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The Timeline You Should Expect For Different Types Of Tutoring
13 December, 2017
If you’re planning to hire a tutor to deal with one or several areas based on your child’s performance during the previous academic year, you should find the tutor before the school year starts. This will let you set up a tutoring game plan for the year. *** When planning to hire a tutor, timing is crucial. Experienced tutors know that the timeline will be different for ongoing academic tutoring, for a specific academic project, or for test prep. So let’s take a look at the ideal timing for t
How To Read And Use Your PSAT Score Report
12 December, 2017
As Illinois students receive their PSAT/NMSQT score reports from the College Board this month, they may find it difficult to separate the report’s useful information from the extraneous content. Here are some tips for possibly overwhelmed students and parents to understand how to read and use the best information the report can offer. Scores Look to the top of the first page of the report for the most important data: in order from left to right, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score (scale o
How Does PhD Funding Work?
11 December, 2017
To understand how funding works for PhD programs, you first need to understand the different possible funding scenarios. Here is a breakdown of the different ways PhD candidates are funded by their universities. Full Funding Students are said to be “fully funded” if their tuition has been waived by the university and they receive a stipend to cover living expenses. Full funding can come with a variety of responsibilities, and often includes a certain number of semesters as a teaching assistan
How You Should Interview A Prospective Tutor
08 December, 2017
One of the most important steps to take once you’ve found a potential tutor is to conduct an interview. You want to make sure that the tutor is a good fit for your child (or for you) on every level. Preparing for the Interview Consider the following ideas as you prepare to interview the tutor: Tutoring goals Think about what you are looking to achieve through tutoring. Do you wish to improve a grade in a class? To strengthen a skill? To achieve a particular score on a standardized test? To be
The Best Ways To Prep For The SAT And ACT
06 December, 2017
Choosing the best method to prepare for the SAT [https://www.noodlepros.com/tests/sat] or ACT [https://www.noodlepros.com/tests/act] can be difficult. Tutoring is expensive. Courses often have inflexible, time-intensive schedules that are hard to fit into an already overbooked week. And independent preparation requires a level of discipline and self-analysis that many students feel unequipped to handle. Here are some of the principle things you should consider when deciding how best to prepare
Ivy League Athletes, Admissions, And The Academic Index
04 December, 2017
The academic index ranks applicants on a scale from 60 to 240, with each of three categories counting for 20 to 80 points: grades, SAT scores, and SAT Subject Test scores. For example,  a GPA of zero is worth 20 points, and a 4.0 is worth 80. SAT scores, as determined by the average of the math and reading test scores, are worth 20 points for a 200, and up to 80 points for a perfect 800.SAT Subject Test scores, which are assessed as the average of the best two (or three) submitted scores, are al
20 Common GMAT Questions Answered
27 November, 2017
The GMAT [https://www.noodlepros.com/tests/gmat] is a computer adaptive test that assesses a student’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills. The results are then used in determining a student’s admissions decision to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. Noodle Pro Craig Cartier [https://www.noodlepros.com/tutor/profile/ZDlmOGEwMmE3OTdhZTl] is a top GMAT tutor. He has been professionally tutoring for over 15 years. Craig has helped clients earn top scores and
Should I Cancel My LSAT Score?
15 November, 2017
More than any other standardized test, the LSAT inspires a rash of cancellations every time it’s given. Before you cancel your scores [https://www.lsac.org/jd/lsat/score-cancellations], here are a few things you should consider: Why Do I Want to Cancel? The obvious answer is “because I did poorly.” But here’s the thing: you may not have. And having a bad score on your record isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be. In the “Bad Old Days,” virtually every law school under the sun would average LSAT
Starting SAT/ACT Prep In Your Junior Year
06 November, 2017
At Noodle Pros, we understand that test scores are just one component of a college application, that students need a little room to have a life outside of preparing for college, and that while both are important, academic performance needs to take precedence over test prep. *** The fall of your junior year is an ideal time to begin preparing for the SAT [https://www.noodlepros.com/tests/sat] and/or the ACT [https://www.noodlepros.com/tests/act] (if you haven’t already started). So much of succ
Get The Most Out Of Your College Recommendation Letter
30 October, 2017
Teacher recommendations are an important component of your college admissions package. Getting good recommendations requires picking the right recommenders and asking them the right way; more goes into this process than you might think! Give Yourself Enough Time First of all, it’s important to think about the timing of your requests. You want to make sure your teachers have at least 4-6 weeks to take care of the recommendation. That means that if you are applying Early Decision/Action, it’s bes
Must-Know Facts for Starting Your Law School Application
27 October, 2017
The core of any application to Law School boils down to your numbers: your LSAT score and your GPA. The exact way in which schools weigh these two numbers varies, but broadly speaking, the LSAT is considered the more important of these two numbers. *** The law school application is primarily evaluated simply on your numbers: your LSAT and your GPA (which may be slightly weighted based on the school you attended), which are the only factors that will definitely be considered in weighing your ap
8 Key Aspects Of Successful MBA Applications
19 October, 2017
An MBA application [https://www.noodlepros.com/blog/2017/10/20/common-mba-concerns/] is primarily evaluated based on three factors: GMAT [https://www.noodlepros.com/tests/gmat] or GRE [https://www.noodlepros.com/tests/gre] scores, work experience, and your essays. Other important factors may include your undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, diversity, extracurricular/community activities, and, where relevant, interviews. 1. GMAT/GRE Scores Your test scores are the most important numbe