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Are you feeling Trumped?

“I think we need a back-up plan. Should we also apply to Canada?” called a worried parent of a class XII student soon after the Executive order from President Trump. She’s applied for universities in the United States only and even has close to a hundred thousand dollars scholarship from one. She’s not alone. Whether you are […]

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Smartphones: A Smart Decision?

In today’s world, it is next to impossible to imagine living without a smartphone. Always buzzing to update or it may even irritate us. With advantages and disadvantages of the same, it becomes quite hard to decide one’s stance on it. But after careful consideration of both its pros and cons, I, as a student […]

Summer School Experience

My Summer School Experience in Bournemouth

Did you ever have to write an essay in school about how you spent your summer vacation? Here’s one I’m happy to write! This summer I got the chance to attend a summer course at the Arts University, Bournemouth! Considering my love for art, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to explore the world […]

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How to think Creatively ? Careers depend on Creative Thinking

What do you think defines CREATIVITY ?  Look at the image below & see if these words come in your mind when you think about being CREATIVE. Usually, when people hear of CREATIVITY, they associate it with artistic things like painting, composing music, or writing poetry. Though these are surely creative endeavours, creativity includes a […]

Over Parenting, Good or Bad ?

Teens whose parents hover over them like a helicopter typically take too much responsibility for their children’s experiences, success or failures especially when it comes to studies. It is also termed as Over Parenting, which means being involved in a child’s life in a way that is over controlling, over protecting and over perfecting which […]

Education is GREAT : BREXIT

9th November’16 (Wednesday): De Montfort University in collaboration with University of Sheffield hosted an event at Hotel The Royal Plaza, New Delhi to celebrate the importance of international students and international collaboration. The event was aimed to bring together Alumni, potential students, professionals, and media in order to drive out the myths spread out about […]

What to consider when planning to Study Abroad ?

  In recent years, the number of international students going abroad for higher education has been steadily increasing. What do you think could be the reason? Is foreign education better than Indian education system? Or students are just hungry for independence? Lets discuss about what to consider when planning to Study Abroad. Once upon a […]

Why is Career Counseling important ?

The students nowadays, live a very challenging life due to the pressure they have on their heads. The pressure to perform academically, the pressure to choose a career forcibly and the pressure to find a suitable job are all what makes a life of a student not less than a burden. All this can be […]

How to Build an Internship Resume

Internship season is finally here and in the scramble for making sure you meet your college requirements and get some “real world” experience to put on your Internship resume, one of the biggest tasks looming ahead is actually sitting down and creating the resume that will land you the interview. But the question is, if […]

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Student Life at University of Chicago

Basics: The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago. The College of the university grants BA and BS degrees in 50 majors and 28 minors. Along with this, the university is home to seven professional schools, four academic research divisions and several graduate programs. The university’s motto is “Let knowledge grow from […]

Studying Techniques and Strategies for Students

Getting an 800 on the Math section of the SAT is no herculean task as long as you familiarize yourself with the material well ahead of time and get a good number of hours of practice in. Still, many struggle to achieve this, and often the reason are careless mistakes made in a mad rush to finish […]

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Self Reality Check for Students

A common complaint among students is that they have plateaued after reaching a certain score on their mock tests, and the only increases in their scores, if there are any, are incremental. A situation like that can be confusing and frustrating, rendering students oblivious to what their next course of action should even be. What […]

Possible pitfalls in Student life

Do you fall in the category of students who have worked conscientiously to improve their scores but instead of an uphill slope, your mock scores sequence has flat lined nonetheless? If you do, then it’s time to change your approach a little to avoid the possible pitfalls in Student life.   The first thing to […]

Student Life at McGill University, Canada

Basics: McGill University is an English-language public research university. The University bears the name of James McGill from Scotland whose bequest in 1813 formed the precursory McGill college. The university’s motto is “By work, all things increase and grow”. Academics: The university’s academic units are organised into 11 main Faculties and Schools, and it offers […]

Student Life at Tufts University, USA

Basics: Tufts University is a private research university and is organised into ten schools, of which only two undergraduate programs and the rest are graduate divisions. Their motto is “Peace and Light”, and the university emphasises active citizenship and public service in all of its disciplines. It is also known for its excellent study abroad […]

