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Academic Integrated Mentoring. Developing the academic skills to stay on track – or catch up – has never been more important.
Staying organised and managing time for the exam results you need has never been harder: students are playing catch-up after blended learning and fractured coursework from an unprecedented two years, and the balance and pressures of extracurriculars on top of homework can be debilitating. We’ve always provided informal mentoring services to our students, so we’ve
Many elements need to come together optimally in order to earn a good SAT score: test-taking techniques, pace through the sections, and nimble responses to trickier questions. However, no matter how ardently you have strived to ensure your practice SAT tests replicated the exam scenario, there are always going to be new variables during this
Students who are interested in attending a US university should start planning during Year 10. The breadth and depth required for a successful US application does require thinking carefully about curricular choices, extracurricular activities, and how best to use summer breaks to create a compelling CV. At A-List, we are here to help manage the
Having experienced a tumultuous academic landscape with the challenged remote group learning presented for comprehension, a private tutor, with a background in mentoring and coaching, is a valuable tool to guide students to GCSE and A-Level success. As university admissions becomes even more competitive, consistent academic excellence is even more crucial to compose successful applications.
On the 25th January 2022, College Board (finally!) announced that they will offer the SAT digitally internationally from March 2023 and within the domestic US from March 2024. This announcement comes almost two years after the College Board announced their intent to launch their digital test, following their competitor-rival ACT’s announcement in 2018, and a
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
It’s January and that means question and project summaries are likely due for your Extended Essays. Whether you take A-Levels or working towards an IB diploma, you will likely have to choose, plan, and write your question and the beginning of your outline. The Extended Essay and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) are the type of
During the holiday period, we know that many students will be finalising their university applications. 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 prevents technological glitches! As you may have noticed, the Common
You may want to do some strategic planning during this flexible time: Reflect First, you want to honestly review your academic trajectory and achievements. How do your marks look? In what academic competitions or projects have you distinguished yourself? What subject areas enthuse you particularly? Even if you are not met all your goals, it
Many US universities send out their early-round decisions in December. This is an exciting time. Many of you will be accepted to their first-choice school and some may be denied. However, a portion of early applicants will be deferred to the regular decision pool. Though this may be initially disappointing, being deferred is a positive
At US universities, your final graduation grade is assessed from your first assignment. The vesting system in the UK does not exist and every assignment affects your overall grade. That means you need to begin university with strong academic organisation, time management, and reading and research skills. Preparing to meet these challenges before you begin
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,
A-List advisors have selected a sampling of test-optional schools so you can see the range of options you might have if you decided it is in your best interest to pursue this type of application.
The December SAT and ACT are both in approximately one month. While previous blogs have focused on what to do for this final month of preparation, we are going to skip ahead and tell you what you need to plan for that final week before test day.
To avoid the pressure pushing down on you as you prepare for the ACT, our A-List Academic Team have put together our top time-saving techniques to help you achieve good ACT scores. The ACT comprises English, Maths, Reading and Science sections, the scores of which merge to form a composite score. Therefore, a strong composite
The majority of US unis use the Common Application, a centralised application where the majority of the work is completed and sent directly to US universities. The Common App is much more extensive than the UCAS application. In particular, the Activities Section is carefully reviewed by admissions committees and plays a significant role in the
The US University system has some of the best, and most selective, schools in the world. With 58 out of 100 of the best schools in the world, competition for spots at universities in the US is fierce. To get accepted, students should consider an application strategy that maximises their chance of securing an offer.
