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How Students Can Use Summer Productively

The end of the school year is almost here, and students are pushing through finals to reach summer break. While summer provides a much-needed break at the end of a long school year, it also brings with it summer learning loss. A May 2020 study published by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University examined the NWEA’s Map Growth data for first through eighth grade students. This study, entitled “School’s out: The role of summers in understanding achievement disparities,” reported two major findings. First, that “the average student lost 17–34% of…
Brianna Chu
May 25, 2022
Financing CollegeGetting Ready for College

How to Find and Apply for Scholarships

Like many things, college applications have also been affected by the pandemic. For some students, the lack of SAT and ACT requirements has made it easier to apply for college. For others, the pandemic has made it financially challenging to pursue higher education. However, many students may not be fully aware of all the financial options available to them. Today, we’ll be talking all about how to find and apply for scholarships. What scholarships can I apply for? There are a wide range of scholarships available for students based on…
Brianna Chu
April 20, 2022
Getting Ready for College

How to Choose AP Courses

While we’ve talked previously about why APs are important, we haven’t addressed other questions, like how many APs you should take, and which ones. Today, we’ll discuss how to choose AP courses based on these two main factors. We’ll also reiterate our segment from last month’s blog about how to tell if your class is preparing you for the AP exam. Photo by Letizia Bordoni via Unsplash How Many APs Should I Take? The number of AP courses you take depends on your ultimate goals. Are you planning on applying…
Brianna Chu
March 15, 2022
College Entrance ExamsGetting Ready for College

Are APs Important?

With all the heightened expectations and more rigorous classwork that high school brings, you might be wondering, “What are Advanced Placement (AP) courses?” and “Are APs important?” First, let’s overview the AP and the benefits that come with it. Then, we’ll unpack what the SAT and ACT tell colleges and how that might affect your choice to take AP courses. What is an AP Course? Advanced Placement denotes that a course is a college-level standard of curriculum. Consequently, some colleges allow students to bypass introductory courses if they have taken…
Brianna Chu
February 25, 2022
Parenting TipsStudy Skills

Essential Study Habits for Middle School

The sooner you form habits, the more ingrained they will be as you get older. Middle school is the perfect time for students to figure out what works best for them and build good routines before they hit high school. The following are our recommendations for essential study habits for middle school: Establish Your Workspace and Workflow You may have already established a set workspace during the pandemic, especially since we were all learning and working from home, but make sure that space is a productive one for you. Check:…
Brianna Chu
January 26, 2022
Getting Ready for College

Career Exploration Before College

No matter what year of high school you’re in, the word “career” is probably on your mind. But where do you even start to figure out what career you should pursue? Today, we’ll be sharing some planning tips and our favorite career exploration resources to help you pinpoint your strengths and passions! Use High School to Explore Your Interests Take full advantage of the opportunities your school provides you. While you have to take English, math, science, and social studies classes, you will still likely notice which classes most appeal…
Brianna Chu
December 16, 2021
Parenting Tips

Middle and High School Application Tips

The fall-winter semester is crunch time for school applications of all kinds. We’re here to share some middle and high school application tips to help you navigate this stressful process. Photo by Max Harlynking on Unsplash Create Your List of Schools Typically, the most-considered factors when choosing a school are: Academic rigor Sports, arts, and extracurricular programs Teacher to student ratio Campus community Location/commute Price Hopefully, you and your student have also been able to visit some prospective schools in person. On-campus visits give students the best idea of campus…
Brianna Chu
November 24, 2021
News

Should You Mention COVID in Your College Personal Statement?

The answer, as it is with many things, is: it depends. If any formative moments or events happened to you during the pandemic—if lockdown gave you the time and space to come to an important conclusion that’s shaped you as a person—yes, mention COVID-19 in your college personal statement. However, if you’re not entirely sure, chances are that there’s a better topic for you to use for your essay. The pandemic obviously affected everyone’s lives the past couple of years. Thus, making the pandemic the centerpiece of your personal statement…
Brianna Chu
November 9, 2021
News

Better Home Routines for Students’ Learning

Parent involvement can improve children’s academic and social development, especially in elementary school; and one of the key places for parents to support their children is at home. While communication with teachers also helps students engage at school, only parents can contribute to their child’s home context. Establishing great home routines for students can help provide them direction, keep them focused, and ultimately, help them succeed. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash Minimizing Distractions at Home The best way to minimize home distractions is to provide your student a dedicated…
Brianna Chu
October 28, 2021
College Entrance ExamsGetting Ready for College

Demystifying SAT and ACT College Admissions Myths

During the global pandemic, navigating college admissions has been particularly challenging. Should students take college admissions tests if they are listed as optional? Are they penalized if they don’t test? What is a good score? In this blog, we hope to demystify some of these nagging questions and provide you and your student with more clarity and information. Do I have to take a college admissions exam? Many schools will say that they are “test optional,” meaning that it is up to the student’s discretion as to whether or not…
Brianna Chu
September 30, 2021