# Meet Chelsea, the Adorable Winner of our Communiversity Guessing Contest

This is Chelsea. She is 7 years old. And she is a Jolly Rancher counting genius.

This year for Communiversity, we hosted a guessing contest. Caroline graciously allowed us to borrow one of her large vases, and we filled it up with Jolly Ranchers. A lot of them.

The prize for the closest guess? A Chromebook, or even more exciting, a free month of tutoring!

The weather was chilly that day, but our booth was hot, hot, hot. We received over 700 submissions!

Can you guess how many Jolly Ranchers were in that vase? Scroll to the bottom for the answer.

Read below for an exclusive interview with our adorable winner.

## An Exclusive Interview

Princeton Tutoring: So I see that you chose the Chromebook as your prize. Do you think that when you go home you’ll come to your senses and regret not signing up for tutoring sessions instead?

Chelsea: I don’t think so.

Princeton Tutoring: What do you plan on doing with your shiny new Chromebook?

Chelsea: Actually, I’m not really sure what it is yet.

Princeton Tutoring: I think you’ll figure it out. Everybody is dying to know – what was your secret? You beat out math PhDs, engineers, and former guessing game champions. Which method did you choose to calculate the number of Jolly Ranchers? The vase wasn’t a perfect cone or a perfect cylinder. How did you modify the volume formulas, and how did you account for the additional volume taken up by the wrappers and air?

Chelsea: I don’t know. I just guessed!!

Princeton Tutoring: That sounds reasonable. Thanks for your time today, Chelsea, and please remember to use your guessing powers for good, not evil.

Chelsea: Okay.

*We may have taken some liberties with our interpretation of the actual questions and answers

## By the Numbers

• # of submissions: 733
• # of Jolly Ranchers: 1,365
• Chelsea’s guess: 1,364
• Smallest guess: 16
• Largest guess: 1 quadrillion (seriously)
• Median Guess: 1,000
• Most Popular Guess: 1,000 (28 people guessed 1,000)
• # of people who used a ruler: 5 (where did they get these rulers!)
• # of people who tried to eat one of the Jolly Ranchers: 0 (impressive self control!)

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# The Test Prep Strategy ALL Students Should be Using

Do you think you are preparing for the SAT or ACT in the most efficient and effective way?

Over the years, Princeton Tutoring has worked with hundreds of students to improve confidence and scores.

Regardless of whether you are self studying, working with a private tutor, or taking test prep classes, we have found that the NUMBER ONE strategy for increased test scores is…

[Continue reading to discover the most important SAT and ACT test prep strategy]

# “Think Write”: A Summer Writing Workshop for High School Students (2015)

We are extremely excited to present a unique summer writing workshop for high school students in the Princeton, NJ area!

For more details and to sign up, please visit – http://www.princetontutoring.com/service/summer/summer-writing-workshop.

Below is a brief description of the program:

“Think Write” is a new 6-week writing workshop designed to prepare 9th through 12th graders for the unique challenges posed by writing at the high school-level. It is often a daunting prospect, even for advanced students. Part of what makes high school writing such a frustrating endeavor is ‘information overload’. High schoolers are exposed to a variety of new writing genres and concepts while simultaneously held to unrealistic grading standards that require students to demonstrate a mastery of writing that they have rarely been taught. Worse still, as students wrestle with these challenges, they do so at a time when skill in writing influences performance on A.P.s, SATs and other standardized tests and can strengthen or weaken a college application.

The “Think Write” program does not simply mimic a high school classroom and review what students encounter there. Instead, an extremely limited class size enables “Think Write” to deploy activities that encourage students to play with language, shape it and share their insights with peers. The program is a blend of Eton-style rigor with hands-on activities and collaborative projects that are both effective and creative. “Think Write” is designed to help students discover and utilize their strengths as writers, grapple with and conquer their weaknesses and, ultimately, forge a new relationship to writing that will facilitate future academic successes.

However, there is no strong writing without strong thinking.

More broadly, “Think Write” does not just offer students the tools to articulate their ideas and opinions; it is also engineered to help students hone their analytical reasoning skills (see “Program Structure” below for more details).Thus, students are able to not simply express ideas but to form them with greater complexity. To repeat a truism, writing makes thought visible; it also encourages writers to sharpen not just their pencils but their wit.

For more details and to sign up, please visit – http://www.princetontutoring.com/service/summer/summer-writing-workshop

# Want to teach in China? PT International is recruiting!

PT International has successfully recruited applicants for teaching opportunities in Asia since 2007.

We are currently looking  for several test prep teachers for exciting, rewarding, and well-compensated positions with our partner organizations in China. Opportunities are available in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.We are currently looking for several test prep teachers

Annual compensation is highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

Additionally, all positions include:

• full airfare reimbursement and airport pickups
• housing assistance
• comprehensive training
• generous amount of paid vacation
• opportunity for performance bonuses

These are immediate hiring needs – we are looking to onboard our first group of teachers on March 1st so apply soon!

Please visit www.princetontutoring.com/teach-abroad for detailed job descriptions and application instructions. Good luck!

Please feel free to forward to anybody who might be interested.

PT Intl is the international recruiting arm of Princeton Tutoring, an educational services company founded in 2005 by brothers Greg and Kevin Wong, both Princeton University graduates. Domestically, we provide premium one-on-one academic subject tutoring, test prep, and college counseling services. Our instructors, who also act as role models and mentors, are the highest performing students and graduates from Ivy-plus universities. Our College Counseling program is headed by former Admissions Officers from Princeton University and New York University.

