The IVY Blog

Making the Switch: My Private to Public School Transition; the SHSAT Journey

  I had been in a private school setting all my life. Since the age of 5 I was situated at a K-12 manhattan private school where the teachers were called by their first names, where creative writing was a department by itself, and where classes were as small as 8 students to a teacher. I…

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The Waiting Game

It’s April, and for many high school seniors, that means that the highly anticipated finale to the college admissions saga is just around the corner. But when that big, thick envelope arrives – the one that means yes – students might find themselves a bit surprised by what’s inside. Increasingly, according to a recent article…

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SAT Returns to the Drawing Board…Again

The College Board recently announced to members of its board that it plans to redesign the SAT, but specifics on how and when the changes will occur remain unclear. The changes will be made in the 7-year wake of the last SAT overhaul, which took place in 2005 and featured the addition of a writing…

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Abstract Math Concepts Start in 6th Grade

We love getting calls from the parents of 6th and 7th graders (and not because we charge less when tutors work with younger students on more simple concepts)! It’s because we know that many of the important concepts learned in middle school will take the student through high school. And if these concepts are not…

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SHSAT Tips From the Experts

“Pace yourself. Remember that you have 150 minutes to do the test. This breaks down to 3 minutes per scrambled paragraph and 1.5 minutes for all other questions. If you find yourself spending too long on a question, move on and come back to it later.”   “Make a master formula sheet of all the…

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Which SAT test date should I choose?

Well let’s say that you are doing a total of about 24 hours of tutoring. You’re working with a tutor 3 hours per week so you will need 8 weeks of prep. But there are holidays and people get sick, so let’s plan for 2.5 to 3 months of prep to be safe. If you…

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SAT tips

Anything to get the ‘A’?

In light of the recent cheating scandal at Stuyvesant H.S., many schools are starting to discuss and perhaps re-evaluate the emphasis placed on testing in schools and the pressure many teenagers feel to get an A, at any cost. We at Ivy League Tutors Network understand those pressures all to well. As alumni of Stuyvesant H.S.…

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PSAT 2012

ALL ABOUT THE PSAT Q: When is the PSAT exam for 11th graders? The PSAT will be given during school hours, at the student’s school, on either October 17th or October 20th. Students do not need to register for it. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before the test and to eat a good…

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