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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…


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 myself completely to the transformational magic of the heated space. Once inside, I roll out…


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 are starting the series with “The Testing Effect” and what it means for you and…


July is Parks 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 a great reminder to get outside and enjoy all that your community green spaces have…


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 enlightenment are accidents; but practice makes one accident prone.   As a parent, I’ve spent countless…


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 students went back to school full time in Massachusetts, the effects of learning loss from…


ACT Cancels Remote Proctoring 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 Godwin said:  “Extensive research, planning, testing and collaboration between team members and partner organizations has…


What to Expect on the AP Test This Spring

The College Board announced recent updates to the various exam offerings and timelines for students who are planning to take an AP exam this spring. If you’re a student or a parent wondering how this will affect you, we’ve put together sample timelines and answered questions you may have about preparing for AP exams this…


The College Board Cancels SAT Subject Tests and Optional Essay for All U.S.-based Tests This Spring

It’s been less than a month since the College Board announced it was canceling all subject tests and the optional essay that have long been connected to many student’s SAT experience. In their words, this change comes on the heels of the wide-sweeping COVID-19 pandemic, causing test centers to close and cancellation of test dates…

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How the University of California’s Decision to go Test-optional May Affect Your Test Prep

You may have heard that the University of California’s Board of Regents approved the suspension of standardized testing requirements in May last year, but what does it mean for you and your test preparation plans? Although this is a big move by one of the largest university systems in the US, don’t go canceling your…


Colleges That Have Changed Testing Requirements Due to Covid-19

SAT or ACT still required. No longer require or recommend SAT Subject tests Brown University Harvard University MIT *will not consider SAT subject tests even if sent Princeton University Yale University *will not consider SAT subject tests even if sent SAT or ACT optional for 1 year (2020-2021 admissions cycle) Abilene Christian University Amherst College…


Searching for Scholarships

While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed the daily lives of everyone, if you are a high school student, now is a great time to start looking for potential grants and scholarships while social distancing. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply to national, regional, and local scholarship and grant programs.  Furthermore, you may be…


April 2020 COVID-19 Testing Updates: the ACT is still on!

SAT Exam The College Board just announced on Wednesday that the June 2020 administration of the SAT will be cancelled. In order to compensate for the lack of testing during the spring, there will be a test offered every month starting in August 2020. Additionally, in the “unlikely event” that schools do not reopen in…


COVID-19: Advice for High School Juniors

With schools reverting to remote learning, standardized tests postponed, rescheduled, or completely revamped because of COVID-19, and college campuses and only offering virtual visit opportunities, the college admissions landscape has become a challenging and constantly evolving situation that students, educators, and administrators are navigating.  If you’re a junior this year and applying to college for…


COVID-19: Advice for High School Seniors

With schools closed, and many standardized tests canceled, rescheduled, or reformatted, there’s a lot to process as school systems all over the world transition to remote learning, many deciding to grade students on a pass/fail scale instead of the traditional A through F scale.  If you’re a senior this year and planning to attend college…