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  • I frequently hear my students complain that the SAT presents a stressful atmosphere that hampers their ability to do their best on test day. This is completely understandable. However, there are many things you can do so as to keep the stress at a manageable level.

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  • It’s about three weeks since you took the GMAT. You are sorting through your mail when you find your official score report. You tear open the envelope to find your Quant and Verbal score just the same as the score you were presented on the day: the target score that you worked so hard to achieve...

  • Hello all of my IELTS and TOEFL learners! It can be difficult learning a new language; it isn’t just learning a set of sounds that you then attach to words in your language, it is becoming a different person and thinking in a whole new way.

    When we start learning a new...

  • When it comes to the Critical Reading section of the SAT, what may help in your attempts to find the right answer is to know what the wrong answer may commonly look like.

    There are a few basic “traps” or wrong answers that may look deceptively right on the passage-based questions. College...

  • When you’d like to say what people said, especially if they said what others said, you may feel the need to vary your vocabulary to express yourself more precisely and less clumsily. Here’s how: make use of some verbs that...

  • As a teacher of the SSAT, I notice patterns in what children typically get wrong. In my experience, the synonyms and analogies sections, portions that are very vocabulary dependent, tend to be trouble spots. I can confidently state that the reason for students’ inadequate performance here is...

  • You are in a room waiting for your name to be called. Your hands start to shake and they feel cold. Your heart beats faster and faster, and then you hear your name. What are you going to do? Breathe. Relax your tensed body and mind. Go inside the interview room. The following are some helpful...

  • Hello Ladies and Gentlemen! Today, I am here to teach you how to brainstorm for an essay using appropriate examples. You may think to yourself: “I already know how to brainstorm. You just think and think and then a hurricane develops behind your eyes”. While that may be true, this high pressure...

  • Formally, the grammatical debate is known as the Descriptivism versus Prescriptivism debate. The Descriptivist would focus on the “language of the street” and would mainly take care to “describe” how language is used and allow grammar to reflect that. The Prescriptivist would try...

  • In the midst of choosing your MBA program and business school? Not sure what to look for in the sea of praise that schools give to their programs? Spoilt for choice and unable to choose? Here are some pointers to keep in mind when making a decision.

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