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

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 29, 2021 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 Best IB Biology Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 28, 2021 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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The Best IB History Notes and Study Guide for SL/HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 28, 2021 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 Physics Study Guide and Notes for SL/HL

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 28, 2021 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

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Mar 28, 2021 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. 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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How to Transfer Colleges Successfully: Complete Guide

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Feb 27, 2021 1:54:00 PM

College Admissions

Transferring colleges can be a very difficult decision to make, but you need to find the college that is the right fit for you even if it means transferring. Whether you're trying to transfer from a 2-year school to a 4-year school or from one 4-year university to another, this article is to help you on your journey to transfer!

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The Complete IB Extended Essay Guide: Examples, Topics, and Ideas

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 11, 2021 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 you need to get an A on it.

If you're reading this article, I'm going to 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 introductory IB articles first, including our guide to what the IB program is and our full coverage of the IB curriculum.

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

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 10, 2021 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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Every IB English Past Paper Available: Free and Official

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Jan 9, 2021 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 exams. These are the core language A options for English speakers.

The IB English exams are essay based tests that require you to either a) analyze texts provided on the exam, or b) write analytical essays based on the books, poems, and other literature you've studied throughout the semester. That means one of the best ways to prepare for the exam is checking out past essays to see what writers did right...and where they got off track.

But where can you find IB English past papers, free and paid? Don't worry: we'll help you find past papers to study with and talk about how you can get the most out of these past papers during your study time.

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Historical ACT Percentiles for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 31, 2020 1:00:00 PM

ACT General Info

For those currently taking the ACT or who took it in 2011-2015, 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 2011-2015 so you can see how your scores stack up against historical ones.

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The 44 Colleges With the Lowest SAT Scores, Ranked

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 3, 2020 3:30:00 PM

College Info

Applying to college is a nerve-wracking process, but have no fear: if you want to go to college even with a low SAT score, there is most likely a school for you!

In this article, I'll list the colleges with the lowest 25th percentile SAT scores for their admitted students. The 25th percentile SAT score means that 25% of admitted students to that university scored at or below that number; the 75th percentile SAT score means that 75% of admitted students scored at or below that score (25% scored higher). I'll also explain why their low SAT criterion doesn’t necessarily mean the university is bad.

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Colleges With the Lowest ACT Scores, Ranked

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 30, 2020 5:00:00 PM

College Info

The college application process can be stressful, but don't worry, if you hope to attend a four-year university and have a low ACT score, there is quite possibly a college for you!

In this article, I list the universities with the lowest 25th percentile ACT scores for their admitted students. The 25th percentile ACT score signifies that 25% of admitted applicants to the school received an ACT score at or below that number. The 75th percentile ACT score signifies that 75% of admitted applicants to the school received an ACT score at or below that score (25% scored higher). I will also explain why you shouldn't always judge the colleges by their low 25th/75th percentile ACT.

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What Is NUMATS? Should You Participate?

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Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 23, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Early Achievers (7th/8th Grade)

In this guide, I'll be discussing the Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search Program, or NUMATS. NUMATS provides advanced tests to younger students to find their academic strengths and weaknesses and to suggest academic supplements to help these gifted students thrive. Depending on your score on the test, you may be offered a chance to attend one of their subprograms.

While you can read all about this program on the NUMATS website, the information can be difficult to dissect. That's why we've put it into this easy-to-read guide. I recommend reading the entire guide, but I've created a Table of Contents that lists the specific sections to help you find whatever information you need.

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