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Recent Articles

Guide for Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid  An often heard saying in higher education is that financing a college education is like a three-legged stool: the family, the college, and the federal government. It is important to keep in mind the order in which the...

Timeline for College-bound Students

Ninth Grade Enjoy the journey, it is not just about the destination. Don’t try to build a resume based on your perception of what colleges value. Explore different activities to discover what you enjoy doing, and then pursue that.Course selection...

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...

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....

Tips for Gap Year Students

Who should take a Gap year? Students who are not ready or mature enough to leave home yetAn athlete who wants a year to improve skills or physically develop moreOften athletes who play juniors take a PG yearAn athlete who...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Meditations on Parenting: Influencing A Personal Writing Habit in Our Children (In Anticipating the Personal Statement/College Essay)

As a single mom and business owner, there aren’t many places where I can completely unplug. Thankfully, such a space does exist for me: my neighborhood yoga studio. There, my phone gets left in a cubby so I can surrender...

Why Testing Matters: A series on study strategies and holistic learning

We’ve heard the phrase “study smarter, not harder” but what exactly does this well-intentioned platitude mean? Over the next few months, we hope to give you insight into scientifically backed study strategies to help you achieve your study goals. We...

July is Park and Recreation Month!

Get Outside and Improve Your Brain Health Thinking about ways to strengthen your body AND mind this summer? Look no further than your local park to boost your physical and mental health! July is Park and Recreation month, which is...

Meditations on Parenting a High Schooler

As I lay in savasana at yoga this morning, my teacher shared a quote that landed and resonated deeply for me as I reflected on parenting and guiding a high schooler to think about life after high school: Awakening and...

Summer Slide in a Post-Pandemic Reality

By Kyla Graves With summer right around the corner, it will be especially important to consider summer plans in order to combat “summer slide,” or the loss of content and knowledge acquired over the school year. Although many public school...

ACT cancels remote proctoring research and implementation for 2020-2021

Although it seemed the ACT was making significant plans to offer a remote testing option this year, a February 23rd post on the ACT website announced they were no longer pursuing this option for the near term. ACT CEO Janet...