The New SAT: Students’ Reactions

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 The New SAT has been the biggest story in the college preparation world this year. Rolled out for its inaugural appearance on March 5th, the exam is both a flashback and a fast-forward: it returns to the 1600 point total of decades past, but fundamentally alters scoring procedures. In other words, it’s unique, and requires unique preparation.Students who took the March 5th exam had some initial … [Read more...]

Creating the Perfect Study Environment

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Midterms are coming, and finals will be here before you know it. Students everywhere are biting their nails and doodling nervously in their notebooks, hoping they’ll do well. But how do you turn your hopes into reality? With good study habits. If you start thinking about studying now, you’ll prepare yourself for success in a few months. And the first step is to figure out where you study … [Read more...]

The New SAT: What You Need To Know

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There’s no getting around it: the new SAT is coming. After January 23, 2016, it’s sayonara to the old test! This means you need to be prepared, especially because a quirk of timing makes the March SAT more important to high school juniors than the SAT has ever been for students. Many juniors use the March SAT to prepare for the May SAT, counting on experience to help them focus their studying and … [Read more...]

Screens and Teens: How Social Media Affects Learning

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As the world becomes more connected through social media, teenagers are more distracted than ever. They have instant access to the thoughts and feelings of friends and strangers and often this is more intriguing than any other subject at hand. So how do we as parents, educators and tutors answer the challenges technology presents? How do we turn our teens away from the screens so they can focus on … [Read more...]

Why the PSAT Matters to You

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It's just the PSAT, right? As in "pre-SAT"? As in "just practice"? Wrong. The PSAT has always been more than "just a practice" test because it also acts as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT), meaning that eligible students who take the PSAT are automatically entered to compete for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. This alone has long made the PSAT important for a … [Read more...]

Applying to College Early: Is It Worth It?

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Many students will start applying to college as early as next month through a variety of early application programs. But before you submit that early application, be sure to consider all of your options. Early Action vs. Early Decision: What's the Difference? The biggest difference between early action and early decision programs is your obligation: With early action programs, you are under no … [Read more...]

Using Technology to Boost Study Skills

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According to a recent national study, students between the ages of 8 and 18 now spend more than twice as much time with high-tech screens than they do in the classroom. Although much of this time is spent on thoroughly non-academic pursuits -- socializing, streaming media, playing games -- there's no reason why screen time can't be put to good use. Here are some tips for integrating technology … [Read more...]

Little Known Facts about Our National Anthem

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It’s time to celebrate the 239th birthday of our nation. As we all know, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was created by our founding fathers. While there are many things we honor at this time of year, we wanted to share some little known facts about our national anthem. “The Star-Spangled Banner” is an iconic embodiment of American unity, courage and tenacity in the face of … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Boost College Applications Over Summer

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Summer break is just around the corner -- do you have plans yet? Some students look forward to months of fun in the sun, and there's certainly nothing wrong with a little relaxation. But for students who want to improve their chances of getting into a dream college, summer is also a chance to bolster resumes and college applications. Although a lot of selective summer programs require months … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Isn’t Just a Long Weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer. Each year, tens of thousands of people head for the beaches and theme parks to mark the beginning of a season of fun. But Memorial Day is about much more than a fun holiday weekend. Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the armed forces. Today, the holiday commemorates all fallen veterans, but it originated as a means of honoring … [Read more...]

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