How to Achieve Your New Year's Resolution

Want to achieve your New Year’s resolution? Check out these top tips and free resources for you!

Learning a new skill is one of the top New Year’s resolutions people make every year. Some people want to learn a new language, others want to be better at money management. Following are some tips - and free resources - to tackle your New Year’s Resolution.

Trying to learn something new can be time consuming and exhausting. However, we generally gain more satisfaction from fully immersing ourselves in such activities. We tend to spend our extra time on things like social media, watching Netflix, and other passive activities because they’re more accessible. Therefore, if we really want to tackle a new skill, we have to remove obstacles!

Everyone has different obstacles they need to overcome. The most common are motivation, lack of time, cost, and access to teaching material. Below, we’ll talk about how to conquer these different barriers.


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Winner of the 2018 Best in Washington Award... Transcend Academy!

Transcend Academy is thrilled and honored to announce that we are the recipient of the 2018 Best in Washington Award! Only one education company in the District of Columbia wins this award, making it very special. Thank you to the Award Program for recognizing us.

We are so grateful to our students, families, and schools, who fuel our passion for education and continuously inspire us. We are also thankful for YOU, our readers! Thank you for your support and positivity. And finally, we are enormously appreciative of our coaches and staff, for all the hard work they do to make this possible.  

Check out the press release below for more details:


Press Release


Transcend Academy Receives 2018 Best of Washington Award

Washington Award Program Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON November 28, 2018 -- Transcend Academy has been selected for the 2018 Best of Washington Award in the Tutoring Service category by the Washington Award Program.

Each year,...

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Best Holiday Gifts for University-Bound Students

student life Nov 30, 2018

If you’re stuck for gifts for your favorite university-bound student, Transcend Academy has you covered! Check out the list below for holiday presents for every kind of student. And don’t worry! We’re not being sponsored by any of the products listed


For the Student Who’s Always on the Go

Portable Charger

You never know when you’re going to get stuck in a seat with no outlets, or on a bus ride home with a dying phone. You can get quality ones for pretty cheap, and nobody has ever been upset about more battery life for their device.


A Good Jacket

What defines a good jacket? It depends on the on-the-go student. Are they running between afterschool jobs? Between internships and meetings? Between outdoor hikes and indoor rock climbing? It could be something small, lightweight, and warm, or a stylish blazer. For me, I would run from class, to club, to my job as a waitress. I would be gone for hours, and the weather could change drastically....

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2018 Guide for International Students Applying to American Universities


If you are planning to apply to an American university as an international student, you probably already have a few ideas on how to start. Many of you will take the TOEFL after years of English classes, but it takes more than excellent TOEFL scores to succeed and thrive. Here is your guide on how to be on top of applying to American colleges.

It’s More Than Just Grades

The United States does not have a university entrance examination system, like the A levels in the United Kingdom or the gaokao in China. Most international students are required to take the TOEFL and sometimes the SAT or ACT depending on the school. A few universities, like the University of Southern California , even allow you to take the SAT or ACT instead of the TOEFL if you are nervous about the verbal section.

However, a high standardized test score won’t guarantee admission. Some American universities are even making standardized test scores optional. It does not mean that your test scores...

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How to Optimize Your Time


Whether you’re a student preparing for the SAT in between homework and practice, or a parent trying to get everyone where they need to be while juggling work and chores, scheduling can be a nightmare. There never seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done!

Carefully planning and managing your time is a key characteristic of successful students. It prevents procrastination on important assignments and cramming the night before the test. By keeping to a schedule, students can recognize areas of concern early and ask for help. High school students have most of their day planned out for them, but university students can struggle with time management, since days are less structured.

My first quarter at college, I only had classes from 8:30am to 11:30am. However, I still managed to procrastinate on projects until the day before. I wasn’t used to having so much free time and having the freedom to structure it as I saw fit. It took me some time to find a...

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4 Ways to Make a Big School Feel Small

In last week’s blog, we talked about how to narrow down your list of top universities. One of the aspects we discussed is whether a big school or a small school is right for you or your student. Many people lean on their family and friends for support and motivation, which is why campus community is such a big factor for people determining which schools they may want to attend.

Big schools often cost less and provide more options in terms of majors, which is why they can be a great choice for you or your student. However, people sometimes fear getting lost in the crowd at a school like that. That’s why today’s blog post will be going over how to make a big school feel small!

1. Get Involved Early

Before you even arrive on campus there are steps you can take to join the community. If you live nearby, it’s definitely worth it to check out the campus and surrounding neighborhood. Bring some friends along too if you can! It will feel less intimidating when you...

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How to Make Your Dream College List

A lot of students have a dream university – Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Yale – but smart students strive for options with multiple acceptances. That’s why we’re talking about how to create a dream college list! The perfect list for you includes within-reach, in-range, and safety universities whose profiles match what you want. How do you do that? We will go over some questions you should ask yourself or your child to help narrow down your options when figuring out how to pick the best university for you. 

It’s best to start selecting your top universities now if you haven’t already. Undergraduate early admissions applications are generally due in November. Therefore, if you want to visit a campus or have time to tailor your application to a particular college, you should have your list figured out by September at the latest. For regular applications, the deadline is usually January, so you have an extra few weeks. The exact...

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Back-to-School Lunch Inspiration for Kids and Adults

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, Target ads are full of smiling kids wearing cute clothes and cool backpacks, and you’re starting to mentally and physically prepare for the impending school year. Some of you may have even already started school!

A lot of back-to-school preparation can be taken care of early – buying a new lunch box, thrifting for a new fall jacket, registering for SAT or ACT prep courses, and so on – but some activities are a daily struggle. Thankfully, we’re here to help you tackle one of those daily tasks – your back-to-school lunch!

We are going to showcase a few of our favorite sources of lunchtime inspiration, along with specific recipe recommendations and tweaks you can make to improve the flavor or preparation time.


The Domestic Geek

The Domestic Geek was launched in April 2014 by Sara Lynn Cauchon to show the world that delicious food can also be no-fuss and fresh, after learning how to...

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