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PSAT Scores Have Been Released! Now What?

What’s the PSAT good for anyway? Read More

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C Students and the College Process

Yes, C students can get into their dream colleges! But not all C students are the same. Here’s how to navigate the application process with a late bloomer, underachiever, or other kind of C student. Read More

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Standardized Testing Timeline for Seniors

Taking standardized tests as a senior? Read here for how to plan your test dates. Read more

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Testing Accommodations, Part 4

A functional limitation can impact an individual’s performance on a standardized test. Read more

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The 5 Ws of Policy School

Considering policy school? Read on to learn about different types of programs and the application process. Read more

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How to Diagnose Timing Issues on a Standardized Test

If you're worried about timing on a standardized test, try this exercise to pinpoint your trouble spots. Read more

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How to Improve Executive Functioning Skills

An experienced learning consultant shares strategies for addressing challenges with executive functioning. Read more

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The Importance of Fit for Graduate School

A former graduate admissions officer explains why fit is so important for graduate applications. Read more

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How to Prepare for an MA or PhD Program

Whether you’re still in school or considering going back, read about what you can do to get ready.  Read more

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Voluntourism

How to benefit from your experience as a volunteer tourist. Read more

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The Right Way to Ask Your Teachers for Help

We're passing on some golden advice on how to ask for help from your teachers. Read more

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How to Plan a College Visit

College visits are important! Here's how you can make them affordable and productive. Read more

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This Is Your Brain on Summer

You need to keep your brain sharp this summer—here's how. Read more

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Is One-on-One Test Prep Better Than a Class?

One-on-one test prep is worth it. Read on for why. Read more

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Signet Admissions Results for 2013–2014

This year, we helped students gain acceptances to undergraduate and graduate schools of their dreams—and many of them were Ivy League. Read more

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Update on the New SAT: Math

The SAT is changing in 2016—what does this mean for you? In Part 3 of this series, learn about how Math will be tested. Read more

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Update on the New SAT: Evidence-based Writing

The SAT is changing in 2016—what does this mean? In Part 2 of this series, learn about how Evidence-based Writing will be tested. Read more

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Update on the New SAT: Evidence-based Reading

The SAT is changing in 2016—are you ready? In Part 1 of this series, learn about how Evidence-based Reading will be tested. Read more

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Refining Your College List

Wondering where to apply? Read on for how to narrow your list. Read more

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Update on the New SAT

The College Board, the company that writes the SAT, just released more details on the upcoming changes to the SAT. Here’s what you need to know about the test’s format. Read more

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Our Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters - NYC

Did you know that Signet is BBBS-NYC's official educational partner? Read here about our pro-bono relationship. Read more

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What to Do After You Apply

What high school seniors should do after college apps have been submitted. Read more

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The New MCAT 2015

Upcoming changes to the MCAT and how to prepare accordingly. Read more

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What Are the GRE Subject Tests?

GRE subject test basics: who should take one and how taking one can boost your chance of being accepted. Read more

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How to Differentiate Yourself from Other Top Applicants

Beyond academics, how can you set yourself apart in competitive college admissions? Read more

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Study Tips for Literature

Tips for reading a text effectively, from a Comparative Literature PhD candidate. Read more

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Q&A with an MCAT Student

Sarah tells us about her experience with the MCAT—and how prep classes left her feeling as if she hadn't given it her all. Read more

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You've Been Accepted to College

Your hard work has paid off and you have multiple colleges to choose from—congratulations! But, how do you choose the right one for you? Read more

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"My Teacher Doesn't Like Me"

Many students complain that their poor academic performance is a result of their teacher disliking them. We investigated. Read more

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When to Start Studying for Finals

If you didn't wait until the last second, but also haven't been totally on top of your game since day one, we have tips for you. Read more

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Changes to the SAT

A guideline to the changes to the SAT that were released March 5, 2014. Read more

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8-Week SAT Study Plan

Waited until the last minute (or the last 2 months), and now you're stressing? Here's a plan to help you conquer the SAT with just 8 weeks of prep. Read more

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Testing Accommodations, Part 3

Types of testing and accommodations used for AD(H)D and learning differences. Read more

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What to Expect at Your Harvard Interview

An alumni interviewer recalls her own Harvard interview and specifies what she looks for now in applicants. Read more

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What To Wear To A College Interview

How to dress for success (from an interviewer who has seen it all). Read more

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Summer at Brown University

One student's experience with Brown's pre-college summer program. Read more

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The Importance of Exercise in College

Why every college student must exercise. Read more

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Foreign Language Learning Tips

Our resident polyglot shares her tips for learning foreign languages. Read more

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Q&A with a Math Tutor

It's cliche, but practice does make perfect (according to this math tutor). Read more

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How to Talk to College Admissions Officers

While admissions officers may seem intimidating, they actually do want to help you. Read more

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What Are SAT Subject Tests?

