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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Summer SAT/ACT Prep You Can Do at the Beach

    Summer SAT/ACT Prep You Can Do at the Beach
    Summer break may be on the horizon, but don’t forget that the standardized tests are, too! Whether you’re taking the SAT or ACT for the first, second or third time around, you still need to start preparing as early as possible. Your summer break is the perfect time to brush up on your testing skills. This, however, does not mean you ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +47
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    Ten Questions for Parents to Ask When Considering a College Offer

    Ten Questions for Parents to Ask When Considering a College Offer
    “If there’s one mistake my students make [when choosing a college], it’s not listening to their parents,” says Bruce Hammond, director of college counseling at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, N.M., contributing editor to the The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2006 and author of Discounts and Deals at the Nation's 360 Best Colleges. Parents can often balance the excitement students ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +17
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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 10 months ago | Rated: +26
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    Getting Into College with Bad Grades

    Getting Into College with Bad Grades
    Have bad grades? Believe it or not, it’s not always the end-all, be-all in terms of gaining entry into the college of your dreams. Don’t give up! Attempt to combat your admissions struggle by considering these helpful tips: Submit an explanation (in certain cases) - First, consider why your grades were, um, less than stellar. College admissions officers don’t want to ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +32
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    How Parental Involvement Can Help in the Applications Process

    How Parental Involvement Can Help in the Applications Process
    Question: What part should my parents play in my college application? Parental involvement in the college admissions process varies from family to family, and is sometimes a point of conflict. At the very least, your parents will have to fill out financial aid forms so that your application process can be completed. Parents can perform other valuable tasks for your application ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?

    Q&A: How Many Schools Should Your Student Apply To?
    Q: How many schools should my junior apply to? Is there really such thing as a “safety” school? What does that mean? A: Trying to decide how many and which colleges to apply to can be one of the most challenging aspects of the admissions process. Fortunately, by beginning this process in the junior year, your son or daughter has more ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Deal with Drop-Off Day

    Deal with Drop-Off Day
    After more than a year of campus touring, application editing and financial aid wrangling, you'd think dropping your child off at college would be the easy part. But move-in day on college campuses is a high-stress, emotionally-charged event. There are cars to unload, orientations to attend, roommates to meet and goodbyes to say. Fastweb consulted Christine Schelhas-Miller, the author of Don't ...
    Published over 5 years 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 5 months ago | Rated: +26
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    College Touring Tips for Parents

    College Touring Tips for Parents
    You envision a college degree as part of your child's future. So choosing a college where they're comfortable, happy and can be successful is important. But you're also curious if that school's party reputation is deserved, and if your child really understands what it'll mean to be six states away in a town with no major airport. As you accompany your ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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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 times within the world of college admissions – for everyone involved – students, parents and admissions officials alike. Potential college students anxiously wait to hear back from their top colleges choices. The students’ angst is rising and parents feel powerless, wanting to end the madness of the waiting game. The colleges work around the clock, reading ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +21
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    College Essay Editing Tips for Parents

    College Essay Editing Tips for Parents
    Yep, you’ve got a brilliant student on your hands – nobody knows it more than you. But, no matter how sharp your student, it’s likely that he or she is going to have a little trouble coming up with the perfect college admissions essay. Don’t worry! It’s completely normal – after all, that’s a lot of pressure on someone faced with ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +15
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    Involve Your Parents in the College Planning Process

    Involve Your Parents in the College Planning Process
    When Nancy Rodriguez began planning for college, she quickly noticed that her parents’ involvement in the process was limited. “They just knew about where I wanted to go,” says Rodriguez, a senior at the University of Southern California who grew up in Los Angeles’s inner-city community of Southgate. With two parents who worked constantly and viewed education differently than other parents ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Top 10 States with Most Affordable Tuition

    Top 10 States with Most Affordable Tuition
    There are no if’s and’s or but’s about it – college is downright expensive! Thankfully, a little research goes a long way and, with a lot of help from the internet, you can find information on college affordability, financial aid and, even which colleges offer the best bang for your buck. College is so expensive that gaining the benefit of in-state ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +23
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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 4 months ago | Rated: +28
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    College Search Advice Myths - Revealed!

    College Search Advice Myths - Revealed!
    There are so many facets to consider when it comes to choosing a college. Often times, it’s difficult to know who is truly helpful and who is just talking when asking for advice. Then, you keep hearing all this talk about going to the “best” schools – what does that even mean? Best price? Best graduates? Do you even know what ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +39
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    Five Simple Things to Get Kids To Think the C-word (College)

    Five Simple Things to Get Kids To Think the C-word (College)
    In 2005, studies showed that while only six percent of non-Hispanic students were likely to drop out of high school, that number was nearly 23% for Hispanic students. According to the ERIC Digest, “That third generation Latino youth perform not significantly better than their second generation Latino peers is very disconcerting. Since they have U.S. born parents, a much larger share ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    The Legacy Factor in College Applications

    The Legacy Factor in College Applications
    As I relax during my deeply cherished winter break, I watched one of my favorite films, Gladiator. Not only do I love the film for its superb action sequences, but I also find the semi-accurate story of a power struggle quite compelling. At the beginning of the film, Emperor Marcus Aurelius chooses between a courageous general and his son, the legacy ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +15
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    Homeschooling and College Admissions

    Homeschooling and College Admissions
    As a homeschooled student, your trek to college has taken you off the beaten path. But even if you don't have the "typical" credentials colleges are looking for, you can still impress admissions counselors with a dazzling—and unique—application. Keep a Portfolio and a Logbook Without a transcript, it's hard for colleges to know about your academic background. So prepare a portfolio—a ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Parents: Providing Help with Exam Stress

    Parents: Providing Help with Exam Stress
    There are many ways parents can help their students manage exam stress, including those that not only improve their ability to perform on the tests, but also help them stay healthy in the process. One of the first things parents can do to help their students through their exams is to make sure they don't wait until the last minute to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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