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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...

Transitioning to High School

New teachers, new classmates, a new building, and new routine. There are plenty of changes when starting high school. Knowing what to expect is half the battle and understanding the differences between middle and high school can decrease anxiety and ease the...

Effective Study Habits

A study habit is a repeated behavior or practice used when learning educational material. Positive study habits enable you to study smarter, not harder. Beyond the classroom, they enhance decision-making and problem-solving skills that benefit you throughout life....

The College Application Essay: How To Write One That Works.

College Applications.  There are few things that cause more anxiety for high school seniors and their parents.  Navigating this process can be daunting between gathering transcripts, getting letters of recommendation, taking last minute SAT tests, and trying to recall...

College 101: Class Basics

The freedom and independence of college life might be enticing enough to pursue a college degree, but it’s the degree that opens the door to greater career opportunities, higher pay, and increased job satisfaction. The classes required to earn a degree are much...

Choosing the Right College

College can be fun, exciting, and adventurous… or challenging, lonely, and overwhelming. The difference between an amazing college experience and a terrible one has a lot to do with the college you choose. You’ll know your college is a good fit if you thrive both...

SAT Score Choice

If you decide to take the SAT more than once, you're in good company. The majority of high school students take the test two or three times with the intent to improve their score each time. After taking the test twice (or more!), students often ask if they should...

Scoring Policies for the SAT and ACT

SAT and ACT test scores are often used by schools as a predictor of college academic success. Scores also provide a common academic measure that can be used to compare all applicants. But how are these tests scored and how do colleges receive scores and evaluate them?...

Best Books for ACT Prep: ACT Study Guide Review

Are you getting ready for your next ACT but do not know where to start?  We are here to help.  Many people decide to start off their ACT prep with books.  We've spent over a decade working with students who need to improve their ACT scores.  We've ordered thousands of...

SAT/ACT Prep Study Options

Just the thought of studying for the SAT or ACT exam can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not motivated to study on your own. Fortunately, there’s more than one way to study. While self-study is an option, there’s also group study and one-on-one tutoring. Read...

SAT/ACT Study Plan

Have you ever wondered if you should study for the SAT or ACT test? The answer is yes! Studying two to three hours a week, three months before taking the test can increase your SAT score by 100+ points and your ACT score by 3+ points. But before cracking open that SAT...

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SAT Tips & Tricks

It's that time of year again! SAT testing is right around the corner, and now is the time to prep. Check out these tips and tricks to make the most of your SAT prep. 1. Define a realistic target score When defining a target score consider your practice test scores,...

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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...

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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...

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5 Minutes Remaining…What Now?

For most students, the challenge of the ACT is time management more than the content of the questions. It’s a fast-paced test and difficult to address all of the questions in the allotted time. Try using a few of these tips on your next ACT: Focus on answering...

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