The answers to many frequently asked questions about SAT Subject Tests. Read more

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A Simple Guide to the FAFSA

First time filling out the FAFSA? Here's the information you need to have before getting started, as well as common rookie mistakes (and how to avoid them). Read more

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Rejected From Your Dream School? It's Okay.

It might be hard to believe right now, but being rejected from your "dream school" does not mean you are destined to fail. These Signet tutors are proof. Read more

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How Long Does GMAT Prep Take?

Everything you need to know to create your ideal individualized GMAT study plan. Read more

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How to Incorporate Test Prep into Math Classes

Ways to minimize the differences between standardized test math and regular high school math classes.  Read more

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ISEE vs. SSAT? What Are the Differences?

Identify the main differences to figure out which is better for your child. Read more

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How to Relax over Winter Break

A personal note from our stressed out SAT and Admissions Coordinator Read more

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How to Change Your Major

The entire Signet team went to college confident in the major we had selected, but half of us ended up changing our course of study.  Read more

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Q&A with a Boston Latin School Graduate

Find out what it's like to attend the exclusive Boston Latin School from a former student. Read more

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How to Integrate Test Prep into English Classes

A typical English class won't teach the skills needed to achieve a top score on the writing or grammar section of a standardized test, but test-taking strategies can be incorporated with a little effort. Read more

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How to Approach the MMI

Medical schools are quickly adopting a new interview format, the multiple mini interview. Do you know what to expect? Read more

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Do Colleges Google Applicants?

Surprising information about what admissions officers look for (or don't look for)—straight from the admissions office. Read more

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How to Teach to the Test (in a Good Way)

Part one of a three-part series on incorporating test preparation into the classroom. Read more

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Q&A with a Chemistry Tutor

When it comes to chemistry, expert feels like an understatement in describing Austin. Read more

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The MATCH School Project

A message about giving thanks from our CEO. Read more

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How to Prepare for College Interviews

A college interview is your chance to bridge the gap between your written application and the people who hold the key to your dream school.  Read more

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Q&A with a Yale Graduate

Ever wondered what it's like to go to Yale? Well, we went ahead and found out for you. Read more

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Where to Find SAT Diagnostic Tests

Are you looking for SAT practice tests? You can find them in books and all over the web, but be warned: not all practice tests are created equal. Read more

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How to Apply for a Fellowship

Fellowship applications require high-achieving students to navigate detailed and specific instructions in the hopes of receiving substantial opportunity, funds, and recognition. In the process, there isn't any room for error.  Read more

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Study Tips for History

Quick tips for successfully studying history, from one of the biggest history buffs we know. Read more

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How to Manage Test Anxiety

Proven strategies for conquering your academic fears. Read more

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5 Tips For Acing Multiple Midterms

How to deal when you don't have the option of taking it one test at a time. Read more

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How to Apply to Graduate School

Grad school applications aren't like any you've seen before. Read more

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Personal Statement Tips

Worried about what admissions officers are looking for in your personal statement? Wonder no more — we asked a former admissions officer to help you get started. Read more

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How We Pair Clients and Tutors

What is it that makes Signet unlike any other tutoring company? Read more

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Quick Tips: SAT Writing

A basic guideline to the structure of the SAT I Writing Section and what you need to know to study efficiently. Read more

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How to Talk to a Teacher about a Grade

The best way to approach a teacher about an unfair grade. Read more

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How to Study for Midterms

One of the best kept secrets of great students is that they don’t study for midterms the way everyone else does.  Read more

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Medical School Interview Tips

Three little-known tips to help you nail your medical school interview. Read more

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Q&A with a Harvard Graduate

Want to know what it's like to be a Harvard student? We spoke with a 2005 Harvard grad, our own CEO, to get his first-hand account. Read more

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Common App Supplement Questions

And how you can best answer them. Read more

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How to Use Online Educational Tools

Free online classes are a hot topic in education. Here's how to use them to your advantage! Read more

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How to Challenge Your Student

Helpful hints for turning an interest into a useful talent and a passion. Read more

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How to Choose an Advisor

Hoping to pursue an MA or PhD in an academic field? You need to read this first! Read more

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Video Q&A with an ACT Tutor

Rich, an ACT tutor who has coached multiple students to a perfect ACT score, shares some advice.  Read more

