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Author: Dana Elmore

Dana Elmore is a contributing writer for UniversityTutor.com, the world's largest global marketplace for finding independent tutors.

Posted Jan. 10, 2017, 5:32 p.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Teen Study

It is that time again: You need to study. You already know to avoid cramming and to get a good night’s sleep before your test. But there are seven less-common study techniques that will increase your efficiency and up your game. Some of them will even help when you’re filling out those last college applications or coming down to the wire on college essays. 1. Rotate through multiple study locations. Although you may know that choosing the correct study spot can help you concentrate on the task at hand, did you also know that it can be even more helpful ...

Posted Nov. 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Consider the traits of student at liberal arts colleges

As you decide where to attend college, one of the choices is whether or not to apply to a liberal arts school – an undergraduate institution that emphasizes the liberal arts and sciences such as art history, literature and mathematics. Although some research universities include a liberal arts department, liberal arts colleges are typically differentiated from technical colleges and research universities. What might make you a good match for a liberal arts college? What attributes do liberal arts students share? Consider these traits as you apply to colleges: 1. You enjoy discussing ideas. If you are excited about attending college ...

Posted Sept. 7, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
7 Questions to Ask About Online AP Courses

Advanced placement courses can provide students with tremendous educational opportunities and a jump on college admissions. Not all schools, however, offer AP classes and even if your high school does, the options or scheduling may not meet your needs. One alternative is taking AP classes online. Who offers online AP classes, and how do they differ from classroom-based courses? What factors should you consider when trying to determine the best option for you? Here are seven questions to keep in mind: 1. Who offers online advanced placement classes? There are a number of organizations, schools and colleges that offer online ...

Posted July 21, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
6 Tips to Get the Max out of Summer College Visits

The summer may seem like the perfect time for you and your family to visit college campuses. Unfortunately, many campuses are much less active in summer. Most college students return home, and colleges can very nearly seem abandoned or taken over by high school sports camps. But with a bit of advance planning, you can maximize your visit and at least have more information than you started with. A summer visit is better than never stepping foot on campus before you apply. Campus visits are a very important part of the college decision process. They allow you to gain a ...

Posted June 30, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
4 Reasons Why High School Summer Reading Matters

Many high school students dread summer reading. And even if your school requires it, you procrastinate getting it done until the very last moment. This summer, for the sake of your college applications, don’t. Here are four reasons why summer reading matters – and how you can make it work for you on your college applications and college essays. 1. Summer reading can limit summer slide. Summer slide refers to summer learning loss, which can happen when you don’t stay academically active during the summer. Your ease with reading – and even your overall school readiness – can drop during ...

Posted May 13, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
Pastry chef? Illustrator? Diver? Yup, Those are STEM Careers

Many students assume that a STEM degree will lead to a career as an engineer or a researcher, but this is not always true. Science, technology, engineering and math degrees have many applications outside of what you might imagine when you are considering a course or, say a summer chemistry camp. Here are six careers you might not have imagined: 1. Medical illustrator Medical illustration combines the arts and science. Medical illustration is a small, highly competitive field, and most individuals who work in this area have a master’s degree in medical illustration. In order to prepare for their careers, ...

Posted April 8, 2016, 9:35 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
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Perhaps you will be taking one or more AP tests during the first two weeks of May. This makes April a great time to master several study hacks that can make your review sessions both more effective and more efficient. Although the best way to prepare for an AP exam is to take an AP course and to continually ready throughout the year, these hacks will help you with those final weeks of preparation. 1. Peruse a practice test. The average AP exam is two to three hours long. It typically begins with a multiple-choice section, and then continues on ...

Posted March 2, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
6 Terrible Reasons to Choose a College

Congratulations! You have gone through the process of applying to a number of different colleges, and now you are beginning to receive acceptance letters. But when faced with a decision that can shape the rest of your life, what do you do? Which school do you choose? Although there are a number of great reasons to go to a certain college, there are also several terrible reasons to pick a specific college, such as: 1. “My friends will be there.” Choosing a college or university is a very personal decision. Your school should suit you academically, financially, and socially, and ...

Posted Jan. 22, 2016, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
How to Choose the Perfect Gap Year

Chances are you’ve heard and read plenty of information about gap years. Perhaps you want to consider spending a year or semester outside of a traditional classroom before college but your parents aren’t sure if it’s such a great idea. So what do you do next? Follow these steps to create a plan that fits everyone’s needs and desires. 1. Ask your parents about their concerns. Before you do anything else, sit down with your parents. Make a true effort to listen to what they have to say. Do not assume that you already know what they will share. Thank ...

Posted Dec. 31, 2015, 9 a.m. by Dana Elmore | View Comments
6 New Year's Resolutions for High School Freshmen

Nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions, according to researchers at the University of Scranton. And if you’re a high-school freshmen, you could be making resolutions that affect your high school career and even your plans for college. Here are six resolutions to consider making in 2016: 1. “I will improve my academic performance.” Rather than simply vowing to raise your grades, set a specific, measurable goal. Making – and keeping – a resolution to study before each math test, for example, is much more specific and measurable than saying, “I will raise my math grade.” Or, if ...

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