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Advanced Placement 101

Posted by Julia Wasson

Nov 17, 2016 12:36:30 AM

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If you are considering advanced placement courses, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. You don't want to set yourself up for failure if the challenge is too great, but you don't want to ignore invaluable learning opportunities, either.

Let us answer some of the questions that are likely plaguing you. We want to make the decision about whether to pursue advanced placement easier on you.

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Topics: study skills, college prep, AP classes, advanced placement,, AP exam


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


Managing Spring Fever: Productivity Strategies to Keep You on Track

Posted by Karen Nichols

Apr 20, 2015 2:04:00 PM

After a long winter of being cooped up inside, hibernating, you may feel a bit of “spring fever” in the air — that burst of new energy and activity that comes with brighter days and warmer weather. Spring is finally here, but it isn’t summer yet, folks. You still have classes to attend, homework assignments to complete, exams to study for, and all the other extracurricular, community, and work activities on your schedule. How do you maintain your focus when what you really want to do is break free and have some fun?

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Topics: study skills, study habits, time management


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