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Study Tips for Algebra

We know algebra can be difficult, so we want to share some advice on how to make it easier! From learning fundamentals to being more efficient, there are lots of steps you can take to bring up your algebra game.  Read more

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How to Talk to Professors

In the final installment of this three-part series on adjusting to college, Olivia advises future and current students on how to get the most out of relationships with professors. Read more

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How to Make Friends in College

Olivia's second post in this three-part series on adjusting to college as a freshman details how she learned to adapt socially in the new college environment. Read more

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Time Management in College

One former Signet student's three-part series on beginning college, including time management, extracurriculars and working with esteemed professors.  Read more

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Should You Apply Early?

In this post, I sit down with a former admissions officer from Stanford University to cover the basics of early applications. Read on to learn what they are and whether you should submit one. Read more

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Q&A with a Northeastern Graduate

Ever wondered what it's like to be a student at Northeastern University in Boston, MA? We spoke with Katie, a 2011 graduate, to learn more. Read more

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When to Begin College Applications

When should you start working on your college applications? Short answer: NOW! No matter what grade you're currently in, it’s never too early to begin preparing your applications. Read more

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When to Start SAT or ACT Preparation

How to avoid cramming for important exams and take tests with confidence. Read more

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SAT Critical Reading Tips

Here are a few major tips to approach the critical reading section. Read more

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The PSAT: FAQs

What the PSAT is and why you should take it. Read more

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When Should I Take the LSAT?

So you think you want to go to law school? One of the first things you’ll need to do is take the LSAT.  Read more

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How to Choose a Tutoring Company

Once you’ve decided that you need a tutor, coach, or admissions consultant, you'll have many options to choose from. Here are some things to consider as you’re shopping around. Read more

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What Is Organizational Coaching?

How to cure the constant procrastinator, the student performing below their potential, or the bored student - and more! Read more

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How to Self-Study for a Standardized Test

For many students, preparation for a standardized test is best done under the guidance of a test prep expert. Other students, however, may be able to walk this road alone.  Read more

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How to Turn Your Summer into a Personal Statement

Even if you spent your summer babysitting. Read more

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Personal Statement Essay Prompts

The Common Application provides five prompts for your personal essay. Here are tips to get started. Read more

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Basic Guide to the Common App

Let’s get started filling out the basic information on your Common Application.  Read more

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Your Strongest Possible College App

A guide to putting together your strongest possible college application.  Read more

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How to Visit a College Campus

A successful college visit will leave you with a much better sense of whether the school is a good fit for you. Some general guidelines will help you make the most of your visit. Read more

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How to Go Back to School after Working

So you’re returning to school after several years in the workforce? First, congratulations for investing in yourself! Second, we hope you’re prepared for the transition! Read more

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Summer Fun with Physics

How to teach kids basic physics with a bubble pool. Read more

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10 Things Top High Schoolers Know

The top ten skills we see in successful high schoolers. Read more

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Testing Accommodations, Part 2

The importance of an aptitude test and how it can help in obtaining test accommodations. Read more

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How to Manage Your Time as a Busy Student

A guide to time management for overwhelmed high school students. Read more

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So, You're on the Wait-List. Now What?

Do's and Don't's from a former Ivy League admissions officer. Read more

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Where Does Signet Volunteer?

An introduction to the various community service initiatives Signet tutors are involved with.  Read more

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5 Note-Taking Tips for College

As you go from high school to college, you'll need to adapt new strategies for success. Read more

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4 Misconceptions in College Admissions

From test score percentiles to celebrity recommendations, we're here to guide you. Read more

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Volunteering for Students

Why volunteering matters and how to go about it. Read more

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5 Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Online study and time management tools to help students. Read more

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What Is the New Common Application

The common app is changing! Find out everything you need to know here. Read more

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The Gap Year Argument

Exploring the value of taking a year off between high school and college. Read more

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How to Use a Semi-Colon

Often underused, misused, or simply feared, the semi-colon is a versatile punctuation mark that may be employed in two distinct ways. Read more

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A Guide to Life at Harvard

We tapped into our staff resources to conjure up a list of things they love/loved about Harvard. Enjoy! Read more

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Do Extracurriculars Matter in College?

A former president of the Harvard Lampoon says they do. Read more

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Time Management for the SAT

The SAT is full of challenges, and certainly one of the biggest is managing your time. Read more

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How to Get the Most out of Tutoring

Tips on what to do during your tutoring sessions to help you maximize your tutor’s impact. Read more

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How to Deal with Challenging Subject Matter

In part one of our four-part series on diagnosing your own study habits, we're discussing challenges with the subject matter. Read more

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Where Should You Study?

