Waitlists: What to Do Next

By the middle of April, the majority of US uni decisions were released. This was an especially competitive year as the most selective schools saw a significant increase in applications. This surge in applications does impact how admissions committees award decisions. Unfortunately, this means that more students will be denied. However, this also means that[…]

State Schools and Private Unis: Understanding the US University Landscape

There are over 4,500 universities in the US offering undergraduate degrees compared to the 130 schools in the UK. The sheer size of the US high education system makes it enviable in terms of choice and quality. Yet, the vast array of US schools means students can choose universities, at every level of selectivity, that[…]

Teacher Recommendations: Who to Ask and What They Should Look Like

Students applying to selective US unis will need recommendations that are different than the standard UCAS letter! Students will need a counsellor letter, often written by a Form Tutor, Housemaster/mistress, or Head of Sixth Form. Also, the student will need two teacher recommendations. Teacher recommendations should come from two A-level or International Baccalaureate teachers from two of the[…]

Extracurricular Activities: Why They Matter

Preparing to attend a US university requires choosing rigorous courses, preparing for the SAT or ACT, and also investing in extracurricular pursuits. In fact, the key difference between the US and other global higher education systems is the emphasis placed on extracurricular activities. Students often ask what activities they should invest in to maximise their chance[…]

How to Succeed on the SAT Math Non-Calculator Section

The Non-Calculator section contains twenty questions to answer in twenty-five minutes. This section covers algebra and graphing including: linear equations, systems, functions and inequalities; interpreting and solving quadratic equations, polynomials; interpreting linear, quadratic and exponential graphs. Success on SAT Math comes down to 3 important steps: Reading the Question Closely: as obvious as it sounds,[…]

Academic Rigour and Academic Record: What Top US Unis Want to See

Though there are many differences between the US admissions process and other international higher education systems, all systems make your academic achievement the most significant part of the evaluation. Assessing a student’s secondary school record will include a review of the rigour of the courses taken and grades received and/or predicted. Keep in mind that[…]

Specialised US Universities: Focus on the ARTS

For budding artists, American universities offer excellent opportunities. Students can apply to schools with strong fine arts departments or they can apply to universities focused solely on the arts. Applying to art school is different than applying to schools that offer courses across the disciplines. Students will need to prepare an artist’s statement and a[…]

Athletic Recruitment and US University Admissions

International students find American universities appealing because of the top-notch academics and campus culture. Also, for some students, attending a US uni is one way to continuing playing a sport at an almost professional level. US universities investment in their athletic programmes is unparalleled in the global higher education. However, being a recruited athlete, or[…]

Contacting US Unis: Top Tips

The US university admissions process requires completing an application, writing numerous essays, and succeeding on standardised tests! These are the explicit requirements. However, savvy students will also ensure that American universities understand they are a student’s first choice. To get accepted to selective American universities, students should make consistent and thoughtful contact with admission representatives[…]

American Style Unis Abroad!

At A-List Education, we provide expert advice on all aspects of American university admissions. However, we also provide expert advice about selective American style university options abroad!  There are a growing number of Global Universities who have embraced the US education ethos and offer degree programs in English. One of the first American-style universities in[…]

Get an 800 SAT Math: A-List Techniques

SAT Math questions break down into four main areas: Heart of Algebra – linear equations, systems, functions and inequalities Problem Solving and Data Analysis – quantitative interpretation with data. Only appears on the SAT Math Calculator section. Passport to Advanced Math- interpreting and solving quadratic equations, polynomials Graphing – interpreting linear, quadratic and exponential graphs[…]

Work Experience that Impresses: What to Do this Summer

As the vaccine rollout continues, students may start thinking about how to spend their summer holidays. Students who are considering selective American universities should use this extended break from schoolwork to focus on their extracurricular interests and also develop their CVs. The Activities section of the Common Application is one of the most critical for[…]

Small Liberal Arts Colleges: Great US Uni Option

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

SAT Countdown To-Do List

SAT spring and summer dates are looming! A-List’s Academic Team is happy to share top strategies for SAT review! SAT questions require a comprehensive knowledge of grammar rules, sophisticated critical reading skills, and a thorough grounding in maths topics. Test preparation to earn a good SAT score is a marathon, not a spring. Regardless of what your practice tests scores, you should carve out time each day to review the grammar rules and maths equations.

