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Passing On My Top Lessons To High School Freshmen

“If you could change one thing about your high school experience, what would it be?” I get this question more often than you might think, from parents and students looking to get some perspective on maximizing their child’s or their own success in the formative years between ninth and twelfth grade....

5 Things To Say When Your Child Doesn’t Make the Cut

Since many of your kids are in the thick of this, we need to have a good conversation about it sooner rather than later. I’m talking about one of the most stressful aspects of going back to or starting high school. So let’s all say it out loud once and for all — #TRYOUTS. Your sons and daughters are...

Parents of 12th Graders

Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions: First thing to do senior year – ask teachers for recommendations.Many students may ask the same teacher and the earlier you approach him/her, the better chance you have of them accepting to write a recommendation and having the time to do it.   Discuss...

Parents of 11th Graders

Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions: This is the year to start really talking about college with your student.   Make sure your student takes the most rigorous classes possible. Grades and course rigor are important to admissions officers.   Continue pursuing extra curriculum interes...

Which Hurts Your Chances More: Low Grades or Low Test Scores?

Who is in the tougher situation when it comes to getting into college: the student whose high school GPA is lower than ideal or the student whose SAT and/or ACT scores are lower than ideal? It’ s clear that having mediocre or low college admission test scores gives students a better shot both at mor...

The NEW SAT: What it means for your student

Because the upcoming new SAT (March of 2016) from the College Board can have significant affect on testing and prepping plans for current sophomores, we asked our friends at Testive to give us their opinion on the new test and what to do.  Many parents reading may be wondering how the release of the...

Parents of 9th & 10th Graders

Academic and Extra Curriculum Suggestions: Get to know your school counselor. Schedule a meeting just to introduce yourself even if you don’t need any help at the time. For some schools, counselors are required to write college recommendations (in addition to teachers), so much sure he/she gets to k...

The 10 Most Important Things To Do While Visiting A College

For high school juniors and their families, if it’s spring break, it’s most likely college tour time. Junior year is usually a busy time as students and their parents plan college visits. Seeing a school can help narrow a student’s top choices and ultimately, provide information that will prove help...

Insightful Questions To Ask An Admissions Officer

Insightful Questions To Ask An Admissions Officer In a previous post, we gave advice on “gut check” questions students should ask themselves as they tour colleges. Here’s more advice on questions you can ask an admissions officer, as well as questions for your tour guide or any other students you me...

College essays that work and why

College Essays That Work And Why When writing college essays some people debate whether it’s helpful or not to read other students’ essays for inspiration. When it comes to college admissions essays, we think it’s worthwhile ONLY if there is a critique of what worked or didn’t work in the essay. Oth...

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