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Use the Time You Have: College Planning During High School Summers

Posted by Kristen Steinbeck

Jun 13, 2017 2:21:59 PM

There are 168 hours in a week – 112ish waking hours. Why not use two of those hours per week this summer to work on college planning? Your older self will thank you for handling part of the load, and, come college application season, you'll be glad you did the bulk of your research when you didn't have homework and extracurriculars coming out your ears.

To make it easier to plan, we devised a to-do list for every high-school summer. Read on for tips!

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Topics: SAT test, financial aid, PSAT, ACT, college prep, college planning


Why You Should Start the College Prep Process ASAP

Posted by Allison Wignall

Dec 28, 2016 2:06:22 PM

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There is a common myth floating around that serious college prep starts junior or even senior year—but this is a dangerous mindset that could make you late to the game. In truth, there’s no year “too early” to start preparing for a college education, and we’re here to prove that!

Crunch Time

One of the biggest benefits of starting the prep process early is that you don’t leave everything to the last minute. It can be a major pain to scramble around researching different colleges, compiling applications, writing essays, filing financial aid forms, studying for the ACT or SAT/PSAT (not to mention taking them), and keeping up with regular schoolwork while application deadlines approach.

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Topics: college application, financial aid, scholarships, college visits,, college application essay, PSAT, sat, ACT, College Essay


Does Test Anxiety Have You Worried Sick?

Posted by Karen Nichols

Aug 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Between 10 percent and 40 percent of students experience some level of test anxiety. For some, such anxiety amounts to a mild case of jittery nerves; for others, it can be debilitating. Symptoms can include sweaty palms, racing heart, tight chest, and nausea. Of course, such extreme reactions can negatively affect the student’s performance on an exam.

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Topics: ACT test, SAT test, test prep, test anxiety, PSAT, act prep, sat prep


Word Power: Five Tips for Building a Commanding College Vocabulary

Posted by Karen Nichols

Dec 14, 2015 7:16:57 AM

Without question, a strong vocabulary is a great asset. An expansive vocabulary improves reading, speaking, writing, and reasoning skills, and research has linked it to long-term educational and career success. Entrepreneur and best-selling author Seth Godin makes this point in his blog post, "Does Vocabulary Matter?":

The typical native speaker knows 20,000 words, and there's your opportunity:

If you know 40,000 words, if you learn five words a day for a decade, the world changes. Your ability to see, to explain and to influence flies off the charts.

In the short term, a strong vocabulary can also help you do your best on college entrance exams and college application essays. Read on to learn a few tips for growing your vocabulary during your high school years and beyond.

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Topics: ACT test, SAT test, study skills, Vocabulary Building, PSAT


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