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The Ultimate Guide to Admissions: Virginia Colleges and Universities 2018-2019

Thank you for your interest in The Ultimate Guide to Admissions: Virginia Colleges and Universities: 2018-2019 Download the Ebook here: The Ultimate Guide to Admissions: Virginia Colleges and Universities 2018-2019 Final Ultimate Guide We will keep you posted with any...

Navigating College Admissions: 2018-2019

Thank you for your interest in Navigating College Admissions. Download the Ebook here: Navigating College Admissions 2018-2019: A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Into College If you have any issues downloading please click here We will keep you posted with any news,...

Change to ACT Accommodations for Extended-Time in September 2018

If your student is taking the ACT with Extended-Time Test Accommodations please make note of this important change to the ACT extended-time policy. In September, extended-time accommodations will change.  Students will no longer be given a 5 hour time limit to finish...

ACT to SAT Conversion Chart: See How Your ACT and SAT Scores Compare

The ACT and SAT are both tests for college admissions that use different scoring systems.  Below is a chart comparing ACT and SAT scores. This chart will help you decide what test is right for you.  If you have taken both tests you can also use the chart to determine...

5 Questions Students Have After the First SAT

Find answers to the most common questions students ask after their first SAT.

How I Saved a Student 20+ Hours of Work with a 5 Minute Phone Call

There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation out there about college applications and the SAT/ACT. I hear a lot of “I read this on the internet” or “My neighbor told me a story about her friend’s daughter” and on it goes. The misinformation spreads like a game...

Writer’s Block? 11 Journal Topics to Brainstorm the College Essay

I have never considered myself much of a creative writer. The “right” words just never seemed to come to me. However, I’ve always loved the visual arts—drawing and painting in particular. In every art class, the most challenging assignment was always the...

Is That a Good SAT or ACT Score?

When the SAT or ACT scores come out, the first question we hear is “is that a good SAT or ACT score?” This is a tough question to answer because “good” is very relative. Before I answer that question for a parent or student, I always ask to what schools is the student...

How Many Times Can I Take the SAT? (and Other FAQ’s)

Now is the time of year that we're getting a lot of questions from students and parents on the SAT and ACT. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. How many times can I take the SAT or ACT? There is no maximum number of times that a student...

Eliminate Negative Self Talk

The expression is you are what you eat, but I would say you are what you think holds as much truth. The idea of mindfulness and the power of thought have been everywhere lately—see here, here, and here. One of the things that I hear students doing as we work through...

10 Best Apps for Students

As students are becoming more and more dependent on technology, it makes sense to seek out the best apps that can help them in their studies.  Many schools are turning to technology for textbooks, turning in papers, sharing notes and homework assignments,...

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Back to School—Avoiding the Homework Battle

It’s that time of year again—the weather is starting to cool down, the first leaves are beginning to change colors, and our news feeds are filled with smiling children toting backpacks for the first time.  While this seems like a beautiful scene, it often quickly...

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The Need for Extra-Curricular Activities

In school, teachers and parents put a lot of stress on academic success, and with good reason. Understanding school subjects is a sure way to raise your base of knowledge and do well in school and beyond. However, grades are not the only important thing to consider...

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Back to School

It's getting to be back to school time, and that means some preparation is in order. Going back to school isn't a simple matter of packing a kid's lunch and sending him or her off. Some additional thought is required. This website has some interesting advice for these...

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Learning about Autism

Many people have had their awareness of autism raised by the media, a family member, or a member in their community. As more and more people become familiar with autism, it is important that we all be educated. On this blog post we are going to take a look at some new...

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Technology in the Classroom

A lot has changed in the classroom over the many years the United States has offered public education. Perhaps no change is as obvious as that occurring in technology. Typing on a computer has replaced the emphasis on writing by hand. The Internet has added a new...

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Making Up for Summer Learning Loss

Nothing is quite like summer vacation. As young students, we counted down the dwindling days of the school year in anticipation of our big breaks. Now, as parents, we contemplate what exactly to do with our children now that they are out of school. It is looking more...

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Texas Kills Common Standards

We have talked on these pages about the push for so-called “common-core standards.”  This is basically an attempt to establish universal standards for English and math so that, from state to state, school systems would be in agreement about what students should be...

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Education or Incarceration?

In the last 20 years, state spending on prisons has grown six times faster than spending on higher education. In the 20 years from 1987 to 2007, the nation’s prisons grew by one million people. And the harshest statistic of all? The United States imprisons almost 25...

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A Foreign Example to Follow?

The United States has moved towards an even greater emphasis on standardized testing in our school systems during the last decade. This has been controversial and caused an outcry from parents, students, and teachers who think too much testing can be a bad thing. Now...

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Preparing for College

Outsourcing, a poor economy, and more sophisticated technology mean that college is more important than ever. But getting there is about more than getting good grades. Here is a primer on going to college. It used to be that not going to college was a viable option...

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