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Blog posts about college admissions topics such as essays, extracurriculars,  planning, mental health, etc.

Parental help with college applications application strategy Sep 29, 2021

How can I help my child apply for college?
Parent Tips: DO's and DON'Ts of Helping Your Child Apply for...

  1. DO set up a separate email account. ...
  2. But DON'T put it in your name. ...
  3. DO maintain a...
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ADHD challenges for high schoolers FAQs future planning mental health Sep 29, 2021
What challenges do students with ADHD face?
A changing school environment
School can present challenges for many children with ADHD. Because ADHD symptoms include difficulty with attention...
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Can I talk about my mental health in my college essay? essays mental health Sep 27, 2021
Recently, I've noticed a concerning uptick in the number of students asking whether it's appropriate for them to write about mental health issues, most frequently ADD and/or anxiety, in their...
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Can I write my college essay about ADHD? essays Sep 27, 2021

You have, in essence, three choices: write about your ADHD as the subject matter for your common application essay, mention it in the “tell us anything else” section, or...

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EIP or 504 plan: Do those impact college admission decisions application strategy essays Sep 27, 2021
You should NOT talk about it on your application. It WILL be held against you. Put yourself in their shoes... Unless they are a public school, why would they knowingly take someone in who has a...
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Colleges that produce the highest # of PhDs application strategy colleges list future planning Sep 27, 2021
These colleges produce the highest percentage of eventual doctorate recipients in the humanities, natural sciences, and social and behavior sciences. Institutions are listed in rank order and based...
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How do I get improve my child's chance of getting into a top school? application strategy future planning Sep 26, 2021
  1. Prepare early. ...
  2. Nurture academic development. ...
  3. Focus on strengths and interests. ...
  4. Leave room for autonomy. ...
  5. Emphasize extracurricular activities. ...
  6. Pursue excellent test scores. ...
  7. ...
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What is college readiness for middle school students? academics boost demonstrated interest extracurricular activities future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021
Students should casually go to local college visits with parents, make it a fun experience. They should investigate different career pathways at career fairs. They should take assessments to...
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The Forgotten Middle school: : Ensuring Students are on Target for College and Career Readiness by High School academics boost future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021
The process of preparing students to make successful transitions from middle school to high school is just as important as the process of preparing them to make successful transitions from high...
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What are the best electives to take in middle school? extracurricular activities future planning middle school Sep 26, 2021

These fare un and unique middle school electives that students love taking—and teachers love teaching!

  • Kitchen Science. This elective combines the principles of science with the fun of...
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AP Courses online self-study material academics boost Sep 26, 2021
If you have worked with em, you know I'm a stickler for my students self studying AP classes. Here's a list of free classes on edX that will get you jump started. 
 
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Should You Self-Study for an AP Exam? 5 Key Factors academics boost future planning Sep 26, 2021
Whether or not self-studying is the right approach for you will depend on five key factors.
Should You Self-Study for an AP Exam? 5 Key Factors
Factor 1: Which AP Exam You Want to Self-Study For...
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