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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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    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 7 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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    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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    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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    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 8 months ago | Rated: +15
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    Maintaining Friendships During the College Applications and Admissions Processes

    Maintaining Friendships During the College Applications and Admissions Processes
    It can be difficult, believe it or not, to stay friends when you into a college and your friend didn't. They feel rejected and you’re excited. How do you feel for them and stay excited for yourself at the same time? Or, perhaps, the inverse has occurred? Maybe you’ve been rejected or wait-listed at your dream school and your bestie has ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +22
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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 8 months ago | Rated: +21
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    Road Trips 101: Visiting Colleges Over Spring Break

    Road Trips 101: Visiting Colleges Over Spring Break
    Thinking about planning a college campus visit road trip? It's a great strategy to utilize your spring break to make smarter, more informed college decisions! Spring break is the perfect time to visit colleges and packing in as many visits as you can - while still having time to see each campus. Since most colleges have schedules that differ from high ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Academics Aside: 10 Factors to Consider in Choosing a College

    Academics Aside: 10 Factors to Consider in Choosing a College
    Academics are important, but they aren't everything. There are plenty of other factors you need to consider in choosing a college, too. Make sure you consider all aspects, using this list as a helpful guideline. Ask yourself about the following ten aspects, along with relevant questions, when making that college decision to ensure you’re choosing the best college fit: 1. Intensity ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +18
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    Your Daily Dose of College Prep

    Your Daily Dose of College Prep
    It’s not always easy to set aside time to think about how to prepare for college and then actually prepare for college. That’s why we created easier ways you can prepare for college without even disrupting your daily routine, so you can go on living life without the hassle of worrying about the future – at least not as much. So, ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +24
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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 10 months ago | Rated: +25
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    Winter Work for High School Juniors

    Winter Work for High School Juniors
    As a high school junior, you've got a lot going on - and even more ahead. Which is why it's important to prepare now so that things will be a little less stressful later. Here's what you should be doing this winter to prepare for your college applications, entrance exams, decisions, senior year and, ultimately, that next exciting step in your ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +24
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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 11 months ago | Rated: +32
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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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    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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    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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    Why Does My Child Need the iPad?

    Why Does My Child Need the iPad?
    As Apple continues to revolutionize the way we work and play, their products become not only more appealing but practical as well. Whether your child is in high school or enrolling in college, the Apple iPad works to educate, organize, and entertain during those much-needed study breaks. Prices for the iPad begin at $499 with free shipping for students. Need an ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +45
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    What Do I Need to Stay in Touch?

    What Do I Need to Stay in Touch?
    Keeping in touch with your children is no easy thing. Rather, you have to have the latest tools on the technology market to combat the long distances and hectic schedules of your college kids. Fortunately, checking up on your child is easier than ever if you know what to buy: iPhone The iPhone isn’t just for the young…or the young at ...
    Published over 4 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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