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Recent Articles

Navigating Today’s Math Curriculum

Written by Moira Motyka, Education Station Homework Academy Instructor and Former Hopkinton 5th Grade Teacher Parents… you may notice that your child’s homework, or their approach to solving math problems, looks different than what you remember from when you were a student. It may feel like you have no idea how to help your child.…

Early Action and Early Decision Notification Dates 2019-2020

For the many seniors who have applied to colleges early, decisions are starting to roll in, and it’s hard to keep track of notification dates! We are trying to keep track of them and have decided to share what we know with you. Here is what we have learned about ED and EA notification dates…

Balancing Homework And Play

Written by Moira Motyka, Education Station Homework Academy Instructor and Former Hopkinton 5th Grade Teacher “Homework is part of learning and most likely part of your elementary age child’s daily after school responsibilities. However, homework needs to be balanced with play, and, students need their parents to help them develop a healthy balance.” Homework is…

College Counselor Considers Vocational School Options For High School-Bound Student

Written by Christine Chapman, Educational Consultant When you send other people’s children off to college for a living, it’s easy to expect that your own children will inevitably follow that same, traditional trajectory. So, when my eighth grade daughter came home recently, excited about the middle school’s field trip to the vocational school in our…

College Tours: When Is the Right Time?

By Christine Chapman, Educational Consultant It’s never too early to get out to visit college campuses, as far as I am concerned. In fact, I’ve been dragging my own kiddos around college campuses since they were little, even if it is a simple drive-by or drive-through of campus. I think that’s one of the reasons…

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Entering the College Process

By Alex Wojcik, Recent High School Graduate & Education Station Intern When does the college process begin? With the Common App? The SAT? That sweatshirt you wore as a toddler? Now that the process is over, I’m relieved to be done. I’ve found a community I’m excited to join. However, without some of the lessons…

Hopkinton College Counselor Reflects on the HS Graduation Ceremony

Written By Christine Chapman, Education Station Founder and College Counselor As a college counselor who has worked privately for many years, and as someone who has also worked as faculty in a private school, I’ve attended many graduations—both as a participant and as a guest. This year, for the first time, I was honored to…

A College Counselor Processes Admission Decision Disappointments

Written By Christine Chapman, Education Consultant and Education Station Co- Founder So it was a tough week for people who do what I do for a living. The great celebrations of admissions decisions are always wonderful, but helping students and families manage disappointments is difficult and emotionally tears me apart. So, in the spirit of…

How to Study For AP Math?

Written By Sims Yun | Director of Academic Services and Tutoring Sometime between my AP Calculus class and my AP Calculus test, I had a panic attack. I knew I hadn’t actually learned anything from that class–truthfully, I had been coasting all year. I definitely wasn’t interested in finding “best practices” in studying in high…