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Posted April 20, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
10 Best Math Apps for Students

Does math homework make you quake in your shoes? It did me. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the widespread availability of apps that today’s students have. Math apps add a whole new dimension to studying and gives you the capability to have those aids right at your fingertips. Here are 10 math apps you can download to help with those ever-present math questions: 1. Free Graphing Calculator (iOS) / Graphing Calculator by MathLab (Android) Graphing calculators used to be expensive, complex and pretty fun if you could program games on them. However, those studying advanced mathematics can download these apps. These ...

Posted April 17, 2015, 9 a.m. by Randi Mazzella | View Comments
10 Tips for a Fun and Productive College Visit

In the past five years, my husband and I have taken our daughters on many college visits. We have found actually being on campus to be a valuable tool for our daughter’s in determining whether a college is right for them. But some visits have been more insightful than others. Since going to see schools is an investment in both time and money, how can parents plan trips that will be both fun and productive for their teen? 1. See the Right Colleges Meet with your teen’s guidance counselor before planning trips to determine which schools are most likely good ...

Posted Feb. 25, 2015, 10 a.m. by Lion's Heart | View Comments
Lion's Heart Community Service for Teens

A young man by the name of Spencer Corwin was about to begin his 7th grade year in school. He wanted to volunteer in Orange County, California, but didn’t know where to get started. He found a lot of organizations for teen girls to get involved in the community, but he couldn’t find much out there for boys. So he decided to change that. Spencer and his mother, Terry Corwin, recognized the importance of giving back, so they worked together to create Lion’s Heart. Lion’s Heart offers teenagers a special connection with their communities by providing volunteer and leadership opportunities ...

Posted Oct. 16, 2014, 10 a.m. by Carol Barash | View Comments
How to Write College Application Essays that Really Work

Your application essays play a unique role in the admissions process, one that cannot be achieved with an extra 100 points on your SAT or a couple of decimals on your GPA. Application essays—both the 650-word personal statement and supplement essays are opportunities to speak directly to the admissions officers, to show who you are as a person and who you will be as a member of their community. Download This fall, at a panel on college essays at the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, several admissions directors emphasized this unique role played by the essays in the admissions ...

Posted Sept. 20, 2014, 10 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
Boarding School Survival Guide, photo credit D. Bhathena

Justin Muchnick, the author of The Boarding School Survival Guide, encourages teens to consider boarding school during high school. Justin has experienced boarding school first hand and recognizes the value of a boarding school education. In a recent interview for TeenLife, Justin explains why he is an avid supporter of a boarding school education. 1. Why did you consider a boarding school? I was introduced to the idea of boarding school by my seventh-grade English teacher, Mr. Rogers. (I talk about him in greater detail in my book’s introduction.) He promoted classroom discussion instead of lecturing at the front of ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 12:01 p.m. by Elizabeth Suneby | View Comments
Public Vs. Private High School: One Family's Perspective

My son recently graduated from a high-quality private high school and my daughter is in 12th grade at a high-quality public one. My son prospered at private school, while my daughter would not change her educational experience at public school. I have an inside view of both worlds. Rather than provide my perspective on the pros and cons of each educational option, I am sharing the astute insights my daughter offered when she lobbied to stay in public school. Here’s a recap of our conversation with my points and her counterpoints: Just think, in private school you’ll get: Intellectual and ...

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