4 College Admissions Nightmares and How to Avoid Them

Getting into college used to be a relatively simple process. Because higher education was mostly reserved for privileged members of society, colleges tended to accept any high school student in good standing whose parents could pay the cost…

On the Bright Side: Dealing with Bad Mid-Term Grades

Every student has asked themselves the question in this post’s title at some point. Maybe it was about a grade on a certain test or the college essay you’ve been working on for months. In this first installment of our “On the Bright Side”…

How to Choose Which Colleges to Apply To

There are thousands of colleges in the U.S, and it is your task to find the one that’s right for you. Sound overwhelming? It can be. Your college choice will determine the next four years of your life, and have a lasting impact beyond that.…

3 Reasons You Should Take a Proctored Practice ACT or SAT Test

If you’re a high school sophomore, chances are you’re planning to take a practice ACT or SAT test. However, if you’re planning on taking that practice test on a home computer, think again. There are a few good reasons why setting aside…

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 3

This month, we’ve been talking about the top three factors that college admissions officers consider when making admissions decisions. So far, we’ve covered the first two: grades and course rigor. Today, we tackle the third most important…

Tips to Help Young Students Prepare for Tests

It’s never too early to begin thinking about your child’s academic success. The types of habits they develop at a young age will influence what kind of students they are later on. Why wait until it’s time to take college prep tests to…

How to Build a Solid Parent-Teacher Partnership

Forging a positive relationship with your child’s teachers can go a long way in determining academic success. When you make the effort to form this kind of partnership, you and the teacher can work in tandem to support your child, sharing…

You Took the PSAT – Now What?

You did it. You woke up early on a Saturday and devoted part of your weekend to taking the PSAT. You put in hours of PSAT practice, experienced what a college admissions test feels like, learned to manage the clock, and bolstered your confidence.…

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 2

When the National Association of College Admissions Counselors surveys college admissions officers across the country, they always ask about the most important factors in admissions decisions. In Part 1, we talked about the top factor, student…