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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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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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Every IB History Past Paper Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 11, 2021 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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Every IB Math Past Paper Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

No matter which IB math course you take, the test can be stressful. For many students, achieving a 6 or better is necessary to get you out of college math requirements. Even if you're not aiming for a 6 or above, you need to pass to better your chances of getting your IB Diploma. You've spent years studying for this moment. To ensure you're prepared, I highly recommend sitting for at least one practice test using IB Math past papers.

In this article, we show you where you can find free and paid IB math practice materials for the four IB math exams: Applications & Interpretations SL and HL as well as Analysis & Approaches SL and HL. We'll also give you advice on how to get the most out of your practice so you can hit your target score on test day.

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Where to Find IB Physics Past Papers - Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 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'll help 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 to use these IB Physics tests for your own exam prep.

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Where to Find IB Chemistry Past Papers - Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 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'll 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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The Best IB Math: Analysis & Approaches Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 11:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches Standard Level (SL) and IB Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches Higher Level (HL) (which are revised versions of the previous IB Math courses) are two of the toughest classes in the IB Diploma Programme curriculum, so it's no surprise if you need a little extra help in either class.

In this article, we've compiled the best free online materials for Analysis & Approaches 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: Analysis & Approaches syllabus.

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Every IB Geography Past Paper Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 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 ace the test. 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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Every IB Economics Past Paper Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 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 Geography Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 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 newly-revised IB Geography SL/HL syllabus.

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Every IB Business and Management Past Paper Available: FREE and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you want to do well on your IB exams (which you should since acing them will get you college credits!), you need to prepare as you would for any other standardized test: with practice tests.

But preparing for an IB exam doesn't simply mean reviewing your class notes. You should use IB Business and Management past papers as practice tests so that you feel prepared for the length, format, and types of questions asked.

In this article, I'll provide you with links to IB Business and Management past papers, free and official. Additionally, I'll give you advice on how to use them to ace the real IB Business and Management test.

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

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 10:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Are you taking IB Economics but feel you aren't learning enough from your class alone? Maybe you need more explanation of certain economics topics? If you need some help in your IB Economics SL/HL class, this study guide is for you. I've gathered all of the best free IB Economics study guides and notes into one useful article. This IB Economics study guide is organized according to the IB Economics HL syllabus and IB Economics SL syllabus.

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

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 4, 2021 9:54:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you're in the IB Business and Management SL/HL class and want a little extra study help for your in-class test or the final IB exam, you've come to the right place. Here, I've gathered the best free online IB Business and Management notes into one convenient place for you.

This IB Business and Management study guide is organized according to the official SL/HL syllabus.

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When Do IB Results and Scores Come Out?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 29, 2021 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

You're in an IB Diploma Programme or a few IB classes, and you've tirelessly worked all year (or two years) studying for your SLs and HLs. You sat for the exams, where you probably developed carpal tunnel syndrome. And you can relate a little too well to this video, but you're hoping you did a bit better on your IB exams.

So when do you get your IB exam scores? How do you get your scores? What does your score mean? I will answer all these questions and more in this article.

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