Top Tips When You're Waitlisted

By now, most students who applied to college through early admission programs have learned their fates. Some are celebrating their good fortune; others are mourning the loss of their dream schools; and many, many others are likely stuck in waitlist…
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The Best Way to Study

Every student wants to know the secret to acing the big test, whether that test is next week’s history quiz or the SAT. Let’s start with some bad news: There is no fast, simple, effort-free way to learn. Now for some good news: There…
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Top Tips for Completing the FAFSA

As of January 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for the 2015-2016 school year. All students who will be attending college in the fall should complete the FAFSA. Yes -- all students. Each year, more than…
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College Costs: When Money IS an Object

If ever there were a realm in which we might wish that money were no object, paying for college would be it. But in a time when student debt outnumbers all other consumer debt, money most certainly is an object. How can families ensure that…
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The Benefits of Low-Tech Parenting

Surprisingly, Steve Jobs -- a man pretty much universally considered to be a modern tech genius -- was a low-tech parent. According to a recent New York Times article (see the original piece here), the Jobs children had strict limits on their…
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Why Is Math So Darned Hard?

In a recent New York Times Magazine article, Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher, explores the question, "Why do Americans stink at math?" That American students -- and, by extension, American adults -- stink at math is…
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The Secret to Getting Into Harvard

Every student wants to know the magical formula that will get them accepted at Harvard – or Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, MIT, Brown, Dartmouth, or any of several other highly selective colleges. If I could just create a detailed…
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Why You Should Take SAT Subject Tests NOW

College-bound students are inundated with acronyms – PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP. There are literally dozens of tests that you might take on your road to college, and the most often overlooked tests are SAT Subject Tests. But you should take them.…
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College Textbooks Cost WHAT?

864%. That’s how much the cost of college textbooks has increased since 1978. According to the College Board, the average student spends $1,200 per year on textbooks. Note the word “average,” suggesting that about half of students…