By Casey Loalbo
The college admissions process can feel overwhelming — and for good reason. Most students have never been through anything quite like it and, naturally, that can cause a bit of anxiety and trepidation. The great news? It does not have to be that way! While lots and lots of individualized and specific planning goes into the college admissions process, the actual application process does not have to feel insurmountable. In this article, I’ll break the college application into 5 manageable pieces and explain how you can be sure that you give each piece the diligent attention it…
Tedra Osell, PhD
The word “gifted” is arguably one of the most misunderstood terms in education.
Most people think that gifted kids are straight-A students, and many believe that these children’s abilities are primarily the result of pushy or privileged parents. Even teachers sometimes hold these misconceptions because, in the past (and, unfortunately, in some school districts today), gifted programs were often made up primarily of “teacher-pleasers” — bright, conscientious kids who follow instructions, do their homework, and bring home high grades.
Certainly, some gifted children fit this description. But many don’t. As research in psychology and education has progressed…
College admissions at top schools seem to only keep getting more competitive. Students looking to attend one of these extremely selective schools need to prepare an application that is strong in all of its components. That includes standardized test scores.
Standardized testing, unfortunately, causes a lot of anxiety for high school students. Luckily, with enough preparation, standardized tests can become the least stressful part of the college admissions process.
That’s a complicated question. Most colleges don’t have a minimum SAT or ACT score that they will accept. That being said, getting in with a lower SAT or ACT score is…
By Shauna Tominey
Duck, duck . . . goose!
Mother, may I take two giant steps?
Yes, you may.
Mother, may I take four baby steps?
No, you may not.
Simon says, Touch your nose.
Simon says, Turn around.
Simon says, Jump up and down.
I didn’t say, ‘Simon says’!
The refrains from the traditional games that many of us played as children — and that many children play today — are not just the sounds of children having fun. They are also the sounds of children learning!
The skills children practice when playing these games are not…
Whether you’re a student or a parent looking, here are 7 types of tutors and their definitions.
Perhaps you’ve been thinking about the different types of tutors available to you or your child. The word “tutor” often brings to mind a person who has expertise in a specific subject when in reality there are many different types and it’s helpful to know which are available. Here are seven types of tutors and their definitions:
Subject Tutors work with students in a specialized academic subject that they have expertise in. Generally, these tutors will engage with clients who are in high…
By Franca Rawitz
One of the first steps on the college journey is drafting a preliminary list of colleges to explore.
The earlier students begin thinking about schools, the easier it is to shape schools’ selection over time. The college list is like a piece of art — a work in progress — continuously modified as the artist (that is, you, the student) develops a stronger sense of what the finished piece should look like.
While some college counselors may help students draft their preliminary lists during junior year, it’s essential to complete this exercise whether or not this is…
How Do I Determine If I Should Take the ACT or the SAT.
By Dan Edmonds and Casey Loalbo
These days, one of the first questions I’ll hear from the frantic parent of a rising high school junior is, “should my child take the SAT or the ACT?” It’s a question that tends to cause both students AND parents lots of stress and worry. Standardized testing is a complicated part of the already-complicated college admissions process. The good news is, there are some great ways to try to answer this question. I’ll go over some of those ways below.
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