Video Application Essay

Set Yourself Apart with a Video Application Essay Video application essays are the burning subject nowadays in the college admissions discourse. There is an increasing trend among numerous colleges, especially Liberal Arts schools, to accept video application essays either a supplement or a replacement for the statement of purpose or application essay required by most […]

New SAT Essay and its challenges

The new SAT essay makes the much-anticipated shift from a focus on rote-memorisation and on-the-spot recollection to other, more essential skills like text comprehension and analysis. While on the bright side, students now get 50 minutes to write their essays, the task ahead of them is a little more demanding and not necessarily easier – […]

Student Life at UC, Davis

Basics: UC, Davis, is a public research university that’s part of the University of California system. The university has a comprehensive medical program, and very high research activity. The university’s motto is “Let there be light”. The university’s library system is home to over 3.5 million volumes.   Academics: UC Davis was ranked tied for […]

4+1 Masters Programs

“4+1 Masters Programs” are essentially accelerated degree programs that an increasing number of colleges have begun offering to students. To cut it short, these programs allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in just five years. While admission to these programs after entering college is possible, I would personally recommend you […]

Student Life at Oxford University, England

Basics: Oxford University is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England. The motto of the university, translated from Latin, is “The Lord is my light”. There is evidence of teaching at this institution from 920 years ago. Oxford is a federation of over forty self-governing colleges, along with a central administration headed by the Vice-Chancellor. […]

New SAT features to keep in mind

Chain questions: These questions, as the name explains quite well, built off of one another just like a chain. These questions may ask you to try and infer how one character feels about another, followed by the next question which might ask you to provide support to back up your interpretation. In questions like these, […]

Strategies for New SAT

As the redesigned SAT makes its first appearance in May, the significance of guessing on the test has been amplified greatly and new strategies are to be followed for the New SAT. This means that along with the new test, there is a need for test-takers to update their strategies from the ones that have […]

Student Life at Johns Hopkins University, USA

Basics: JHU is a private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. It is a founding member of the American Association of Universities and has been considered one of the world’s top universities throughout history. Johns Hopkins university is considered the first research university in the United States. The average cost of attendance per year for JHU […]

Points to remember while getting Recommendations

Letters of Recommendations, often referred to as just LOR’s or recommendations, make up a big factor of college applications every year, and while different colleges assign importance to these differently, they hold a considerable amount of weight with almost all examiners – thus, making them a make-or-break of your college application. Therefore, it is of […]

Student Life at Michigan State University, USA

Basics: Michigan State University is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan. It frequently ranks among the top 30 public universities in the United States. The university is part pf the Association of American Universities, an organization of 62 leading research universities in North America.   Academics: MSU pioneered the studies of packaging, hospitality […]

Is it okay to go into College undecided

There is a lot of, and rather excessive, emphasis on figuring out what you as a person want to do as the end of school approaches in the Indian, socio-cultural education trends – parents are worried more about having their kids trying to determine their future life path before leaving school, without giving much thought […]

Student Life at University of Texas, Austin

Basics: UT Austin is a public research university and the flagship campus of The University of Texas System. It’s motto, translated from Latin, is “Cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy.” It was ranked tied for 52nd place among all universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings.   Academics: It offers […]

Tips and Tricks for New SAT

The changes made to the new SAT are, beyond the shadow of a doubt, of a drastic nature. This has naturally influenced the techniques test-takers have to adapt in order to successfully study for and master the vocabulary section on this radically different test, read below to find out tips and tricks for New SAT. […]

3 Ways to Best Utilize Your Summer

Whether you may be a high school student looking to enhance your profile to build toward a competitive college application, or a college student looking for ways to appeal to prospective employers and stand out of the clutter, one thing is very clear: to get to a particular outcome, you have to pour in an […]

School Spotlight #5: Stanford University

Basics: Stanford University is one of the world’s most prestigious universities and thus, its excellence in collegiate education needs no introduction. It wields the top position in various rankings within the United States. Stanford alumni have gone on to be founders of companies like Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Instagram, Yahoo! and many more. Currently, Stanford is […]

School Spotlight #6: University of Wisconsin, Madison

Basics: University of Wisconsin-Madison is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin and is the flagship campus of the UW system. It is the oldest and largest university in the state of Wisconsin and is organized into 20 schools and colleges. More importantly, it is one of America’s Public Ivy universities, providing a collegiate experience […]

Sample SAT Essay #2

The essay below was written by SAT Varsity students in an interactive session with their verbal trainers. It can be used as a sample SAT essay: Prompt: What brings you more happiness or unhappiness? What happens to you or the way you respond to it?   Happiness or unhappiness come from the way we react […]

Battle of the Ps and Why You Need to Be in It

The world of young adults can be viewed in a typical dichotomy that is brain vs heart. And the fact of the matter is, this is not unlike the kind of people that inhabit this world – the passion-driven dreamers and the careful, calculating pragmatists. In terms of each of our hunts for our dream […]

4 Steps to Take for Having a Productive Gap Year

Taking a gap year is one of the most increasingly popular pastime for students freshly coming out high school. Basically, taking a gap year means delaying college education by a year to pursue an academic, extracurricular or career-oriented passion or goal. However, it is not advisable for anybody to take a gap year for any […]

A Sample SAT Essay: Can Success Be Disastrous?

The essay below was written by SAT Varsity students in an interactive session with their verbal trainers. It can be used as a sample SAT essay: By definition, success means the achievement of a goal set by a person in his or her mind. However, sometimes the same success can be disastrous as it may […]

School Spotlight #4: Yale University

Basics: Yale University, is a private Ivy League research university located in New haven, Connecticut. It is one of the world’s most coveted universities of the day. It was founded in 1701 with the motto “Light and Truth” and is the 3rd oldest institution of higher education in the US. Admission to Yale College is […]

Power of Review

There is constant debate raging over which of the two should be entitled to more time in a perfect study plan – the actual studying or the periodic reviewing of all the studying done.   And there is only one thing I keep thinking of constantly whenever I am asked for my take on it. […]

3 Reasons Why a Liberal Arts Degree Makes Sense

There is a lot of skepticism about a Liberal Arts degree that continues to circulate, especially in a predominantly orthodox nation like ours. But the more you think about it, the more it starts making sense to explore those areas of study as career paths and means to happiness. Personally, pursuing a Liberal Arts program […]

School Spotlight #3: New York University

Basics: New York University is the largest private, nonprofit American research university. A melting pot of the world’s cultures, it is located at Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan. The university has also established NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and maintains 11 other Global Academic Centres. NYU is #27 in Academic Ranking of World Universities.   […]

College Crises: Where Teamwork Matters

What do you do when one mind isn’t enough to resolve a crisis? We have been told time and again since the days our cognitive functioning begins that if you can’t do it alone, work in a team and that will get the job done. Surprisingly enough, collaborative ventures are almost always more successful than […]

Time Management in a Nutshell

The biggest pitfall in any college-going student’s life is the perpetual deficit of time, be it for extracurriculars, due assignments and even social commitments. One of your biggest strengths, in impressing prospective employers or bolstering your graduate school CVs, will lie in your efficiency as a masterful manager of time. And if you ruminate on […]

Avoiding College Waitlist Mistakes

Did all your reach schools put you on a waitlist? Are you flustered by the thought of what you should do in that position, regardless of whether you are in it or in the unlikely scenario that you might be? Well, whatever the case may be, you have to remember that the biggest mistake you […]

School Spotlight #2: UC, Berkeley

Basics: The University of California, Berkeley is the flagship university of the University of California system. Their motto in English is, “Let there be light.” The U.S. News has ranked UCB 3rd on its 2015 Best Global Universities rankings. It is also ranked fourth in the world overall and first among public universities, by The […]

On Organizational Skills

There is a growing emphasis, alongside hard study skills, on the relevance and significance of developing soft skills in a time when the college application volume of most of the top prestigious schools is rising exponentially every year. Examiners aren’t just looking for students who have breezed through high school, but individuals who they can […]

4 Easy Life Hacks to Get Involved in College

As international students at schools in a foreign land, it is unsurprising to find ourselves in awkward and challenging social situations, from which the only extrication possible has to be self-driven. Making friends doesn’t come naturally to everybody, and that’s okay. It is an increasingly testy and time-consuming task to fit in with a more […]

How to Get Your Dream Internship(s)

Internships are an indispensable part of the resume of every competitive employee and mirror both the individual’s capability and proclivity to go the extra mile when it comes to achieving the goals he or she may have set out with. They are a living proof of your skills and resilience as tried and tested in […]

School Spotlight #1: Purdue University

Basics: Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue is especially known for its competitive courses offered in engineering, technology and agriculture. A place known as The Cradle of Astronauts, Purdue is the home of highly advanced curricula in aviation and spaceflight, and of world-renowned astronauts […]

Test Day Checklist

With the SATs right around the corner,here’s a definitive list of 4 essentials you’re going to need going headfirst into the test:   1. Your Admission Ticket. Carrying your admission ticket is paramount as without it, you are faceless to the ETS. You can print your admission ticket right after you register for your exam. […]

3 Ways in Which Internships are Great for You

I think that a majority of us have had a teacher at some point in high school who could not simply help but overstate the importance of the role an internship can play in our lives. As painfully annoying as that may have seemed at the time to all of us – and it’s nothing […]

How to Be Calculator-Smart in 5 Easy Steps

Contrary to popular belief, every question on the SAT can be solved without the help of a calculator. Nonetheless, surveys show that the judicious usage of calculators may very well help students to reach a better score on the same test attempted calculator-less.   This necessitates the following things/steps for every student who wants to […]

Preparing for College: Things to Remember

Imagine this: you’re past the final hurdle of the college application process, with the end of which a big pile of your life’s worries have also come to a close. One casual evening, you’re watching YouTube videos and sipping on your coffee, and you see a pop-up in the corner of your laptop screen. It’s […]

College Checklist: Orientation

Going to college, we are all susceptible to feeling invincible and like we know everything there is to know. As a matter of fact, that’s one experience I went through less than a month ago. However, one thing I’ve realized in the last couple of days is just how important the college orientation programs are. […]

SAT Scores: 4 Ways to Make Them Count

SAT scores are an indistinguishable part of any competitive college application. Thus, it becomes crucial to put both thought and work into building up on this aspect of your college application, and here’s how: Shoot for the stars: The most important key is to aim high. The higher you set your target, the more incentivized […]

5 Tips on Registering for Classes & More

For me, one of the toughest and fascinating things about pursuing a higher education in the United States has by far been the painstaking (but also rewarding) process of selecting your own classes. Much like the other American collegiate trends, the online registration process was a little daunting for an international student like me at […]

Fix It Yourself – Common College Application Mistakes

The prequel of this article talked about 4 major college application mistakes that reflect negatively on you. Thus, as a follow-up, it is of utmost importance to read up and pay equal attention to how you can steer clear of the talked-about application mistakes with these quick fixes:   Attention to detail: While this is […]

Are You Also Making These Common College Application Mistakes?

The college application process is something almost all people go through at one point in time. So it is very natural to find the most amount of advice pieces circulating on the Internet that revolve exclusively around this subject. However, it is also commonsensical to observe that most of these articles address the issue of […]

3 Cheat Ways to Study for Your SAT

Reading books is a matter of personal taste. That being said, the amount of reading called for by the SAT might seem like an insurmountable task to some of the test-takers. Thus, it only makes sense to sometimes resort to these shortcut methods of preparing yourself for test day.   1. Sparknotes: This website is […]

Your Own SAT Reading List

We all know and understand how important reading is for the development of our vocabulary, reading and analytical skills, if not many more. However, little do we realize that recreational reading can be very effectively turned into an SAT vocabulary-boosting tool just by squeezing some time out of our joy reading times for a few […]

3 Things to Consider Before You Sign Your Housing Contract

Most universities in the United States and beyond require all incoming freshmen to live on campus for the bare minimum of one year as a university policy. This necessitates proper authorisation of the housing options that are available in your respective university and a great deal of understanding which one is the perfect fit for […]

3 Myths About the SAT Essay Debunked

Among the SAT myths, these are the most common: 1. The essay template is my bible: WRONG. While the SAT has proven its tendency to gravitate towards a rather formulaic way of arriving at solutions, a cookie-cutter approach to your essay doesn’t quite cut it. Different templates are created in the first place only to […]

Knowing Your Grammar

Grammar has always been something that we all take for granted, at one point of time in our lives. The likelihood of this quadruples especially when a subject like Math is also in the running for your attention, time and energy. And why shouldn’t it? Math is terrifying to more people rather than less. The […]

Compartmentalization and What It Can Do

If there was any way to explain time management and compartmentalization without sounding less than remotely preachy, we would have done that. But since we, at SAT Varsity, are committed to our students’ SAT goals, we’re still going to take one flying crack at it. While there may be no secret recipe to success on […]

Why Take the SAT?

Anybody who has slightly touched upon studying abroad is most likely to be familiar with the SAT. Initiation of a US-based organization, the CollegeBoard, this test is not only the most widely accepted standard for colleges within the United States, but is also hugely significant in the eyes of universities all around the globe. Twenty […]

5 Things to Remember When You’re Preparing for the SAT

The SAT can be very confusing at first sight, but the right thing to do is not to panic, get working and crack the code of this apparently impossible test. I was extremely flustered after my first few digs at several diagnostic tests for the SAT, but with the right kind of help, I overcame […]

SAT: Why Practice Tests?

All students at SAT Varsity have to take an SAT diagnostic test before or after enrolment, followed by a series of Practice Tests that become progressively harder until they reach a level that’s par to the level of difficulty of the actual test. Some of you may be thinking, Why should there be practice tests […]

3 Steps to Boosted Efficiency in Life

Let’s all face it. In one way or the other, all of us could be at least marginally more productive – whether it pertains to working out, studying, doing our homework, learning our SAT vocabulary, writing our college application essays and more; rarely do we find within ourselves the motivation or energy to break through […]

Acceptable Calculators at the SAT Exam

So what’s an acceptable calculator at the SAT Exam? Well, any graphing, scientific or four-function calculator is permitted on the SAT, though the latter is not recommended. For better clarity, you may read the Calculator Primer published by the CollegeBoard.   What is and isn’t allowed for the SAT® on test day Every mathematics question […]

Smell You Later, Procrastinator

Are you plagued by a constant battle between study goals and urges to procrastinate? If you are, then you may well join this club. Almost all of us have been through the phase when we are just too uninspired to hit the books, even when the deadline is lurking around the corner. Well, no more. […]

SATVarsity recommends Top 3 SAT Learning Apps

We should all be grateful to be born in this glorious epoch of time for a diverse variety of reasons. The top reason being that it is only in this age and time that we can be learning all the time – and that too on our phone! Do you know that new apps are […]

Winds Of Change – 5 Pointers On The New SAT

I am sure all of you must have read at least one from the multitude of articles about the brand new SAT that have swamped nearly every tabloid, blog and page there exists on the Internet and beyond. But before you wipe your slates clean, here’s a quick glance at what is and isn’t part […]

Guessing on Your SAT

Recent headlines have put forth myriad stories on the new SAT and how it will differ from the current SAT. Some of these stories stipulate that the wrong-answer penalty will no longer apply starting from the Spring 2016 exam. Even now, guessing on the SAT continues to be one of the highly underrated strategies that […]

University Connection in Dehradun

We at University Connection and SATVarsity are proud to announce the active participation of Charushilla Narula, Founder and Key Mentor, in the Welham Boys’ School Career Fair that took place on the 10th of April. The host school saw an incredible turnout including all major schools from the Dehradun valley. Mrs. Bindra, the Principal of […]

The Tree Climbing Fish

Note to reader: Do not be mislead by the title. The only tree that you need to climb is the one that takes you closer to a stellar SAT score. In the immortal words of the legendary Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a […]

When to Take the SAT

A lot of anxiety and uncertainty revolve around the question of when is the right time to take the SAT. There are two schools of thought that continue to prevail:   1. As a major trend within the United States, parents make their children take the SAT repeatedly starting at an early age. They do […]

Tips for Ivy League Admission

Ivy League admissions are dodgy, as one has no guarantees to be admitted, even when one meets the highest benchmarks for acceptance. One of the most highly reputed Ivy League universities in the US, Stanford, has a remarkably low acceptance rate of around 5.1 per cent, which can create a lot of anxiety in the […]

Are you a Working Parent?

I have been working all my life and logically so, when I become a parent, everyone around me said that now I am a ‘working – parent’. But very early into parenthood, I realised that the phrase was a lie! It was a put together in the reverse! As soon as I decided to bring […]

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See-Saw Parenting

Imagine you are on a see-saw. Now imagine you are on a see-saw with your four-year old. Would you just put all your weight on one side and let the little fellow hang in the air on the other side? Hopefully not! Instead, you would perhaps drop your weight and release it so as to […]

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