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Sep
22
2014

Monthly Math: Sets!

Welcome to our monthly blog series on SAT and ACT math topics! Each month, we will target a different math topic that you will see on the SAT and ACT. Practice makes perfect – so if you practice these math skills, you’ll be well on your way to earning a new high score! This month, we will focus on sets.



Sep
17
2014

Your Monthly Vocabulary Strategy!

Going through vocabulary flashcards not your favorite weekend activity? Of course it’s not!  But if you are a high school student, it is important to build your vocabulary. Why you may ask? Well, the SAT and ACT test your knowledge of vocabulary through Critical Reading passages and questions that focus on grammar. While often overlooked by many students, studying vocabulary is one of the best ways to improve your verbal scores on the SAT and ACT. This monthly blog will help you build a stronger vocabulary and help you rock the verbal sections on the SAT and ACT.



Sep
15
2014

The Top 5 Tips for Fighting Off Senioritis

Seniors – this is it! Your final year of high school! Many of you are working on college applications, writing essays, collecting your letters of recommendation, and possibly studying for the SAT or ACT one last time. All this on top of school work and maintaining some semblance of a social life! It is easy to understand how “Senioritis” – that infectious little bug that runs rampant around January or February of Senior Year – is so contagious.  Don’t worry – we are here to give you the top 5 tips for fighting off Senioritis.



Sep
5
2014

The Top Tips to Surviving Your Freshman Year of High School

High school can be a very overwhelming place, especially since you’re the new kid on the block. You’re in a new environment surrounded by new teachers and new students. While high school can be scary, it’s also the start of a new chapter in your life. This year, you don’t have to take admissions tests, look at colleges, or apply for financial aid. It’s the perfect time, though, to start taking the first steps on the path that will take you to your dream school. Here’s a list of what you can do in your freshman year of high school to help you prepare for college:



Aug
25
2014

The Top 5 Tips for Filling out the Common App

 

It’s Common App Time!  On August 1st, the 2014-2015 Common Application went live. The Common Application, also known as the Common App, is a single application for college admissions used by over 500 universities!  Because so many schools participate, the Common App can simplify the admissions process – students can apply to many schools with the same application. Bonus – it is a huge time saver as well! Below are some tips to help you when filling out the common app.



Aug
21
2014

SAT/ACT Reading Article of the Month

When teaching SAT/ACT Reading strategies, we emphasize the merits of accuracy over speed – you only earn points for questions you answer correctly on Test Day!  However, we won’t deny that proper pacing is essential.  In this monthly series, we’ll discuss how you can use real-world articles to build your vocabulary and increase your reading speed.



Aug
18
2014

College Essay Do’s and Don’ts

The college essay is often seen as the most difficult part of the college application. Most universities require at least one essay, while many require two or more of various lengths.  While your ACT or SAT test scores, along with your GPA, give the college admissions officers an opportunity to assess your academic potential, the college essay is your opportunity showcase your personality – what makes you you?   These top tips will help you not only get you off to a strong start, but also help you avoid common college essay mistakes.



Aug
11
2014

Back to School – get involved outside the classroom and Be Your Future Selfie!

Ah, a new school year will begin very soon! As you go into the new school year feeling refreshed (hopefully!), recharged, and ready to go, you may be thinking about the clubs and organizations you want to become (more) involved in. Now is the perfect time to discover or further develop your passion! Colleges love to see students who are dedicated and involved in activities outside the classroom.  So whether it is a sport, drama club, a volunteer organization, or Biology club – get involved now!  Joining a team, club, or organization is also a great way to gain experience in the areas of study that you are thinking about pursuing in college and beyond. So, as you think about where you want to spend your time outside of the classroom, it’s great to keep in mind where you will take that passion 1 year from now, 5 years from now, 10 years from now! Whether you’ll be in the lab developing a cure for cancer, on stage rocking it out with your band, walking through campus at your dream school, or backpacking around the world, we would love to know what your future looks like! Enter our Be Your Future Selfie contest and show us where you will be in 5 years. You could win a MacBook Air! It’s simple, just snap a selfie and submit your entry here. Good luck with Back to School and discovering your Future Selfie!



Jul
28
2014

College Admissions in the Headlines: The “Is College Worth It?” Edition

Here are some of the latest, most interesting headlines about the college admissions process from media outlets across the country. Starting off…have a good read! And continue having a great summer!



Jul
15
2014

The Top 5 Tips for Picking Your College Major

Off to college in just a month or two? Currently filling out your college applications? One of the questions that students spend a lot of time thinking about as they prepare to go to college is “What will my major be?”  And, it’s a great question! What you study in college and major in will impact not only your time while in college but also what you plan to do post-college.  To make choosing a bit easier, we have narrowed down the top 5 ways to pick the right college major for you!



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