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May'17

Summer has finally arrived

Summer has finally arrived, and you know what that means: it’s time to meet with a college advisor! While it may take some moaning and groaning to get you started, it is imperative that you get working on your college plan during the summer. When school starts up again, planning for college may become hectic due to the more pressing responsibilities assigned by your teachers. In between tests, homework, and extracurricular activities you may find it difficult to set time aside to construct a proper plan for being admitted into your target school. Choosing through the vast variety of schools available, figuring out the requirements for each, and sorting out through your paperwork may seem a daunting task; that’s why at Sapneil Tutoring we have college counselors available to help you effectively sort this frenzied chore. If you’re not yet convinced on the urgency of meeting with a college counselor, let me break down the reasons on why meeting with a college advising professional will make your life easier in the long run.

  • Advisors have experience. Not only are they connected with the admissions offices for community colleges and universities, they have in depth knowledge on the differences between

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06

Apr'17

Materials Checklist for Test Date

Test day can be a very stressful day, so remember to make a checklist of what to bring from beforehand so that you can quickly go over it the morning of the test and have a smoother ride.

Required Items (You will not take your test without them):
• A paper copy of your admission ticket
• Valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military, national, or school ID)

Items to bring:
• At least two #2 pencils and an eraser
• Graphing, scientific, or basic four-function calculators (know how to properly use them to save time and effort)
• A watch (make sure it has no alarm)
• A small snack that is rich in protein and low in fats, such as hard-boiled eggs, fruits, or yogurt.
• A relaxed mindset. Your studying and hard work will pay off!

What not to bring:
• Any writing utensil that is not a pencil or eraser
• Laptops, cellphones, or tablets (any disruption can be cause for disqualification of your test. If you are bringing your phone, make sure it is completely turned off.)
• Sugary snacks or caffeinated drinks, as they can cause a crash that would not be ideal for …

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06

Apr'17

ACT Books

The ACT covers a larger array of concepts than the SAT, therefore finding the right books to help you prepare is essential in achieving a satisfactory score. The Official ACT Prep Guide provides questions that are very close to the ones in the actual test, which is necessary because the format of the test is not like the tests you are used to taking regularly in school. This book is the best source because it gives official questions contained in previous tests. This is better than the questions provided by other editions.

The ACT English sections cover grammar extensively, therefore The Complete Guide to ACT English by Erica Meltzer will really help you on the ACT material. Meltzer’s The Complete Guide to ACT Reading is also great at teaching strategies to tackle logical reasoning problems the ACT extensively covers. The Ultimate Guide to the Math ACT by Richard Corn can help improve your core math skills in an organized manner so that you can really improve on areas of weakness and have an overall better score.…

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06

Apr'17

SAT Books

The SAT test can seem daunting at first, but through plenty of preparation and studying you’ll find that you can tackle even the most difficult questions. In this post we will discuss some of the best books that you can use to help you prepare for the exams. The SAT has changed in recent years, which means that your selection is limited when it comes to updated material, but many of the concepts and problems covered in previous issues are universal and can be of great help when practicing for the new test.

The books published by the College Board, MCGRAW-HILL, and the Princeton Review have proven time and time again to be extremely effective in improving test scores.

The SAT book provided by the College Board is a relatively inexpensive book at the prize of around $16 on Amazon, but since they now provide free practice materials online it would be a waste because the online tests are the same as the ones provided in the book. However, the tools provided serve as great practice tools and include four practice tests.

The MCGRAW-HILL books provide detailed explanations of the test, strong breakdowns of mathematical concepts, and demonstrate very similar …

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01

Apr'17

Differences between the SAT and the ACT

Many colleges accept either the SAT or ACT, therefore choosing the test that better suits your skills can
facilitate the process of applying to the right school for you. The SAT focuses on three sections while the ACT has four sections.

For the SAT these would be: Reading, Math, and Writing and Language.

For the ACT these would be: Reading, Math, English, and Science.

They differ in format but both offer an optional essay. Students that struggle with math may find the ACT significantly harder as it contains a
wider range of concepts, more questions regarding geometry and trigonometry, and the ACT does not give any formulas like the SAT does.

While the SAT may not cover as much content as the ACT, new changes to the SAT require that students only use a calculator for one section of the math test. The ACT on the other hand allows for a calculator for the whole test; if you rely heavily on calculators for your math, the ACT may be the better option for you. Knowledge of scientific terms and data can also give you an advantage on the ACT, as the science section factors in the ACT composite score and …

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10

Apr'15

Effective Study Tips

At Sapneil Tutoring, we understand how studying can sometimes be a very involved process. Which is why we wanted to take a minute and share with you what we consider to be effective studying habits for students of all ages. Whether you are in high school studying for the SAT/ACT or in college attempting to gain acceptance into graduate school – We believe the following Effective Study Tips will help you stay more focused and bring you one step closer to achieving your goals.

  • KEEP THE DISTRACTORS AWAY! That means cell phones/tablets/laptops in particular. For students, this is just another tool that can be distractive while studying. So use the following rule: bring everything you need and nothing you don’t. Ask yourself if you ABSOLUTELY need the device to study, if you don’t then leave it at home. We are positive that you won’t need Facebook/Twitter/Instagram while studying 😉 !
  • Figure out what works for you. Some students can study with an iPod playing music, some need absolute silence. Finding the right environment is key – where can you be comfortable yet productive? Where will there be the least amount of distractions? We recommend the library or your local coffee

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