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4 Things Seniors Should Know About College

Is your graduating senior ready for college? By early 2018, most high school seniors will know the school they’re heading to in the fall, but maybe not what to expect when they get to campus. Many 17 and 18-year-olds enter their freshman year with the mindset that college is all fun and games with some…

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Why Parents Should Plan On At Least Two Tests, Even Senior Year

My head still has hair, but I’m removing some each time I read or hear that a student is taking “one last SAT test”. With such an important test, especially one your student has studied hard for, the agenda should be at least two more tests. Why should parents and students plan for multiple SAT…

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Are the ACT and SAT Essays Important?

The ACT and/or SAT essays are important for the most competitive colleges. Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and UPenn all require an essay submission. Most of the other top-50 universities, including Michigan, Texas and all the University of California schools either require or recommend the ACT or SAT Essay. Should You Prepare for the Essay? Come…

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Should You Take the Optional SAT Essay?

In 2016, the SAT Essay became an optional section on the exam. The new standardized test is scored out of 1600 without the essay, which is scored separately on a scale of 2 to 8 for Reading, Analysis and Writing. Students who choose to complete the SAT Essay have 50 minutes to write, versus 25…

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Note-Taking Strategies for Students & Educators

There is a great debate among educators about whether notetaking is necessary – studies show we forget 40 percent of what we learn within 24 hours, even when it’s written down. Yet, there is no generic solution to academic success for all students. Some students learn better by applying concepts, but if you do not…

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