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How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part II

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 6:33:00 PM

In Part I of this blog series, we told you that it’s our philosophy that the Common App’s personal essay (also the personal statement for colleges’ own applications and for the Coalition Application) must accomplish two things to be successful:

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Topics: essays

7 Study Tips for the AP Exams

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 5:00:00 PM

If you follow these seven steps, you’ll likely increase your chances at doing well on your AP exams.

Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips

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Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips

How To Write An Uncommonly Good Common App Essay – Part I

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Our philosophy about application essays has always been that none of them – we repeat “none of them” – are or ever have been about the prompts: all of them are about you, the student.

That’s not to say that you should ever respond in a completely off-topic way to any prompt, but even the standard “Why are you interested in attending ______ University?” question needs to be responded to in a way that reveals something about you.

It’s also our philosophy that the Common App’s personal essay (as well as the personal statement for colleges’ own applications and the Coalition Application) must accomplish two things to be successful:

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Tell Me You’re Kidding: ACT Tells Colleges WHAT? (Part II)

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 8:01:00 PM

In Part I of this series, we laid out the problem with ACT’s four free score reports included in the “base” price of the testing. ACT’s reporting method might have an unfavorable impact on your college applications. And we promised we’d tell you what to do about that problem in Part II.

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Topics: ACT

Tell Me You’re Kidding: ACT Tells Colleges WHAT? (Part I)

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Imagine there’s somebody you want to ask out on a very special date – maybe to the prom – but you find out that you’re no better than his/her fourth choice. Not particularly flattering or encouraging, is it? Having found out, are you more likely or less likely to ask that person to go out on that date?

Topics: ACT

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Topics: ACT

Being “Average” is Beginning to Look Good — and That’s a Very Bad Thing

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Last March, in a blog post entitled The Florida public schools’ student-to-counselor ratio, aka “Do we really want to be average?, we decried the fact that Florida public high schools’ student-to-counselor ratio in 2013-14 exactly matched the national average. Result? An average of only about five and one-half minutes of face-to-face time between student and counselor each week (based on the absurd assumption that counselors spend all of their time working with individual students). And we presented information showing why that assumption was absurd. In short, the sheer weight of numbers and paucity of time precluded school counselors from giving our students – our children, our future leaders and future contributors to the welfare of our society – the individual attention needed and deserved.

Topics: Florida Public Schools

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Topics: Florida Public Schools

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