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Dyslexia: A Diagnosis with A Superpower

Last Updated on Apr 8, 2021 12:58:41 PM

School can be a challenging, scary place for students with dyslexia. Still, anxiety can be significantly reduced by teaching dyslexic learners to understand their strengths and by working with teachers who appreciate the specific ways that dyslexic students learn. Encouragement and the right type of support work wonders.

Topics: Tutoring, Florida School Choice, LD

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Topics: Tutoring, Florida School Choice, LD

Test Simulations: The Key to Proper Practice

Last Updated on Feb 22, 2021 9:44:22 AM

There’s no other way around it when it comes to prepping for the SAT or ACT Tests. To properly prepare, you have to practice — and most importantly, practice properly. What we do mean?

If you were an actor, you wouldn’t show up on opening night without first having rehearsed the script and completely familiarized yourself with the play’s staging, lights, and sound issues. Similarly, by taking several practice SAT or ACT tests and simulating the testing environment and timing as closely as you can, you will walk onto the testing “stage” feeling more confident and prepared. Sure, there are always jitters on test day, but with proper practice, you minimize the unknown and maximize your chances for doing your best.

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Simulations

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Simulations

Better Returns than Buffet's: The Bright Futures Scholarship - Score At The Top

Last Updated on Feb 22, 2021 2:00:00 AM

We understand that Return On Investment can go hand-in-hand with risk: no pain, no gain. But how would you respond to a proposed investment of $2,000 that could result in saving between $7,392 (a 370% return on your money) and $28,416 (a 1,421% return on your money) over roughly four years? While this investment isn’t risk-free, it is low risk, assuming you have a student willing to work hard and follow instruction. Simply put, this investment is in test preparation for the SAT and ACT! When paired with a motivated student (and the right test-prep tutor), the result is a hefty scholarship from Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarships (BFSs).

Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Financial Aid, Investment

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Topics: ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Financial Aid, Investment

AP Update: 2021 Exams Will Be Mix of Traditional and Digital Formats

Last Updated on Feb 6, 2021 8:51:04 AM

After scrambling last year to find ways to administer AP exams during the unfolding pandemic, the College Board has now had some time to review that experience and plan for this year’s upcoming tests. Realizing that every school district around the country has different needs and capabilities, the College Board is implementing several changes for 2021. Overall, they’ve added more options and additional support for teachers and students, hoping to accommodate the wide-ranging circumstances.

Topics: AP Exams, College Counseling

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Topics: AP Exams, College Counseling

Second Semester Checklist

Last Updated on Feb 3, 2021 11:05:58 AM

The start of second semester means it’s time for you to create a plan that helps you maintain your best grades – and improve those mid-semester grades that were not stellar. The best way to start? Get organized! Here’s a checklist that’ll do two things for you: keep you going academically and ensure that you make the most of your extracurricular involvements. Because time is the one thing you don’t get more of, here’s your Plan to Achieve!

Topics: College Counseling

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Topics: College Counseling

AP Exams and SAT Subject Tests: Similarities & Differences

Last Updated on Jan 27, 2021 12:30:00 AM

With news of the recent demise of SAT Subject Tests, many students were thrilled to find out they could scratch those additional test sittings off their long list of college preparation to-do’s. Ultimately, however, colleges still want to know that students have mastered academic subjects, so the College Board (CB) has merely shifted the emphasis to their other testing tools – AP exams. As a result, we are predicting that taking rigorous AP courses and scoring well on the exams are going to be more important than ever for students who hope to be admitted to top universities. Here’s what you need to know about AP exams and how they can impact your college planning process, as well as your college career. 

Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, Subject Test

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Topics: AP Exams, College Admission, Subject Test

College Board Drops SAT Subject Tests & Optional SAT Essay

Last Updated on Jan 20, 2021 3:20:03 PM


Amid the sea of challenges that rocked the world of college admissions this past year, College Board is riding the wave of changing times. The organization announced on Tuesday, January 19, that it will no longer administer SAT Subject Tests and will drop the optional essay portion of the SAT.

Topics: College Admission, Subject Test, SAT Essay

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Topics: College Admission, Subject Test, SAT Essay

SAT or ACT: Which Test to Take, That’s the Question!

Last Updated on Jan 20, 2021 12:10:15 PM

As the months slip by during which virtually everyone has been affected and shaped by the pandemic, it’s wise to cast a critical eye on the college admissions scene. Our focus in this post is the entrance testing. Some testing information has remained the same during this fraught period, while some aspects of these two tests have changed. Let’s take a look.

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Build an A+ Extracurricular Resume

Last Updated on Nov 12, 2020 9:40:27 AM

Your extracurricular activities play a significant role on your college application. In fact, for most selective colleges, they’re the next most important factor after your academic record and test scores. And without test scores, your activities play an even greater role!

Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities

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Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities

Testing Calendar for Juniors - Class of 2022

Last Updated on Nov 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Although many selective colleges have temporarily gone test-optional because of the pandemic, test-optional doesn’t mean “test-blind.” Not only will test-optional colleges consider your scores if you submit them, but submitting competitive scores that are well into a college’s mid-50% range for admitted students has the potential to improve your admission chances. For students who don’t submit scores, colleges will place far more emphasis on other crucial admission factors, such as your academic record, extracurricular commitment, essays, and recommendations. So, if you’d like to improve your potential for admission, here’s our advice about your junior-year testing calendar. This means YOU, members of the class of 2022:

Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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Topics: ACT, SAT Test, ACT/SAT, Test-Prep, Tutoring, Educational-Consulting

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