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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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Every IB Geography Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 12, 2019 10:51:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are preparing for your IB Geography SL/HL papers, studying your notes is likely not enough to get a 7. Taking practice tests using IB Geography SL/HL past papers is the only way to ensure you know what to expect the day of your exam. You'll be better prepared because you'll know the test length and format...and you'll be more confident because you're more familiar with the question formats!

In this article, I'll let you know where to find IB Geography SL/HL past papers—both free and paid—to help you excel on your own IB Geography exam.

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Which Colleges Require the SAT Essay? Complete List

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 5, 2019 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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59 Great Medical Programs for High School Students + Advice

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 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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The 3 Types of ACT Science Passages: What You Must Know

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 4:06:00 PM

ACT Science

The ACT Science section is one of the bigger mysteries to students since it is the most different from the SAT, PSAT, and other tests you have taken. Here, I will try to unravel the mystery by explaining the types of passages on the ACT, as well as the unique question types for each of these passages.

By the end of this article, you will have a clear understanding of what the ACT Science section entails and how to best prepare for it. 

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Every IB English Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 3:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

In this article, I cover IB English Literature SL/HL, IB English Language and Literature SL/HL, and IB Literature and Performance SL. These are the core language A options for English speakers. When preparing for one of these IB English exams, you should take a practice test. Where can you find IB English past papers, free and paid? I will answer that question and let you know how to get the most out of these past papers.

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Every IB History Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 2:30:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Taking a practice IB History exam before the actual exam will help you familiarize yourself with the length, style and format of the test. In this guide, we explain the IB History test format and link to the best past papers available. At the end, I’ll explain how best to use these IB History past papers for your studying.

Disclaimer: these free exams should be used at your own risk. The exams are not authorized by the IBO and were most likely put up online without the IBO’s consent.

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Where to Find IB Physics Past Papers - Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 11:14:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)


When you take the IB Physics exam, you'll be nervous no matter what. But having seen a practice test beforehand will be a huge benefit since you'll know the format of the test cold and will be used to the length and style of the test. 

In this article, I will at least try to get you familiar with the exam format by exposing you to IB Physics past papers, both free and paid. I'll also share strategies on how best ot use these IB Physics tests for your own exam prep.

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Where to Find IB Chemistry Past Papers - Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 11:13:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Taking the IB Chemistry exam will be a nerve-wracking experience, but having seen a real IB past paper before taking the actual test will be a huge advantage since you'll have experience with the test format, the length, and style of the test. In this article, I will show you where to find IB Chemistry past papers, both free and paid. I'll also share tips on how to study most effectively using these IB Chemistry past papers. 

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Every IB Economics Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 10:50:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Taking the IB Economics exam will be nerve-wracking no matter what. However, taking practice tests with past papers beforehand will be a huge advantage since you'll know the test format and be used to the length and style of the test. In this guide, I will familiarize you with the IB Economics test format and let you know where to find past papers, both free and paid. I'll also give you tips on how best to use these IB Economics past papers for your preparation. 

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The Best IB History Notes and Study Guide for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 10:40:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you want to do well on the IB History exam, you'll need to have a solid set of notes to study from. This can be difficult though if you're missing notes or feel like some of your own notes don't cover certain topics in enough depth. Luckily, we're here to help! We’ve assembled the best FREE online IB History notes into this complete study guide. 

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The Best IB Geography Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 10:35:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you’re an IB Geography SL/HL students in search of some extra FREE help, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you're looking for IB Geography notes for a test on a single topic or cramming for the final IB Geography papers, this guide has all the information you need.

I created this IB Geography study guide using the best FREE online materials for IB Geography and ordered the materials following the IB Geography SL/HL syllabus

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The Best IB English Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Are you taking IB English and need some help with your studying? No need to reread all the books and poems you covered in class! This study guide is for IB English A students (students in IB English A: literature SL/HL, IB English A: language and literature SL/HL, or IB English literature and performance SL) who are looking for additional guidance on writing their commentaries or essays.

I've compiled this IB English study guide using the best free materials available for this class. Use it to supplement your classwork and help you prepare for exams throughout the school year.

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The Best IB Physics Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Physics HL and SL are difficult courses. Even with the best teacher, you will likely need to spend some time studying on your own to understand the most difficult concepts covered in the course. I remember I did when I took IB Physics HL.

In this study guide, I've compiled links to all of the best free IB Physics study guides so you can easily find notes on the topic you're interested in. I organized this guide using the IB Physics syllabus

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The Best IB Chemistry Books, Reviewed

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 9:55:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

To get an A in IB Chemistry SL/HL and a 7 on the exam, you need to be using the best study materials for your learning style. In this article, I will review some IB Chemistry SL/HL books to help you narrow your search. Note: I'm only including IB Chemistry Books from 2012 or newer because I don't recommend studying with older books as they most likely do not correspond to the most recent IB Chemistry syllabus.

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The Best IB Business and Management Notes and Study Guide for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 9:54:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

5.7 Crisis Management and Contingency Planning

If you’re in IB Business and Management SL/HL class and want a little extra study help for your in-class test or the IB exam, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve gathered the best FREE online IB Business and Management Notes into one usable article.

For convenience, I order this IB Business and Management SL/HL Study Guide according to the Official Syllabus.   

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