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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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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)

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 28, 2019 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 Best IB Biology Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 21, 2019 7:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB Biology is challenging, college-level biology, so sometimes you will need a little more study help than your class notes provide. In this article, I've compiled the best FREE online IB Biology study guides (including IB Biology Notes and IB Biology Revision) into one resource and provided you with some IB Biology practice questions. 

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Book Review: The Official SAT Study Guide, 2019 Edition

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 21, 2019 6:00:00 PM

New SAT

The College Board recently published a new version of The Official SAT Study Guide (2019 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 Complete IB Biology Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 21, 2019 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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Every IB Math Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 21, 2019 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

No matter which IB Math 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 are not aiming for a 6 or above, you need to pass to better your chances of getting your IB Diploma. You have spent years studying for this moment. To ensure you are prepared, I highly recommend sitting for at least one practice test using IB Math past papers.

In this article, I will let you know where you can find free and paid IB Math practice materials for Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, and Further Mathematics HL. Also, I will 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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The Best IB Math Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 21, 2019 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 Chemistry Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 21, 2019 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 Complete IB Extended Essay Guide: Examples, Topics, and Ideas

Posted by Dora Seigel | Apr 21, 2019 12:00:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB students around the globe fear writing the Extended Essay, but it doesn't have to be a source of stress! In this article, I'll get you excited about writing your Extended Essay and provide you with the resources to get an A.    

If you're reading this article, I assume you're an IB Student getting ready to write your Extended Essay. If you're looking at this as a potential future IB student, I recommend reading our other introductory IB articles first: What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program? and What is the IB Curriculum? What are IB Diploma Requirements?

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Historical ACT Percentiles for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

For those currently taking the ACT or who took it in 2011-2018, you might wonder: how does your percentile compare with students who got the same score in other years? In this guide, I'll explain what percentiles are, how they work for the ACT, and why they matter. I'll also give you ACT percentile charts for 2011-2018 so you can see how your scores stack up against historical ones.

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How Many Questions Can You Skip for a Good SAT Score?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 6, 2019 9:52:00 PM

SAT/ACT Score Target, SAT Strategies

Every year students fight to get the SAT score they want. For many students, completing all the questions before running out of time is a serious challenge. If you're one of those who struggles to finish the test in time, skipping can be a real asset. But how many questions can you skip for a good score on the SAT?

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The 11 Best Performing Arts Colleges in the US

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 18, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Info

Attending a performing arts college is a big decision—you’re committing to focusing exclusively on your art for four years. Once you’ve made this choice, you need to find a school that'll allow you to accomplish your career goals.

In order to help you find the right school for you, I’ve compiled a list of the best performing arts colleges in the US. Keep reading to see what these are!

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