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Category: For Parents

Maddi Lee

College Admissions and Social Media: Myth vs. Reality

Recently, lots of my friends have been changing their names on Facebook. The names are usually puns on their real names—sometimes outrageous and usually hilarious—but they’re all part of a larger tradition that has rocked high school seniors across the country for the past few years. At the start of their senior year, many kids […]

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Maddi Lee

Where is my college app going?

Where is your college application going? A lot of the stress that comes with the college application process is the unfamiliarity of all. Believe it or not, there isn’t a College Admission God who judges your application and crushes all your dreams. Neither is it as simple as one person stamping “accept” or “reject” over […]

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Maddi Lee

How to Win at Extracurriculars

“This’ll look good on my college app!” Ah, the mantra of high school upperclassmen. If you’re around any over-achieving high schoolers, you’ll probably be hearing this a lot. In an age of extreme college entrance competitiveness, it’s easy to fall into the “extracurricular trap”: piling on a bunch of extracurricular activities just because it’ll boost […]

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Cassidy Mayeda

The Massive Financial Aid Secret that You Need to Know

(You can and should apply to those expensive private colleges!) Are you ready? Here it is, the massive, and huge, and important secret to financial aid: Private colleges can be cheaper than public universities. Yes, it’s true. It’s possible to get your higher education degree at a premier university for less money than at a […]

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Maddi Lee

Books You Need to Read (That Aren’t on Your Summer Reading List)

Summer is the perfect time to finally get to your reading list — and though you might want to re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the third time, or buy the entire Young Adult section of your nearest Barnes & Noble — there’s always another part of your life for the SAT to […]

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Cassidy Mayeda

Top College Research Engines

College research engines are the best-kept secret of the 21st century college applicant. Virtually no one I know used one, yet they are incredible tools that can help guide you through the massive labyrinth that is university research. The only problem is—which one? This post was created to help you figure out just that. Keep […]

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NextStepU

Want a well-rounded college application? Join the club.

All college applicants have heard that their applications absolutely have to be “well-rounded”. But what does that even mean? Luckily, our friends at NextStepU.com are here to show us how “well-rounded” isn’t the same for everyone, and how to make it work for you. Sometimes when you are researching colleges, it seems like you need […]

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Chris Lele

SAT Information for Parents

For well over a year, we’ve been writing posts aimed at students (“How to Get a High SAT Score”, “How to Spot a Dangling Modifier”, etc.). Not that there haven’t been useful tips for parents; there just hasn’t been anything directly targeted towards parents. Until now. But if you are the parent of a high […]

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Guest Author

Is Going Away to College Right for You? Three questions to consider before you select your school

Hey guys, the Study Mode team is back again! Here to give you some crucial food for thought as you make one of the biggest decisions in your life: where to go to college. If you’re fortunate enough to have multiple acceptance letters – congrats! It’s great to know you’re in demand. But it can […]

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Rita Neumann

Ten Tips to Get More Financial Aid!

Each college or university has its own process for doling out financial aid money, and it isn’t always dependent on your ACT scores! Even if you receive what you’d consider a bad ACT score, you can still receive significant financial aid based on sports, academics, cultural heritage, and a plethora of other factors (including persistence!). […]

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