Five Tips to Help You Prep for Finals

It’s time to prep for finals, and you need a win to finish the semester strong. So to help you, we’ve put together some tips to make sure you get the most out of your studying and preparation before the big test day. And don’t just take out word for it… these tips are all based on science! Tip #1: Don’t cram When you cram information all at once, it’s lik…

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Posted November 16th, 2017

Volunteering: Giving Back During the Holiday Season

It’s wonderful to think about the holiday season. You probably think of food, time spent with family and loved ones, and, probably, some nice gifts. But most of all, the holiday season is also a time of giving, of goodwill toward your fellow man. As a result, it’s not surprising that volunteering tends to reach its peak as the holidays approach. Why volunteer? Th…

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Posted November 9th, 2017

Safety Schools: Why Every Student Needs Them

There’s really no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to deciding how many colleges to apply to, but there is one hard and fast rule that applies to every student: Everyone should apply to a number of safety schools. What Is a safety school? Many people think that a safety school is a “bad” school, but this isn’t true at all! Sure, safety schools are les…

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Posted November 2nd, 2017

Webinar – SAT or ACT? Which test should I take?

Lots of students, and parents especially, have only a vague sense of what appears on the SAT or ACT. Recalling from when they took it themselves, they have little idea how what’s on the exam relates to what students are learning in school, and they have a hard time choosing between the two similar exams. Join us on Wednesday, November 15th, at 8:00pm EST (5:00pm P…

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Posted November 2nd, 2017

#WIIS – What If It Sucks? My Mid-Term Grade

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 new “What If It Sucks” series, we’re going to talk about mid-term grades and what you can do if they, well, suck…    Right about now, mi…

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Posted October 25th, 2017

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 factor: SAT and ACT scores. Why are SAT and ACT scores important? With so many headlines about colleges that have dropped test…

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Posted October 19th, 2017

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 2

In Part 1 of our series, we talked about the top factor, student grades. Today, we’re covering the second factor that comes up year after year, course rigor. What exactly is strength of curriculum? The strength of curriculum, also sometimes known as course rigor, describes the types of courses you took in high school. Did you take a lot of lower level classes, non-…

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Posted October 12th, 2017

What College Admissions Officers Look For: Part 1

College admissions: confusing, complicated, not fun… These are just a few ways to describe the college admissions process. To help you out, we’ve created a three part series that will give insight into what colleges actually look for when deciding who they want attending their school. Enjoy! Every year, the National Association of College Admissions Counselor…

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Posted October 6th, 2017

Take the Fear Out of Testing

Surprisingly, only about 15% of Americans fear clowns, which doesn’t exactly explain the popularity of Stephen King’s It. Far more common fears include public speaking, heights, and bugs. But I bet that if we surveyed only American teens, we would see a different set of fears, and testing would come out on top. According to a 2010 study, test anxiety affects betwee…

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Posted September 28th, 2017

Applying to College: When Should I Start?

When should you apply to college? It seems like such a simple question. I mean, obviously you’ll apply by the application deadline, right? But which deadline? Many colleges offer more than one application period: An early application process where applications are generally due between September and November and a regular application process where applications aren…

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Posted September 21st, 2017