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What to Do While You’re Waiting to Hear from Colleges

What to Do While You’re Waiting to Hear from Colleges

February and March are tense within the world of college admissions - for all involved parties.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 17, 2015
Parents' Perspective to: Too Much Going on and Not Enough Fun

Parents' Perspective to: Too Much Going on and Not Enough Fun

A parents' perspective to too much going on and not enough fun in their high school juniors' lives.

By the About U Team
Published September 2, 2009
October Checklist for High School Juniors

October Checklist for High School Juniors

Now is the time to evaluate what you can do this month to continue your focus on the college planning process.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 1, 2015
October Checklist for High School Seniors

October Checklist for High School Seniors

This year, take the time at the beginning of each month to evaluate what you can do to continue your focus on the college admissions process.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 1, 2015
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.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 26, 2015
November Checklist for High School Juniors

November Checklist for High School Juniors

You need to focus more than ever before on your studies, which classes you choose to take and how much you devote to preparing for standardized testing and college research outside the classroom.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 26, 2015
January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January College Checklist for High School Juniors

January is the start of a New Year <i>and</i> a new semester. Which means, you have the unique advantage of a fresh start in more than one way! How cool is that?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 16, 2015
Gifts for the Graduate

Gifts for the Graduate

Your grad is off to college - give them something that they can use during their journey.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published April 22, 2015
How to Help Your Student Minimize Exam Stress

How to Help Your Student Minimize Exam Stress

While you can’t take the exams for them (yes, we know you’ve thought about it) you can help ease their exam anxieties in other ways.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published April 22, 2015
SAT Essay Becoming Optional, Among Other Changes

SAT Essay Becoming Optional, Among Other Changes

The changes will take effect in 2016 – a year that many students will undoubtedly consider their lucky break.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 6, 2014
4 Things You Can Learn From Winter Campus Tours

4 Things You Can Learn From Winter Campus Tours

Take advantage of the winter to see what sort of temperatures you will likely battle, as well as how each campus defines the “winter blues.”

By Samantha Brody, Varsity Tutors’ Contributor
Published December 8, 2015
Spring Break College Visits: Where Do I Go &amp; What Do I Look For?

Spring Break College Visits: Where Do I Go & What Do I Look For?

Spring is the perfect time for students to visit prospective colleges and universities.

By Andrea Deck, Varsity Tutors’ Contributor
Published April 1, 2014
Have You Considered These Work Colleges?

Have You Considered These Work Colleges?

Instead of going into debt, perhaps you should consider a work college.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 1, 2015
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.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published April 16, 2014
May Checklist for Parents

May Checklist for Parents

There are things parents can do to help high schoolers and soon-to-be-college students prepare for their next phase in life.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published April 24, 2015
5 Rewards of AP Courses

5 Rewards of AP Courses

By taking AP courses, you’re demonstrating to the college that you are able to handle a college level course while you’re still in high school.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 20, 2016
Simplify the Admissions Process

Simplify the Admissions Process

You have two choices: the easy way or the hard way. Why not make things easier on yourself with these four steps?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 7, 2015
September College Prep Checklist for Parents

September College Prep Checklist for Parents

You should be thinking about college...

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 26, 2015
America’s Top 10 Community Colleges

America’s Top 10 Community Colleges

It really doesn't make sense that community colleges are often ignored in rankings, considering nearly half of America’s undergraduate students attend community colleges.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 25, 2013
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?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published June 13, 2015