and college-level classes? When it comes to excelling at math, some of the simplest steps are most effective. Here are 5 proven strategies for raising your grade.

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The Inside Story: Finding the Area of a Circle

Ever notice how math can take something that seems complicated – like finding the area of a circle – and boil it down to a simple formula? Here we present three “stories” or proofs for deriving the area of a circle.

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Do You Have to Take AP Classes to Get into College?

Colleges look at a variety of factors when evaluating applicants, and there are a multitude of ways to strengthen your chances of admittance. While AP courses are by no means the only reason you will or won’t get in, they are a great way to distinguish yourself academically.

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What Formulas and Definitions to Memorize for the ACT and SAT

The ACT and SAT math sections cover such a wide variety of topics and principles that it can be challenging to know which ones to study. To that end, we’ve created the following list of formulas and definitions that almost always come up somewhere on these tests.

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SSAT, ISEE and School Exams: How to Lower Your Stress When Testing At Home

Follow these tips to help your at-home test go smoothly. It may seem like extra effort for something that’s supposed to be convenient, but the pay-off is key: creating a window of time for the test where you feel alert, calm and focused, confident that all your hard work to keep up on school work and prepare will be reflected in your test score.

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Comprehensive Guide to SAT and ACT: Deciding Between Exams, Preparing, and More

For decades, the SAT and ACT have been the crucible of college admissions. We recently assembled a panel of seasoned test prep and college admissions experts to field the many questions facing students this year in deciding whether to take the SAT or ACT, which test to take, and how to prepare. Here’s what they had to say. 

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What is Academic Anxiety & How Can You Beat It?

Everyone feels stressed out about a test sometimes; it’s normal to be concerned when the outcome of any situation is unknown. But how do we go from being unsure we’ll perform well on that test, to going completely blank, second-guessing every answer choice and running out of time? Read on for important practices and tricks to prevent your body from experiencing anxiety on test day.

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How To Write A College Essay: Do’s and Don’ts

The college essay is an opportunity to directly address admissions officers and help you stand out from the “numbers” of grades and scores – and from other applicants – or fade into the masses.

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