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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 Complete IB Chemistry Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 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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Every IB Geography Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 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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Every IB Economics Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 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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Every IB Biology Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 2019 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, I will at least try to get you familiar with the exam format by exposing you to IB Biology past papers, both free and paid. I'll also share strategies on how best to use these IB Biology tests for your own exam prep.

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 2019 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 like you would for any standardized test such as the PSAT, SAT or ACT, with practice tests.

Preparing for the IB exams 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.

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 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 Complete List of IB Courses and Classes

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 2019 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 Best IB Chemistry Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 21, 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've organized this IB Chemistry Study Guide using the order laid out in the IB Chemistry Syllabus.

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The Complete IB Economics Syllabus: SL and HL

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jul 1, 2019 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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Book Review: The Official SAT Study Guide, 2020 Edition

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 16, 2019 6:00:00 PM

New SAT

The College Board recently published a new version of 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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 9, 2019 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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What Is the IB Curriculum? What Are IB Diploma Requirements?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 2, 2019 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 other article What is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program? before reading this article. As a brief refresher, the IBO started this program in the 1960s to be a rigorous, internationally recognized diploma for entry into universities that students all around the world could earn.

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

Posted by Dora Seigel | Jun 2, 2019 11:14:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Wow, the world has changed a lot for us old folks who graduated in high school in 2010. While you cannot get your IB diploma or International Baccalaureate diploma online, you can take several IB courses online if you are enrolled in an IB World School (I'll go into more detail on this below).      

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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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Expert Guide to SAT Grid-Ins: 5 Key Tips

Posted by Dora Seigel | May 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

SAT Math

If you’re planning to take the SAT, you may have heard of this strange question type known as grid-ins. You probably know that there are multiple-choice questions and an optional essay, but what are grid-ins? Problems that require you to draw pictures or graphs, perhaps? The reality is grid-ins are almost identical to multiple-choice questions; they just don’t provide answer choices.

This guide will explain what grid-ins are, discuss where they appear, outline how many appear on the SAT, and provide tips on answering them. 

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