College Programs for Middle School

Each year, 7th grade students across the country compete for admission at one of a small handful of university-based talent search summer programs. Keep reading to learn more about how students can get a college experience as middle school students. Duke TIP Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search is the first step to attending TIP’s ed…

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Posted January 18th, 2018

Don’t Waste Summer Break!

Summer break – 10ish weeks away from the demands of school, homework, and extracurricular activities. For some students, these weeks represent a blissful period of late mornings and relaxation – but for others, these weeks are a chance to get ahead of the crowd. You should certainly take some time for a little R&R, but make sure you don’t waste your summer…

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Posted January 12th, 2018

Are You Ready for the February ACT?

The February ACT is just a few weeks away. Keep reading to find out who benefits from taking the February ACT and whether you’re ready for the test. Who should take the February ACT? Anyone can take the test, but there are a few groups of students who will see the most benefit from the February ACT test date, including: Waitlisted seniors: If you were waitlist…

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Posted January 4th, 2018

What’s Better: An A in a Regular Class or a B in an AP Class?

Colleges want to see students get good grades in tough classes. This seems like a pretty tall order, but it makes sense: Students who can get good grades in hard classes are more likely to be able to succeed in college courses. This tug of war between grades and course rigor gives a lot of students pause – how do you find the right balance to make sure that you’…

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Posted December 21st, 2017

#WIIS – What If It Sucks? My SAT/ACT Score

If you’re a high school student planning to apply to college, college admissions tests are probably on your mind. Should I take the SAT or the ACT? How can I prep for the SAT or the ACT? And, most worrisome of all… What if I bomb the SAT or ACT? For students who do well in school and just can’t seem to get those high test scores, this is no small w…

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Posted December 15th, 2017

The Season of Giving

Charitable giving tends to reach a peak during the holiday season, when a feeling of warmth and goodwill tends to spread. There are many opportunities for giving back to the community at this time of year, from food drives to toy drives and everything in between. If you’re moved by the season of giving, why not jump in headfirst? You can make a big difference to m…

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Posted December 7th, 2017

#WIIS – What If It Sucks? My GPA

In our three-part series about what college admissions officers looked at, we explored the importance of grades in admissions decisions. College admissions officers consistently rank grades as the most important factor in admissions decisions, so it’s no wonder students worry about less than stellar GPAs. What is a bad GPA? There’s no magic number that defines a …

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Posted November 30th, 2017

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