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Category: For Parents

Elise Gout

Distinguishing Between NCAA Recruitment Periods

One of the absolute worst parts of the recruitment process is merely trying to decipher the NCAA’s policies on when you can and cannot do things.

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Nadira Berman

Why Every Student Should Volunteer Abroad

Back in March, 11 of my classmates and I travelled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to volunteer at a preschool called Centro Infantil San Pablo. We were excited for the trip, but we didn’t really have a true idea of what was in store for us. The experience ended up being life changing.

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Todd Shively

Sweet Dreams: The Effect of Sleep on Student Learning

You are probably one of the guilty ones. You have piano practice after soccer practice and then you have to drive your brother to swimming while you eat your sandwich in the car and then you finally sit down to study at 9:00 but you realize that you have physics homework that you forgot about […]

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Chris Lele

Changes to the SAT: The New SAT Math Section

One of the ways in which the SAT math is changing—and this is a big change—is that there are only four answer choices on the redesigned test. Wait? That’s the big change? Well, I should add that the three wrong answers out of those four are pretty wrong. In other words, there aren’t really sneaky […]

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Elise Gout

Finding Free Money

Fact: money does not come from trees. But it can – and frequently does – come from scholarships. And while the last thing you probably want to do, after writing a dozen soul-sucking college essays, is write a dozen more soul-sucking scholarship essays – this is far from the time to give in. There is […]

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Nadira Berman

What High School Students Wish Parents Knew About the SAT and College Admissions

Parents are pretty important to the college application process. They help us with essays, take us on college trips and comfort us after rejections. And we are so thankful! But they can also definitely get on our nerves. If we were being completely honest, here’s what I think most of us would tell them:   […]

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Maddi Lee

Ins and Outs of Financial Aid

It’s that time of year! For high school seniors everywhere, navigating the ins and outs of financial aid can be completely confusing. So many deadlines, so many forms, so many weird acronyms that would make interesting band names (FAFSA NATION, anyone?). In all honesty, everything can get a bit overwhelming. In this post, we’ll try […]

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Nadira Berman

Test Optional Colleges on the Rise

If you just can’t seem to get those SAT scores up, don’t fear! In recent years, many highly-ranked colleges across the country have made the decision not to require standardized testing in their applications. But why? The infamous, nearly four-hour SAT exam has been an integral part of the American college admissions process since the […]

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Nadira Berman

Admissions Records Revealed: Will the Admissions Process Be Changed Forever?

On January 17th, the New York Times reported that students can legally access their Stanford admissions records if they are enrolled at the school. That means they can learn exactly why they were accepted. They can even see Stanford’s rankings on various aspects of their application, such as grades, SAT scores, and personal qualities. Some […]

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Nadira Berman

How to Get the Most Out of a College Tour

I’ve been on more college tours than anyone I know. I’ve seen every school that was ever on my list. In 2014, I toured 21 campuses all over the country. So naturally, I’ve learned some lessons along the way. Here are my top tips.   Talk to current students Before you leave on your trip, […]

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