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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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Hospital Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students: A Guide

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 11, 2018 6:48:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine? If you are, being a hospital volunteer in high school is a fantastic way to test out the profession. If you’re not interested in pursuing a career in medicine but still want to volunteer, that’s great too!

Being a hospital volunteer is very rewarding, but it’s also a lot of hard work. How can you become a hospital volunteer? Why should you volunteer at a hospital? What are the main duties of a hospital volunteer? I’ll answer these questions and more in this guide.

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Complete List of IB Schools in the USA, by State

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

As a former IB student, I highly recommend the IB Diploma Programme. I think I was far better prepared for college than my non-IB counterparts. I had been prepared to think critically and globally. If you are a parent or student interested in enrolling in an IB Diploma Programme, this article is for you.

I have compiled a list of all the IB Diploma Programme Schools in the United States and arranged them by State. I have also provided several of the school’s Diploma Rate. The Diploma Rate is determined by the percentage of the students who receive IB diplomas out of those who were diploma candidates. Not all students who pursue an IB Diploma will receive the degree; you must complete certain qualification (achieve certain test scores and complete certain projects to a satisfactory level). For more information on this, check out our other article What is the IB Program? And What are IB Classes?

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The Complete IB Biology Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 1, 2018 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 potentially taking the course, or you are currently enrolled in the course.  

In this article, I will cover the topics covered in IB Standard Level and IB 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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How Much Do Donations Help College Applications?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 13, 2018 6:52:00 PM

College Admissions

This is a question a lot of students think about during the college admissions process. If my parents could afford to donate $1 million, would I get in? Do donations affect your admissions chances? If so, by how much? In this article, I'll answer all of these questions.

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The Complete IB Economics Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 13, 2018 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 Best IB Chemistry Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Chemistry may not be quite as easy as this penguin makes it seems. So to help you out, I have compiled the best FREE online IB Chemistry Study Guides and Notes into one helpful article. I will order this IB Chemistry Study Guide using the IB Chemistry Syllabus.    

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The Complete IB Chemistry Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 12, 2018 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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The Best IB Math Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Math SL and IB Math HL are two of the toughest classes in the IB curriculum. It’s no surprise if you need a little extra help in either class.

I’ve compiled this article of the best free online materials for IB Math SL/HL so you can get all the IB Math notes you need in one place. For convenience, I ordered the resources following the IB Math SL/HL syllabus. 

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The Complete IB Physics Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 7, 2018 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 Only Actual Science You Need to Know for ACT Science

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 6, 2018 11:30:00 AM

ACT Science

While you may have been told you need zero science knowledge to answer any ACT Science questions, this is NOT true. There are typically around four questions per test that you cannot answer without previous background knowledge. That's the difference between a 31 and a 36 on the Science section!

In this article, I will give an overview of the 13 topics that will NOT be explained in the ACT Science passages that the ACT expects you to know. The ACT assumes you know these topics from school and science class. To gather this info, I dissected dozens of previous ACT Science test sections to find the concepts you have to know. As far as we can tell, we're the only ones who have taken the time to research this.

If you've gotten bad grades in science classes in school, this article will give you a refresher on the only concepts you need to know.

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The Complete List of IB Courses and Classes

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

What are all the IB courses available to take? Here's our complete list of all SL and HL classes. 

Every IB School is different, so your IB school may not offer all of the IB courses below. However, these are all of the classes that IB creates a curriculum and test for. There are 56 classes (counting HL and SL separately). I have categorized them by the subject categories that IB defines as the six subject groups.

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The 39 Best Clubs to Start in High School

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 10, 2018 8:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Thinking about starting a club? It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests, do an activity you enjoy, learn more about an activity you're interested in, and gain leadership experience for your college application! But what are good clubs to start in high school? In this article, I’ll give you a list of dozens of clubs you can start!

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Every IB English Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 10, 2018 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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Which Colleges Require the SAT Essay? Complete List

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 9, 2018 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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The 9 Best Film Schools in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 9, 2018 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 in 2010.

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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