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We would like to share this collection of tips, tricks and advice from the Education Station team of experts, ranging from college admissions counselors, empowerment coaches, social emotional wellness experts, career counselors and master tutors and teachers. Learn from the stories, advice and perspectives of those who have dedicated their careers to education. We would love to hear from you about topics that are of interest!

Recent Articles

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Balancing Homework And Play

By Moira Motyka | Education Station Homework Academy Instructor & 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. As an educator, I assigned daily homework, week long assignments, and at-home projects. Teachers generally assign homework to reinforce skills learned at school to improve retention and understanding. There are other positive benefits to homework..."

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

By Christine Chapman | College Counselor and Founder of Education Station

"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 district, and asked me if I would consider this as a possible option for her, I have to admit, I got my college counselor back up at the thought. She’s in eighth grade, taking advanced algebra I and has always been a straight A student, until this year when Advanced Algebra I offered her more challenge...."

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College Tours: When Is the Right Time?

By Christine Chapman | College Counselor and Founder of Education Station

"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 that the idea of college isn’t so overwhelming and daunting to them...yet. With the potential cost of a college education in the United States today at almost $70,000.00 per year at some private universities, and the industry that now surrounds the college admissions process (my own business included) my advice to parents is...."

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

By Alex Wojcik | Education Station Intern & Recent High School Graduate

Learn from the Hopkinton 2019  class President and recent graduate, Alex Wojcik, as he shares his own advice that he wishes he knew before embarking on the college admissions process.

"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 I learned, I may not be satisfied. Here are five things I wish I’d known entering the college process..."

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Hopkinton College Counselor Reflects on HS Graduation Ceremony

By Christine Chapman | College Counselor and Founder

"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 be adopted by an HHS graduate’s family, to celebrate her as she graduated from HHS..."

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How to Study for AP Math?

By Sims Yun | Co-founder and 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 school (whatever that means), but I still managed to pass the…" 

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A College Counselor Processes Admission Decision Disappointments

By Christine Chapman | Founder & College Counselor

"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 keeping it real, I want to just post some thoughts that…"

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