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Category: College Admissions

Posted Aug. 18, 2017, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Is your college-bound student considering private day school? Many parents believe that a private school gives students the upper hand when it comes to college admissions and is more conducive to individual learning.   Whatever your reason for making that choice, what do you need to know? What does

Is your college-bound student considering private day school? Many parents believe that a private school gives students the upper hand when it comes to college admissions and is more conducive to individual learning. Whatever your reason for making that choice, what do you need to know? What does it take to get into one of the top-notch private schools? Much like college admissions, the private school process can be long and taxing. Families must tour the schools, and students must take admissions tests, be interviewed, and fill out the applications. Each school is different in their criteria, but they all ...

Posted Aug. 17, 2017, 8 a.m. by Cate Coulacos Prato | View Comments
How Cosplay and Sewing Boost High School STEM Skills

When you hear about people with spatial, math and problem-solving skills, you probably assume they excel at STEM subjects. But did you know people who create fashion, accessories and cosplay rely on those same skills? In fact, sewing is a great way to hone STEM skills, and STEM skills help with sewing and other crafts. If you're into creating things out of fabric, you might be ready to try a STEM program. “There is more overlap than you think,” Jill Frechette of West Boylston, Mass., says. A sophomore at Vassar College, Frechette studies English and pre-med. She learned to sew ...

Posted Aug. 10, 2017, noon by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
8 Tips for Making Summer Prime Time for College Scholarships

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Kids are out of school. Families take vacations. The last thing anyone wants to think about is searching for college scholarships. But wait! Summer is prime time to search and apply for scholarships. While everyone is playing, your high school student can be hard at work figuring out how to win a scholarship for college. This makes for a productive and financially beneficial summer. Sacrificing a few hours a week could mean graduating college without debt. Here are eight summer scholarship search tips to help your high school student on the path to ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 6 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
 8 Ways You Can Make This the Best High School Year Ever

You’ve got the new clothes, the new haircut, the latest sneakers. But what else do you need to make this year of high school the best yet? For starters, make this the year you figure out how to get organized and manage your time so you’re not super-stressed all the time. We can help with that. Second, if you’re thinking of college, find the best tool, whether it’s an app, a spreadsheet or a shoebox, to stay on top of college applications, visits and essays. We can help with that. Third, make academics a real priority this year. Figure out ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
9 Things Counselors Want Parents to Know About High School

A new school year is like the first page of a new notebook: fresh and ready for a great story. Your high school student is likely to be both excited and trepidatious about how this school year’s plot might turn out. But you and your student have at least one common goal - that this story has a happy ending no matter what obstacles lie ahead. To help you out, we’ve collected advice from high school counselors and independent educational advisors on what really helps a student to succeed. Talk about it with your high school student and work together ...

Posted July 29, 2017, 7 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
It's August! Check Our College To-Do List for High School Seniors

Getting a head start on applying to college the summer before senior year can make the fall and spring less stressful for parents and high school seniors. High school seniors will need to be prepared for the overwhelming amount of college admissions activities once school begins. Tackling some of those college related tasks now can help ease some of the pressure in the fall. Get ahead of the game and prepare in advance by using this checklist. If you do, parents and seniors should be ready for senior year to begin. 1. Get ready for standardized tests. The fall standardized ...

Posted July 28, 2017, 8 a.m. by Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon | View Comments
Student leaving home for college.

Remember when you had your first child and, walking out of the hospital, you wondered how anyone could actually be entrusting you with this fragile bundle that did not even fit into that ridiculous car seat? Yes, you read the books, assembled the crib, bought the onesies. But, really, why did everyone think you knew what you were doing? For many students, that is how they feel when the last suitcase has been loaded into the SUV and Mom and Dad are driving them to the first days of college. Yes, they have filled in the college orientation forms, bought ...

Posted July 21, 2017, 8 a.m. by Bill O'Neill | View Comments
 How High School Students Can Dodge Summer Brain Drain

Toss everything you need into a bag for a summer day at the beach or pool: a towel; some sunblock; and a nice, thick book about American history. Wait, what was that last one? Heavy-duty reading material might not make the top of a high school student’s list for a chill-out day under the sun, but it should. Research shows the importance of keeping the brain engaged during a long vacation – and of course, it might help with college admissions. “There’s 30 years of research on the idea of summer learning loss, tracking it over time. It’s been consistently ...

Posted June 20, 2017, 2:19 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
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Even as they start to enjoy summer, high school juniors and seniors know they are facing standardized testing in the fall. For seniors, it’s the last chance to get their best scores on the SAT or ACT before college applications are submitted. For juniors, the fall SAT or ACT can be a good indicator of areas that need improvement and require more preparation. Taking advantage of the summer to prepare for these tests makes smart academic sense and teaches students how to get over test anxiety. Standardized test prep doesn’t need to be torturous. Your student will retain more if ...

Posted June 15, 2017, 2:17 p.m. by Mary Grauerholz | View Comments
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Although high school students long for the freedom of college, the less-structured environment actually can feel unsettling or, at the worst, out of control. Having a schedule with too much free time is one of the most anxiety-producing parts of college life, says Ben Locke, associate director of the counseling service at Pennsylvania State University and executive director of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, a research network of more than 280 college counseling centers. High school should be the time to help children learn how to be responsible for themselves and to budget their own time; however, high school ...

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