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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Supplemental Essays: Why they Matter and What to Do

Though the personal statement is an essay that helps universities evaluate the kind of person you will be in their community, and it is central to the US application, it is not the only essay you will write. Most universities in the US, though certainly not all of them, have supplemental essays. These essays vary

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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

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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

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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

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The differences between US Universities and Colleges

There are over 4,500 universities offering undergraduate degrees in the United States. The sheer size of the US high education system makes it enviable in terms of choice and quality. However, the variety within this system, and the language used to describe these institutions can be confusing. At A-List we aim to make all aspects

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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

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Financial Aid for International Students

As you apply for US unis, you may wonder how you will fund your education.  A-List aims to make every step of the US university admissions process transparent for international families. Financial aid for international students is available! However, international students need determine if you qualify and learn how to apply.  In this blog post

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White Paper: Funding for International Students

Funding a US University Education: The Costs, Process, and Opportunities The cost of US higher education is much publicized and cause for needed debate both in the US and around the world. The sticker price for many US universities can be shocking. Thinking about how you will finance your degree is crucial, particularly for international

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Supplemental Essays: Why They Matter and What to Do

Though the personal statement is an essay that helps universities evaluate the kind of student you will be in their community, and it is central to the US application, it is not the only essay you will write. To get accepted to selective US unis, you will need to write supplemental essays.   Most US

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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

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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

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Tips for the SAT!

What is the key to earning good SAT scores? Planning, preparation, and practice. As the SAT draws near, now is an excellent time to consider your strategy for test day.   Weeks Before the Test The weeks before the SAT are prime times to sit 1-3 timed SAT mock tests. This not only enables you

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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:  

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Cracking SAT Grammar

In order to secure a good SAT score, you must perform strongly across all sections of the test. This includes the Writing & Language section, forty-four questions that run the grammatical gamut from identifying verb forms to rhetorical skills. Our students come from a swathe of educational backgrounds, and with our expert guidance and directed

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Best Universities for International Students

If you are an international student interested in universities in the US, you might wonder which school is right for you. With over 4,500 schools to choose from, determining the best colleges for international students isn’t easy. At A-List, we are here to help. Though most universities in the US welcome international students and are

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SAT Maths: Know the Format

Many students worry about SAT math. However, a good SAT score requires strong performance on the SAT math section. To achieve a good score, you first need to know understand the structures and patterns of SAT math questions. SAT Math: What you can Expect There are two maths sections: Non-Calculator & Calculator. The Non-Calculator section

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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

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Registering for the ACT: Practice Steps and Tips for Success

If you would like to study at a US uni, you will need to take either the ACT or SAT. Below you will find out how to register for the ACT and next steps for earning a good ACT score. ACT international test dates: The ACT international test dates are: 11-12th September 2020, 9-10th October

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What is a “Good” SAT Score?

 As student prepare to apply to US universities, students often ask: 1) What is a good SAT score?  2) How do I get it? Quality and Variety of US universities According to National Association for College Admissions Counselling. The SAT is a significant part of the application with 54% of colleges ranking these scores as

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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

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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

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Questions about the SAT and SAT tutoring in London

There are a lot of things that you can do if you are a student preparing for the SAT. Studying and practicing exams are all very important tasks for a student to do before taking and official SAT. Students often start their preparation for these tests months in advance of the test date. It is

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Bootcamps and SAT tutoring in London

Getting a good result on the SAT is perhaps the most important thing for any student who wants to attend a US university. The SAT comprises a series of subject tests that are used to determine if a student can attend any given US university. These tests have a reputation for being very challenging, and

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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What types of academic support services do you provide for SAT tutoring?

SAT tutoring in London is provided in various formats, each targeting specific student academic needs. At A-List Education, we endeavour to support students sitting the SAT through a variety of tailor-made test preparation support services. Our SAT tutoring in London aims to help students increase their test scores for their US university admission and their

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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,

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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

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Why does SAT tutoring play such a critical role in raising test scores?

There are a number of reasons why students who register for SAT tutoring in London are likely to see improvements in their test scores. These reasons range from academic instruction that is focused on bridging learning gaps and the development of successful study methods, to the mental and emotional support from mentoring. Of course, it

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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

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Key differences between SAT tutoring and a test preparation course

It can be confusing distinguishing between a SAT test preparation course and a tutor offering private in-home SAT Tutoring in London. The two types of academic support services are often used interchangeably. We would like to explain the most important distinctions between the two. Knowing what each type offers will allow parents and students to

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SAT tutoring: 4 Essential questions to ask a tutor in an interview

There are a number of key roles an experienced SAT tutor plays in preparing students to take one of the most challenging of standardised tests. These main roles include: strengthening a student’s understanding of content areas, bridging gaps in learning, helping students become familiar with the unique format of the SAT, and providing much needed

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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

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How A-List Education’s SAT tutoring can motivate students

Students are well aware of the importance of performing well in formal assessments. There is a lot of pressure placed upon them from various quarters – family, society and even themselves. This pressure may work for some but for others, it works against them. For the latter, motivation to persevere can become the defining criteria

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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

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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

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