Internationally, we specialize in recruiting elite teachers for amazing teaching opportunities with our partners in Asia. We have significant experience working in Asia and understand first-hand the difficulties that applicants face when searching for legitimate teaching opportunities abroad. We partner only with the most highly regarded programs, the majority of which are run by like-minded Ivy-League expats from the States. This ensures that our teachers are safe, treated fairly, and have overwhelmingly positive experiences.

# Want to teach in China? Princeton Tutoring is hiring!

Princeton Tutoring is looking for a variety of teachers and college consultants for exciting, rewarding, and well-compensated positions with our partner organizations in China. These are immediate hiring needs, and we will be making offers on a rolling basis (so apply early!).

Annual compensation is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. All positions include housing assistance, airfare allowance, training, and a generous amount of paid vacation.

Available Positions:
1. College Consultants – URGENT!
2. SAT Teachers
3. AP Science (Chemistry & Biology) Teachers
4. SSAT/SAT Teachers

Please visit www.princetontutoring.com/international for detailed job descriptions and application instructions.

# Princeton Tutoring 2011 Essay Competition – Results

by Greg Wong

Our first annual essay competition was a great success! We were pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of submissions by our contestants. We are happy to announce the winners of this year’s competition:

Middle School WinnerJacky Wu, 8th grader at Montgomery Upper Middle School
High School WinnerNikki Freihofer, 11th grader at Evanston Township

Congratulations to both Jacky and Nikki! Their essays were well-written, creative, and thoughtful. Thank you to all who participated. We are looking forward to another successful competition next year.

# Creative Writing vs Formal Essay Writing

As a tutor, I worked with high school freshmen struggling to master the formal essay. You may think that English is the only class that will require you to write essays, but strong writing is important in many academic subjects. Science courses require lab reports written in a clear, logical style, and those attempting Advanced Placement history courses know that the DBQ essay is no joke!

[Continue reading to learn about formal essay writing]

# Want to write? Start reading!

Who am I?

Since I was four years old, I have wanted to become a writer. I have considered various other life paths, from law and medicine to teaching and social work, but I always come back to writing. Journals, stories, poems, articles, starting up a creative writing magazine, and a few ill-fated NaNoWriMo novels occupied most of my free time in middle school and high school. I started sending poems out to literary magazines and competitions, receiving mountains of rejection slips in return. Finally, I had some luck. I was placed third in the 2008 Christopher Tower Poetry competition, and my poem “Heat” was published in their 2008 pamphlet. Nii Parkes, the director of flipped eye press, read my poem and was a drawn to it. He contacted me about publishing a small poetry collection with flipped eye. From winter 2008 until spring 2011, I worked on my manuscript with Nii Parkes and the wonderful Jacob Sam-La Rose. In April 2011, I was holding my début pamphlet, “Every Single One”, in my hands. This summer, I am an editorial intern for a publishing company in Manhattan.

What am I talking about?

This post is the first in a small series about writing. I hope that my posts will be useful not just to students who love writing, but those at every level of ability and interest. Learning to write well is a lifelong process – there is no such thing as a “perfect writer”, and absolutely everyone can improve. In my posts I will cover a variety of topics, from different types of writing to furthering your creativity. This post starts with the fundamental question: how can you write if you don’t read?

# Organization – Tools of the Trade

In her post, “Time Management,” Nina Bahadur offers tips on how to prioritize your assignments and make study schedules, which will set you on the path to studying more efficiently.

Maintaining momentum is equally important if you truly want to realize the benefits of time management. To get organized and stay organized, you should have the appropriate study materials and environment. The following four items are great basic tools for encouraging organization:

Expanding File Folder

Expanding file folders help to organize classwork. Each tab stands for a class, and class handouts go straight in the designated pocket. No need for three-hole punching, and you have the assurance that English papers will always be found under the English tab! File folders can also store handouts from extracurriculars like sports and clubs.

To prevent clutter, empty out your file folders at the end of each grading period. Keep notes you need for future midterms and exams and recycle the rest.

Some classes require you to keep separate binders, but I would stick with a central file folder as much as possible. Keeping track of one, large folder is easier than juggling 4-6 small binders, and it’s less weight to carry back and forth from school.

[Continue reading to learn about other organization tools]

# How to Improve Your Long-Term Memory: The Importance of Timing and Frequency

by Kevin Wong

Technique Trumps Innate Ability

For those of you who may think, “Oh, I have a terrible memory.  I could never retain all the stuff I need to remember for school”, think again.  Memory is far more dependent on technique and habit than innate ability.

In 2003, Nature analyzed the cognitive abilities of eight people who finished near the top of the World Memory Championships and found that their natural memory abilities and brain anatomies were NO DIFFERENT from those of the common person.

A typical World Memory Championship competitor can easily memorize and recite, in order, an entire deck of playing cards in less than 2 minutes, and an ordered list of over 1000 random numbers in an hour. These memory athletes, using their very average memories, simply trained themselves to use powerful techniques that take advantage of the way the human brain encodes and stores information to accomplish impressive feats of memory.

Believe it or not, if you had the discipline to train your mind to commit information to memory in a new way, you too could accomplish extraordinary feats of memory as well.

[Continue reading to learn techniques you can use to improve retention]