How to Achieve Top A-Level Predicted Grades

Official A-Level exams may have been cancelled, but A-Level results will still form a crucial part of students’ university applications. Though schools are still finalising exactly how they will calculate the grades, strong academic performance will be key successful final grades. Within this shifting academic landscape, particularly as remote group learning presents distinct challenges for[…]

Course Selection for IB and A-Levels: Strategies for Top US Schools

This month, students in their final GCSE year will select their future A-Level or IB diploma programme courses. For students who are considering selective universities in the US, the A-List advising team recommends choosing courses with the US liberal arts ethos in mind. This is one way to become an ideal applicant and the best[…]

Submitting Regular Decision Applications

During the holiday period, we know that many students will be finalising their university applications. Most universities in the US have a January 1st deadline! And though students deserve a break after a stressful term, the A-List Advising Team does recommend that students submit their applications before the deadline. Why You Should Submit Early: Submitting[…]

Early Decision and Early Action Results: What They Mean

If you applied Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, or Early Decision 1, then you can expect to hear from schools beginning in the middle of December. Precise dates are determined by individual institutions. Below, A-List has outlined the possible outcomes and what they mean. Acceptance: Success! You have been offered a place. In most instances, this[…]

A-List tutoring: get a great SAT AND prepare for university

Preparing for the SAT is a long journey, but it has multiple benefits! At A-List, the skills our students develop as they prepare for the SAT also help them excel at university. At A-List Education, we prioritise a growth mindset, strategy, and academic extension. Working with an academic advisor or private tutor, you will develop[…]

US Applications: How to Prioritise Schools on Your List

As students prepare their applications for universities in the US, they may wonder if it’s a good idea to add additional selective schools to their list. Most often, students want to apply to world renown universities in the hopes that an admissions committee will view their academic results and extracurricular accomplishments favorably and offer them[…]

Key strategies for top IB grades

Though the US admissions review process is holistic—taking into account extracurricular achievements, essays, recommendations, and standarised test scores—grades are still the most important part of the application. For students doing the International Baccalaureate (IB)diploma programme, receiving a 45 prediction is the ultimate goal. Working with a private tutor can help you work efficiently towards this[…]

Mindfulness to Ease Stress during Admissions Season

Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive impact in people’s lives, both in terms of wellness and mental health and performance outcomes. Higher levels of mindfulness have been associated with better grade, and even higher standardised test scores. Students who are applying for colleges who have undertaken a mindfulness practice have also been found[…]

Strengthen your STEM skills through online tutoring!

Top grades in A-Level chemistry, biology, physics and further maths – and their IB equivalents – require a deep understanding of a broad range of concepts as well as the mental flexibility to apply those concepts in a variety of situations. To cover so much material, a group class cannot dive as deeply into core[…]

Why a private tutor might be best for you

Twenty-first century students have ever increasing academic responsibilities and daunting deadline. In education, one approach does not suit everyone! A personal tutor offers the tailored feedback, personal pacing, and goalsetting that helps students reach their full potential. Advantages of Personal Tutoring: 1)      Tailored Feedback: individual tutors offer real-time feedback based on personalised assignments that provide[…]

How online tutoring can get you A*s

As you work towards your university goals, earning top grades is the first and most important step. Though the US admissions process will also examine your extracurricular record, essays, test scores, and recommendations, your grades are the cornerstone of your application. At-A-List, we have experts to help you excel in your A-Level courses or IB[…]

UC Applications: Tips and Deadlines

The University of California system is famous around the globe. International students are drawn to the excellent academics and the idea of spending four years in California. This system of nine universities includes UCLA and UC Berkeley. The system receives over 200,000 applicants every year and is considered highly selective. Also, the UC system has[…]

SAT Subject Tests: 10 Tips for Success

SAT Subject Tests strengthen an applicant’s profile. Selective US schools seek nuanced information to make choices among a highly qualified pool of students. These Subject Tests, an hour-long multiple-choice test on specific content areas, are an excellent opportunity for students to highlight their expertise on various academic topics. There are SAT Subject tests in twenty[…]

White Paper: Rankings

Helping students make informed choices as they apply to US universities is of paramount importance. As counsellors, we are expected to support students’ aspirations as well as reassure families that their students will thrive during their university years and there will be a return on investment. Many students and families come to counsellors with a[…]

