When to Start Prepping for the ACT or SAT

A frequent question we get from parents and students is, “When should I start prepping for the SAT and ACT?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a “set in stone” timeframe that works for everyone, so before giving an answer, let us ask you a few questions. What grade are you in? The window you have for taking…

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Test Optional and Test Blind

Test Optional and Test Blind Test optional first became news in the early 1970s when Dick Moll, then the Director of Admissions, declared that Bowdoin College would no longer require the SAT or ACT as part of the admissions process. Since then, hundreds of colleges and universities have followed suit, most notably many liberal arts…

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Tips for Gap Year Students

Who should take a Gap year? Students who are not ready or mature enough to leave home yet An athlete who wants a year to improve skills or physically develop more Often athletes who play juniors take a PG year An athlete who is considered recruitable athletically but needs to improve academics Those who need…

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Advice for Visual Arts and Performing Arts Students

Visual Arts (Studio Art, Architecture, Fashion and Design) As a visual artist, when should I start working on my portfolio? From the very start of high school, you should be collecting pieces that you are particularly proud of and think you might want to showcase in the future. These pieces can be both from in…

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Advice for Athletes

Involvement in an athletic program at the college level requires a great deal of time and commitment regardless of the division. It is a huge decision that students must make early on in their high school career in order to prepare for recruitment and to research their opportunities. Many students (and their families) see an…

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How Pareto’s Principle Can Help You Study Better

This month, we’re diving into Pareto’s Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) to help you find the best way to study so you can learn more and do better on exams and assessments.  An idea is born Pareto’s Principle comes from Vilfredo Pareto, an Italian economist who, in the late 1800s famously observed that…

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Take Better Notes

You’ve probably heard it a million times: take good notes to get ahead in school and beyond. But have you ever stopped to think about what kind of note taking method works best for you? Or that one technique that might work for one class might not be the best for another?  The following note-taking…

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