Cool Apps and Sites for Students (and Non-Students)

You know all about Facebook, Snap, Twitter and YouTube, but there are dozens of free or low-cost apps and sites to help you survive high school, college, and beyond. Here are a few of our favorites:Studying and OrganizationEvernote – Evernote is perfect if you take a lot of notes while surfing the web. You can download web clippers, desktop shortcuts, and other handy tools, and you can also sync ...
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Five Tasks to Master Before You Leave for College

Congratulations to soon-to-be or recent graduates!  Now is a good time to take stock of how prepared you are for the independence of college living—and what you might need to shore up before you pack up at the end of August. Here are five things you need to know before you go:Manage Money. Most college students open a bank account on or near campus and colleges often have a bank representative on ...

Applying for Testing Accommodations: START EARLY!

If your child has ever been diagnosed with a learning disability or a medical issue that affects their learning or currently receives accommodations such as extended time or use of a computer at school, then start thinking early about applying for accommodations for the SAT or ACT. The most important message is Start Early! Starting early means 9th or 10th grade.Case Study: Realizing The Need Late ...

You’ve Just Returned from a College Visit – Now What?

If you are a high school junior, in the past few months you’ve most likely visited some of the colleges that you had been researching. Here are your next steps.Record your impressions – While the ideal scenario is to take notes while traveling, your first step upon returning home should be to mentally download what you learned about each school. If you took photos on your visits, review them to ...

Why Sophomore Year Is Not Too Early To Work With A Consultant

Although students file their college applications in the fall of their senior year, there are many reasons to start working with a consultant as early as ninth or tenth grade. Here are a few scenarios:High-Achieving Students. It is not uncommon for us to meet students late in junior year who have top grades in the most rigorous programs offered by their high schools and top test scores. It can be ...

After the Acceptance Letter: Transitioning to College

Now that you have sorted through the acceptance letters, weighed the pros and cons of each college, and decided where you want to go, you might think that everything is set until you move to college in August. While you should definitely take time to savor your accomplishments and to enjoy your summer, there are also some steps you should take to help you prepare for your transition to college. A little ...

Interested in the Military? Consider College ROTC

The Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is offered at hundreds of universities across the country by individual branches of the military: Army, Naval (includes Marine), and Air Force. The emphasis is on learning how to be a leader, specifically how to be an effective military officer. Here are some FAQs about ROTC:What Are Scholarship Options?ROTC programs include both scholarship and non-scholarship ...

Five Steps To Appealing a Financial Aid or Merit Award

Now that students are receiving their financial need-based and merit scholarship awards, it is important to look at the fine print. Colleges typically lump together grant aid, which is money that does not need to be paid back, with loans. When comparing awards, it is important to compare grants to grants and exclude loans from the comparison to truly evaluate which colleges are offering the best financial ...

5 Tips For Getting the Most Out of Admitted Student Events

Welcome to the driver’s seat! After months of waiting to learn where you would be accepted, the tables have turned and YOU are now the decision maker. Where to start? Accepted seniors are often invited to admitted student events, which are great opportunities to learn more about the schools you are considering. Here are 5 tips to make sure you get the most benefit out of these events:1. Take a new ...

College Decisions: Be Proud of Yourself, but Be Gracious Too!

Tim logs into the account that he created when he applied to Elite College at 5 pm on December 15th, just as he was instructed to do. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time, and he fervently hopes he will be admitted. The decision is there–and the first word he reads is Congratulations. Tim is in. He logs into Facebook and posts on his wall: I did it. I am going to Elite College ...
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