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Dora Seigel

As an SAT/ACT tutor, Dora has guided many students to test prep success. She loves watching students succeed and is committed to helping you get there. Dora received a full-tuition merit based scholarship to University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude and scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT. She is also passionate about acting, writing, and photography.

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Complete List of Performing Arts Colleges in New York

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Aug 26, 2021 10:00:00 AM

College Info

If you're hoping to attend a performing arts college in New York state or New York City, this article will get you one step closer to that goal. I have compiled a comprehensive list of the over 70 universities and conservatory programs in New York that offer performing arts degrees (Bachelor’s or higher). I have also chosen the top 3 performing arts schools in New York.

 

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Which IB Courses Can I Take Online? Can I Get an Online IB Diploma?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 19, 2021 11:14:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Wow, the world has changed a lot for us old folks who graduated high school in 2010. While you can't get your International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma online, you can take several IB courses online if you are enrolled in an IB World School.

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What Is the IB Curriculum? What Are IB Diploma Requirements?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 18, 2021 2:50:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you're reading this article, I assume you know a little bit about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. If not, I encourage you to read our introductory guide to what this program entails. As a brief refresher, the IB started the program in the 1960s to lead to a rigorous, internationally recognized diploma for entry into universities that students all around the world could earn.

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Which Colleges Require the SAT Essay? Complete List

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 15, 2021 7:00:00 PM

SAT Logistics, SAT Essay

Planning to take the SAT? Before you sign up, you need to decide whether you're going to take the test with or without the optional Essay. How should you pick? Well, some colleges require that you apply with the SAT with Essay; others don't care whether you submit an SAT score with or without the Essay.

In this article, I'll provide you with a complete list of colleges that require or recommend taking the SAT with the Essay.

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Does Messy Handwriting Hurt Your SAT Essay Score?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 15, 2021 8:30:00 AM

SAT Essay

Worried about your messy handwriting? It’s tough not to have sloppy handwriting when you’re given only 50 minutes to read a passage, analyze it, and write an essay. How will your handwriting influence your SAT Essay score? Can it cause a lower score? Or even lead to a score of zero? I’ve got the answers along with more SAT Essay advice.   

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The Complete List of IB Courses and Classes

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 2021 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

What are all the International Baccalaureate (IB) courses available to take? Here, we give you the complete list of all Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) IB classes.

Every IB school is different, so your own school might not offer all the IB courses below. However, these are all the classes the IB has created a curriculum and test for. There are in total 57 classes (counting HL and SL separately). I have categorized them by the categories that the IB defines as the six subject groups.

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The Complete IB Biology Syllabus: SL and HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 1, 2021 5:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Oh, IB Biology. I took IB Biology SL back in my high school days. If you are looking at this syllabus, you're likely interested in taking the course or are currently enrolled in the course.

In this article, I will go over the topics covered in IB Biology Standard Level and IB Biology Higher Level, as well as the number of hours dedicated to each topic along with what the IB expects you to understand for each topic.

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The Complete IB Economics Syllabus: SL and HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 27, 2021 6:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are looking at this syllabus, you're probably thinking about taking IB Economics or you are currently enrolled in the course. In this article, I'll discuss each of the topics covered in IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level, the number of hours dedicated to each topic, and what the IB expects you to understand in each topic.

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The Complete IB Physics Syllabus: SL and HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 27, 2021 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

I took IB Physics HL back in my high school days. It is still probably the most challenging class I have ever taken (even including my college courses), but I got a 6 on the exam, so trust me—it's doable.

In this article, I'll discuss all the topics covered in IB Physics Standard Level and IB Physics Higher Level, the number of hours dedicated to each topic, and what IB expects you to know for each topic.

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The Complete IB Chemistry Syllabus: SL and HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 27, 2021 11:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Chemistry is tough. If you are reading this syllabus, I assume you are interested in potentially taking this course or you are currently enrolled in the course. In this article, I'll discuss every topic covered in IB Chemistry Standard Level and IB Chemistry Higher Level and the number of hours dedicated to each topic along with what the IB expects you to understand in each topic.

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Every IB Biology Past Paper Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 27, 2021 10:50:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

When you take the IB Biology SL or HL exam, you'll probably be stressed out no matter what. But having seen a past paper beforehand will be a huge advantage: you'll know the format of the test cold and be used to the length and style of the test.

In this article, we'll get you familiar with the exam format by exposing you to IB Biology past papers. We'll also share strategies on how best to use these IB Biology tests for your own exam prep.

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What Do Colleges Look For in Admissions? Why Are the SAT/ACT Important?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 8, 2021 2:00:00 PM

College Admissions

 

Applying to college soon? Curious about what colleges are looking for in applicants, especially when it comes to SAT or ACT scores? Not sure how you stack up against other applicants at your dream school? 

If you feel like you have more questions than answers about what colleges look for in admissions, you're note alone. The college admissions process can be very confusing, and it's easy to feel lost and frustrated. In this article, we'll tell you what colleges look for in admissions and how to make your application the best it can be. We'll cover: 

  • What colleges look for in applicants 
  • Why SAT and ACT test scores are important 
  • How understanding college admissions criteria can help your own college admissions process


Let's dive in! 

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Book Review: The Official SAT Study Guide, 2020 Edition

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Posted by Dora Seigel | May 24, 2021 6:00:00 PM

New SAT

The most recent edition of the College Board's official SAT prep book is The Official SAT Study Guide (2020 edition). What's the book like? Is it helpful? In this review, I'll break down the strengths and weaknesses of this newest edition of the official guide, discuss how students feel about it, and tell you whether it's ultimately worth buying.

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The 9 Best Film Schools in the US

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Posted by Dora Seigel | May 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Info

In the past few years, applying to film school has gotten extremely competitive: top schools like USC's School of Cinematic Arts now boast lower admission rates than the Ivies. Simultaneously, the number of film programs has grown—rising from about 300 in 2006 to almost 400 today.

With so many programs available and so much competition for the top spots, where should you apply? In order to help you find the right school for you, I've compiled a list of the best film schools in the US, based on my experience as a film student and actress in LA.

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57 Great Medical Programs for High School Students + Advice

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Posted by Dora Seigel | May 13, 2021 7:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Thinking about a career in medicine? I highly recommend trying out some medical experiences in high school before committing to a pre-med track. Many of my high school friends who hoped to go into medicine ended up changing their major during college when the pre-med courses got too difficult.

Doing a medical internship, summer program, or community service project in high school can help you decide if medicine is the right track for you before you waste time and money going pre-med in college. This guide will explain what experiences are open to you as a high school student, what those experiences involve, and how you will benefit from them.

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