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An Education Meltdown?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I was struck dumb. Jason had sent me an article about a recent Australian study whose data call into question the role of school homework assignments in developing student minds. Homework has little benefit, the study shows. How counterintuitive does that sound?  Read More

Taking the SAT? A Tougher Test Day ID Protocol is on the Way!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Fasten Your Seatbelts, SAT and ACT Test-Takers!  Read More

How to Enrich Your Summer and Improve Your Chances for College Admission

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Seriously…Are You Serious About Getting into a Competitive College? Here’s a Summer Tip. Read More

How to Win the Reading Battle: The Perennial Struggle for Teens—and Their Parents over the Need to Read

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

We’ve been telling parents and students for years that there’s no more important “academic” habit to develop than reading. Just the other day my wife was bemoaning the fact that a significant number of employees (managers and associates) in her national company are poor readers at best. The effects are discouraging in the workplace, and some schools are not holding out much hope to remedy the situation. For many high school students, reading is time-consuming. Parents today still find it difficult to place themselves in the shoes of a teen who is distracted beyond our understanding and experience by the continuous static of tweets and texts. Everything is “now.” Nothing will wait. Reading is a drag. Many parents are so old school—literally. Read More

What We’re All About as a Team of Educational Consultants

Monday, March 19, 2012

Naturally conservative, most people stick with what they know, with what has become comfortable. This truism extends to many corners of our lives. We see the results from our own corner from which we provide educational planning and college counseling, information that many students and families lack.
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ACT Trivia…That’s Not So Trivial

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hey! Here’s the scoop on the ACT, some facts that often elude students who view the test as simply a one-shot drudgery that blocks the way to college. Did you know that… Read More

Choosing a College: The “Hunt” Starts Earlier!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Let’s be specific—Florida-specific: in our experience, the families who start the college preparation process early reap the rewards of their careful, early “search.” Many of the hundreds of students whom we have assisted over the years have set their sights on universities ranging from Florida’s State University System (SUS) colleges to out-of-state private institutions. For the highly rated Florida institutions, such as FSU, UCF and UF, the competition is fierce, and the admissions process often clouded by myth and ungrounded expectations. What’s true for these Florida schools is no less true for competitive universities around the country. From Elon to Earlham, Williams to Washington University, Harvard to Harvey-Mudd, the beat grows stronger. So, it’s growing more common to find families approaching us during a student’s sophomore year, because they want expert advice to help shape their children’s academic and extracurricular endeavors as well as maximum knowledge of the college-admissions process. Essentially, they want a full toolkit before assembling and finalizing their college plans. There’s definitely more to be gained by starting earlier in the “game” than at a later date. Read More

Changes to Boston University admission requirements for 2013

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hot off the press for the class of 2013 and beyond!  Boston University, to which many of our students have applied over the years, is changing its application requirements for students applying for admission as freshmen in the fall of 2013, BU will no longer require SAT Subject Tests! Until now, BU has required either the SAT with 2 SAT Subject Tests or just the ACT with Writing. The new requirement is simply that applicants submit either the SAT or ACT with Writing. Read More