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Everything You Need to Know About the SAT/ACT Essay

Prepping for the SAT or ACT is not usually a student's idea of a good time, but when it comes to the essay section there is plenty to celebrate. Both SAT and ACT essays are optional, which means you can register to take the SAT or ACT and opt out of writing the essay....

Staying Connected During COVID

The year 2020 has brought many changes for high school students, from virtual learning to social distancing. While virtual learning has been successful for some and challenging for others, social distancing has been a struggle for almost all high schoolers. Months of...

The 123s of College Admissions During COVID

Tri-Ed Tutoring's Founder and Director Amanda Paldao interviewed Victoria Turner Turco, owner of Turner Educational Advising and co-creator of Applying to College 123, to discuss changes in this year's college admissions process during COVID-19. Q: With so many test...

Top Three Concerns with Educational Testing

She's just lazy. He's not motivated. School is not her thing. These labels and perceptions can not only hurt, they can be 100% inaccurate. Students with undiagnosed learning disabilities may appear to be slacking off when their brains are simply unable to process...

How to Request Accommodations for the SAT or ACT

You might be surprised at the number of accommodations available for standardized test takers. The long list includes familiar accommodations for students with learning disabilities, such as extended time and added breaks, as well as accommodations for students with...

Back to School: Making the Most of Virtual Learning

The start of this school year will not look like the others. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on public education as all Virginia schools closed abruptly in March and many will begin two weeks late this year. Instead of taking that bus ride to school Monday...

SAT Prep for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

Prepping for the SAT or ACT two to three months before the test date can feel a little overwhelming. That's why parents ask us all the time how their students can get a jumpstart on test prep freshman and sophomore years of high school. There are certainly ways to...

Planning for Success: Setting Career Goals, Part 4

The difference between a senior in high school considering a major for the first time and a middle school student setting career goals is the process in which they make the decision. If you have not thought much about your future before heading off to college, you...

It’s Time to Apply for College… is it Smart to Apply Early?

Regular admissions, rolling admissions, early decision, early action… all of these terms refer to college application deadlines. Unfamiliar with the college lingo? Take a few moments to read our previous blog post and learn all about each deadline option. Then, read...

Community Service During COVID-19

Community service is noticeably different now with many organizations and non-profits closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't still serve the community. It just requires a little time and creativity. Beyond the desire to serve others...

College Campus Resources

Living on a college campus is a unique and exciting experience. You probably won't ever live in a building with hundreds of other students your age or enjoy lunches and dinners you don't have to cook after the college years. While the dorms and dining hall are staples...

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Test Taking Tips

If there is one thing students are familiar with, it’s exams. All kinds of exams; the ones with multiple choice answers, true/false questions, an essay or two, and yes... even math exams! While it's important to understand subject content, it is also helpful to apply...

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The Benefits of Community College

As friends receive their college acceptance letters and start planning their lives after high school, living at home and attending community college might not seem nearly as exciting. Although you won't experience late night study sessions with friends in the dorm...

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Is that a Good SAT or ACT Score?

When the SAT or ACT scores come out, we are often asked, “Is that a good SAT or ACT score?” This is a tough question to answer because “good” is very relative. Before I answer that question for a parent or student, I always ask which schools will the student apply to?...

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SAT/ACT Grammar Rules

The writing section of the SAT or English section of the ACT both require a strong understanding of grammar and usage rules. On the SAT, the Standard English Conventions questions test students on grammar to include verbs, punctuation (comma, colon, apostrophe, etc.),...

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The Remedy for Senioritis

There’s a disease called senioritis, and we hear it’s contagious. It usually peaks around February of senior year, after early decision acceptance letters have been opened and college plans confirmed. Symptoms include a lack of motivation, decreased attention to...

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5 Reasons PSAT Scores Matter

The PSAT test is more than just a trial run for the SAT; there are many benefits to taking this test. Although your scores aren't viewed by college admissions reps, the PSAT offers helpful insight into your test taking and academic abilities, as well as a potential...

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Addressing Conflict in the Classroom

Some teachers are easy to click with. They inspire and encourage, teaching you not only about a subject but about life. You genuinely look forward to their class and might even seek them out for advice. On the other hand, some teachers aren't as easy to connect with....

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Changes to the ACT

Changes are coming to the ACT! Starting spring of 2021,* high school students sitting for the ACT can retake individual test sections as opposed to the entire test. For example, a student who scored high on the math and science sections but low on the reading and...

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College Roadmap

"Overwhelming" is the number one word we hear to describe the college admissions process. Since every choice matters when it comes to college admissions, the weight of a single choice can feel excruciating. Our goal at Tri-Ed Tutoring is to take that weight off your...

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