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Posted May 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Study Apps for College-Bound Teens

Instead of study apps, let’s call these “10 apps to help you get merit-aid scholarships”. Improving your GPA is the best way to qualify for merit aid, and the best way to improve your GPA is to study. Here are 10 study apps that should help you win merit-aid scholarships: 1. Quizlet Offering a wide array of subjects, different study modes and a variety of test prep resources, Quizlet allows students to sign up and utilize its study tools free of charge. Students rave about the ease of using the app and the site, along with the awesome tools that ...

Posted May 5, 2015, 8 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
What Parents & Teens Need to Know About the New SAT

As of March 2016, the SAT is going to have a brand new format and scoring system. How will these changes affect your high school teen? Here is what parents need to know: Old SAT vs. New SAT - What Are the Main Differences? The are many differences between the current SAT and the new one including: Less sections: two sections instead of three, with an Essay section that is optional. Scoring: There is now no penalty for guessing and students will get points for correct answers but not be penalized for wrong answers. Both sections will still be scored ...

Posted May 3, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Attend College Tuition-Free

Is it possible to attend college tuition-free apart from scholarships? For some students it is. A handful of colleges are offering free tuition to admitted students. Stanford announced last week that it was offering free tuition to students whose families make less than $125,000 a year. But it’s not the first college to slash tuition for admitted students. The wealthiest schools have long covered nearly all costs for their poorest students. Harvard since 2004 has broadened the group of students to whom they give large amounts of financial aid, thus putting pressure on other colleges to do the same. Bloomberg ...

Posted May 2, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Is Free Speech on Campus A Fallacy?

College is supposed to be the place where ideas are exchanged freely, debates are open, and students can speak whatever is on their mind. But that might not be so. FIRE’s Free Speech Report FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights) recently published a study that found 55 percent of over 430 colleges surveyed maintain policies that would never live up to First Amendment standards. The effect of these restrictive policies and the culture of fear they can create is staggering: A 2010 study showed that only 16.7 percent of polled professors strongly agreed with the statement that "it is safe to ...

Posted May 1, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The Struggle of Paying for College: How to Come Up with a Good Plan

If you worry about paying for your child’s college education, you’re not alone. A recent gallup poll ranked it as a parent’s chief financial concern, putting it above saving for retirement, medical expenses and paying the bills. Since 2001, Gallup has asked more than 16,000 Americans how much they worry about each of eight separate financial matters, ranging from having enough money for retirement to making minimum payments on credit cards. This year’s poll found 73 percent of Americans with children younger than 18 say they are "very worried" or "moderately worried" about paying for their children’s higher education. In ...

Posted April 30, 2015, 8 a.m. by Lizzie Weakley | View Comments
4 Ways to Help Your Teen Do Well in Their High School Biology Class

Nowadays, many high school classes begin minutes after 7 am. Imagine sitting in biology class at 7 am with eyelids drooping and a teacher with a monotone voice teaching biology. Most people struggle to retain information at such an early time of the day. It can be even harder for students who have to retain the information and prove their understanding on standardized tests. As the parent, it is really vital to place emphasis on engraining the material in the brain so that teens can be successful in the long run. There are plenty of different ways to reinforce what ...

Posted April 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Colleges Misrepresenting Job Prospects After Graduation

Most students expect to attend college, attain a degree, and find a job after graduation. Colleges promise jobs after graduation as part of their recruitment of candidates for admission. But more often than not, it’s not the case. Students graduate with massive amounts of debt and no job prospects. Where is the disconnect? Colleges Are Misrepresenting Job Prospects Heald College in San Francisco was fined last week by the Department of Education. According to Business Insider, they misrepresented the kinds of jobs its graduates could get: The Department of Education (DOE) notified Heald College San Francisco on Tuesday that it ...

Posted April 28, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
What You Should Discuss with Your Teen Long before Prom Night

As prom night approaches, so does worry and anxiety for most parents. The best way to eliminate (or at least reduce) some of the nerves is by discussing subjects that concern you way before prom night hits, rather than trying to cram in advice, warnings and tips at the very last minute. Pre-Arranged Check-In Although you don’t want to come across as the over-protective parent, it is important that you can get hold of your teen (and vice versa) if need be. Having a pre-arranged check-in time prevents teens from feeling like they are being snooped on, and allows you ...

Posted April 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Secrets of College Admissions Officers

As a parent of two students who attended college and as a coach for thousands of parents who are sending their own children to college, I have always believed that the college admissions process is highly subjective. What does that mean? Admissions officers meet and discuss the particulars of a student’s application and based on their own criteria, make the final decision whether to offer or not offer admission. If you find that hard to believe, you should watch this video from The Today Show: Inside the college admissions process. What does this mean for students who aspire to college? ...

Posted April 26, 2015, 8 a.m. by Tracy Morgan | View Comments
10 Fun (and Safe) Things to Do After Prom

There is nothing more eagerly anticipated than a prom, with the festivities that follow the actual dance just as important as the event itself. It’s a time for your kids to let loose and enjoy themselves, but it is also something that many parents worry about. Here are 10 fantastic activities for teens after prom that are great fun but safe at the same time. 1. Go Down-Market in Upmarket Clothes Dancing brings on a hearty appetite and there’s nothing more hilarious than heading to the local diner dressed in fancy clothes. Eating fries with their fingers in their finery ...

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