Revision: Make the Most of Mistakes

At A-List, we appreciate that students want to mark their practice tests only with ticks, sailing down the page, celebrating their accuracy. However, making mistakes on SAT practice tests is an important step towards earning good SAT scores. Mistakes allow students to better understand how to approach questions and this helps them approve their overall[…]

Common App Tips: Activities Section

The Common Application is the centralised portal to over 800 American universities. This online application enables students to share key academic information to all the schools on their application lists. This application is also where students detail their extracurricular record. The “Activities” section on the Common App carries significant weight to the review and admissions[…]

Financial Aid: Need-Based vs. Merit Scholarships

Many international students aspire to attend selective US universities. However, the cost of US schools often gives students and families pause. Many families hope to secure scholarships for international students.  At A-List, we want to make the funding options clear.   There are two major types of financial aid: Need-Based Aid and Merit Scholarships:  […]

Early Action and Early Decision: How to Decide

As students work diligently on their US uni applications, many are contemplating which decision pathway to use. Universities in the US offer multiple deadlines for applications. However, these deadlines are not arbitrary. Rather, each pathway has unique advantages for students. At A-List, we aim to make the US university admissions process transparent so you can[…]

Tips for the ACT

The ACT exam is a fast-paced, intensive critical reasoning test covering advanced English grammar, critical reading analysis, scientific data interpretation, and mathematics. A good ACT score is an excellent advantage in your college application. Below, we have curated the top tips for succeeding on the ACT. Preparation Preparation is key. For most students, this means[…]

White Paper: Holistic Review – What Does this Mean?

If you have any contact with a US university representative, they will talk about the “holistic” admissions review process. This means that US universities evaluate a student in their entirety, taking note of both their scholarly and personal traits. Thus, they will review the academic record, standardised testing results, extracurricular pursuits, essays that reveal personal[…]

SAT Practice Tests: How they Help

The ACT exam is a fast-paced, intensive critical reasoning test covering advanced English grammar, critical reading analysis, scientific data interpretation, and mathematics. A good ACT score is an excellent advantage in your college application. Below, we have curated the top tips for succeeding on the ACT. Preparation Preparation is key. For most students, this means[…]

US University Rankings

Considering the variety within the higher education landscape, it is understandable that students turn to rankings as a way to prioritize their university research process and to make decisions about where to apply.  However, demystify these rankings can actually help students find the right school for them.Understanding the metrics used as well as the methodology[…]

Upcoming SAT: Top Tips

The ACT exam is a fast-paced, intensive critical reasoning test covering advanced English grammar, critical reading analysis, scientific data interpretation, and mathematics. A good ACT score is an excellent advantage in your college application. Below, we have curated the top tips for succeeding on the ACT. Preparation Preparation is key. For most students, this means[…]

The Genre of the Personal Statement: Key Features

The US personal statement is a unique essay within the higher education landscape. Though most universities across the globe want a writing sample to assess your academic ability and interest in a specific course, the US asks for a personal narrative that highlights key values and qualities that you will bring to the university community. Writing[…]

Why Apply to US Universities?

For international students, trying to decipher the vast amount of information about universities in the US can be overwhelming. Because this is a decision that requires careful thought and planning, A-List works to support students and families with expert advice and coaching. Here are some reasons why applying to a US uni might be the[…]

Registering for the SAT: What are my next steps?

After deciding to apply to US universities, your next step is to ensure you are registered and reading for one of the standardized tests required by most schools. The SAT, an American standardised test assessing your critical reasoning, critical reading, problem solving ability, and understanding of grammar conventions. Preparing for the SAT can be an[…]

The value of Summer Programmes, CV Development and SAT Tutoring in London

The idea of studying your favourite subject in the USA is an enticing prospect for many UK students. Indeed, with many prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Princeton (to name just a few) it is understandable why so many students from across the world will dedicate so much of their time and effort towards[…]

Preparing for the SAT with SAT tutoring in London

A successful US university application is composed of multiple parts. At A-List Education, our experienced tutors and advisors can help with each component. Studying for the SAT is an incredibly important task for any prospective student who is dreaming of attending a US university. The SAT is an exam that is required to gain entry[…]

Unpacking US University Rankings

    Considering the variety within the higher education landscape, it is understandable that students turn to rankings as a way to prioritize their university research process and to make decisions about where to apply.  However, demystify these rankings can actually help students find the right school for them. Understanding the metrics used as well[…]

A-List’s Pedagogical Approach for Student Success

At A-List, we take a holistic approach to ensure your child’s success on the SAT and ACT. We prioritise developing a creative and sustained critical reasoning skillset whilst also encouraging a growth mindset. In our introductory session, we carefully review and examine your child’s current processes to discover what learning styles they prefer, whether consciously[…]

What is A-List Education’s approach to SAT tutoring in London?

