ACT & SAT: Beginning of Prep to Final Push

With school underway, many seniors are giving the final push to boost their score on the ACT and/or SAT. At the same time, juniors should begin thinking about which test and test date is best for them. For Juniors Juniors need to start thinking medium-term about the standardized tests coming up. Both the SAT and ACT are offered numerous times …

Recommendations: Who, When, How?

As school gets back underway, seniors will begin approaching teachers for recommendations for college. But, who do you pick to be your teacher recommendations?How do you approach them? Can you get recommendations from non-teachers? Who to Choose Teacher recommendations should come from junior year core subject (math, science, social studies, English and/or foreign language) teachers. Having to dig back to earlier …

How do you spend your free time?

Earning good grades and receiving high test scores are an important part of high school, but what about the time a student spends outside of the classroom? Extracurricular activities enhance a student’s high school experience and they also help students develop important skills, such as interpersonal, time-management, and organizational skills.  When to get involved and how involved a student should get …

Back to School Tips for High School Students

After a long summer break, it’s tough to get back into the swing of things.  The beginning of the school year is a hectic time – navigating through new classes and working with new professors requires students to be focused and organized.  Luckily we have a few tips to help students start strong and continue to stay motivated throughout the …

ED, EDII, REA, SCEA… What do they all mean?

Different schools typically offer various types of admission options.  Each school is different and thus it’s important for a student to double check the admission options of his or her desired college.  Each type of admission option is either binding or nonbinding.  Binding requires the student to commit to an academic institution while nonbinding means there is no commitment to …

Explaining College Admissions Essays

Writing a college admissions essay is one of the most anxiety-inducing parts of the application process. Some colleges do not require an admissions essay whereas other schools may require a student to write three or four.  Before a student begins this part of the application process it’s important to sit down and look at what the school is asking you, …

The New Common Application Online is Live!

The fourth generation Common Application Online (CA4) is finally here!  The Common Application was last updated in 2007 and received major feedback from counselors, applicants, and teachers on how the application could be improved.  The two-year, $8 million development project of the Common Application took this feedback into consideration and produced the CA4.  The new Common Application Online is extremely …

Start Early on Summer Assignments

 As we approach August, it is a good idea for high school students to look ahead and determine if they have any required readings or summer assignments that need to be completed before the school year.  Advanced Placement (AP) classes and other courses often assign summer homework so that when September rolls around teachers are able to immediately dive into the material.  Get a …

Finding the Perfect Fit: Your College List

Creating a great list of schools is a difficult process. It involves a student getting to really know him/herself as well as make projections for their distant future. There are many, many colleges and universities, from large, urban research institutions to small, rural liberal arts colleges. Narrowing down your college list. Most students have a series of colleges they’re interested in …

Standardized Tests: ACT vs. SAT

Standardized testing is an important part of the college application process.  Both the SAT and the ACT help determine where you may get into college. As of 2007, all four-year colleges in the United States accept both the ACT and the SAT.  College admissions boards do not have a preference on which test you take, giving you the choice to take one …