In the last part of this four-part series on diagnosing your own study habits, we discuss your study environment. Read more

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What Is Your Best Study Method?

In the third installment of our four-part series on diagnosing your own study habits, we discuss your personal study methods. Read more

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What Is Your Best Study Mindset?

In the second part of this four-part series, we're discussing your study mindset and how it affects your study habits. Read more

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What SAT Score Do You Need for the Ivy League?

The answer may surprise you. Read more

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Differences between the SAT and ACT

Even though the SAT and ACT are interchangeable as college entrance exams, the tests are very different in important ways. Here’s what you should know. Read more

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How to Prepare for a Tutoring Session: Before Your Session

When it comes to subject tutoring, there’s a lot you can do before, during, and after your tutoring sessions to help you make the absolute most of your engagement. Read more

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What to Do after a Tutoring Session

There’s a lot you can do before, during, and after your tutoring sessions to help you extract the most possible value from your engagement with a Signet tutor.  Read more

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How to Write a Personal Statement

To write a stellar college application essay, you have to keep in mind that it serves many functions to an admissions committee. Click through for the top three functions. Read more

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College Admissions: What Really Matters

Our former admissions officers agree that your college application should always reflect these three pointers. Read more

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We Changed Our Name!

Veritas Tutors became Signet Education on June 3rd, 2013. Same great company, brand new name and look. Read more

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Case Study: Personal Statement

How a Signet student crafted a successful personal statement with the help of an admissions consultant. Read more

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How to Get a Recommendation Letter

While you don’t want to be insincere or shady about the process of asking for recommendations, thinking carefully about what recommendations will help your application and how to ask for them can go a long way. Read more

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3 Reasons You Didn't Score a 2400

Common challenges to achieving your highest SAT score. Read more

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Case Study: Student Confidence

How using a tutor can build a student's confidence. Read more

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How to Concentrate Effectively

A guide to creating the study skills you need to focus. Read more

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How to Tutor Yourself

An established tutor's guide to tutoring yourself. Read more

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Case Study: Gaps in Learning

A student's story of overcoming her lack of confidence and reaching a deeper level of academic understanding.  Read more

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Case Study: Overwhelmed Student

Our experience working with a student who, after years of gliding through school, began struggling. Read more

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Case Study: Incomplete Homework

The Signet strategy for getting a smart student to hand his homework in, completed and on time. Read more

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Case Study: Ineffective Work Habits

A Signet student does all the work, but doesn't see the results. Read more to find out what we did to help her get back on track. Read more

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Where Have Signet Students Been Accepted?

A master list of the schools where Signet students have earned acceptance. Read more

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Case Study: Learning Style Differences

A Signet student's story where a change in teaching style made all of the difference.  Read more

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Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

A guide to deciding which exam will best represent your skills. Read more

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What Is a Strong Extracurricular?

A guide to choosing strong extracurriculars for college admissions. Read more

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Case Study: International Admissions

International applicants face unique challenges in college admissions. Read more

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How to Write a Paper

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” -Stephen King Read more

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Case Study: Med-Scholars Program

How one talented student set himself apart.  Read more

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Case Study: ISEE preparation

How a Signet tutor coached a sixth grader to admission at a selective private school near Boston. Read more

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Signet Undergraduate Admissions Results

A master list of colleges and universities that have sent Signet students acceptance letters. Read more

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How to Choose a Tutor

Five key questions you should ask every potential tutor. Read more

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How Do You Choose a College?

A comprehensive overview of the essential questions to ask yourself when creating a college list. Read more

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5 Essential Study Skills

A Harvard graduate shares five easy ways to study more efficiently.  Read more

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SAT Math: How to Stay Focused

What you need to do to score your highest on the math section of the SAT. Read more

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Case Study: SAT Preparation

A Signet student improves her SAT score by over 350 points. Read more

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What Is a Good SAT or ACT Score?

How to set a target SAT or ACT score. Read more

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4 Signs That You Need a Tutor

If you can identify with any of these situations, it might be time to call a tutor. Read more

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Signet Graduate Admissions Results

A comprehensive list of the graduate schools and programs where Signet students have gained acceptance. Read more

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Testing Accommodations, Part 1

Part one of a four-part series on standardized testing accommodations. What is an accommodation and how does someone become approved for one? Read more

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SAT Math: Problem Solving Tips

Creative tips for the math section of the SAT Read more

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