At A-List Education, we continuously strive to offer high quality SAT tutoring in London to ensure that our students succeed from the programme. Our SAT test prep programmes are specifically designed to target the various challenges students may face when preparing for this particular intensive standardized test. Furthermore, our SAT tutoring in London programmes are[…]

What is the role of mentorship in SAT tutoring in London?

A student’s motivation to succeed is a critical part of the learning process. This is one of the reasons why we focus on mentorship in our one-on-one SAT tutoring in London services. Academics have found that student motivation influences their behaviour and attitude towards their goals in regards to university-admissions tests like the SAT. An[…]

Important aspects to consider when deciding on SAT tutoring in London

The application process to gain admission to a top-tier US university can be very stressful for many students. At A-List Education, we offer highly effective SAT tutoring in London. Our SAT tutoring in London options range from one-on-one instruction to week-long Bootcamps purposefully designed to improve students’ skills and allow them to raise their test[…]

What is Test-Optional Admissions?

The SAT and ACT have been integral to the US university admissions process for decades. However, as many of you know, COVID-19 has led to test date cancellations. In response, many US universities have decided to use test-optional polices for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. In many respects, this is an ethical response to ensure that students unfairly burdened by the[…]

Tips for Mastering Maths on the SAT/ACT

When faced with an exam, it’s normal to feel nervous. That knot in your stomach as you contemplate sitting the SAT and ACT is a common feeling. In particular, the Maths section on both tests often causes consternation. The SAT/ACTs maths sections are tricky – that is not up for debate! In fact, the questions[…]

Inspiring Responses to COVID-19

As we all grapple with the daily news about COVID-19, it can help to know how people throughout the world are responding to the pandemic with positive community action. Though the novel coronavirus has changed the way we live, it’s inspiring to read stories of those who rise to the occasion and support others. In[…]

Adjusting to At Home Learning & Living

  As we all rearrange our schedules and shift to working and studying from home, we need new resources and strategies to stay healthy and focused. Below, we offer you our best online resources and tips as  students finish school and prepare US university applications at home.    Online Resources: During this unprecedented time, universities,[…]

How to choose the right SAT tutoring service

Having been established as a top service provider of SAT tutoring in London, we know well the importance of finding a reputable company that offers a professional, quality level of academic support service. A tutoring service provider’s reputation in the industry is a strong indicator of the customer experience a prospective student can expect. Yes,[…]

What to do When Placed on the “Waitlist”

  As you review your US university offers, you may have been surprised to be placed on a “waitlist.” UK universities do not use this enrolment management tool so it can be somewhat confusing. Though being placed on the waitlist is not the offer of admission you had hoped for, it is good news and[…]

Why should I choose A-List Education for SAT tutoring?

It is important for students and parents interested in SAT tutoring in London to carefully consider the different types of services and programmes available, as each type has its own benefits. Some students thrive with a one-on-one test preparation programme, while others are quite comfortable in a classroom environment. An established tutoring company like A-List[…]

What are the essential elements of private SAT tutoring?

A-List has carefully designed its tutoring program so essential elements apply to our SAT Tutoring in London. Understanding these components helps students and families determine whether or not to enlist the help of a tutor to help a student succeed on the SAT as part of a compelling US university application.  While there are many[…]

Can SAT tutoring really open the doors of opportunity?

Students who neglect how vital the services of professional SAT tutoring in London are in their preparations for the SAT, put themselves at a disadvantage. There is no denying the major benefits of the tutoring programmes we offer our students. Many of our students have tried self-preparation methods for what is notoriously considered a very[…]

How best to use SAT tutoring to a student’s advantage

For students who have identified particular top tier universities in the US as prospective destinations of higher study, achieving a SAT test score which will enable them to pursue their aim may seem a little daunting. However, having been long established in the tutoring industry, we believe that scoring well on the SAT is very[…]