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2 Things Prospective Student-Athletes Should Be Doing

  by Kelli Richards – College Counselor If you are a student-athlete hoping to continue your athletic career in college, you probably know that you have to keep your grades up and put extra time and energy into your sport. But there are a few other things you should be doing to get a leg up on the competition and …

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3 Apps to Improve Focus

   By Scott Lutostanski – Director of Academic Consulting Getting work done at home or in study hall can sometimes seem impossible for students. The right strategies for working independently can come from anywhere. Below are three apps that students can use to improve focus when working. Forest This is an app that rewards the student for not using their …

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5 Ways Students Can Boost Their College Résumé This Summer

       by Eric Lynne – Assistant Director at Galin Education There is no better time to think about summer plans than in the midst of yet another Wisconsin cold snap. Though summer is months away (and feels worlds away), planning ahead will be super beneficial, especially for students who are thinking about college. Do not get me wrong: …

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Choosing Courses to Compete

   by Brenda Ward, Director of College Counseling 2018-2019, here we come! Students are in the process of choosing their classes for next school year, so please take note: this is not a task to be taken lightly.  Rigor of curriculum is one of the top three factors colleges consider when making their admission decisions, so choosing classes is worth …

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Resources We Love

Edited by Eric Lynne, Assistant Director of Galin Education As educators, we are constantly on the search for the best academic resources. We mine these resources to inform our curriculums, keep up with the latest trends in the educational world, and become more effective teachers, tutors, coaches, and counselors. Fortunately, the world is full of great academic and educational resources. …

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Gear Up Your Goals for the New Year

  by Eric Lynne – Galin Education Assistant Director Despite my best intentions, New Year’s Resolutions haven’t always worked out for me. I buy the gym membership, I go for a few weeks—and then I get derailed by the flu. I start practicing the piano again, I learn half a new piece—and then I quit at the key change. I …

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ACT Scores Are Out… What Do They Mean?

  by Colleen McGeehan – Galin Education Director of Instruction December is a busy time for test prep. Many students who are working with us in preparation for the ACT took their first official ACT a few weeks ago, and those scores were released this week!  So, how do we interpret those scores? The composite score, which is the main …

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Finals: What to Use and How to Use it

 by Scott Lutostanski – Galin Education Director of Academic Consulting When it comes to studying for finals, most students will head to their study spot and say, “Okay, time to study for History.” This, however, is not enough. Students should have a game plan for what they are going to study and how they are going to do it. What …

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Early Decisions Are Here—Yes, No and Maybe

by Brenda Ward – Galin Education Director of College Counseling This is the week that most early decisions come back, so we understand seniors feeling a little anxious!  We’re all hoping they get the “Congratulations” text, but it’s also possible to get one of the less welcome messages: the “You’ve been deferred” text or the more difficult, “Sorry” (along with …

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If You Want to be a Lawyer

by Krista Sterken I recently attended an event for college students who plan to become lawyers – an excellent plan, in my view (I’m a lawyer).  I was there to give advice, so I gave some advance thought to how to best navigate this particular path.  These are my suggestions.   Focus on the Basics Practicing law is heavy on …