Posts Tagged ‘College’

Navigating A College Website: 10 Tips for Getting the Answers You Seek

Most college websites are chock full of useful information if you know what to look for. Whether you are a junior just beginning your research or a senior starting to analyze admissions offers, these tips might help you get some answers.

1. News You Can Use – Look at the news on the home page to see if the college seems like a lively, active place. It’s a positive sign if faculty, alumni and student work and research are highlighted and if interesting guests are visiting campus. University

Common Application Pitfalls and Tips

The Common Application, accepted by nearly 800 colleges, launched on August 1st. While the application is pretty straightforward, here are some things to look for as you register and complete it.

1. Keep Track of Your Registration Information. Record your password along with the email address you used at registration time so you can easily access it. You may think you will remember it, but we have learned from our students’ experiences that this is often not the case.

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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 Modern Art The J. Paul Getty Museum California Academy of Sciences Exploratorium American Museum

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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

                  2. Math

  • Within the Evidence Based Reading and Writing there are two tests: the Reading Test and the Writing and Language Test.
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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 SAT Practice, then create an account on Khan Academy, or sign into your existing account.

College Road Trip: Georgetown, UVA, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame

Like many of you, our family recently visited four schools in four different states, and brought back a great deal of information. Here are some highlights:

Georgetown University – Most applicants know that Georgetown abuts a bustling residential neighborhood of shops and restaurants, but our expectation of a very urban feel changed as we approached campus from the Potomac River side and saw that it is perched atop a hill overlooking the water and beautiful parks. The students…

What You Need To Know About College-Specific Essays: Advice From Admissions Officers

Students spend lots of time and energy on their main common application essay or personal statement and sometimes rush through their college-specific supplemental essays without much thought or care. College admissions officers report that supplemental essays are playing an increasingly important role in the college application process. A supplemental essay is an extra essay beyond the personal statement or the primary application essay. It typically asks a creative…

Tips On Getting Started With Standardized Testing

When making admissions decisions, most colleges place the greatest emphasis on a student’s transcript, but the majority also require applicants to submit standardized test scores.

  • Plan Ahead – Early junior year is an ideal time to plan a standardized testing strategy. Look at the calendar and consider when time will be available for diagnostic testing, test preparation, and the actual test dates. Consider time commitments including sports, work, and family vacations,

Which College Application Is Right for You?

When students envision themselves filling out college applications, they typically picture the components they have heard others discussing: “the big essay,” an activities list, or what to list as a major. However, students should know that there are often multiple application options availableThe Common Application, The Coalition Application, and college-specific applications, and it is beneficial to preview the options and consider which will help you most effectively…

On Tour: Texas College Gems

We recently divided and conquered Texas, visiting a dozen universities across the vast state. Here are our favorites:

University of Texas, Austin

Austin is a vibrant city with a college town vibe situated on a river reminiscent of the Charles River in Cambridge. People of all ages are cycling, running, and biking along the adjacent bike-hike trail. Just above the trail, there are restaurants galore, and public maker spaces that reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of the community.…

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