Half-term is an excellent time push your standardised test preparation forwards ahead of the December SAT and ACT tests. To take full advantage of half-term, use these top three tips to raise your score in this short time scale: Know Your Level going into the half-term If you have not taken a diagnostic SAT or
Tests often provoke feelings of nerves, and the SAT/ACT tests aren’t meant to be fun. They are designed as long marathons covering lots of ground in a limited time. Their very natures are anxiety-producing. There are several ways in which we can harness our test-related anxiety: Have a Methodical, Practiced Approach On tests, students often
As summer holidays wind down, it is the ideal time to get start prepping for either the SAT or ACT. This may not sound appealing at first but earning a good SAT/ACT scores takes time. And they are critical for your US university applications. Key Next Steps Take a diagnostic test. Contact our Client Service
As the term gears begin to roll and swiftly gather momentum with preparation for exams, EPQs as well as the SAT, academic planning and organisation are crucial to maintaining both top grades and sanity. Here are A-List’s Top Three Steps to Academic Planning: Create clear goals Developing a clear idea of what you want to
This autumn, universities and international organisations will host fairs that bring together a range of schools. This autumn, many of these fairs will be virtual as they were last year. Yet, even in a virtual realm, these are great opportunities to learn more about a wide range of schools and also ensure that schools are
As students fill out their UCAS applications and have to choose a course, many become concerned that they are not ready to commit to a subject and subsequent career trajectory. Hoping for more flexibility and time to make these important decisions, students often turn their attention to the US university system. US universities allow students
A-List UK appreciates that the cost of US unis is often shocking for international students! Seeking out scholarship and funding is often a necessary part of the application process. If you are interested in school scholarships for international students, there are organisations that sponsor scholarships. A-List UK recommend this resource geared towards international students as well
Many students are already familiar with the US Personal Statement. This is the 650-word essay submitted to the Common Application that every school reads. The Personal Statement is an important part of the US university application, but it is not the only essay you will write! Most US schools, especially the most selective US unis,
A-Level revision can be stressful if you are unprepared. A-Level Maths is best approached with the mantra ‘keep up, don’t catch up!’ You should keep up with the course as it progresses so that revision is not learning from scratch. Here is how to do this: Organisation: Keep a clearly organised notebook in which you
At A-List UK, we are delighted to help students get accepted to selective US unis. However, we also appreciate that adjusting to university-level course work as well as adjusting to a new culture is a challenge! We are here to help you make the transition so you can succeed at a US uni. Many students are excited
Success on SAT Maths is critical to earning good SAT scores. Starting to prepare for the SATs after your GCSEs is an excellent idea for two reasons: 1. It allows you plenty of time to prepare: remember, standardised exam preparation is a marathon, not a sprint! 2. It allows you to capitalise upon the work you have just
The Common Application, which is accepted by more than 900 schools, including some colleges located outside the U.S., helps streamline one essential part of the admissions process for students. Through the platform, first-time and transfer applicants alike can apply to multiple colleges at once. So, students only need to fill out details that most schools require, including
Good SAT scores require a strong SAT Reading score. Covering fictional, social science, historical, and scientific texts, the SAT Reading section necessitates a developed critical reading ability. The best way to develop this skill is to read a wide variety of challenging texts in the months and years leading up to your SAT. Reading such
International students are interested in the attending US universities because they offer an excellent education with unparalleled student resources. In the top 100 universities in the world, the US has 58 schools, and the UK has 8. Also, with over 4,000 schools to choose from, students can choose a school that best fits their needs.
There are just under two months before the September 2021 ACT, which means this is the time to ramp up your ACT preparation in earnest! To help you prepare, here are our top observations from recent ACTs combined with our 15-year experience of helping students score good ACT scores: English: Grammar rules continue to be
At A-List UK, we believe students thrive in educational communities that share their values! Important lessons are often learned outside of the classroom. Universities in the US are often an integral part of cultural debates and social change. A-List UK professional college advisors recommend that students who want to advocate for issues that are important
For good SAT scores and good ACT scores, you want to harness your learning style. Both SAT and ACT exam board offer accommodations for students with learning differences. Accommodations might include extra time, extra breaks, a scribe, larger font, a computer/paper-based test, or being able to sit the sections on different days. First, you need
Students from all over the world are interested in US universities because of their international prestige, flexible curriculums, and first-rate student resources. However, students are also interested in the US college campus experience! Many US unis and colleges have wonderful campuses where students live and learn together. Each school cultivates its campus culture. Thus, even
Getting good ACT scores is hard work. It takes diligence, drive, and organisation in order to learn the content needed. These skills are also need when students analyse their performance on practice tests. Private tutoring can help students develop these skills and tailor their revision in the best way for their learning style. A-List UK
Students who want to get accepted to selective US universities know they need to invest in their extracurricular profile. Many students are keen to do charity work so they can give back to their communities and also learn valuable skills university communities need. At A-List UK, we always encourage out students to invest in activities
Correcting your mistakes is one of the keys to earning a good SAT score. The SAT design makes getting to grips with the question styles strategically savvy and reflecting upon the causes of error is the most important way to ensure you do not repeat the error! When you are completing your practice sections, ensure
At A-List UK, we believe in ambition. Our students want to attend some of the most prestigious and selective universities in the world. However, understanding what Ivy League schools, and other equally competitive and rigorous universities, look for in their applicants can be confusing. A-List UK expert college consultants want to dispel myths and help