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Adapting Perfectly: Changes to the Upcoming AP Exams

Posted 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. The schedule and content for all exams can be found here. Recognizing educational disruption as a result of school closings, College Board is also posting its own free, daily lessons covering all exam subjects here.

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

Recommendation Letters in the Era of Covid-19

Posted on Apr 7, 2020 8:18:24 AM

Now, with mandated social distancing in our lives for the foreseeable future, all schools, big and small, are faced with the very same issue. While Skype or Zoom-based interviews are likely to increase in popularity and number, it’s also certain that letters of recommendation (LORs) will grow in importance to admission officers when they evaluate applicants. On top of that, a number of colleges will be test-optional next year, so in the absence of SAT or ACT scores, emphasis on LORs, among other factors, will increase.

Topics: College Application, Letter of Recommendation, Going to College, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Application, Letter of Recommendation, Going to College, Coronavirus

Visiting Colleges in the Era of Covid-19

Posted on Apr 2, 2020 5:29:27 PM

Every college or university has, or is in development of, some sort of virtual connection for admitted and prospective students and their families. All of them have campus visit pages on their websites, which is where you can find this information.

Topics: College Planning, College Visits, Coronavirus

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Topics: College Planning, College Visits, Coronavirus

The College Search and Covid-19

Posted on Mar 27, 2020 1:00:00 AM
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March and April are typically busy months in the college search for high-school juniors getting started and high school seniors making final decisions. The Coronavirus Pandemic has put a halt to that process from the closing of schools to canceled campus tours and SAT tests. Last night, I joined a panel of experts through a Zoom presentation about their thoughts on how students can navigate the search during this uncertain time.

Topics: News, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting, SAT

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Topics: News, College Admission, College Planning, Educational-Consulting, SAT

Quick Takes: Calculus, Curriculum, and Coronavirus Cancellations

Posted on Mar 26, 2020 11:49:06 AM

Today, we’ll share tips and pointers that we picked up from recent college counseling conferences (prior to the Coronavirus hiatus). Additionally, we have updates regarding changes to testing, both national and international. Here we go!

Topics: Going to College, APUSH, Coronavirus, STEM Courses

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Topics: Going to College, APUSH, Coronavirus, STEM Courses

Coronavirus-itis: How to Keep Kids in Learning Mode

Posted 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, Homeschool Tips

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Topics: Homeschool Support, Virtual, Coronavirus, Best Practices, Homeschool Tips

The Latest Intel on College Admissions & Testing in Light of Covid-19

Posted on Mar 23, 2020 4:54:55 PM

Summer vacation came in the spring this year, brought to us by the Coronavirus and its attendant bumper crop of lemons. And when you’re given lemons….

Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, ACT/SAT, Virtual, Coronavirus

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Topics: AP Exams, Study Tips, ACT/SAT, Virtual, Coronavirus

AP Exam Update from the College Board

Posted on Mar 21, 2020 9:54:03 AM

The College Board just announced its plan for the 2020 AP exams on their AP website:

Topics: AP Exams, Coronavirus

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Topics: AP Exams, Coronavirus

Extracurricular Case Study: Dream Dorm Decorators

Posted on Mar 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM

 

Dream Dorm Decorators

I can recall the day Jonah K. came to my office to develop a community service project.  We considered various possibilities, but none ignited a spark in Jonah − until I said, “What about creating a project to help other kids?” His eyes brightened as we read about the work done by Best Foot Forward, a local organization that supports foster children. Jonah and I visited the founders of BFF, Debby Elman and Donna Biase, who told us that for the first time, they had 10 students who qualified to a

ttend Florida colleges. But the teens didn’t have the clothes or other items students typically bring with them to college. These foster children carried all their worldly possessions in black trash bags. 

Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities, Barbara Leventhal

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Topics: College Admission, Extracurricular Activities, Barbara Leventhal

Keeping Kids Busy and Productive at Home

Posted 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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