Acing The College Admissions Interview

Fall is right around the corner, and that means that some colleges will be holding admissions interviews with prospective applicants. The admissions interview is a place for the admissions representative (or someone else connected to the school) to see another side of you. It is also a chance for you to get an insider's view of the college or to explain an inconsistency in your academic record ...

Revision and Editing: What Makes A College Essay Work?

So you have written a first draft of your college essay, and deep down you know it needs work. However, you are feeling a bit stuck because you find it really embarrassing to write about yourself. Plus, everyone keeps telling you that your essay must be personal, that it needs to SHOW not TELL, and that it needs to be interesting and grammatically correct. You know you need help, but where do you ...
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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 ...

Beat Summer Boredom: Cool Topics To Explore Online

Has summer boredom set in? Do you need a break from college planning and summer reading? You can now learn about exciting new topics through Khan Academy’s partnership with major cultural and academic institutions. Visit the Museum of Modern Art, explore Pixar in a Box, NASA, Dartmouth, and more by looking here.  Topics include:   The Metropolitan Museum of Art Tate The Museum of ...

Getting Time on Your Side: Tips for Better Time Management

By Kim Stewart, MS CCC-SLP A coffee cup is a coffee cup. You can see it from any angle. It’s undeniable. Time, however, is not this concrete. You can’t see time, and even though a unit of time is quantifiable, it can feel long or short. A minute feels really long when you’re in an interview. A minute is a flash when you’re hanging out with your friends. One of the biggest time management challenges ...

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 Organization Evernote – 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 ...

Vermont College Tour

Vermont is a popular destination for Educational Advocates’ college applicants, who are attracted to the state’s drivable location, accessibility of skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities, Ben and Jerry’s, and the focus on environmental issues. Even more importantly, Vermont’s amazingly diverse educational options truly offer something for every applicant. I was “lucky” to be included ...

Fast Facts About The PSAT

This fall, most juniors will take the PSAT, a practice standardized test that is very similar to the SAT used in college admissions. Both tests have similar content, format and scoring, and the PSAT is considered good preparation for and helpful in predicting SAT scores. The PSAT includes two components:                   1. Evidence Based Reading and Writing                   ...

Five Tips for Generating College Essay Topics

The main college essay in the Common Application is often referred to as a personal statement. Why personal? Because the essay should help the reader gain insight into who the student is as a person. It’s an essay that should be introspective and reflect what is meaningful to you.  Before you turn to the empty document on your computer screen to start writing, it is essential that you spend ...

Mobile, personalized test prep is here – and it’s free!

Many students are on the go all summer, and it can be difficult to schedule time for standardized test preparation. Many students also know that Khan Academy is an online resource that offers SAT practice tests, interactive problems, videos and more. It is now possible to link your College Board test results with Khan Academy to get a personalized SAT study plan based on your results. Go to ...
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