Category: A-List Blog

SAT/ACT Essay Writing Tips (from someone who grades them)

September 19th, 2017

“Since, the beginning of time their has been pizza; which is the best food. Serindipiduously the pizza we no and love today is actually American in origination. Most people thing Pizza is from Italy. I like pizza cause its yummy. Did you know that some people like pizza without cheese? I don’t like pizza without … Continue reading “SAT/ACT Essay Writing Tips (from someone who grades them)”

Exploiting the ACT Composite

September 26th, 2017

If you are one of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT in 2016, then you (hopefully) know that your composite score was the average of your English Test score, Math Test score, Reading Test score, and Science Test score. You know how take to calculate an average, right? If not, get a … Continue reading “Exploiting the ACT Composite”

10 Nonfiction Books You’ll Actually Enjoy Reading

September 7th, 2017

This is another list of some of my favorite books, but NON-fiction this time! Both the SAT and ACT have substantially more non-fiction than fiction, so if you aren’t reading much non-fiction, start now! This list is of course very incomplete and it reflects my personal tastes and interests. If you’d like to leave your … Continue reading “10 Nonfiction Books You’ll Actually Enjoy Reading”

When Should I Start Preparing for the SAT?

September 8th, 2017

When should I start preparing for the SAT? Many parents and students wonder when they should start preparing for the SAT or ACT, but the real fact of the matter is that while there is no such thing as a one-size-fits all answer to this question, making substantive progress will always take at least some … Continue reading “When Should I Start Preparing for the SAT?”

Tips Before Taking the ACT or SAT

August 28th, 2017

The night before the big test and you go through the usual motions: you have dinner, you play some video games, you scroll through your newsfeed, and then you remember that you’re taking the SAT tomorrow so you place your lamb on the altar and you heave your dagger high above your head and-wait, wait, … Continue reading “Tips Before Taking the ACT or SAT”

10 Things You’ll Go Through When You Take the ACT/SAT

August 15th, 2017

Sixty minutes to answer sixty questions, “BEGIN!” the proctor barks, your knees are weak and your palms are sweaty – hopefully your sweater isn’t also covered in mom’s spaghetti or you might just be 15-time Grammy-award winning rap artist, Eminem and why would Eminem be taking the ACT? – wait, what are you doing thinking … Continue reading “10 Things You’ll Go Through When You Take the ACT/SAT”

Battle of the Tests: Differences Between the ACT and SAT

August 24th, 2017

Is there life after death? Is the earth flat or round? Does life exist on other planets? What’s the difference between the SAT and the ACT? These questions have occupied the minds of great thinkers for many generations. Well, maybe not the last one, but it is safe to say many students have sought the … Continue reading “Battle of the Tests: Differences Between the ACT and SAT”

College Spotlight: An Emory University Experience

August 22nd, 2017

Sometimes it’s good to learn about a college from a student’s perspective. After all, students are the ones taking classes, involved in clubs and extra-curriculars, partaking in campus activities, and exploring the surrounding city. Check out A-List Tutor, Alice Halter’s take on her experience at Emory University. I recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory … Continue reading “College Spotlight: An Emory University Experience”

Eustress: Your Performance Enhancer for the ACT/SAT

August 18th, 2017

Ever heard of eustress? Probably not. Is that from an ACT Science passage? Is that a SAT-word? No, it’s neither. Think of eustress as good stress. Wait. How can stress be good? Isn’t stress by definition something that is bad? No. Stress is simply the body’s physiological response to a stimulus or stressor. That response … Continue reading “Eustress: Your Performance Enhancer for the ACT/SAT”

ACT/SAT Tip of the Week: Study Vocab

April 12th, 2017

A-List Tutor Kim talks about why and how to study vocab.