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We Went to Costco and Found the Tutor Shelves Empty!

Last Updated on Aug 28, 2020 10:15:25 AM

We Went To Costco’s Yesterday and Found the Tutor Shelves Empty!

We asked a Costco associate when tutors would be back in stock, and she said, “There’s no telling. They’re in short supply and get snatched up the second they hit the shelves,” reminding us of the run on toilet paper last spring and the magical disappearance of bottled water that occurs every time a hurricane is headed our way.

Topics: Tutoring, Virtual, Coronavirus

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Topics: Tutoring, Virtual, Coronavirus

Attention, Students Who Want to Apply to Test-Optional Colleges!

Last Updated on Jul 6, 2020 1:13:19 PM

Colleges are businesses, and they like to get lots of admission applications because that makes it easier to fill classes with in-coming students. One way that a college can increase its number of applicants is by improving its ranking in the annual US News College Rankings.

In fact, a study published on the Harvard Business School’s blog found that “When explicit rankings of colleges are published in U.S. News, a one-rank improvement leads to a 1-percentage-point increase in the number of applications to that college.”

Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

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Topics: ACT/SAT, College Counseling, Test Optional

Three Good Reasons to Start Prepping for the GRE

Last Updated on Jun 1, 2020 5:15:00 AM

All three reasons share one key element, time.

Reason #1: There are two upcoming GREs in the near future. 

The next two test dates are September 12th and October 17th. Students who miss those administrations – or sit for them but don’t do well (possibly due to lack of proper preparation) will have plenty of time to work on practice test questions, and sit for full simulations, which we can provide, in order to learn where you most need to improve. Identifying your weaknesses is critical to improvement; both learning and improvement work take time.

Topics: Study Tips, Test-Prep, College Counseling, Coronavirus, College Tips, GRE

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Topics: Study Tips, Test-Prep, College Counseling, Coronavirus, College Tips, GRE

How Parents Can Help Stem a COVID-19 Learning Slide

Last Updated on May 23, 2020 6:00:00 AM

It’s often the case that following the long summer break, students return to the classroom, seemingly having forgotten what they learned the previous academic year. This phenomenon, known as “summer slide,” is real, and could be magnified, say educators and parents, by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a genuine concern. In today’s post, we’ll look at the current situation and share tips to help slow – or even prevent – academic loss. 

Topics: Summer School, Learning Loss, Coronavirus

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Topics: Summer School, Learning Loss, Coronavirus

New SAT and ACT Info: Additional Test Dates, Flexible Summer Test Schedule, and Testing From Home

Last Updated on Apr 18, 2020 2:55:04 PM

The College Board just postponed the June SAT, and also announced that it will offer one test every month from August to December, and that it will increase testing capacity for those tests dates. Priority registration will be offered to juniors who don’t yet have an SAT score and for those who previously registered for the June administration. It will also offer school-day testing in the fall and likely explore a test-at-home option similar to the upcoming AP exams.

Topics: Study Tips, ACT, College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, SAT, Test Optional

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Topics: Study Tips, ACT, College Admission, College Counseling, College Planning, SAT, Test Optional

Adapting Perfectly: Changes to the Upcoming AP Exams

Last Updated on Apr 13, 2020 11:37:50 AM

In response to COVID-19, the College Board recently announced significant updates to content, structure, and administration for its upcoming Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with reassurances that it will continue to update school counselors, teachers, and students throughout the month of April, leading up to May’s at-home exam administration. Testing dates are May 11-15 and May 18-22, with a make-up period of June 1-5. View the schedule and content for all exams. Recognizing educational disruption as a result of school closings, College Board is also posting its own free, daily lessons covering all exam subjects.

Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, News, Test-Prep, College Planning, College Board, APUSH

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Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, News, Test-Prep, College Planning, College Board, APUSH

Coronavirus-itis: How to Keep Kids in Learning Mode

Last Updated on Mar 24, 2020 9:41:18 AM

Social Distancing is the newest term in everyone's vocabulary. The health situation has changed – and continues to change – at such a rapid pace that it’s hard to know which end is up.  One of the biggest areas where families are experiencing this transformation is in the education of their children.  Even those who have chosen to homeschool are not used to the newly mandated isolation. We find ourselves in uncharted territory. All of a sudden, millions of kids are at home, and many parents do not know what will happen with their child's learning for the last quarter of this school year. Despite the unknowns, it’s important to remember that this unprecedented transformation is temporary, and, indeed, manageable. As a homeschool mom for 13 years, I have some tips and suggestions about scheduling, organization, and connections to help handle this new way of learning.

Topics: Homeschool Support, Virtual, Coronavirus, Best Practices

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Topics: Homeschool Support, Virtual, Coronavirus, Best Practices

Keeping Kids Busy and Productive at Home

Last Updated on Mar 19, 2020 7:56:04 AM

Looking for ways to keep your kids busy and productive at home?

Topics: News, Virtual, Coronavirus, Family Strategies, Best Practices

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Topics: News, Virtual, Coronavirus, Family Strategies, Best Practices

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