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    Are You a Helicopter Parent?

    Are You a Helicopter Parent?
    Do you hover over your kids with anxious anticipation of fulfilling an unmet need? Your intentions may be honorable, but the behavior may earn you an unwanted moniker – helicopter parent. Helicopter parents are obsessed with their children and become over-involved in their lives. They overstep their bounds, cross the line and downright break the sound barrier of acceptable parental participation. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Parents' Perspective to: Too Much Going on and Not Enough Fun

    Parents' Perspective to: Too Much Going on and Not Enough Fun
    We realize it is tough being a teenager today. Far tougher than when we were that age. We didn’t have the same pressures, decisions or competition. So what are we, as parents to do? We can’t live their lives or make their decisions. It is their time now and we have to step back and allow them to experience and work ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    October Checklist for High School Juniors

    October Checklist for High School Juniors
    By now, the semester is underway and you should be somewhat organized in your each of your classes. However, you should always be thinking about what you can be doing to prep for college throughout your year! Now is the time to evaluate what you can do this month to continue your focus on the college planning process. Here are some ...
    Published 29 days ago | Rated: +30
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    October Checklist for High School Seniors

    October Checklist for High School Seniors
    It’s hard to believe it, but the first semester of your senior year is underway. It’s fall and the college application process is in full gear. Now that you’re settled in your senior year classes, it’s time to really start focusing on both the college applications and admissions processes. While it may seem daunting, it’s much more manageable once broken down ...
    Published 29 days ago | Rated: +31
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    November Checklist for High School Seniors

    November Checklist for High School Seniors
    November is a pivotal time of year for high school seniors - and we’re not just talking turkey. More than likely, it’s the month where any of your early admission applications are due. It’s also the month you need to start paying attention to upcoming deadlines for each college you’re planning to submit an application. It’s important that you’re aware that ...
    Published 3 days ago | Rated: +27
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    November Checklist for High School Juniors

    November Checklist for High School Juniors
    November is an important prep time for high school juniors, and we’re not just talking about turkey dinner, either. From this point on, every move you make matters. Not that it didn't before - but, what we’re referring to here, are your academic footprint and your decision making processes. You need to focus more than ever before on your studies, which ...
    Published 3 days ago | Rated: +27
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    Scores and Scholarships: Why the PSAT Matters

    Scores and Scholarships: Why the PSAT Matters
    Why should you prepare for the PSAT? The primary reasons are simple – to potentially gain scholarships and to definitely gain practice. One of the single most compelling reasons to take the PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship. If you meet or exceed a certain score threshold, which varies from state to state, you will become eligible for National Merit Program ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +22
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    Gifts for the Graduate

    Gifts for the Graduate
    The time has come – your baby is graduating and headed off to college! We know you want to celebrate in style, which is why we've scoured the web for everything you need to give your grad the most thoughtful and useful gifts around. Your grad will simply adore going off to college, prepared with the best - although, when in ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +28
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    How to Help Your Student Minimize Exam Stress

    How to Help Your Student Minimize Exam Stress
    It can be difficult for a parent to stand by and watch their student go through the rigors of exams, whether in high school or college. Exams are tough on students – many of whom don’t take care of their bodies with late (or all-night) night cram sessions, unhealthy eating habits, over-doses of caffeine, not to mention extremely high levels of ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +26
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    SAT Essay Becoming Optional, Among Other Changes

    SAT Essay Becoming Optional, Among Other Changes
    The College Board will overhaul the SAT, making drastic changes. These changes will likely be embraced by high school students everywhere as they include making the essay portion optional, the elimination of ambiguous wording throughout the exam and the termination of point deductions for incorrect answers. The changes will take effect in 2016 – a year that many students will undoubtedly ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +25
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    5 Things Students Shouldn’t Base College Decisions On

    5 Things Students Shouldn’t Base College Decisions On
    Making a college choice is a big deal – not that you don’t know that already. Nobody can give you the right or wrong answers; it’s up to you to make the final decision, after loads of research and deliberation. What others can do however, is suggest what you should consider in making your college decision. You've likely found that people ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +26
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    Spring Break College Visits: Where Do I Go & What Do I Look For?

    Spring Break College Visits: Where Do I Go & What Do I Look For?
    Congratulations – you’ve reached Spring Break, meaning you’re nearly halfway through your spring semester. This is the perfect time for students to visit prospective colleges and universities. But, before you hit the road, here are a few tips on how to maximize your campus tour experience. Where do I go? Travel as far as is feasible, and view a wide variety ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Have You Considered These Work Colleges?

    Have You Considered These Work Colleges?
    If the thought of paying astronomical prices for a college education has you a little worried about your financial situation, you’re not alone. But, instead of going into debt, perhaps you should consider one of the nation’s work colleges. What exactly is a work college, anyway? It's a school that provides a work program in addition to an academic program, often ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +26
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    Help Your Student with Summer Plans

    Help Your Student with Summer Plans
    As a parent, you likely want to encourage your student to get the most out of their time, experiences and, of course, work towards success. If you student doesn’t have a summer plan yet – or, perhaps if their summer plan is loafing around by the pool, then you may want to help them get their summer priorities on track. Here ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +27
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    Simplify the Admissions Process

    Simplify the Admissions Process
    The entire college admissions process is daunting – to say the least. What if, instead of getting overwhelmed and anxious, there was a better way? Good news! There is a better way! Here are four steps you can take to ease the stresses of the college admissions process, making your experience much simpler and more efficient. 1. Time Management Recognizing that ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +29
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    America’s Top 10 Community Colleges

    America’s Top 10 Community Colleges
    Community colleges are often forgotten in rankings. But, why? It really doesn't make sense, considering nearly half of America’s undergraduate students attend community colleges. They’re important, not only to students, but to the economy as well – training and providing education to prepare students for either a four-year school or a bright career path. Bankrate ranked America’s top two-year community colleges ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +26
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    Your College Search Checklist

    Your College Search Checklist
    Choosing a college or university is often a matter of exposure, luck and research. Here's what to include in your checklist when considering potential schools during your college search. Size While it is important to determine your ideal campus size, a complete college search should include at least one large school, one moderately sized campus, and one small school. This enables ...
    Published 2 months ago | Rated: +18
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    Do Colleges Examine Your Online Presence?

    Do Colleges Examine Your Online Presence?
    You should undoubtedly clean up your social media presence, but how much do colleges really look at your posts? You’ll be relieved to learn they don’t – at least not in the usual circumstances. The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed 422 college admissions officers regarding their research of college applicants. Here’s what they found: [gate] Fun fact: fewer than one in ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +23
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    39 Top Colleges Without Application Fees

    39 Top Colleges Without Application Fees
    Nowadays, it’s not only expensive to go to college, it’s also expensive to apply. College applications have increased in cost – some of them are upwards of $70! And, for students with limited funds, it can be cumbersome to apply to several colleges. While you are able to get around fees with financial need, there may be an easier way. Consider ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +27
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    4 Support Services College Applicants Should Use

    4 Support Services College Applicants Should Use
    Applying to college is a stressful experience, and one with a wealth of conflicting information. From the Internet, to official campus seminars, to your next-door neighbor, each source has a unique conception of how the process should proceed. If you become overwhelmed or uncertain during application season, here is where you can seek help. 1. High School Teachers The academic year ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +20
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