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Who are the Ivy Ed tutors?

What does it take to become an Ivy Ed tutor?  A LOT!  We pride ourselves on hiring the best and brightest so that we can serve our students well. While scores are important (tutors must score in the 99th percentile for the ACT or SAT subject they teach), we look for passion, enthusiasm, and a [...]

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Where are you headed?

What do you want to be when you grow up?   What’s your major? What do you do? From a young age, we are asked questions like these about our career and vocational goals. The truth is that in today’s world, many people consider nearly four majors before deciding on a final one and they likely [...]

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Getting Ready for Game Day

It’s almost game day! But we’re not talking about the Super Bowl (or the Academy Awards for fellow entertainment buffs).  Many students are focusing on ACT/SAT tests in the next few months, so they’re facing a game day of their own!  Ivy Ed has a game plan to help you get through either the ACT [...]

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Summer Programs-Should I pay to play? ….and other advice on planning your summer

I frequently get asked about the value of various summer programs. My answer is that, like with this entire process, it’s important to be a good consumer. There are endless “pay to play” programs that bombard teenagers and these tend to target students’ egos, promising that they have been “selected” to attend, for example, the [...]

January 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Regarding the PSAT

Sophomore and Junior PSAT scores were released this week, and our phones started ringing with questions about them. What’s a good score? Should I start practicing now? Which test do I take: the ACT or SAT? If you are a junior or the parent of a junior, and haven’t started working with us yet, please [...]

December 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Worry About It

Don’t worry about it. This is one of my favorite things to tell students and parents. I do realize that although it sounds simple, it is a loaded statement. The New York Times Magazine’s cover article this week was entitled “The Kids Who Can’t: Why are more American teenagers than ever are suffering from severe [...]

October 21st, 2017|0 Comments

What to do when for standardized tests: An overview of the ACT and SAT

Recently, I gave a talk in the local community about how to get through standardized testing with a smile. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is when students email me, telling me that they improved and got the score (or above what) they were aiming for.  If you’re a parent, you may [...]

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Learning to Learn

I look forward to reading the Education Life section of The New York Times, which comes out four times a year, the way some people look forward to reading Sports Illustrated. This last release was filled with many wonderful articles, but the one that caught my imagination was entitled, "You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain." [...]

August 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Essay season is here!

I look forward to reading the essays of the four finalists each year when The New York Times publishes their favorite college essays having to do with social class and work. (One year, a student we worked with was a finalist!). This year I was particularly enamored. What gorgeous writing! What insights! What inspiration! The [...]

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Wait, what did the College Board just say?!

Last week, there was an interesting development from The College Board who disclosed that there is a positive correlation between test preparation (using Khan Academy, which we highly encourage our students to use) and increased scores on the SAT. Multi-million dollar companies have been built on this premise. The President of the College Board states, [...]

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments