Conquering Supplement Essays on Your College Applications Supplement essays allow you to personalize your responses to individual colleges and universities in greater detail than elsewhere on your Common Application. When writing these specialized responses, keep the following tips in mind: Highlight your personal interest in the school. What academic or extracurricular activities draw you to … Continue reading Conquering Supplementary Essays for the Common App – Sam H.
Ready to tackle the Common App?! Our star tutor Chris Z. tells all! My name is Chris Zhang and I’m a rising senior at Harvard College studying Chemistry with a possible secondary in Statistics. Although my academic focus is primarily in the sciences, I’m also part of a number of groups revolving around public service … Continue reading How to Conquer the Common App – Chris Z.
The 2017-2018 Common Application features new and revised essay prompts that aim to help applicants of all backgrounds identify with their personal statements. Two of the previous prompts are unchanged. For three of the existing prompts, revisions were made for greater clarity and inclusion. For example, one former prompt asking students to reflect on a … Continue reading The Common Application’s New Essay Prompts for 2017-2018 – Sam H.
With summer coming up and great weather, it's a prime time to visit colleges if you haven't yet! Keep in mind that colleges may have a different feel during the year while students are there, but visiting them during the summer is your best shot at fitting multiple visits in. Grace E., one of our … Continue reading Visiting colleges: what to do and how to plan your trip! – Grace E.
Hello and happy June from HSA Tutoring! We hope that if you're taking the SATs tomorrow you're ready and that if you're younger this will be a good refresher for you! Don't forget that HSA is here to help and we're invested in your future! Our star tutor Diego answers what to do the night … Continue reading You have the SATs tomorrow – what now?! – Diego
It’s May, summer is nearly here, and you still don’t have summer plans! What’s a college-hopeful to do?? What To Do This Summer Take a break! First things first: breathe in, breathe out, and remember to enjoy your summer. “But colleges care about what I do! I need to pad that resume!” you may … Continue reading What To Do This Summer
Spring is finally here, the flowers are blooming, and your worst fear is around the corner: finals. Well, never fear, HSA Tutoring is here! my name is Mahlet, I am currently a rising sophomore at Harvard, and I just survived my first finals. Here are some of the tips and tricks I used to prepare … Continue reading How to Prepare for Finals – Mahlet
*Disclaimer: This post is long overdue given that I committed to my college in early April and that I have senioritis. Whoops. Hello avid readers of the HSA tutoring blog site! For me, second semester is undoubtedly more difficult than first semester. Classes require understanding of first semester material. In addition to classroom tests and … Continue reading College Decisions and Reflections Blog Post – Juliette
Taken each May by students all over the nation, the AP Exam is the final step you take after a year of hard work in an AP class! These standardized exams are designed to measure how well you’ve mastered the content and skills of the course. Excelling on these exams could even earn you college … Continue reading What the heck are AP Exams?! – Zarah
Imagine this: You are hanging out with your friends over the weekend to celebrate the end of a long week. Even though you are (finally!) a second semester senior, all of your academics and extracurriculars still mentally and physically drain you. Out of impulse, you decide to check your phone, and you see that your … Continue reading Financial Aid for College Tips from Juliette!